January 28, 2020
Greetings to you all,
Another week has flown by here in the Iowa House of Representatives. We are all settling into the swing of things which means there is a large volume of new legislation being proposed every day.
On Wednesday, it was Veterans Day on the Hill which brought veterans from across the state of Iowa together to honor their service to our country. It was great to see them here at the capitol.
A look at the ceremony for Veterans Day on the Hill
I also got the chance to meet with activists with the Iowa Pet Alliance. They were here to lobby for House File 737 which passed with overwhelming support in the House, but has stalled in the Senate.
The members who visited on behalf of Iowa Pet Alliance about HF737
This week I also visited with Tavis Hall the Executive Director of Experience Waterloo. It was great to chat with him about everything we can do to increase tourism opportunities in Waterloo and continue to make it an amazing place to live.
Representative Brown-Powers and I meeting with Tavis Hall, Executive Director of Experience Waterloo
There has been an increase in teen suicides across the nation that has prompted me to propose legislation to include the Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Crisis Text Line on either side of school issued ID cards for students in grades 6 – 12. The bill also adds mental health training for school educators. House File 2049 has been an ongoing project for me that I have collaborated with the Iowa School Mental Health Alliance on.
One of my top priorities for this legislative session is to ensure all Iowans have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Part of this mission is to protect the 1.3 million Iowans with pre-existing conditions. A lawsuit in Texas is currently threatening the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and if successful could lead to the ACA being overturned. This could mean that Iowans with pre-existing conditions could be denied services or have their rates severely increased. This is why I am working with my colleagues to put new protections into Iowa law that will make sure Iowans can’t be denied healthcare because of a pre-existing condition.
As your Representative, I hope to reflect your interests and concerns in my work at the Capitol, so please reach out at any time. The Iowa Legislature’s webpage, www.legis.iowa.gov, has a great amount of information for you to read. In addition to reading bills and finding out what’s happening in the House or Senate on any given day, you can listen to or watch our debates live.
Please check out other information and pictures from the current session on my website www.bobkressig.com. In addition to listening posts, forums, and Black Hawk County Representatives’ weekly video update, you can also 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!
24 UNI Men’s & Women’s Track – Jack Jennett Invite, UNI-Dome, 10am, 273-4849
24 Proposition; Pressure; Proof The Prints Of William Kentridge and Phillip Chen Opening Reception, Hearst Center, 5pm, 273-8641
24 Black Hawks Hockey vs Muskegon, Young Arena, 7:05pm, 291-7680
24-26 Wait Until Dark, Hope Martin Theatre, Fri & Sat 7pm; Sun 2pm, 291-4494
25 UNI Swimming/Diving vs UNO, UNI Wellness and Recreation Center, 2pm, 273-4849
25 UNI Wrestling vs Oklahoma State, McLeod Center, 7pm, 273-4849
25 Black Hawks Hockey vs USNTDP, Young Arena, 7:05pm, 291-7680
25-26 CVSC 3v3 Polar Ball Classic, Cedar Valley Sportsplex, Waterloo, 504-2825
26 Mozart, Verdi and Friends, *GBPAC, 2pm, 273-7469
26 UNI Men’s Basketball vs Loyola, McLeod Center, 3pm, 273-4849
29 UNI Men’s Basketball vs Missouri State, McLeod Center, 6pm, 273- 4849
29 The Office! A Musical Parody, *GBPAC, 7pm, 273-7469
1/30-2/2 Wait Until Dark, Hope Martin Theatre, Thu-Sat 7pm; Sun 2pm, 291-4494
Representatives Timi Brown-Powers and Bob Kressig visited with Tavis Hall, Executive Director of Experience Waterloo, on Jan 22. 2020.
Providing Iowans with Accessible and Affordable Healthcare
Iowa’s health care system continues to be in crisis as the number of Iowans without health insurance increases, Medicaid privatization problems continue, and the cost of insurance premiums and prescription drugs continue to rise.
Over 100 health care facilities and providers have been closed over the last decade, many in rural areas. While the state has recently reformed our mental health system, too many Iowans who need mental health services still can’t get them.
After listening to Iowans last summer and fall, House Democrats will be working this session to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for Iowans, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Other bills they will be working on this year include expanding mental health services for kids and adults; lowering the cost of prescription drugs; and encouraging more Iowans to become first responders in rural communities so families can get help in an emergency.
Veterans Day at the Statehouse
Veterans and their families traveled to Des Moines for Veterans Day on the Hill on Wednesday. Throughout the day, veterans met with legislators to discuss the priorities of the Veterans Commission.
For the 2020 Legislative session, the Veterans Commission will work to protect programs and agencies such as the Iowa Veterans Home, the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, and the Military Home Ownership Program.
The Veterans Commission is a group of representatives from various veterans’ organizations across Iowa who work collectively to develop and advance policy ideas to assist veterans and their families.
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