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Dems: Applications for Teacher of the Year

April 10, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents,...

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Dems: Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law

April 9, 2018

After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa has been signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and also pro...

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Dems: Tuition Rises Again after Budget Cuts

April 8, 2018

Students who plan on attending one of the state’s three public universities next year will be paying more money and taking on more debt to earn a degree. The Board of Regents (BOR) announced this week that they will be addressing a proposed tuition inc...

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Dems: Medicaid Privatization Continues to Hurt Iowans, New Report Shows

April 7, 2018

According to a new report released by the State Ombudsman Office, there has been a 157% increase in Medicaid-related problems reported to the agency in 2017. Most of these complaints came from the members and providers involved in Home and Community Ba...

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Dems: Anti-Immigration “Sanctuary Cities” Bill Passes Iowa House

April 6, 2018

Despite strong opposition, legislation passed the Iowa House that would ban and penalize any form of a so-called “Sanctuary City”, even though no such “Sanctuary Cities” exist in Iowa. With only one Iowa organization supporting the legislation, the bil...

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Dems: 2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 29 – Wed. April 4

April 5, 2018

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 29 – Wed. April 4, 2018 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 637         Background Checks. Allows an applicant with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (Office), or an applicant with a participati...

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Dems: Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

April 5, 2018

Every year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocks trout in several urban lakes across the state. During the months of March and April, the DNR will release 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout to bring fishing to the urban parts of the state. M...

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Dems: Online Learning Could Be Greatly Expanded

April 5, 2018

Online learning could drastically expand, as all of Iowa’s 333 school districts would be allowed to have an online program under legislation passed by the House. Nationally and within Iowa, student achievement results from on-line courses drastically l...

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Dems: Deadliest Flu Season Subsiding in Iowa

April 4, 2018

Since the beginning of March, flu activity has decreased in both Iowa and the United States. The percentage of positive influenza tests have dropped from 32% in January to 25% this month. The peak of the flu season was January and February of this year...

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Dems: Local Officials Survey: GOP Broken Promise on Backfill Will Lead to Higher Property Taxes, Cuts in Services

April 4, 2018

 A new survey of local elected officials released today found Iowans will be facing higher property taxes and cuts in local services next year if Republicans enact their plan to end the state’s property tax backfill. “Our local elected officials are de...

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