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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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Dems: Privacy protections for victims

April 28, 2015

A new address confidentiality program will protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking and stalking. The “Safe at Home” program was established in HF 585, which was approved unanimously by the Legislature and has been sent to the Governor for his signature. To ensure victims are “Safe at Home” from their abusers, the…

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Dems: Health care for vulnerable Iowans in jeopardy

April 27, 2015

In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This includes families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More…

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Dems: Iowans speak out on need for Mental Health Institutes

April 26, 2015

The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from patients and former employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Governor Branstad. Under current Iowa law, the state must maintain and operate MHIs in Cherokee, Clarinda, Independence and Mount Pleasant. The Governor’s unilateral decision to close the Clarinda…

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Dems: Economic development budget is good for Iowa workers

April 25, 2015

Senate Study Bill 1281 contains an Economic Development Budget that will expand Iowa’s middle class and move our economy forward. The state’s Economic Development Budget funds Small Business Development Centers, research and economic development at our state universities, arts, cultural and historical projects, worker safety programs,  and employer and worker assistance through Workforce Field Offices.…

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Dems: Ensuring college students can afford the education they need

April 24, 2015

We’re working to keep college affordable so that all Iowans get the educational opportunities that lead to great jobs. Almost half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in Iowa come from our private colleges and universities. Iowa Tuition Grants help them pay their way. Iowa Tuition Grants are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at Iowa’s private colleges…

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Dems: Expanding middle class with job training, education investments

April 23, 2015

With the state budget in good condition, a strong investment in education and job training will keep our economy growing and expand Iowa’s middle class. That’s the goal of the Education Budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. SSB 1277 funds the Department for the Blind, the College Student Aid Commission, the Department of Education…

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