Shannon was elected to represent rural Dubuque County in November of 2016. Her one and only campaign promise was that she would listen to the voters in her district. Shannon fulfills that promise every day. She championed the largest pro-life legislation in Iowa history, helping to protect the civil liberties of unborn babies in the State of Iowa, She supported legislation that gave schools more flexibility in their funding, helped to re-balance the worker's comp and mal-practice scales in the state and fought tirelessly in support of issues that affect our most vulnerable residents like our handicapped, veterans and elderly.
Shannon was born and raised in Dubuque by her parents Rich and Lynne Fluhr, along with three younger sisters. She attended Holy Ghost Grade School and graduated from Wahlert High School before attending Midwest Travel Institute in Davenport, Iowa. Shannon earned her certificate as a Certified Travel Planner and began her career in the hospitality industry working at a local travel agency and then moved into sales and event management, working for local casinos and hotels. in 2001 she was hired as the General Manager of the Dubuque County Fair Association. When she joined the Fair, they were working their way out of a large debt crisis. Shannon contributed to its revitalization and worked with the board to grow every aspect of the organization. When she left in 2006, the fair was celebrating it's highest attendance numbers and its financial stability was stronger than it had been in decades. Shannon left her position with the Fair to help her family open a restaurant in Peosta, Iowa. Trackside Bar & Grill has been a successful staple in Western Dubuque County for more than 11 years now. Lundgren has been married to her husband Charlie for 27 years and they have two beautiful daughters Alexis and Sydney.
Shannon currently serves on the Advisory Board at the Center for Business Growth and Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa and as a Board Member of the Greater Dubuque Devolopment Corporation.
I believe that your money, belongs in your pocket and that you spend it best. Iowa's tax code is outdated and overly complex and boasts some of the highest income tax rates in the entire country. By passing a tax reform bill this session, we have taken a conservative approach that will reduce the tax burden on Iowans putting more money in your pocket, while protecting budget sustainability now and in the future.
After working with families and their providers through Iowa's Medicaid program, I am pleased that we have passed legislation that will Hold MCOs Accountable to Providers: Require MCOs to pay providers in a timely manner and provide justification for denying a claim Require evaluation of all prior authorization requirements by MCOs Require a uniform credentialing process between all MCOs Require mental health and substance abuse services to be
paid for court committed individuals
Holding MCOs Accountable to Members: Require the state to review any decrease in level of care for a LTSS member by an MCO Extend services for a member that has won on appeal against an MCO Require an evaluation of health home services with providers and the MCOs
Stronger Oversight of the Medicaid System: Require the state to update Medicaid eligibility files promptly to provide notice to providers Require an audit of small LTSS claims paid or denied by MCOs.
This is our second attempt to have this legislation passed by the Senate on managed care. I remain committed to passing meaningful managed care legislation and to have it signed by the Governor this year.
I am dedicated to assisting any Medicaid member or provider that is having issues navigating the managed care program. The MCOs are contractors for the state, and they should be held accountable if they are not fulfilling the obligations to the state and those it serves.
In Iowa, we are facing an epidemic and Dubuque County is at the forefront of the strategy to reduce it's impact on Iowans lives. Opioid use and addiction is on a nationwide rise. I have been serving on the Governor's Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee. The study committee was established during the past legislative session and is made up of members from both parties in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate.
The goal of this committee is to comprehensively evaluate the state’s response to the opioid epidemic in Iowa, including a review of the protocols and practices related to the prescribing of opioid medications and the treatment options available.
During the meeting, our committee spoke with several key stakeholders, including state health officials, health care professionals, law enforcement officials, and members of the medical community, about ways to reduce opioid dependence and combat this ever-growing problem.
The committee will submit a report that includes findings and recommendations on how to combat the epidemic to the Governor and Legislature by November 15.
While not as bad as many other states, dependence on opioids has become a serious health problem in Iowa and many Iowans don’t understand the extent of this issue. It’s not just the people who abuse drugs like heroin. A lot of people become addicted to opioids following a serious injury that required prescription painkillers and it spiraled from there. So many Iowans have been effected by this growing problem.
This is a critically important issue that requires bipartisan solutions. I am committed to working with fellow legislators from both parties to reduce opioid dependence and abuse in Iowa.
During the 2017 session, I was a leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic. I floor managed House File 532 which would have required prescribing practitioners to register with the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). This would encourage the use of the PMP to prevent doctor shopping and prescription drug abuse.
I also voted in support of House Files 523 and 524, which also dealt with responses to the opioid epidemic and opioid-related issues.
In 2018, I sponsored and passed comprehensive legislation to address Iowa’s growing opioid epidemic issues. HF2499 addressed Pharmacy practice issues, Good Samaritan allowance, treatment options, and prevention methods. This bill was signed by the Governor and it will save lives.
During this past session, Iowans boldly took another stand for our unborn babies! Passage of SF 359 limits abortions in Iowa after a heartbeat is detected. This is one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. It was signed by the Governor this spring.
SF 471 as passed in 2017 and still stands as our Heartbeat bill is challenged in the legal system. This bill restricts abortions after 5-months of pregnancy. It also requires a 72-hour waiting period and an ultrasound prior to having an abortion.
This Legislation saves about a baby a week in the State of Iowa.
Iowa also passed a law to defund family planning organizations (such as Planned Parenthood) who provide abortions. Iowans spoke up adamantly that they do not want their tax dollars going to organizations that provides such services and the Iowa House and Senate listened!
During the 2017 session, we passed the Iowa Voter Integrity and Modernization Act. This requires voters to show an ID to vote in any public election. There are several documents that are acceptable and include DOT issued driver and non-operator licenses, Passports, Military ID, Veterans ID and of course for those without one of the listed documents, they will receive a Voter ID Card. This bill also shortens the length of time that absentee ballots can be mailed out and establishes a revolving fund that counties can use to upgrade election equipment if they choose to do so.
The expansion of 2nd Amendment rights to Iowa's law abiding citizens was major accomplishment in 2017. Allowing a person to protect themselves and their property in instances where their life is being threatened. It also allows parents to teach their children responsible pistol usage (they can already do it with long guns), and allows Iowans with a valid permit to carry in the Capitol. There are still restrictions on Schools. In addition to Counties and Cities can pass resolutions that would keep permit holders from carrying in public facilities if they choose to do so.
In 2018, the Iowa Legislature voted on several measures that were important to our Schools and were priorities for our School Boards. We extended the SAVE (Secure and Advance Vision for Education) Fund, Addressed Transportation cost relief and equity funding, and again moved towards flexibility spending which included uses of dollars for students at-risk of dropping out of school, and dollars used for class-size reduction as well as early literacy efforts.
We also addressed school safety issues to ensure a safe learning environment for our kids and those who support them while they are there. A bill was passed requiring every school in the state to have a high quality security plan in place, coordinating with local law enforcement and emergency management agencies to draft the plan and conduct drills. In the flexibility bill a provision was added to allow districts an additional option to hire school security staff. And in the SAVE bill, language was added to specifically spell out that districts could use the millions in infrastructure dollars they receive every year to through secure entrances, emergency alert systems, camera systems, lockdown systems, and other options.