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What's New on the Hill?

Another week of session has gone by and the legislature is just starting to slow down. With that being said, we were able to celebrate a victory this week. Our funding formula priority bill was able to pass out of the Senate 47-1. We look forward to the bill moving forward in the House and further discussion on the topic. You will also see below that the Appropriations bills have begun being dropped. These are currently just bill forms of the Governor's proposals, so we will be closely monitoring any changes to the bills. 

Here are the bills you will want to pay the most attention to in the next week:  

HF 2615 exempts CCTCs from the cap on shared operational functioning for supplementary weighting purposes. As our second major priority, we are waiting for it to be heard on the Senate floor!

HJR 2006/SSB 3142 requires that any bill that increase the individual income tax rate or corporate income tax rate be adopted by at least two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the general assembly. 

SF 2377 is the Governor's Reorganization Clean-Up bill that removes community colleges from the implementation requirement for AEL programs. 

SF 2391 requires community colleges to establish policies that prohibit the purchase of a food product that is misbranded as a meat product or that is a cultivated-protein food product. This bill has been placed on the House Calendar. 

SF 2411 is the Last-Dollar Scholarship and Work-Based Learning bill. It did pass out of the Senate Committee and will now need to be passed on the Senate floor. 

SSB 3189 requires that income tax be based upon a single rate and prohibits a graduated rate. This bill was passed out of Senate Committee Wednesday and now awaits being renumbered. 

SSB 3191 appropriates $2,608,109 to corrections education. 

SSB 3192 appropriates $6.9m to IWD field offices; $387k to the offender reentry program; $250k to the Summer Youth Intern Pilot Program; $6m to AEL programs; $2m to Manufacturing 4.0; $760k to registered apprenticeships; $633k to STEM internships; and $100,000 to develop a long-term sustained program to train unemployed and underemployed central Iowans with skills necessary to advance to higher-paying jobs w/ full benefits. 

For more info, our Bill Tracker is up-and-running and more details will be available here: 2024 Bill Tracker | Community Colleges for Iowa (ccforiowa.org)

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