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Dems: Application being accepted for Workforce Housing Tax Credits

February 9, 2015

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is now taking applications for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program approved by the Legislature last year. The program makes state tax incentives available to developers who build or rehabilitate housing in Iowa. To be eligible for the program, projects must meet one of these criteria: Housing development located on…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SF 126 – Internal Revenue Code update (coupling bill)   FLOOR ACTION: SF 126 updates the Iowa Internal Revenue Code to “couple” with federal tax law changes that were included in the federal Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. Some of these changes to state tax law for tax year 2014 include extending: Deduction of…

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Dems: State Government – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1061 – Wine Direct Shipping Bonding Requirements SSB 1063– Campaign Finance SSB 1068– Fantasy Sports   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1061 states that a wine manufacturer that has submitted a bond under 123.175 sub 3 as part of an application for a class “A” wine permit is not required to also provide a bond in…

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Dems: Rules & Administration – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SR 1 – Senate Rules SCR 1 – Compensation Resolution HCR 6 – Joint Rules of the Senate and House   FLOOR ACTION: SR 1 updates the General Assembly to Eight-sixth. It also updates and clarifies rules relating to holdover bills (Rule 4); removes outdated language regarding calendars (Rule 6); clarifies the rule on Study…

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Dems: Local Government – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1084 – County compensation boards SF 19 – City population based on most recent census SF 26 – Relocating, establishing or consolidating county seats   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1048 requires a separate resolution to increase the pay of county elected officials, requires all forms of compensation to be voted on annually, and bans severance…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1022 – Orientation and Classification Units Within the Department of Corrections SSB 1024 – Administration of Combined Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings SSB 1088 – Penalty for a Sexually Violent Predator Who Escapes or Attempts to Escape from Custody   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1022, as amended in Committee, establishes two intake and classification centers for…

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Dems: Ethics – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SR 4 – Senate Code of Ethics  HCR 7 – Joint Rules Governing Lobbyists   FLOOR ACTION: SR 4 is a resolution updating the Senate’s Code of Ethics. This resolution updates the General Assembly to Eighty-sixth and allows Ethics Committee staff to receive supporting information and keep information confidential. [2/4: voice vote]   HCR 7…

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Dems: Education – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1045 – National Guard scholarship credit hour changes SSB 1054 – BOEE license renewal checks Iowa court information SSB 1055 – BOEE clean up regarding hiring an executive director. SSB 1057 – Veterans reporting requirements of postsecondary educational institutions   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1045 makes changes to the National Guard Educational Assistance Program. Under…

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Dems: Commerce – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SF 122 – Electronic access by public improvement contract bidders SF 123 – Powdered, crystalline alcohol ban  SF 124 – Wine gallonage reports  SF 125 – ABD omnibus   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 122/SSB 1036 addresses electronic access to documents during the competitive bidding process for public improvement contracts. It prohibits governmental entities from charging a…

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Dems: We can take a step forward for local schools

February 9, 2015

Iowa Senate Democrats this week announced a plan to increase state aid to schools to ensure that every Iowa child gets the best education possible and that they are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future. Our plan calls for a 4 percent increase in basic state aid for Iowa schools for each…

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