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Dems: Opening Remarks on SF 484: Safe, legal, regulated medical cannabis for Iowa families

April 15, 2015

Opening remarks on SF 484 by Senator Joe Bolkcom SF 484 would create a safe, legal, affordable, effective, highly regulated way for Iowans and their families to access medicines made from cannabis. Sick and suffering Iowans are asking for our help. They are asking us because Washington, D.C., is broken. The simple truth is that…

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Dems: Opening Remarks on SF 484: Safe, legal, regulated medical cannabis for Iowa families

April 15, 2015

Opening remarks on SF 484 by Senator Joe Bolkcom SF 484 would create a safe, legal, affordable, effective, highly regulated way for Iowans and their families to access medicines made from cannabis. Sick and suffering Iowans are asking for our help. They are asking us because Washington, D.C., is broken. The simple truth is that…

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Dems: Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

April 14, 2015
Dems: Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

Leaders of the Iowa Senate today released a state budget outline which would expand Iowa’s middle class while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

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Dems: Failing to Protect Sick, Disabled Iowans is Not an Option

April 2, 2015

Here’s a very important issue House Republicans and Governor Branstad appear to be overlooking. The issue is oversight of the privatization of almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid is one 6th of the state budget. It provides health care to a half million Iowans. 70% goes to help seniors and people living with disabilities.…

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Dems: We Will Meet You Halfway

April 1, 2015

Democratic Legislators offer compromise to break gridlock on school funding; Republicans say “no” Video: http://youtu.be/h_oO7cWKyC0 DES MOINES — In an effort to break a lengthy logjam at the Capitol, Democratic members of the conference committee on Senate Files 171 and 172 today proposed a “compromise for Iowa schoolchildren.” Earlier this session, Senate Democrats voted for a…

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Dems: We Will Meet You Halfway

April 1, 2015

Democratic Legislators offer compromise to break gridlock on school funding; Republicans say “no” Video: http://youtu.be/h_oO7cWKyC0 DES MOINES — In an effort to break a lengthy logjam at the Capitol, Democratic members of the conference committee on Senate Files 171 and 172 today proposed a “compromise for Iowa schoolchildren.” Earlier this session, Senate Democrats voted for a…

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Dems: Gronstal: Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again

March 31, 2015
Dems: Gronstal: Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs after sending School Start Date compromise (SF 227) to the Governor’s desk “When it comes to the school start date, Governor Branstad singlehandedly created a significant problem for schools and parents. Today I’ve decided to allow Senate File 227 to go the Governor’s office and…

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Governor, Iowa’s school children need you to get involved

March 23, 2015

Statement by Senator Herman Quirmbach, chair of the Senate Education Committee “Last week’s prediction of steady growth for the Iowa economy should result in much needed good news for Iowa’s schools. “We’ve had months of warnings from Iowa’s education leaders.  They report that failing to fund education responsibly means classroom overcrowding, reduced student choices, and…

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Dems: Ragan: Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

March 18, 2015
Dems: Ragan: Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

Remarks on Senate File 452, approved 50-0 on March 18, 2015 By Senator Amanda Ragan, Chair of the Human Services Budget Subcommittee   As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire Medicaid system to managed care. We all learned about this surprise when the Governor unveiled…

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Dems: Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

March 16, 2015
Dems: Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

Immediate Release:  March 16th, 2015 Department of Labor requires Workforce Development’s response within 30 days (Link to federal documents: Part one & Part two Statement by Senator Bill Dotzler of Waterloo On March 19, 2014, I wrote Gay Gilbert, the Administrator of the federal Office of Unemployment Insurance Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of…

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