Iowa Senate

Dems: Iowa should get tougher on texting while driving

March 8, 2015

Polls show more than 80 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving, but the law is a secondary offense. That means officers can only write a ticket for texting if they pull you over for…

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Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

March 7, 2015

Imagine it’s payday, and you get your pay for the week. It’s on a payroll card (similar to a debit card) instead of a check or direct deposit. You didn’t have a choice in receiving your pay this way. You try to retrieve your money from the payroll card, and you discover you’re being charged…

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Dems: Updating court records for accurate public information

March 7, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill allowing those charged with a crime to apply to have court records of the criminal charge and proceedings expunged if the charges were dismissed or resulted in a “not guilty” verdict. Sometimes people are wrongly accused of a crime. This can have all sorts of other negative…

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Dems: Please help break the deadlock on school funding

March 6, 2015

At the Iowa Statehouse, however, things are not going well when it comes to responsibly funding our local schools. Legislative Republicans are refusing to move an inch from their starting offer of 1.25% in basic state aid for schools and time is running out. We need your help!

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Dems: Helping Iowans with disabilities live independently

March 6, 2015

The U.S. Congress passed a bill in December called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act). The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities to establish tax-free savings trusts where money can be deposited to pay for future disability-related expenses that help them maintain their health, independence and quality of life. The trust can…

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Dems: Access to mental health services must be maintained

March 6, 2015

We are committed to continuous improvement of Iowa’s modernized mental health system. That’s why we were surprised when Governor Branstad announced plans to close Mental Health Institutes (MHI) in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. These facilities offer specialized services that are not available in many areas of the state, including dual inpatient treatment for mental health…

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Dems: Transportation – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1041 – Making texting while driving a primary offense SSB 1069 – Department of Transportation omnibus SSB 1241 – National Motor Vehicle Title Information System SF 241 – Bicycle lights after dark SF 354 – Salvage vehicle registration fees   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1041, as amended, makes texting while driving a primary offense. Current…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1062 – Time off Work for Presidential Caucuses SSB 1065 – Competitive Bidding Interim SSB 1073 – Open Records SSB 1122 – Radon Control in New Residential Construction SSB 1131 – E911 Emergency Communications Fund SSB 1134 – Safe at Home SSB 1155 – Radon Testing SSB 1170 – First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts SSB…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1062 – Time off Work for Presidential Caucuses SSB 1065 – Competitive Bidding Interim SSB 1073 – Open Records SSB 1122 – Radon Control in New Residential Construction SSB 1131 – E911 Emergency Communications Fund SSB 1134 – Safe at Home SSB 1155 – Radon Testing SSB 1170 – First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts SSB…

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Dems: Natural Resources – week of March 2, 2015

March 5, 2015

SSB 1189 – Wildlife disease management control program and zones SSB 1206 – Apprentice hunter program SSB 1207 – Invasive tree pest revolving loan fund SSB 1222 – Air quality fund and air quality fees   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1189, as amended in committee, directs the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to adopt administrative rules to…

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