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With a mix of solemnity and promises of bipartisanship, the first day of Iowa’s 84th general session of the Iowa General Assembly began on Monday January 10. The session promises to close in April, but it faces considerable obstacles.
As you know, the House is now controlled by Republicans with Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, having a 60-40 majority. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, has a thin 26-23 majority, with one seat facing special election yet this month.
Action Items for Cable
Cable television operators are considering legislation regarding their right of entry into multi-unit housing projects. Iowa’s policy of promoting investment in broadband is at risk if housing agents can enter into exclusive agreements with companies which do not offer the same quality of service as the cable provider or telephone company in their area.
The ICN is likely to be considered again. Industry leaders are discussing whether or not the state customer based can be opened for private operators as well as the ICN.
Property taxes are again an item of discussion as recent studies have made it clear that commercial property owners pay a disproportionate share of property taxes.
Dues are unchanged again this year. If you haven’t received your dues statement, you will soon.
Contact me any time. While I am at the Capitol during session, the easiest way to reach me will be on my cell phone.
Thanks! Tom Graves