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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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Dems: Summer professional development opportunity for teachers

February 4, 2015

The Center for Civic Education is offering a three-week program for teachers entitled “Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government.” The course will be held in Los Angeles on July 11 through August 1, and is open to elementary, middle and high school teachers. Participants will study basic ideas…

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Dems: Landowners can improve pheasant habitat

February 3, 2015

Landowners in Iowa’s pheasant counties can get funding to restore their habitat with help from the Iowa Pheasant Recovery – State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program. It is a new U.S. Department of Agriculture effort implemented through the Conservation Reserve Program to restore native grasslands and wetlands where they will be the most beneficial…

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Dems: Lesson plans for Black History Month and President’s Day

February 2, 2015

February is Black History Month, and the Center for Civic Education offers free lessons for grades 6 through 12 that focus on the civil rights movement and the power of nonviolence. Teachers can choose from lessons on the Children’s March of 1963, the costs and benefits of nonviolence, philosophical and tactical nonviolence, and Rosa Parks…

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Dems: Court helps veterans adjust to civilian life

February 2, 2015

Woodbury County officials recently told legislators about their special Veterans Court to help veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Veterans throughout the country face unique issues after being deployed to combat zones. Often these vets are coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury or substance abuse. Unfortunately, upon their return…

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Dems: Helping Iowa kids become successful adults

February 1, 2015

Promoting the long-term health and wellbeing of Iowa’s children is essential to our state’s future. Kids lead more productive, happy lives if they receive mental health and developmental services when they need them, according to the United Way. Children’s brains develop over time. The growth and maturation of the brain is guided by genes and…

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Dems: Strengthen our middle class by ensuring Iowans get paid for their work

January 31, 2015

All Iowans deserve to get paid for the work they do. Strengthening Iowa’s middle class depends on it. Sadly, $600 million in wages are stolen from Iowa workers each year. Iowa’s wage theft laws are so weak that they are impossible to enforce. The result? Iowa workers get ripped off by unscrupulous employers, and the…

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Dems: What do our local schools need?

January 30, 2015

Iowa’s future depends on high-quality local schools. That’s why we’re working hard to ensure that every Iowa child gets the best education possible and that they are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future. The Republican-led Iowa House passed a bill along party lines this week that would provide a 1.25 percent increase…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SSB 1059 – Internal Revenue Code update (coupling bill)   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1059 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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