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Dems: Keeping higher ed affordable will strengthen Iowa economy

May 30, 2015

For many, school does not stop with high school graduation. Increasingly, good jobs require higher education or worker training. Iowans of all ages and backgrounds need access to college to build a better future for themselves and their families. Ideally, these opportunities should be as affordable as possible. Taking on massive student debt is another…

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Dems: Free fishing in Iowa, June 5-7

May 29, 2015

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 5, 6 and 7 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ free fishing weekend. DNR staff will be at popular fishing spots across the state to help beginner anglers get started. They will assist with setting up fishing poles and distribute small kits with…

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Dems: Student achievement, quality schools remain key sticking points

May 29, 2015

Disagreements over education funding are preventing the Legislature from adjourning for the year. Iowa families count on great local schools to give their children and grandchildren a leg up in life. High-quality schools make Iowa workers among the nation’s most productive, which in turn attracts high-skill, high-wage jobs and businesses to our state. Educational opportunity…

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Dems: Get help to quit smoking

May 28, 2015

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event, Quitline Iowa is offering free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to those who enroll in the program. To find out more, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or go to www.quitlineiowa.org. Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a coach to help determine if patches, nicotine gum…

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Dems: New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed

May 24, 2015

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The history of Memorial Day — originally known as Decoration Day — began three years after the end of the Civil War when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan ordered his posts to decorate…

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Dems: The battle for top-quality Iowa schools continues

May 23, 2015

Across Iowa, students and teachers are coming to the end of another school year. Unfortunately, there is still no compromise on funding for the next school year, which begins in August. More than three months ago, I voted to provide a 4 percent increase in school funding for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. House…

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Dems: Better understanding helps Iowans combat human trafficking

May 22, 2015

Iowans have been hearing a lot about human trafficking lately—that it’s taking place here in the heartland and how they can help stop it. Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. More than 150 people recently gathered in Marshalltown to hear from experts on sex trafficking and Iowa’s anti-trafficking efforts.…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of May 18, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 511 – Renewable energy tax credits HF 654 – Changes to IEDA’s Programs HF 660 – Require public hearing prior to increase in city franchise fee HF 662 – Vital records copies   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 511 relates to tax incentives for renewable energy production. The bill makes these changes to existing renewable energy…

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Dems: Natural Resources – week of May 18, 2015

May 21, 2015

HF 544 – Establishing plasma gasification as a preferred waste management practice FLOOR ACTION: HF 544 adds waste conversion technologies to preferred methods of solid waste management. Waste conversion technologies take solid waste and convert them into usable materials through anaerobic digestion, plasma gasification, pyrolysis and other technologies. The conversion methods do not incinerate the…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of May 18, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 510 – Standings FY16 & FY17 Budget                             FLOOR ACTION: SF 510 is the FY16/FY17 Standings Budget. The bill appropriates $3.54 billion from the General Fund for FY16.   DIVISION I – STANDING APPROPRIATIONS & RELATED MATTERS Establishes budget process. Appropriations that are at a “status quo” from FY15: Department of Cultural Affairs…

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