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Dems: State Government – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 331 – Electronic Voter Registration SF 332 – State Employment Hiring Procedures SF 366 – Police Officers Retirement SF 375 – Adoptions SF 415 – Elections Administration SF 456 – Sale & Off-Premises Transportation of Certain Containers of Beer (Growlers) SF 459 - Employment of and Merit system Protection for Administrative Law Judges HF…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 395 – Stalking SF 404 – Shorthand Reporters HF 496 – Military Victim Advocates HF 535 – Nonsubstantive Code Editor’s Bill HF 536 – Substantive Code Editor’s Bill HF 570 – Municipal Tort Liability for Recreational Activities   FLOOR ACTION: SF 395 relates to the definition of stalking for criminal prosecutions. It expands the…

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Dems: Human Resources – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 232 – Facility tanning ban for minors SF 410 – Opioid overdose prevention HF 372 – Court Appointed Special Advocates & family assessments (companion to SF 370)   FLOOR ACTION: SF 232, as amended in on the floor, prohibits a tanning facility from allowing a person under 18 to use a tanning device. [3/24:…

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Dems: Education – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 227   School start date SF 477 – Extend SAVE for 20 more years   FLOOR ACTION: SF 227, as amended, provides for a school start date of no earlier than August 23. The bill also makes provision for some alternative, year-round school calendars, with these exceptions: It does not allow year-round schools for a…

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Dems: Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

March 24, 2015

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award recognizes the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. Through June 15, you can nominate a farmer who has worked to improve and...

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Dems: Environmental Excellence Awards

March 24, 2015

Iowa businesses, organizations and citizens are invited to apply for the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s water, land and air. Awards will be given for Overall Environmental Excellence, along with Special Project Awards in Air Quality, Energy…

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Dems: Teacher of the Year nominations

March 24, 2015

Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to education and as a liaison to primary…

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Dems: Survey shows latest behaviors among Iowa youth

March 23, 2015

More than 77,000 students in grades 6, 8 and 11 attending Iowa public and private schools took part in the 2014 Iowa Youth Survey. The survey includes questions about behaviors, attitudes and beliefs, as well as perceptions of peer, family, school, neighborhood and community environments. The good news is that substance abuse and bullying have…

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Dems: Getting tougher on texting while driving

March 23, 2015

Texting while driving is dangerous. Between 2001 and 2013, more than 8,600 Iowa crashes were caused by drivers distracted by a phone or other device. These crashes resulted in more than 4,200 injuries and dozens of deaths. In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving, but…

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Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

March 23, 2015

This week, the Senate approved legislation aimed at clarifying the law regarding payroll cards. A payroll card — which is similar to a debit card — is an increasingly popular way to pay employees. Legislators recently heard from Iowans who came to the Statehouse to tell their stories. We learned that many Iowans don’t have…

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