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Special Election Information: January 26
Voters living in Senate District 41 will go to the polls on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 to select a new state senator.  We wanted to make sure those... Read More...
SPECIAL ELECTION SET: January 26, 2021
Ottumwa physician Mariannette Miller-Meeks has been "provisionally" sworn in as a U.S. Representative, as she awaits the review by a Congressional... Read More...
Many of you have asked what the next legislative session will be like.  Our answer continues to be - who knows!  At this point, we believe the Iowa... Read More...
2021 Committees Assigned
Each legislator serves on several committees - standing committees that deal with policy issues in a certain area, and budget (appropriations)... Read More...
Revenues Holding Steady, State Economy Looking Good
Every year we talk about the way Iowa budgets.  It all starts with the law that only allows the state to spend 99% of the money it collects each... Read More...

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There has been a lot of attention paid nationally to service animals and emotional support animals, and the difference between them.    Here in Iowa, two legislators have introduced bills that address service animals.

  • Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) sponsored HF 2089, which makes it a crime to mistreat a service dog.  The bill is limited to dogs - it does not refer to other service animals.  The bill is in the House Judiciary Commitee, but it has not yet been assigned a subcommittee.
  • The first House bill introduced this year (HF 2001) was sponsored by Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville).  This bill allows the removal of service dogs from a rental property if the service animal is out of control or the owner refuses to bring the animal under control, the animal is unable to control their urination or bowel movements, or the animal is a threat to the health and safety of others.  People who misrepresent their animal as a "service animal" can be charged with a simple misdemeanor - including if they falsify documents, put on a harness or vest that misrepresents their status as a service animal, or falsely states the animal is a service animal.  This subcommittee meets on Tuesday (Feb. 6) at 11 am in the House Lounge.  Stay tuned for updates on this.