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Dems: Ross Wilburn Wins Special Election in Story County

August 7, 2019

Ross Wilburn of Ames won election to the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday night in Story County. The special election was called after former State Representative Lisa Heddens of Ames resigned to take a seat on the Story County Board of Supervi...

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Dems: High School Students Encouraged to Serve as Iowa Legislative Pages

August 6, 2019

The Iowa Legislature is looking for high school students to learn more about the legislative process by applying to serve as a Legislative Page in the Iowa House of Representatives for the 2020 legislative session. Legislative Pages provide invaluable ...

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Dems: House Democrats Call for Immediate Oversight Hearing on Foxhoven Illegal Action Claim

July 22, 2019

Des Moines, IA -- State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee submitted a formal letter to the House Oversight Committee to open an investigation into the forced resignation of former Department of Human Servic...

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Dems: Next Steps in the Fight for Iowa Medical Cannabis Reforms

July 1, 2019

Legislative advocates for reforming Iowa’s “worst in the nation” medical cannabis program say they will keep fighting for reforms overwhelmingly vetoed by Governor Reynolds. “Representative Forbes and I called on our colleagues to join us in calling fo...

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Dems: Ross Wilburn Wins Democratic Nomination for Special Election in Ames

June 29, 2019

Ross Wilburn was selected by local Democrats today to be the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the special election set for Tuesday, August 6 in Story County.  The special election was called after former State Representative Lisa Heddens ...

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Dems: New Laws Starting July 1

June 28, 2019

A host of new laws will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. A number of bi-partisan bills were passed during the 2019 Legislative Session designed to protect Iowans.  In an effort to curb the abuse of opioids in Iowa, a new...

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Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. April 4 – Wed. April 10

April 11, 2019
Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. April 4 – Wed. April 10

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. April 4 – Wed. April 10, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 674        Automated Traffic Enforcement. Establishes traffic camera regulation for local cities and law enforcement (passed House Appropriation...

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Dems: Second Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

April 8, 2019
Dems: Second Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 8, the Legislature hit the second self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or S...

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Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3

April 4, 2019
Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture SF 170          Agriculture Extension Offices.  Changes the dates and process for filling vacancies on ag extension councils.  (passed Committee 21-0)...

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Dems: House Democrats Offer Plan to End Medicaid Privatization

April 1, 2019
Dems: House Democrats Offer Plan to End Medicaid Privatization

After UnitedHealthcare announced they are leaving Iowa on Friday, Iowa House Democrats offered a plan today to finally end Medicaid privatization and put Iowans back in charge of health care. “Enough is enough. With 425,000 Iowans facing another disrup...

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