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Dems: Environmental Excellence Awards

March 24, 2015

Iowa businesses, organizations and citizens are invited to apply for the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s water, land and air. Awards will be given for Overall Environmental Excellence, along with Special Project Awards in Air Quality, Energy…

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Dems: Teacher of the Year nominations

March 24, 2015

Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to education and as a liaison to primary…

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Dems: Survey shows latest behaviors among Iowa youth

March 23, 2015

More than 77,000 students in grades 6, 8 and 11 attending Iowa public and private schools took part in the 2014 Iowa Youth Survey. The survey includes questions about behaviors, attitudes and beliefs, as well as perceptions of peer, family, school, neighborhood and community environments. The good news is that substance abuse and bullying have…

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Dems: Getting tougher on texting while driving

March 23, 2015

Texting while driving is dangerous. Between 2001 and 2013, more than 8,600 Iowa crashes were caused by drivers distracted by a phone or other device. These crashes resulted in more than 4,200 injuries and dozens of deaths. In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving, but…

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Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

March 23, 2015

This week, the Senate approved legislation aimed at clarifying the law regarding payroll cards. A payroll card — which is similar to a debit card — is an increasingly popular way to pay employees. Legislators recently heard from Iowans who came to the Statehouse to tell their stories. We learned that many Iowans don’t have…

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Dems: Nursing care for hard-to-place Iowans

March 22, 2015

Iowa’s long-term care services receive high praise for quality and affordability. In fact, Iowa’s long-term care services are ranked 13th best in the nation in the AARP’s most recent Long-Term Care Scorecard. However, Iowa has struggled to find appropriate nursing facility placements for sex offenders and those who are aggressive or violent, as well as…

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Dems: Stepping up efforts against human trafficking

March 21, 2015

Human trafficking is happening here in the heartland. This week, the Iowa Senate passed SF 450 to battle human trafficking, which is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of  forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The legislation is part of a dedicated effort to expose it, punish the perpetrators and help the victims return to a better…

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Dems: Making state government more accountable & transparent

March 21, 2015

Over the last year, the Senate Government Oversight Committee has investigated numerous allegations of hush money, slush funds, black lists and lack of transparency throughout Governor Branstad’s administration. This week, the Senate approved SF 321 to ensure state agencies that save money by purchasing through the state’s master contracts get those dollars back. The Department…

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Dems: Focusing on results makes government more effective

March 18, 2015

As we look for ways to do more with less, adopting evidence-based programs and practices can help. By funding programs that prove their value, we can boost efficiency and accountability, while achieving better results for taxpayers. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative reviewed more than 100 state statutes approved between 2004 and 2014, and identified five…

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Dems: Ensuring clean air for good health & economic growth

March 18, 2015

Businesses and Iowans depend on the work of the air quality bureau in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect the health of Iowans by ensuring that air emissions meet the standards set out in law. Iowa businesses turn to the bureau to help them meet these standards and provide them with the approval…

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