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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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Dems: Ways & Means – week of May 11, 2016

May 21, 2015

SF 509 – Accessible fuel pump standards and tax credits HF 616 – Property tax notices and assessment of multi-residential properties   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 509 requires the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS) to make rules for retail motor fuel sites per the Americans with Disabilities Act. This includes required signage, a…

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Dems: Education – week of May 11, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 501 – SARA Higher Education Registration Agreements   FLOOR ACTION: SF 501 addresses the issues preventing Iowa from participating in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The bill language is agreed to by the Attorney General and Iowa Student Aid Commission to allow institutes of higher education to participate in the Midwest Higher Education Compact’s State…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of May 11, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 510 – Standings FY16 & FY17 Budget                           HF 650 – Infrastructure Budget   FLOOR ACTION: HF 650 is the House’s version of the Infrastructure Budget. The Senate has a strike after amendment, which appropriates $178.7 million from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF); $17.7 million from the Technology Reinvestment Fund; $4.6 million from…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of May 11, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 510 – Standings FY16 & FY17 Budget                           HF 650 – Infrastructure Budget   FLOOR ACTION: HF 650 is the House’s version of the Infrastructure Budget. The Senate has a strike after amendment, which appropriates $178.7 million from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF); $17.7 million from the Technology Reinvestment Fund; $4.6 million from…

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Dems: Dating violence is domestic violence

May 21, 2015

Violence in dating relationships is just as dangerous as violence in married or cohabitating couples relationships, according to the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Here in Iowa, though, a person cannot be charged with domestic abuse for assaulting a partner, boyfriend or girlfriend if they have never lived together and if they have not had…

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Dems: Court’s budget must ensure justice for all Iowans

May 11, 2015

Iowa’s court system works for all Iowans. Our Judicial Branch: • Enforces criminal laws. • Resolves civil legal disputes, thus maintaining a stable and robust business environment. • Resolves family law disputes, including child custody, paternity and child support. • Protects victims of domestic violence by issuing protective orders to help shield them from further…

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Dems: Reforming the use of eminent domain in Iowa

May 10, 2015

The Senate Government Oversight Committee has approved legislation that would curtail the use of eminent domain for certain energy projects proposed by private companies in Iowa. Eminent domain is the right of government to appropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation for the property owner. Lawmakers have heard concerns from landowners about…

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