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Dems: Preparing to assist those impacted by disasters

May 3, 2015

New legislation will help ensure that Iowa is ready to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible in times of crisis. Iowans will never forget where they were during the 1993 or 2008 floods—or during the many other disasters that have happened since. In the midst of the devastation, Iowans know how to band together…

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Dems: Resource guide for ash tree owners

May 2, 2015

The Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in 21 Iowa counties, creating increasing concerns for tree owners around the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, green invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. The adults live on the outside of ash trees and feed on the leaves during the…

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Dems: Stepping up efforts against human trafficking

May 2, 2015

Iowa’s interstate highways are prime routes for human traffickers transporting victims, who are often forced into sex work or other forms of slavery. Many traffickers are parents or family members who sell their children and vulnerable relatives. Coordinated efforts of local, state and federal officers have rescued some victims, but human trafficking remains a largely…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

HF 615 – Rural Improvement Zones HF 622 – Vehicle rental fees HF 626 – Future Repeal of State Board of Tax Review   FLOOR ACTION: HF 615 updates the Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) law, which allows for the creation of benefitted lake districts in certain rural counties. The bill is a compromise between county…

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Dems: Transportation – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

HF 635 – Department of Transportation omnibus   FLOOR ACTION: HF 635 is the Department of Transportation (DOT) omnibus bill. The Senate approved a version of this bill on March 24. However, that bill died in the House. The House redrafted the DOT omnibus to include all the elements previously approved by the Senate, plus…

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Dems: State Government – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

SF 366 – Police officers’ retirement disability   FLOOR ACTION: SF 366, as amend by the House, allows those who have a Peace Officer Retirement Systems (PORS) disability to earn 1.5 times the amount of the current earnable compensation of an active member at the same position on the salary scale, before their benefits is…

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Dems: Commerce – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

HF 229–Regulation of free trial offers, buying club memberships      FLOOR ACTION: HF 229 modifies the regulation of free trial offers and buying club memberships under Iowa’s consumer fraud law and exempts Internet sales from current rights of cancellation and limitations on membership periods. The legislation passed the House on a mostly party-line vote of…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

SF 492 – Disaster case management SF 493 – Education Budget FY16 and FY17 SF  494 – Ag & Natural Resources Budget FY16 & FY 17 SF 496 – Judicial Branch Budget FY16 & FY17 SF 497 – Justice System Budget FY16 & FY17 SF 498 – Administration & Regulation Budget FY 16 & FY…

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Dems: Improving safety in Iowa communities

May 1, 2015

One of the most important functions of government is keeping its citizens safe. Funding for our state’s Justice System aims to provide a secure Iowa for all. The annual Justice System Budget appropriates money to the departments of Public Safety, Corrections, Homeland Security and Public Defense, as well as to the Attorney General. This year’s…

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Dems: Keeping our community colleges affordable

May 1, 2015

Iowa’s community colleges train a skilled workforce at a time when nearly 34 percent of job openings in Iowa require an education level equal to an associate’s degree or higher. Despite the growing importance of community colleges to both Iowa students and the Iowa economy, state funding has not kept up. Even when accounting for…

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