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Dems: Senate looks at dangers of powdered, crystal alcohol

February 10, 2015

The Iowa Senate is taking steps to ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol products in the state. Powdered or crystalline alcohol is made by freeze-drying and pulverizing liquid alcohol. It is then packaged in a sealed pouch, making it more portable and easier to transport than traditional bottled alcohol. The makers of powdered…

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Dems: Senate looks at dangers of powdered, crystal alcohol

February 10, 2015

The Iowa Senate is taking steps to ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol products in the state. Powdered or crystalline alcohol is made by freeze-drying and pulverizing liquid alcohol. It is then packaged in a sealed pouch, making it more portable and easier to transport than traditional bottled alcohol. The makers of powdered…

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Dems: Arts education boosts student achievement

February 10, 2015

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education sponsored its second annual Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the Iowa Statehouse, giving fine arts advocates the chance to talk with legislators about the importance of arts instruction in our schools.  Among the advocates was opera great and Iowa native Simon Estes, who has performed at the world’s major…

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Dems: Application being accepted for Workforce Housing Tax Credits

February 9, 2015

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is now taking applications for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program approved by the Legislature last year. The program makes state tax incentives available to developers who build or rehabilitate housing in Iowa. To be eligible for the program, projects must meet one of these criteria: Housing development located on…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SF 126 – Internal Revenue Code update (coupling bill)   FLOOR ACTION: SF 126 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: State Government – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1061 – Wine Direct Shipping Bonding Requirements SSB 1063– Campaign Finance SSB 1068– Fantasy Sports   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1061 states that a wine manufacturer that has submitted a bond under 123.175 sub 3 as part of an application for a class “A” wine permit is not required to also provide a bond in…

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Dems: Rules & Administration – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SR 1 – Senate Rules SCR 1 – Compensation Resolution HCR 6 – Joint Rules of the Senate and House   FLOOR ACTION: SR 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…

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Dems: Local Government – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1084 – County compensation boards SF 19 – City population based on most recent census SF 26 – Relocating, establishing or consolidating county seats   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1048 requires a separate resolution to increase the pay of county elected officials, requires all forms of compensation to be voted on annually, and bans severance…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SSB 1022 – Orientation and Classification Units Within the Department of Corrections SSB 1024 – Administration of Combined Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings SSB 1088 – Penalty for a Sexually Violent Predator Who Escapes or Attempts to Escape from Custody   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1022, as amended in Committee, establishes two intake and classification centers for…

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Dems: Ethics – week of Feb. 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

SR 4 – Senate Code of Ethics  HCR 7 – Joint Rules Governing Lobbyists   FLOOR ACTION: SR 4 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. [2/4: voice vote]   HCR 7…

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