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Dems: Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

May 29, 2017

In a surprise ending, the Legislature passed language that will allow persons with a valid registration card to get cannabidiol with a THC level of not more than 3% in Iowa. This was done as a next step to Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, which left many families without the ability to get the medication…

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Dems: Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

May 25, 2017

Despite objections from thousands of Iowans, Republicans at the State Capitol unraveled 40 years of teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, and other working Iowans having a voice in their own workplace this year. Written behind closed doors without input from Iowa workers, House File 291 gutted public sector collective bargaining rights and returns working Iowans to…

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Dems: Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

May 25, 2017

Breast cancer affects every Iowan in different ways. According to the American Cancer Society, finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. One reason detection can…

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Dems: New Changes for Voting Iowans

May 23, 2017

Voters in Iowa will have more hurdles and less time to vote after Republican lawmakers approved new changes to Iowa’s elections this legislative session. The changes include shortening the voting window and requiring a photo ID to vote. The legislation was pushed by Republican lawmakers despite opposition from both local election officials and voting rights…

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Dems: Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

May 19, 2017

Local governments ability to screen contractors and control costs on large projects are now banned after action taken by Republican lawmakers this year. After the new law, government entities are no longer allowed to have bidders for public contracts fill out a contractor qualification questionnaire as a requirement for the project and bans all government…

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Dems: Iowa Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

May 17, 2017

Iowa has joined the majority of other states in the country that have stricter laws for drivers who text and drive. Previously, Iowans could not be pulled over for only texting while driving, unless they committed another offense for the purpose of the stop. Iowa was one 1 of 5 states in the country that…

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Dems: Homeowners Affected Under New CAFO Law

May 11, 2017

Iowa homeowners whose quality of life or property values have been impacted by confined feeding operations (CAFOS) may now have even fewer options. Under a bill approved by the Republican-led Legislature, if a CAFO moves next to your property and ruins the value and enjoyment of your land, damages are now capped and no further…

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Dems: Changes to Alcohol Policy Could Spur Economic Development

May 9, 2017

The Legislature has approved sweeping changes to Iowa’s alcohol policy intended to encourage economic development and tourism across the state. Some of the main changes will allow for breweries to now sell wine by the glass and small native distillers to sell by the glass to patrons at the distillery, which they could previously not…

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Dems: GOP Turns Budget Surplus to Deficit

May 5, 2017

Lawmakers closed the 2017 legislative session putting the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2018 budget as well as addressing a $131 million state budget deficit in fiscal year 2017. While the state had a $900 million surplus just a few years ago, the deficit was the result of years of mismanagement of the state…

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Dems: Bills Allow Iowa Schools Flexibility in Funding

May 3, 2017

Two bills have been sent to the Governor that allow school districts flexibility in using funds after they have met the obligations of their intended purpose. This would allow school districts to fill in some gaps in educational programming. Democrats warned that this should not be seen as a cure-all of the underfunding of our…

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