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Dems: Court’s budget must ensure justice for all Iowans

May 11, 2015

Iowa’s court system works for all Iowans. Our Judicial Branch: • Enforces criminal laws. • Resolves civil legal disputes, thus maintaining a stable and robust business environment. • Resolves family law disputes, including child custody, paternity and child support. • Protects victims of domestic violence by issuing protective orders to help shield them from further…

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Dems: Reforming the use of eminent domain in Iowa

May 10, 2015

The Senate Government Oversight Committee has approved legislation that would curtail the use of eminent domain for certain energy projects proposed by private companies in Iowa. Eminent domain is the right of government to appropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation for the property owner. Lawmakers have heard concerns from landowners about…

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Dems: Senate’s budget protects vulnerable Iowans

May 10, 2015

The Senate approved the Health & Human Services (HHS) Budget this week. SF 505 is one of the state’s largest budgets, with funding for the departments of Human Services, Public Health, Aging, Veterans Affairs, and the Veterans Home in Marshalltown. The Senate’s HHS Budget will make a significant difference in the lives of Iowans, while…

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Dems: Scholarships for injured workers

May 9, 2015

Former Congressman Bruce Braley has established a scholarship through a gift to the Iowa Association for Justice. The Byard Braley Scholarship Fund is in honor of Congressman Braley’s father, who was seriously injured at work at a young age. Scholarships in the $500 range will help injured workers or their family members further their education.…

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Dems: House needs to act on bipartisan anti-bullying bill

May 9, 2015

In 2007, the Iowa Legislature required school districts to adopt safe school policies to guard against harassment and bullying. Unfortunately, there is still too much of it going on. This issue was once again brought to forefront by the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in central Iowa. This was the second time in two years…

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Dems: Investing in natural resources, water quality

May 8, 2015

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has approved legislation to fulfill the state’s commitment to provide sustainable funding for natural resources and outdoor recreation. SF 504 would increase the state sales tax by 3/8 of a percent with revenue going to the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which was approved by 63 percent…

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Dems: Better Iowa fishing with interactive features

May 8, 2015

Recent updates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing webpages feature a new fishing atlas, fishing structure locations, and a catalog of more than 250 printable fishing maps. It’s all available at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing. Just click on the “fishing maps” link in the column on the left. The individual lake and trout stream pages also…

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Dems: Better Iowa fishing with interactive features

May 8, 2015

Recent updates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing webpages feature a new fishing atlas, fishing structure locations, and a catalog of more than 250 printable fishing maps. It’s all available at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing. Just click on the “fishing maps” link in the column on the left. The individual lake and trout stream pages also…

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Dems: Iowa teachers deserve our appreciation

May 8, 2015

For more than 30 years, the National Parent Teachers Association has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who use their passion and skills to educate our kids. Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration of the contribution and sacrifice teachers make for students, schools and communities…

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Dems: Limiting the spread of bird flu

May 7, 2015

Iowa is in the midst of an outbreak of bird flu, which is hitting commercial chicken and turkey facilities across the state. Governor Branstad declared a state of emergency on May 1 to activate the state’s disaster response protocol. State agencies are working to limit the spread of the disease and its impact on poultry…

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