Bob Kressig Newsletter January 10, 2024

Greetings to you all!

This Monday marks the beginning of the 2024 Legislative Session. I’m excited to get back to work for the people of Iowa.

Now more than ever, Iowans are frustrated with the policies and deep divisions in our country and neighborhoods. We know Iowans don’t expect us to solve every problem, but they do expect honesty and transparency from their elected officials. As the 2024 session starts, I will continue to listen to Iowans and work on the issues important to them.

On Monday, we had a big crowd of students at the capitol advocating to end gun violence in our schools and communities. Their passion is inspiring and I’m hoping we can get some legislation passed this session to address the issue of gun violence.

Students from Des Moines area high schools fill the Capitol Rotunda to protest gun violence

Going forward, I will be listening and working closely with local leaders and community members, to make sure the state is partnering with those in our community who need help and assistance. I’m available by email, phone, and social media, to answer questions and listen to your concerns. You can always reach me by email or call me at home at 319-266-9021. We can also stay connected through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I appreciate hearing from you and I thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for taking the time to read the Statehouse News. Please keep in touch!

Jan 13 UNI Wrestling  McLeod Center

Jan 19 UNI Men’s & Women’s Track Jack Jennett Open  UNI-Dome

Jan 26-28 Iowa Boat, RV & Vacation Show  UNI-Dome, Fri 3-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm

People Over Politics Top Priority As 2024 Session Starts

On Monday, the 2024 Iowa Legislative Session started, and Democratic lawmakers are committed to putting People Over Politics.

Democratic lawmakers recognize that Iowans are tired of politics as usual and remain focused on listening to Iowans. While there may not be agreement on every issue, this session’s goal is to stay focused on lowering costs for Iowans.

Too many Iowans have been left behind as costs continue to rise. Democrats plan to introduce legislation that will lower costs for Iowans, including affordable housing, lowering prescription drug costs, freezing tuition for students at state universities, expanding the tax-free weekend, limiting surprise utility rate increases, increasing access to affordable childcare, and raising the minimum wage.

Some of the additional ideas in the People Over Politics agenda that have overwhelming support from Iowans include investing in public schools, protecting reproductive rights, and legalizing marijuana.

The 2024 Legislative Session is 100 days in length and is expected to end on April 16. Iowans can log on to legis.iowa.gov to watch live streams of legislative action, including committee meetings and debates.


Lawmakers Want to Hear from You

Now, more than ever, you deserve an honest conversation about the challenges and opportunities we face as a state. Lawmakers are asking Iowans to take a brief survey to tell them what’s important to you and your family. Please consider taking the survey below.

If you don’t have time to complete the survey but want to stay connected please feel free to use the contact information below.

 

Capitol & Community Updates

CAUCUS ON JANUARY 15: Iowans are encouraged to caucus in the Democratic Caucus or Republican Caucus.

BOOK BAN LAW GETS BLOCKED: A District Court Judge has imposed an injunction, blocking the implementation of book bans and teaching LGBTQ+ information. These bans were passed by Republican lawmakers last session in Senate File 496.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR “NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE”: The national holiday is the official day of services and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Join us on January 15th in participating in an act of service.

GRANTS FOR HOME REPAIRS: Homeowners who were financially impacted by COVID may be eligible for up to $25,000 for home repairs.

IOWA UTILITIES BOARD REVIEWS UTILITY RATES: Iowans can access the final report with recommended changes, which was submitted to the General Assembly by January 1, 2024.

ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT APPROACHING DEADLINE: Don’t miss the January 16 deadline to apply, enroll, or change 2024 health insurance on the ACA marketplace. Coverage begins February 1st.

RENT REIMBURSEMENT NOW AVAILABLE: Qualifying older or disabled Iowans can apply for rent reimbursement.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UPDATE: To take steps to combat human trafficking in Iowa, a committee of lawmakers met this fall. They highlighted housing and restoration facilities, massage businesses, the statute of limitations, victim compensation, and resources for minor victims.