Nov 12

Life in the Legislature

Representative Kristi Hager House District 56

We are wrapping up our session with Budget Appropriations and the final flurry of bills making it through in this our final week in Des Moines. In future newsletters I will report more of what bills were signed by the Governor into law and a brief overview of what they offer to Iowans.
I had the opportunity this week to travel to Des Moines for a committee meeting — I am assigned to the Sex Offender Research Council — a speaking engagement at Reclaim Iowa Rally, and to attend the Opioids Conference at Drake University supported by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Iowa Department of Public Health, IDPH, Coalition for Public Safety, and Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
In between these meetings I set up time to meet with the bill drafters and staffers on possible legislation and to see how they are coming with submitted legislation. I was also able to connect with a gentleman who is working against human trafficking in the Des Moines area rescuing men and women caught in this cycle and/or struggling with addictions and providing a safe home for them. I recall being first introduced to the closeness of this issue when Bob served at the State House. A rally was held at the Rotunda including testimonies from girls rescued out of Human Trafficking. Thursday afternoon I was able to accompany “John” and two others (one who was one of the rescues) to meet with a young 29 year old. I left as they were taking her to a safe home and gearing up for a drive to pick up another female who was fearing her life after being threatened if she left! This is a real problem not only in Des Moines but closer to our home towns as well. I will be co-sponsoring legislation this upcoming session regarding this issue.
At the Opioids Conference we had the opportunity to hear from two expert panels. One on the topic of “Health Care Provider Strategies to Reduce Opioid Misuse” and the second on “Iowa’s Evolving Response to the Opioid Epidemic”. Attorney General Tom Mill and Governor Kim Reynolds were also featured guest and we were able to hear a testimonial from Caleb on his path “From Pain to Addiction and into Recovery”. Some of this things shared dealt with the transformation of pain management about 20 years ago with the impetus for a patient to be pain free. Many of you are familiar with the Pain Scale of 0-10. This focus on zero pain and what would be effect pain management plan to obtain no pain. This shift helped push opioid sales from $45 million in 1996 to a $1.5 billion dollar industry by 2002. Prior the focus was on how the patient defined what pain is; how was chronic pain impacting their activities of daily living, were prescriptions effective in controlling pain responses to the point of functionality. The IDPH reported “use of opioids (which include heroin and prescription pain relievers) is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in more rural areas of the country….Data collected by the Bureau of Substance Abuse show that treatment admissions related to opioid use have more than tripled since 2005 (from 608 to 2,274 in 2016). During that same time overdose rose from 28 to 86 and deaths from 59 to 180. According to the CDC, in 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescription for opioids–enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. In a study by the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States accounts for nearly 100% of the Hydrocodone used globally and 81% of Oxycodone used.
In 2016, former Governor Branstad signed SF2218 and HF2460 into law, which increased availability of Naloxone (a reversing agent) for persons in a position to assist. There is also a “standing order” allowing a person in a position to assist in the event of an opioid overdose, to go into any participating pharmacy and purchase Naloxone without first having to see a physician.
I know President Trump is looking at the need to address this Opioid epidemic as well. This was a worthwhile conference.
Enjoy what remains of October and as always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns…Kristi Kristi.hager@legis.iowa.gov or call 563-568-1084

Nov 11

Rep. Blum to Host 3rd Annual Women in Business Forum

Washington, November 3, 2017 |
Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced his 3rd annual “Women in Business Forum and Showcase” in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, December 19th, at the Cedar Rapids Library from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. In addition to Congressman Blum, this event will feature a keynote presenter, followed by a panel discussion led by area women business leaders. The keynote speaker and panelists will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

The event will focus on finding solutions and raising awareness about unique issues facing women in business, particularly in the State of Iowa. In an adjacent space, local women-led businesses and organizations will showcase their products and services to attendees.

“As a career small businessman myself, I know firsthand the obstacles that entrepreneurs face,” said Congressman Blum. “This forum is a great opportunity to engage in a discussion about the unique challenges that women experience in the business world, and a chance to highlight the vital role women-led businesses play in our local, state, and national economy.”

Please RSVP to attend the forum & showcase at:http://tinyurl.com/BusinessAttendee2017

Businesses & organizations can reserve a table in the showcase at:http://tinyurl.com/BusinessShowcase2017

For more information about the Women in Business Forum & Showcase, please contact Alexah Rogge atAlexah.Rogge@mail.house.gov or 563-581-8105.

Nov 11

INTERNSHIPS

Washington, DC

In the Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

In Washington, DC, interns’ responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.

District

In the District office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.

To apply, click the “Services” tab on Rep. Blum’s website: blum.house.gov or go to https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships

 

Aug 29

Labor Day Parade Walkers Needed

McGregor’s Annual Labor Day Parade – Sept. 2, 2017

“McGregor Strong”

in celebration of Surviving the Tornado

Lineup beginning at 10:00 a.m. behind the MFL MarMac Middle School, McGregor.

The parade steps off at 11:00 am.

Please join us walking in the parade.
If you can’t join us, but will be at the parade remember to encourage walkers who represent Clayton County Republicans.

Aug 13

Mary Mosiman – State Auditor Fundraising Event

Annual Fundraising Event

Thursday, August 29, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 700 p.m.

Prairie Moon Winery

3801 W 190th Street, Ames, IA

Contributions accepted electronically at www.MaryMosiman.com

Please RSVP by emailing or calling marymosiman2014@gmail.com or 515-203-0058

Aug 13

Lincoln Club Dinner – Monday, August 16, 2017

Clayton County Republicans focus  on a common set of values, a common vision, a common hope and a common desire to elect Republicans. Our mission is to help Republican candidates running for county, state and national offices win  elections.

In the fall, Clayton County Republicans say thank you to the members of  our Lincoln Club at the annual Lincoln Club “Prime Rib” Dinner.

The 2017 Lincoln Club Dinner will be held on
Monday, August 14th in Elkader at
Johnson’s Reception Hall.
Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m.
Meal begins at 6:30 p.m.

Featured speaker: Lt. Col. Andrew Miller of the South Dakota National Guard and retired Marine Aviator

Tickets and memberships for Clayton County Republicans can be purchased online here. 

If you are a current member, please RSVP by calling 563-783-7790 or cciagop@alpinecom.net.

Jun 28

Freedom Versus Liberty

Life in the Legislature
Representative Kristi Hager
House District 56

FREEDOM Versus LIBERTY

July 4th, 1776, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and 241 years later we still celebrate this historic day. I recall the closing comments on SF 489, our Fireworks Bill, given by Rep. Windschitl who spoke of the 4th of July as Freedom, Family Fun and Fireworks. He said the three just go together!

However, to our Founding Fathers, they placed greater value upon Liberty than on Freedom. Thomas Jefferson described liberty in the Declaration of Independence when he wrote that “all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Liberty, second only to life, is a right endowed by the Creator. It is a part of you, just as are your mind, will, emotions, and spirit. It cannot be revoked. Liberty provided for the protection of an individual’s rights. Freedom is something a government grants and by majority rule can vote someone else’s freedom out of existence; liberty is something we own that a government cannot take away. This is why the American Founders established a constitutional republic and not a democracy. Our constitutional republic is a representative form of government where the authority is not to rest with the elected representatives, but rather the Constitution to which they are subject. Or in the words found in the Jaycee Creed, “Government should be of laws rather than of men.”

Maybe Liberty, Laughter/Lunch, and a Light Show could more aptly describe this upcoming 4th of July celebration

The Fireworks Bill was signed into law in May legalizing the sale and use of consumer fireworks/novelties. As with any legislation of this sort, personal responsibility is a must! Important things related to this new legislation: Sales would be allowed from June 1 or June 13 (depending on the structure) through July 8th and December 10 through January 3rd each year. The time allowed for usage of fireworks is restricted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. except on July 4th and the Saturday and Sunday hours extended to 11:00 p.m.

The board of supervisors or city council may prohibit or limit the used of consumer fireworks if they determine that the use constitutes a threat to public safety, private property, or if it would be a nuisance to neighboring landowners. Fireworks may only be sold or purchased by a person eighteen years and older.

A listing of some bills going into effect July 1:

HF565: School District Flexibility Fund, allows for transfer of unused funds from various sources into a “flex” fund to be used to enhance local programs and educational opportunities

SF 234: Texting and Driving, becomes a primary offense allowing an officer to stop or detain solely for texting with the exception of ability to use phone for GPS. Fine is $30.

SF444: 24/7 Sobriety and Distracted Driving, makes our roads safer by addressing impaired driving.

HF296: Synthetic Drugs, makes it easier to prosecute those who create and sell synthetic drugs

HF410: Palmer Amaranth, places this plan on the noxious weed list and prohibits the import, sale or distribution in Iowa. This plant crowds out soybeans, corn, and cotton.

And of course, HF464, Crossing of State Highways by ATV/UTV’s.

A more detailed list of laws can be found at www.iowahouserepublicans.com

Please feel free to contact me at kristi.hager@legis.iowa.gov or call 563-568-1084.

Have a safe and fun 4th,

Kristi

Jun 17

Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Cedar Rapids!

Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Cedar Rapids!
Wednesday, June 21st
7:00 PM
(doors open at 4 PM)
U.S. Cellular Center
370 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.

Get your tickets here:  https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/cedar-rapids-ia   All tickets are subject to first come first serve basis.

Merchandise will be sold at this event. Or you may purchase online at:https://shop.donaldjtrump.com/

May 29

Governor Reynolds Inaugural Celebration

Please join the Republican Party of Iowa as we host an Inaugural Celebration in honor of the 43rd Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s first female Governor.

We are honored to be hosting this historic celebration on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Purchase your tickets here. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attire is black tie optional.
Hors d’ourves will be served and a cash bar will be available for guests.

If you have any questions, please call Laura Steven at the Republican Party of Iowa (515-282-8015) or email her at laura@iowagop.org.

No taxpayer money is being used to host this event or to send this email. Paid for by the Republican Party of Iowa, and not authroized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 

Nov 07

Clayton County Republican Election Night Party – November 8, 2016

Election Night Party

All Clayton County Republicans are invited to join us as we watch the election results on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 beginning at 8:00 p.m.

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