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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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Dems: Transportation – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SF 75 – Authorizes DOT to study the safety of blue and white lights on snowplows   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 75 is a Department of Transportation (DOT) bill. The bill allows the use of blue and white lights on DOT snowplows and other DOT vehicles being used for snow and ice treatment or removal on…

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Dems: Rules & Administration – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SR 1 – Senate Rules SR 3 – Ellsworth Community College 125th Anniversary SCR 1 – Compensation Resolution   COMMITTEE ACTION: Senate Resolution 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 It also updates and clarifies rules relating to holdover bills (Rule 4); removes outdated language regarding calendars (Rule 6); clarifies the rule on Study Bills…

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Dems: Ethics – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SSB 1070 – Senate Code of Ethics SSB 1071 – Joint Rules Governing Lobbyists   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1070 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. [1/28: short form]   SSB 1071…

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Dems: Essay contest for high school students

January 27, 2015

Through March 31, Iowa students in grades 9-11 are invited to celebrate 150 years of Juneteenth by entering an essay contest. Juneteenth is an international observance marking the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. This year’s essay contest theme is “How does education influence freedom, liberty and responsible citizenship in a culturally diverse society?”…

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Dems: Essay contest for high school students

January 27, 2015

Through March 31, Iowa students in grades 9-11 are invited to celebrate 150 years of Juneteenth by entering an essay contest. Juneteenth is an international observance marking the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. This year’s essay contest theme is “How does education influence freedom, liberty and responsible citizenship in a culturally diverse society?”…

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Dems: Trees for Kids grants available for spring

January 26, 2015

Through March 2, grant applications are being accepted for “Trees for Kids” grants, which pay up to $5,000 for landscape trees and mulch for schools and communities to involve youth in planting trees on school grounds and other public property. For information about how to apply for a spring Trees for Kids grant, go to www.iowadnr.gov…

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Dems: Derelict Building Grants can improve rural communities

January 26, 2015

Through February 27, communities with populations of up to 5,000 can apply for grants to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. Funding also can help with asbestos removal, inspections and environmental site assessments. More information, applications and additional resources are available at www.iowadnr.gov. Just search for “derelict buildings”.

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