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1 Efforts on three reforms begin to come to fruition in Iowa legislature
by Ken Rizer State Representative · Opinions | March 23rd, 2017

Getting House colleagues to agree with various proposals is always a challenge, but I've found that persistence pays off. This week, three issues I've been personally working for years all came to a head and passed significant hurdles. I am proud to announce that my efforts on synthetic drugs, privacy rights, and alcohol reform all passed major milestones en route to becoming law.

2 New voter ID requirement to help eliminate voter fraud
by Ken Rizer State Representative · News | March 16th, 2017

Iowa is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to elections. The Election Modernization and Integrity Act will make us the best; improving voter satisfaction, confidence, and security while ensuring access.
3 Election process to improve through new bill in Iowa
by Ken Rizer State Representative · Opinions | March 9th, 2017

Iowans should have confidence in their elections. Measures should be in place to assure participants that our system is fair, clean, and doesn't disenfranchise eligible voters. The Election Modernization and Verification Act gives Iowans those assurances. House Republicans have been working with Secretary of State Paul Pate on improvements to Iowa's election process. These improvements include: voter verification, streamlining the process to make voting easier, make it harder to cheat, and not turning anyone away from the polls.
4 Alcohol reform to increase economic development
by Ken Rizer State Representative · Opinions | March 2nd, 2017

Two years ago I was enjoying a nice dinner, entertainment, and a glass of wine at Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in nearby Swisher. I knew that Cedar Ridge produced bourbon whiskey on site as well, so I asked for a glass of that. "I'm sorry," said the waitress, "it is against the law for us to serve that here." "How could that be," I asked, "when it's produced right here?" Turns out Iowa's outdated alcohol law had failed to keep up with the rapid growth of not just micro-distilleries, but wineries, microbreweries, and brewpubs as well. Iowa's law failed to provide equity across these different sectors, hurting job growth and economic development.
5 Saving money through new collective bargaining bill
by Ken Rizer State Representative · Opinions | February 23rd, 2017

After three days of intense debate, today I was proud to vote for public sector collective bargaining reform. I voted for this bill for one overriding reason: to save Iowa's public schools.
6 Vote to increase public education spending
by Ken Rizer State Representative · Opinions | February 16th, 2017

As a new educator and a parent to four public school-educated children, properly funding our schools is a top priority for me. That's why I ran on a platform of increasing public education spending. This week I lived up to that promise, voting to increase K-12 funding by $40 million for next fiscal year. For the first time in a long time, we passed and the Governor signed the school funding bill in the first 30 days of session, giving our schools the surety they need to validate their budgets this spring.
7 New bill approved to protect electronic devices and data
by Ken Rizer State Representative · Opinions | February 9th, 2017

I had the honor this week running through the House Judiciary Committee House Joint Resolution 1, an amendment to the Iowa Constitution, to unanimous approval. The bill will add "electronic communications and data" to those things afforded protection against unreasonable search and seizure. In order to amend the Constitution, the bill must receive Senate passage this year, and then be passed again in both chambers during the next General Assembly. Following that, it will be added to the 2020 ballot for a vote of the people. After clearing all these hurdles, it will go into effect July 1, 2021. Iowa would then become the 4th state in the union to provide such constitutional protections to its people.
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