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Dems: Ensuring clean air for good health & economic growth

March 18, 2015

Businesses and Iowans depend on the work of the air quality bureau in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect the health of Iowans by ensuring that air emissions meet the standards set out in law. Iowa businesses turn to the bureau to help them meet these standards and provide them with the approval…

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Dems: Local schools make best decisions for students

March 17, 2015

Iowa’s public and private schools won’t be able to start next school year before the week of September 1 because of a recent decision by Governor Branstad.  The announcement surprised many schools, educators and parents. For years, school calendar decisions have been made by local school boards based on their own community and student needs.…

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Dems: Iowa businesses should get first crack at state contracts

March 17, 2015

Do our state agencies need to buy digital cameras from a Massachusetts company? Why  would state government  purchase  bread and bakery products from Missouri? Should the state have hired a New York company to help market and promote Iowa to tourists? What if we gave Iowa businesses that employ Iowans, pay local property taxes and…

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Dems: High-speed Internet to expand in Iowa

March 17, 2015

A 21st Century economy requires good access to the Internet and electronic information. For Iowa to thrive, we must increase access to broadband throughout the state. Broadband– or high-speed Internet– is an educational and economic tool for Iowans and businesses. It is a building block for a high quality of life, but it isn’t available…

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Dems: Sick Iowans seek legalization of medical cannabis

March 17, 2015

Last year, the Iowa Legislature approved Iowa’s first medical cannabis program. Unfortunately, the law’s shortcomings have prevented any Iowa family from being helped. Senate Study Bill 1243 would allow Iowans who suffer from specific chronic diseases to legally purchase medicine made from cannabis. Iowa’s existing medical cannabis law would be updated to cover more diseases,…

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Dems: Recognizing the healthy efforts of Iowa youth

March 17, 2015

Every day Iowa students make healthy choices and encourage others to do the same. A new Youth Action Award will honor the efforts of Iowa students in K-12. Students can submit posters, essays or videos highlighting healthy behaviors or sharing ideas to engage others. The Iowa Action for Healthy Kids Coalition will collect the submissions…

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Dems: Free online summer school enrollment

March 16, 2015

Iowa Learning Online is currently offering courses for credit for all students. Courses include government, economics with financial literacy, algebra, marine science, health and personal fitness. The summer term begins May 18 and ends July 17. All cla...

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Fuel pump updates would help Iowans with disabilities

March 8, 2015

Iowans rely on their vehicles to get to work, pick up groceries, drive their kids to school and more. This includes Iowans living with disabilities. That is why the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to strengthen the state law for assistance with fuel pumps at Iowa gas stations. People with disabilities can find it difficult or…

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Dems: Iowa should get tougher on texting while driving

March 8, 2015

Polls show more than 80 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving, but the law is a secondary offense. That means officers can only write a ticket for texting if they pull you over for…

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Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

March 7, 2015

Imagine it’s payday, and you get your pay for the week. It’s on a payroll card (similar to a debit card) instead of a check or direct deposit. You didn’t have a choice in receiving your pay this way. You try to retrieve your money from the payroll card, and you discover you’re being charged…

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