"Veterans can depend on Kelley"

Letter to the Editor, Newton Daily News, April 22, 2016: From making sure veterans can get the property tax credit they’ve earned to helping veterans find jobs after their service, Dan has always stood up for Iowa veterans and military families.

Iowa Veterans can count on Dan to do what’s best for us in the Iowa House without worrying about politics.

Todd Prichard
Charles City, Iowa

Applauding the Carbon Monoxide Detector Bill

April 14, 2016. I've been working on the carbon monoxide detector bil throughout the legislative session as the Ranking Member so I was pleased to see it signed into law by the Governor. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas so my hope is this new law will save lives. The bill, Senate File 2219, directs the State Fire Marshal to develop rules to administer requirements that are similar to those in place for smoke detectors. A person who files for the homestead tax credit is required to have a carbon monoxide detector or a plan to have one installed inthe next thirty days.

Dan Kelley audio concerning 2016 Iowa House water quality planWater Quality Plan Falls Short

April 12, 2016. A Republican water quality plan approved by the Iowa House on April 12 falls well short of the need and still scoops money from public schools.

The Republican water quality plan will actually do very little to clean up our waterways and it doesn’t come close to meeting the $5 billion need. I believe any plan we approve must have strong accountability measures and not divert money from other priorities in public education and health care. It’s also essential that water quality plans start at the watershed level to make a difference.

The House Republican bill approved by the House would dedicate $5 million from state gaming revenues for farming conservation practices to support long-term infrastructure projects such as terraces, wetlands, buffer strips and grass waterways. The bill would also divert an additional $20 million annually from the state’s general fund, which already pays for key state priorities like education and health care.

Currently, Iowa already spends about $20 million annually to improve water quality. However, it falls short of the estimated $5 billion needed, which was identified by the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

House File 2451 now goes to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future.

Kelley @ the Capitol: House Republicans' Historic Education Funding Failure

For all of 2016's Kelly@the Capital updates, visit the Updates page.

March 25, 2016. I was proud to stand with teachers, kids, and parents this week by opposing a deal reached by House Republican leaders that will shortchange public schools next year. I believe it’s time for our public schools to be the top priority of the Iowa Legislature again.

I’ve talked with many teachers and administrators throughout Jasper County about the Republican proposal. There is serious concern from educators and parents in each of the school districts I represent. I share their concern and vote accordingly.

Years of stagnant state investment in our public schools by House Republicans have real consequences for our schools, including teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, outdated technology, and old textbooks for kids. For the last six years, Republicans have broken state law and put Iowa schools on the back burner. As a result, our public schools have received the lowest funding levels in Iowa history and, unfortunately, the deal approved by House Republicans this week is no different.

We’ve already heard from school leaders across the state about the impact of the Republican deal. In Davenport, they have to cut $5.5 million, which means closing a school and reducing at least 24 teachers and staff. In Cedar Rapids, they will eliminate 12 high school teachers, and Des Moines has already eliminated 70 positions due to budget uncertainty. Under the Republican deal, at least one in three Iowa school districts will be forced to raise property taxes to make up for inadequate state funding.

House Republicans were two years behind in setting basic funding for public schools, often called “State Supplemental Aid” or “Allowable Growth.” Democrats had approved 4% earlier in the session, and the House passed 2%, creating a conference committee formed to reach a resolution. While over 400 days late, the deal reached this week means schools will get just a 2.25% increase next year.

Many school leaders have already said the deal does not provide enough to keep up with rising costs. 
According to Iowa law, public school funding was to be set by lawmakers last session. The law requires public school funding be set first, 18 months in advance, so schools can plan and prepare children for today’s competitive workforce. This year marks the sixth year in a row that House Republicans have refused to follow the law.

While the issue is resolved for the upcoming school year, the school funding deadline has already passed for the 2017-2018 school year, and Republican leaders say they are unlikely to bring the bill up before adjourning for the year.

Republicans are quick to claim the state doesn’t have enough money to adequately invest in public schools this year, but the reality is the Republicans have ignored public schools to make room for over $750 million in corporate tax cuts the last several years. The bottom line is the Republican school-funding deal will reduce opportunities for 560,000 kids in Iowa public schools who don’t get a second chance at school.

For all of 2016's Kelly@the Capital updates, visit the Updates page.

"Kelley asset to DMACC veterans"

Letter to the Editor, Newton Daily News, March 23, 2016: During the 12 and a half years I spent as Veterans Services Coordinator for Des Moines Area Community College, there were many times I had to refer my veteran students to their local representatives for help because the problems were frequently state-related. Several of those vets were Newton DMACC students, and so I had them call Rep. Dan Kelley. Without exception they came back to me with positive comments regarding his assistance in providing resources and pertinent information that helped them resolve VA problems, especially when it came to accessing their education benefits.

Pat Butin
Newton, Iowa

Comments on IUB Approval of Dakota Access Crude Oil Pipeline

March 17, 2016. On March 10, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) approved a permit for Dakota Access to build a pipeline across Iowa, granting the company the power of eminent domain.

The IUB is out of step with most Iowans. Three out of every four Iowans polled believe that a private, for-profit company should not be allowed to condemn land for a privately-owned pipeline.

Last year, a bipartisan effort to tighten eminent domain law saw plenty of discussion, but never came up for a vote in the House or Senate. Now that it's clear that the IUB is going to listen to power and money instead of the people of Iowa, it's time for the Legislature to step forward and clarify that eminent domain must only be used for a genuine public purpose — as was intended by the historic 2006 eminent domain law that passed both chambers by overwhelming majorities.

I'm committed to doing everything I can to see that such legislation passes the Iowa House. The first step I'm taking is to talk with key Republicans about hosting a public hearing in the House, so lawmakers can hear how Iowans feel about the issue — whether they're for or against the pipeline.

Contact me if you want to learn more about the issue, if you want to share your opinion with me directly, or if you'd like to participate in the public hearing. Thanks.


March 3, 2016. Representative Dan Kelley of Jasper County announced today that the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship had announced an expanded program for high school students. The Clay Center, an innovative non-profit designed to educate a new generation of leaders in the essential skills of negotiation, dialogue, and compromise, has held Student Congresses for much of the past decade, but is now offering an expanded program.

“The Henry Clay Center has been instrumental in my development as a leader,” said Kelley, a Tolls Fellow. “This new expanded program is an amazing opportunity for high school and college students to grow as an individual while making new friends and developing new leadership skills.”

The program, which accepts applications from high school juniors and college juniors, is working in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy. The Student Congress programs are completely free of cost, with travel and lodging expenses included to those selected through the application process.

“With the scholarships available to those selected, this program will ensure that any student, regardless of income, will be able to grow and develop new skills.” said Kelley.

Eligible students can apply here: http://www.henryclaycenter.org/site/student-congress/how-to-apply/. Learn more about the Henry Clay Center here: http://www.henryclaycenter.org/site/.

Representative Kelley addressed realtors from Jasper County during their visit to the State Capitol on March 2, 2016.


February 26, 2016. Representative Dan Kelley of Jasper County announced today that assistance for household heating bills is still available through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“Last year, over 80,000 households received assistance from LIHEAP, and we hope to help Iowan families again this winter,” said Kelly. “There is still funding available, and I encourage families to apply for this program while they still can.”

Families making up to 175% of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive compensation to pay for part of their heating bills over the winter. The program application deadline is April 30, 2016, or until funding runs out.

“Households received on average $445 last year, and could receive as much this year,” added Kelley. “That can make a big difference for families that struggle to stay warm during the winter.”

Eligible Iowans can apply for LIHEAP here: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/where-apply. For more information about LIHEAP, visit the Iowa Department of Human Right’s website: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap.

Kelley: Local Providers Will Continue to Receive Medicaid Payments

February 25, 2016. State Representative Dan Kelley of Newton said he will continue to work with state officials to ensure all local providers receive payments from the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) throughout the transition to Medicaid privatization.

“Citizens on Medicaid in Jasper County should not have to worry about not receiving services due to provider payment issues with Medicaid. I will continue to monitor this issue and any future issues with IME. I encourage any provider or resident with issues related to Medicaid to contact me directly at dan.kelley@legis.iowa.gov,” said Kelley.

“While I firmly believe we should stop the Governor’s plan to privatize Medicaid, I’m going to keep working with providers and citizens in Jasper impacted by this change. We have to make certain that Iowans can still get the services they need locally. I’m going to keep pushing Republicans in the House to take action, provide more oversight, and guarantee that no Iowan falls through the cracks,” added Kelley.

In Iowa, about 560,000 low-income individuals, including children, those with disabilities and the elderly rely on Medicaid health insurance. Medicaid in Iowa spends less per person than the majority of other states, while still providing comprehensive coverage.


February 23, 2016. The World Food Prize Youth Institute is quickly approaching and State Representative Dan Kelley encourages high school students in Iowa to apply to attend the daylong seminar in April.

“This is a great opportunity for students in Iowa,” said Kelley. “The World Food Prize Institute is offering a chance for many to make higher education more affordable.”

The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute will take place at Iowa State University on April 25, 2016, and the students who participate receive a $500 scholarship to Iowa State University in one of the career paths listed on the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute website. These career paths include agricultural business, animal ecology, genetics, dairy science, and more.

Students in eighth grade through twelfth grade interested in participating must contact Jacob Hunter of the World Food Prize at jhunger@worldfoodprize.org or 515-245-3727. The next step is to identify a mentor within the community and start the required Iowa Youth Institute essay. Instructions for the paper are available at www.worldfoodprize.org/iowayouth. Essays must be submitted by March 28, 2016 in order to be considered. More information regarding the process of application is available at www.worldfoodprize.org/iowayouth.


January 26, 2016. State Representative Dan Kelley of Newton will serve on the House Rural Caucus throughout the 2016 legislative session.

“Over the last 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. Being a part of the rural caucus will ensure that rural Iowa gets it’s fair shot to repopulate those areas by capitalizing on the strengths of rural communities to create good jobs and improve the quality of life,” said Kelley.

The Rural Caucus was created because House Democrats recognized the importance of Iowa’s rural economy and wanted to give legislators an opportunity to work together on issues like boosting rural job creation, meeting Iowa’s rural infrastructure needs, guaranteeing adequate resources for rural schools, and addressing poverty in rural Iowa.

“A vibrant ag economy is critical to a strong economy and creating jobs in communities across Iowa. Adding value to the crops for farmers through industries like renewable energy will give our local economy a boost and protect our natural resources,” added Kelley.

The Rural Caucus meets every week to review proposed legislation, hear from various speakers and discuss impending issues that may affect rural Iowa.


January 22, 2016.State Representative Dan Kelley of Newton, who serves on the Iowa House International Relations Committee, welcomed the opening of a new Kosovo Consulate office in Iowa.

“I’m pleased to be able to welcome the Kosovo Consulate to Iowa. With the presence of a Kosovar Consulate in Iowa we can pave the way for new business opportunities between Iowa and Kosovo and may encourage other countries to open a Midwest consulate,” said Kelley. “I am pleased they chose central Iowa over other larger cities in the Midwest.”

Several hundred Iowan service men and women have been stationed in Kosovo over the last decade forming the first ties between the two regions. Kosovo has become one of Iowa’s most active international relationships with over 70 programs that link them with Iowa. In recognition of this relationship, Kosovo is opening a Consulate in Des Moines, which is the first international consulate in the state and Kosovo’s second within the United States.

“As a member of the Iowa House International Relations Committee, I recognize Kosovo’s strategic regional importance, as well as the benefits of cultural and economic exchange between Iowa and Kosovo,” added Kelley. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this historic consulate opening.”

The Iowa House International Relations Committee is comprised of five state senators and six state representatives and meets to develop goals and procedures that will facilitate international communication between the Iowa General Assembly and foreign governments.

Let’s work together to stop human trafficking

January 20, 2016. A special hearing was held at the State Capitol Tuesday on human trafficking. Rep. Dan Kelley was one of the lawmaker who attended and heard testimony from Iowans, including several from Newton.

“Human trafficking is ‘modern-day-sex-and-labor-slavery’ and it must be stopped.  I'm helping with bi-partisan efforts to enact solutions and protections for victims while ensuring justice. It's time for our best efforts statewide and in Jasper County,” said Rep. Kelley, D-Newton.

One of the experts cited communities in Jasper County in need of additional awareness because of a combination of drug concerns as well as interstate access to larger cities, such as Chicago. Victims of sex and labor trafficking are exploited through physical/emotional abuse and brainwashing techniques. Homelessness, hunger, and drug addiction are among factors making teens and others vulnerable.

“We must empower educators, parents, doctors, judges, mental health and law enforcement professionals with the tools to protect Iowa's children. It’s time to work together to make sure human trafficking doesn’t happen in Newton or anywhere in Iowa,” added Kelley. Learn more at https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/state/iowa.

Representative Kelley met with President and CEO of Special Olympics Iowa Gary Harms and Special Olympics athlete Tyler Steinke during their time at the State Capitol on March 1, 2016.


I'm Dan Kelley, a long-time resident of Jasper County. I serve in the Iowa House representing the 29th District. I am commited to being your voice in the Statehouse!


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