Iowa Senate

Dems: Judiciary – week of Jan. 18, 2016

January 23, 2016

SF 2022 – Criminal jurisdiction on the Sac and Fox Indian Settlement   FLOOR & COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 2022 tenders to the U.S. Government the criminal jurisdiction that the State has over criminal offenses committed by or against Native Americans on the Sac and Fox Indian settlement. A federal law passed in 1948 gave the…

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Dems: Human Resources – week of Jan. 18, 2016

January 23, 2016

SSB 3005 – Shelter Care reimbursement rate fix   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 3005 corrects a drafting error in legislation approved during the 2015 session. Legislators intended to give juvenile shelter homes a 5 percent provider rate increase. In order to increase the shelter rate, updates have to be made to three items in the appropriations…

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Dems: Class sizes will increase if school funding falls short

January 23, 2016

Another year of inadequate state funding for K-12 schools will result in larger class sizes. That’s what school administrators tell us in a new survey.   Superintendents, principals and other school officials completed the survey in recent weeks to help us better understand the consequences of shortchanging public schools, and to determine the impact of…

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Dems: High school seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp

January 19, 2016

Two Iowa high school seniors have the opportunity to receive full scholarships to attend the National Youth Science Camp this summer in West Virginia. The students will exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The selected delegates must demonstrate academic achievement in science and show potential for thoughtful scientific…

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Dems: Apply for Derelict Building Grants

January 19, 2016

Through Feb. 26, small rural communities looking to renovate or deconstruct abandoned commercial and public buildings can apply for funding through the Derelict Building Grant Program. The Program emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, improves street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern some buildings can pose. Funding is awarded annually on…

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Dems: January is National Mentoring Month in Iowa

January 19, 2016

January 2016 marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month. In Iowa, more than 8,000 mentors serve youth in programs certified by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, but thousands more could benefit from having a mentor. Mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged…

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Dems: Regional Medicaid updates for providers & members

January 18, 2016

The transition of Iowa Medicaid to the IA Health Link managed care program will begin March 1, pending final federal approval. In-person provider and member education sessions that provide updates on the transition and how Medicaid is changing will be offered throughout the state.

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Dems: Iowa courts strive for justice for all

January 18, 2016

In his annual Condition of the Judiciary speech, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady outlined how the state is protecting Iowa’s children, operating an efficient, full-service court system, providing faster and less costly resolution of legal disputes, operating in an open and transparent way, and providing fair and impartial justice for all.

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Dems: Iowa needs a bigger, stronger middle class

January 17, 2016

On Monday, we gaveled in at the Statehouse to begin the 2016 legislative session. Over the next few months, we’ll be working to improve Iowa’s economic growth, education, health care and public safety. Our top priority is expanding Iowa’s middle class through investments in education and job training that can boost the economy. It’s a…

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Dems: Iowa needs a bigger, stronger middle class

January 17, 2016

On Monday, we gaveled in at the Statehouse to begin the 2016 legislative session. Over the next few months, we’ll be working to improve Iowa’s economic growth, education, health care and public safety. Our top priority is expanding Iowa’s middle class through investments in education and job training that can boost the economy. It’s a…

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