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It takes a second to say hello. Or to save a life. As National Stroke Awareness Month unfolds for us, it’s a good time to review how to respond to the potentially debilitating or fatal threat of … more
Week 15 in the Iowa Senate was exceptionally busy as we made major strides towards completing the agenda for the year. We ran over fifty bills on the floor, sending them to the House or to the … more
Session is coming to an end very soon, but we have still been working hard to get things done. This week we have debated and passed more legislation. Last week House Republicans released their … more
I have never been a fireman, that being said I have known a few. They all seem to share a strong sense of duty, a passion for their job, know who they are. The term, a band of brothers, comes to … more
Week 7 was an extremely busy week. There was a full schedule of subcommittee meetings from the time I arrived all throughout the week. This work is all in preparation for the first funnel deadline … more
Funnel week is next week and that means it is very busy here in the Iowa House. Many, many subcommittees are meeting in an effort to get bills moving through committee. I also served on 3 … more
  This week the Senate was hard at work trying to get everything in order before the first “Funnel Week” arrives, coming up during first part of March. By this time, all Senate … more
During Monday’s Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee we heard a presentation given by Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority. On … more
For years, Celina Karp Biniaz lived a quiet life in Iowa. Little did those around her realize the horrors she had experienced in the Nazi Holocaust. William B. Friedricks, professor emeritus of … more
China represents the greatest threat to our national, economic, energy, and food security. From buying up American farmland to stonewalling investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, … more
On Monday I started my day receiving a draft of a bill I recently filed for a constituent and approving another bill to be drafted. One bill is a companion to Rep. Jones’ bill in the House … more
One highlight I forgot to mention from last week happened on Thursday during debate. I was the floor manager for HF 150 (formerly known as HF 25). I was also the chair of the subcommittee for this … more
A recent public opinion poll found that three-quarters of Americans want members of Congress to end their bickering and begin compromising more with their colleagues from the other party. The poll … more
Funeral services for Allan Heebner, 63, of Estherville, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel, Estherville, with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. … more
It has been another busy week here in Des Moines. There have been a lot of committee and subcommittee meetings going on plus a few debates. Tuesday was especially busy here because it was FFA Day on … more
The fourth week of session was busy, but the fifth week promises to be more intense as the first deadline for filing bills is February 10. Over the last several weeks, as the chair of the … more
Those who know me know I can get more than a little excited about our local history. A month ago Mike Maloney, 94 years young and a Museum board member, and I got to talking. The Rock Garden, Jesse … more
The Rowley Report In the Senate this week my attention was focused on presenting new bills in subcommittee as well as standing committees, and of course there was the long debate over HF 68 i.e. … more
It is the end of week 3 here at the capitol. A lot of exciting things have happened this week. Yesterday I was able to meet Kevin Dong, a pharmacy student at the University of Iowa College of … more
On Tuesday, I was able to serve on my first subcommittee for this session where we discussed and passed HSB 2. This was the first among many subcommittees I will be taking part in this legislative … more
The Legislature wrote Iowa’s public records law 55 years ago, and one of the tenets of the statute was the belief people deserve to know how state and local governments spend their tax … more
It is hard to believe another year has come and gone. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season visiting with family and friends. The preparation to celebrate is so busy, busy, hurry, hurry and … more
  The 90th General Assembly kicked off on Monday, January 9, 2023, starting with our new Iowa Senate President Amy Sinclair taking the oath of office. President Sinclair then gave the oath … more
Week 1 is in the books, and the 90th General Assembly is well underway. It has been a busy week full of meetings and committees. This year I am on the following committees: Administration and Rules, … more
Radon: what is it and where does it come from? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed by the decay of uranium in the earth’s soil. Radon is invisible, tasteless, and odorless. It … more
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