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Dems: Updating court records for accurate public information

March 7, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill allowing those charged with a crime to apply to have court records of the criminal charge and proceedings expunged if the charges were dismissed or resulted in a “not guilty” verdict. Sometimes people are wrongly accused of a crime. This can have all sorts of other negative…

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Dems: Helping Iowans with disabilities live independently

March 6, 2015

The U.S. Congress passed a bill in December called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act). The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities to establish tax-free savings trusts where money can be deposited to pay for future disability-related expenses that help them maintain their health, independence and quality of life. The trust can…

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Dems: Access to mental health services must be maintained

March 6, 2015

We are committed to continuous improvement of Iowa’s modernized mental health system. That’s why we were surprised when Governor Branstad announced plans to close Mental Health Institutes (MHI) in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. These facilities offer specialized services that are not available in many areas of the state, including dual inpatient treatment for mental health…

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Dems: Transportation – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1041 – Making texting while driving a primary offense SSB 1069 – Department of Transportation omnibus SSB 1241 – National Motor Vehicle Title Information System SF 241 – Bicycle lights after dark SF 354 – Salvage vehicle registration fees   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1041, as amended, makes texting while driving a primary offense. Current…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1062 – Time off Work for Presidential Caucuses SSB 1065 – Competitive Bidding Interim SSB 1073 – Open Records SSB 1122 – Radon Control in New Residential Construction SSB 1131 – E911 Emergency Communications Fund SSB 1134 – Safe at Home SSB 1155 – Radon Testing SSB 1170 – First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts SSB…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1062 – Time off Work for Presidential Caucuses SSB 1065 – Competitive Bidding Interim SSB 1073 – Open Records SSB 1122 – Radon Control in New Residential Construction SSB 1131 – E911 Emergency Communications Fund SSB 1134 – Safe at Home SSB 1155 – Radon Testing SSB 1170 – First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts SSB…

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Dems: Natural Resources – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1189 – Wildlife disease management control program and zones SSB 1206 – Apprentice hunter program SSB 1207 – Invasive tree pest revolving loan fund SSB 1222 – Air quality fund and air quality fees   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1189, as amended in committee, directs the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to adopt administrative rules to…

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Dems: Farm injury prevention grants available

February 25, 2015

Through March 2, applications are being accepted for grants to youth who want to prevent farm-related injuries. Successful applicants will receive $500 grants for efforts to decrease the risk of illness and injury due to farm hazard exposure. Criteria for selection will be based on objectives and use of funds. Examples of past projects awarded…

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Dems: How should our state universities be funded?

February 24, 2015

Historically, state universities and colleges have received state funding based on the number of full-time students enrolled at the beginning of the semester. Many states are reconsidering this type of enrollment-based funding. Supporters say that outcomes-based funding (also known as performance-based funding) policies can be a powerful tool for supporting increased postsecondary student achievement. State…

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Dems: Boost to minimum wage will strengthen Iowa economy

February 24, 2015

It’s been seven years since Iowans have seen an increase to our state’s minimum wage. No other state has lingered at $7.25 per hour longer than Iowa. Five out of six states surrounding Iowa have a higher minimum wage. It’s time for Iowa’s lowest paid workers to get a raise. Nationally, the average minimum wage…

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