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Links to all legislative forums

March 4, 2015

Links to lists of legislative forums.  Accurate as of 3/4/15 Senate Democrats: http://www.senate.iowa.gov/democrats/forum-schedule/ Senate Republicans: http://www.iowasenaterepublicans.com/events/ House Democrats: http://iowahouse.org/events/ House Republicans: http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/forums

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Dems: Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids on Mental Health Institute Closings

February 25, 2015
Dems: Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids on Mental Health Institute Closings

Below is a short comment on the issue by Senator Hogg which was made during the Wednesday, February 22nd, 2015 “Madame President, Colleagues, today I rise to address what cannot be termed anything other than a mental health crisis in our state. Approximately 180,000 Iowans have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness – 6%…

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Dems: “I want Iowa to be a state where working men and women have the right to be paid.”

February 24, 2015
Dems: “I want Iowa to be a state where working men and women have the right to be paid.”

Opening remarks on SF270 by Senator Bill Dotzler (More information: Wage Theft Victims Speak Out) Wage theft is Iowa’s biggest crime, costing costs Iowa workers an estimated $600 million each year. When Iowa workers aren’t paid for the work they’ve done, that’s wage theft. • That could mean not being paid for all the hours…

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Dems: Raising Iowa’s minimum wage, putting more money in the pockets of 181,000 Iowa workers

February 24, 2015

Opening remarks on SF 269, minimum wage increase by Senator Bisigano, chair of the Senate Labor and Business Committee Iowa’s lowest paid workers have waited 7 years for a pay increase.There is absolutely no reason for them to wait any longer. The average minimum wage worker is 35 years old, 55% work full time, and…

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Dems: Making roads safer and strengthening the Iowa economy

February 24, 2015
Dems: Making roads safer and strengthening the Iowa economy

Opening remarks on SF 257 by Senator Tod Bowman, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Today in the Iowa Senate, we, a bipartisan group of legislators, will address a huge problem for Iowa. We will vote to increase funding for Iowa’s roads and bridges. By doing so, we will help create jobs for Iowans, attract…

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Dems: Iowa Wesleyan nursing students deliver more than 7,000 names on petition to Governor Branstad to keep MHI

February 20, 2015
Dems: Iowa Wesleyan nursing students deliver more than 7,000 names on petition to Governor Branstad to keep MHI

(Des Moines)  On Wednesday, Iowa Wesleyan College Professor of Nursing Lisa Kongable led a group of 18 students to the Iowa Statehouse to urge lawmakers and Governor Branstad to stop plans to close the Mental Health Institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. After rising early Wednesday morning, the group was met at the Iowa Statehouse…

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Dems: Petersen: Branstad firing of whistle blower is “shameful”

February 11, 2015
Dems: Petersen: Branstad firing of whistle blower is “shameful”

“The decision by the Branstad-Reynolds Administration to fire another whistle blower is shameful and disgusting. It is particularly disturbing because I sent a letter last fall to the Governor asking for assurance that the Branstad-Reynolds Administration would not take retaliatory actions against Susan Ackerman and other whistleblowers who were still working at Workforce Development and…

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Dems: Petersen: Branstad firing of whistle blower is “shameful”

February 11, 2015
Dems: Petersen: Branstad firing of whistle blower is “shameful”

“The decision by the Branstad-Reynolds Administration to fire another whistle blower is shameful and disgusting. It is particularly disturbing because I sent a letter last fall to the Governor asking for assurance that the Branstad-Reynolds Administration would not take retaliatory actions against Susan Ackerman and other whistleblowers who were still working at Workforce Development and…

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Dems: Details of the Senate Democrats’ local school funding proposals

February 10, 2015

Details of the Senate Democrats' local school funding proposals

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Dems: Details of the Senate Democrats’ local school funding proposals

February 10, 2015

Details of the Senate Democrats' local school funding proposals

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