Iowa Senate

Dems: Sen. Gronstal on “This Week in Iowa” on Sunday

May 5, 2016
Dems: Sen. Gronstal on “This Week in Iowa” on Sunday

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will be featured on WOI-TV’s “This Week in Iowa” from 9 to 10 am Sunday, May 8, talking about the highlights and disappointments of the 2016 legislative session. Get complete details or watch online at www.weareiowa.com/news/this-week-in-iowa.

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Dems: Sen. Gronstal on Iowa Press this weekend

May 4, 2016
Dems: Sen. Gronstal on Iowa Press this weekend

Catch Iowa Press this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will discuss strategies for expanding Iowa’s middle class and more! The program airs May 6, 2016 7:30 pm on IPTV.1; May 7, 2016 8:30 am on WORLD.3; and May 8, 2016 12:00 pm on IPTV.1. Or watch it online at www.iptv.org.

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Dems: Jochum 2016 End of Session Remarks

May 2, 2016
Dems: Jochum 2016 End of Session Remarks

In my opening remarks for the 2016 General Assembly, I posed a challenge to craft a fiscally responsible budget that was fair to all Iowans and that would help build an economy that works for everyone.  As the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone said, “We all do better, when we all do better.” Although Iowa’s…

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GOP: Senator Bill Dix’s 2016 Session Closing Remarks

April 29, 2016

Thank you Madame President. When session began this year I commented on the need for state government to be fiscally prudent and instill the kind of fiscal discipline into the state budget that Iowa families put into their own budgets. Now, nearly five months later, it is time to evaluate the results of this session.…

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Dems: 2016 Session Highlights

April 29, 2016
Dems: 2016 Session Highlights

During this tight budget year, Senate Democrats fought to maintain economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the educational opportunities from preschool through college. We hoped to accomplish more, but chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally responsible way.…

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Dems: Gronstal 2016 End of Session Remarks

April 29, 2016
Dems: Gronstal 2016 End of Session Remarks

During this session—with bipartisan support—the Iowa Senate approved strong Medicaid oversight protection. Unfortunately, that legislation was largely rejected by the Iowa House.

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Dems: Remarks on the HHS Conference Report

April 29, 2016
Dems: Remarks on the HHS Conference Report

April 29, 2016 by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee This is the conference committee report on the HHS budget. The key issue before the committee was our differing approaches to the problems created by Medicaid privatization.   No other state has privatized Medicaid so completely, so…

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Dems: Iowa Arts Council invites nominations for arts awards

April 26, 2016

Through June 6, the Iowa Arts Council is accepting nominations for arts awards recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant impact on the vitality of the arts in Iowa.   Learn more or submit nominations for the following awards at www.iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com: Collaboration & Partnership in the Arts Award – Recognizes those that…

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Dems: Notify Iowa One Call prior to digging

April 26, 2016

As the weather warms, many Iowans are beginning outdoor projects. Iowa law requires anyone digging or excavating to notify Iowa One Call, the free underground utilities locating service.   Homeowners, contractors and anyone planning to dig should call 811 or go to www.iowaonecall.com to let utilities know where they’ll be working. Underground facility locating professionals…

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Dems: Bird flu prompts stronger biosecurity in Iowa

April 26, 2016

Iowa plays an important role in feeding the world. That’s why last year’s bird flu was so troubling. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has described the outbreak of 2015 as the largest animal health emergency in U.S. history.   In Iowa, 31.5 million birds at 77 facilities in 18 counties were affected between April and…

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