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Capital Comments by Rep. Todd Prichard (3-28-14)

Capital Comments by Rep. Todd Prichard (3-28-14)

Capitol Comments By Representative Todd Prichard: Greetings from the Statehouse. The session is starting to wind down but the workload is still at high volume as the House and Senate try to finish the remaining business. I worked on a number of bills this week ranging from first-time homeownership to military retiree benefits. One bill

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Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm Column: Efforts Continue To Boost Water Quality

March 27th 2014 Column by Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm: The Legislature voted last year to improve Iowa’s water, environment and recreational opportunities by investing in programs and partnerships with farmers, landowners and communities. It was a banner year for our state’s natural resources. We continue to build on that success through initiatives to implement the

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Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm Column: Celebrating 25 Years Of REAP

March 20th 2014 Column by Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm: The foundation of Iowa’s economy and way of life is rooted in our abundant resources, both natural and cultural. Our rich soils, plentiful water and other assets make Iowa a great place for agriculture and manufacturing. They also offer residents a good quality of life. Preservation

Representative Todd Prichard was happy to have his family, wife Ann, daughters Katie and Emma and son Owen at the Capitol this week during spring break.

Capitol Comments by Rep. Todd Prichard (3-15-14)

Another week has come to an end in the Iowa House. As it was spring break in Charles City, my family spent a few days with me at the State House. It was fun to have them along for a few days in Des Moines. In other business the majority party has failed to set


Candidate for US Senate Visits Charles City

Charles City, IA -Des Moines native, and US Senatorial hopeful Mark Jacobs made a stop in Charles City on Friday, visiting the Mitas Tires Plant and also the KCHA studios. Jacobs, who described himself as a businessman, is a retired CEO of Reliant Energy and thinks the government needs a business approach, putting jobs first.

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Q & A on National Guard with Sen. Grassley

Q: What are your thoughts on the President’s military budget proposal? A: First, getting this administration to propose less federal spending in any area ought to be music to the ears of the taxpaying public. It’s long overdue for Washington to exercise across-the-board fiscal discipline and dial back Uncle Sam’s spending spree that puts taxpayers

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Gas Station Updates Help Iowans Maintain Independence

The following is by Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm: As a state, we want all Iowans on the move. We all need to get to work, pick up groceries, drive our kids to school and more. This includes those living with disabilities, who want to live independently and with dignity. That is the basis for strengthening

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Capitol Comments by Rep. Todd Prchard (2-28-14)

This has been a busy week in the legislature.  I am happy to report that the House passed an important bill dealing with Human Trafficking.  We passed a bill with an amendment I sponsored that allows victims of human trafficking to clear their criminal record.  The bill itself also allows prosecuting attorneys to treat victims

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Sen. Grassley Q&A – Keystone XL Pipeline

Q&A: Keystone XL Pipeline with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Q: What is the status for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project? A: After nearly six years of rigorous regulatory review, approval for the more than 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline remains in limbo. The TransCanada Corporation awaits a U.S. Presidential Permit to begin construction