Gustafson: School penny tax, gun rights, judicial reform among bills still alive

Gustafson: School penny tax, gun rights, judicial reform among bills still alive

Gun Rights

State Rep. Stan Gustafson met with Jennifer Lohner of Norwalk, from the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa, at the Capitol last week. (Photo: Special to the Register) Last week was funnel week. A bill is required to pass at least one committee in either the House or Senate, or it is considered “dead” for the session. Usually a bill is not moved forward because it lacks support or needs improvement over the interim before next year’s session. The funnel does not apply to Appropriations or Ways and Means bills. You can check on the status of a Bill by going to the Legislative website: www.legis.iowa.gov. Bills that have survived the funnel include: SAVE: HF 546 extends the school infrastructure penny through 2050. This ensures that schools have the resources needed for safe and modern facilities while delivering significant tax relief to local property taxpayers. It also provides funds to enhance school security, ensure state of the art classroom technology and address the worker shortage through career academies. Children’s mental health: Last session the Legislature passed landmark mental health legislation that fills many of the gaps in Iowa’s adult mental health system. This session, the House is working to advance legislation (HSB 206) that establishes the framework for a children’s mental health system to ensure Iowa children can access the services and support that they need. Second Amendment rights: Iowa is one of only six states that does not include Second Amendment protections in its state constitution. It […]

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