The Iowa Senate passed two controversial bills last week on tax reform and abortion restrictions.
Two controversial bills passed the Iowa Senate last week to cut more than $1 billion in taxes and further restrict access to abortion in Iowa.
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The Republican-led tax bill would make significant changes to several aspects of the tax code including filing for individuals, small businesses and corporations. Provisions of the bill include lowering the top individual rate from 8.98 percent to 6.3 percent; dropping the corporate tax rate from 12 percent to 7 percent; and eliminating federal deductibility.
It passed 29-21 Wednesday night along party lines.
Despite Republicans' insistence the cuts will stimulate the state's economy, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency predicts the general fund will lose $207.8 million in revenue next year. By 2023, the projection balloons to $1.1 billion.
How your lawmakers voted:
Sen. Tom Greene, R-Burlington — Yes
Sen. Rich Taylor, D-Mount Pleasant — No
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Sen. Amy Sinclair's legislation takes abortion restrictions beyond those of any other state by banning the procedure for women once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The bill does not make exceptions in cases of rape, incest or genetic anomaly. Under this bill, a doctor could legally perform an abortion only if a medical emergency occurred.
A physician performing an abortion outside guidelines of the legislation would be charged with a felony.
How your lawmakers voted:
Greene — Yes
Taylor — No
In the House of Representatives, legislators unanimously passed a bill to help combat opioid addiction and curb the over-prescription of painkillers.
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Rep. Dave Heaton, R-Mount Pleasant, added an amendment to the legislation requiring governing boards of physicians, nurses and dentists to adopt rules mandating their health care professionals receive ongoing education about prescribing opioids as a condition of licensure.
The bill also mandates all physicians prescribing opioids in Iowa register for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP); requires pharmacies and physicians dispensing opioids report prescriptions to the PMP by the next business day; establishes criteria within the board of pharmacy to identify patients potentially misusing or abusing prescription painkillers; and institutes a “good Samaritan” law so people seeking drug addiction treatment for themselves or others can’t be arrested or prosecuted for certain controlled substance-related violations.
A recent Iowa Department of Public Health study found opioid overdoses and related deaths have more than doubled in the state since 2005.
Also last week, the Senate approved a $32 million increase in state supplemental aid for K-12 public schools, putting House File 2230 in line for approval by Gov. Kim Reynolds.