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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: The Truth About the GOP Tax Bill

June 1, 2018
Dems: Inside the Iowa House: The Truth About the GOP Tax Bill

In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans.  This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law. Before session began,...

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Dems: Continuing to Support Iowa’s Veterans

May 28, 2018
Dems: Continuing to Support Iowa’s Veterans

This year, the Iowa Legislature continued to thank and support Iowa’s veterans and their families for the services and sacrifices they’ve made for our state and country. Several bills were passed and sent to the Governor this session that will assist v...

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Dems: Legislature Creates More Protections for Consumers

May 26, 2018
Dems: Legislature Creates More Protections for Consumers

Iowa lawmakers enacted several new consumer protections this year, including credit security freezes and “skimming” devices attached to gas pumps and ATM’s. Senate File 2177 gives consumers that seek credit freezes more options. The bill prohibits fees...

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Dems: Retirement Systems in Iowa Remain Strong

May 25, 2018
Dems: Retirement Systems in Iowa Remain Strong

Iowa currently maintains four retirement systems in the state for Iowans who work in various careers such as police officers, firefighters, and teachers. Even before session began, lawmakers have been working to make sure Iowans have a strong retiremen...

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Dems: REAP Funded at Lowest Level in Over a Decade

May 24, 2018
Dems: REAP Funded at Lowest Level in Over a Decade

The Resource Enhancement and Protection fund, commonly referred to as REAP, was funded at $12 million in the Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources budget this year. The legislature directed $2 million of this funding, though, to state parks. ...

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Dems: Lawmakers Continue the Push to End Medicaid Privatization

May 24, 2018
Dems: Lawmakers Continue the Push to End Medicaid Privatization

Ever since the Governor unilaterally privatized Medicaid in 2016, the results have been disastrous for the people of Iowa. Since this time, people have been systematically denied critical care, essential medical equipment, and have had their services s...

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Dems: Skills Training a Focus for Iowa Democrats

May 23, 2018
Dems: Skills Training a Focus for Iowa Democrats

Iowa currently faces a skills gap because there are not enough workers possessing the needed skills for the jobs available. Right now, 55% of jobs available in Iowa are middle skill jobs. These jobs require more than a high school diploma but not a fou...

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Dems: Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

May 22, 2018
Dems: Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Iowa has become the 9th state to pass a law protecting children from school lunch debt food shaming. Lawmakers in Louisiana and Maine are currently considering bills similar to Iowa’s legislation. Under the bill, the following actions are no longer bei...

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Dems: Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

May 21, 2018
Dems: Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

In the closing days of session, Republican lawmakers passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban at just six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. This ban is clearly unconstitutional and the State of Iowa will have to pay thous...

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Dems: Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

May 21, 2018
Dems: Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

The national opioid crisis has extended to Iowa. In 2015, there were 59 opioid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-related deaths in our state. These numbers rose to 86 overdose deaths and 180 opioid-related deaths in 2016. To help address this national pro...

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