Iowa Senate

Dems: Missed opportunities will get another chance in 2016

June 15, 2015

The 2015 session was the first year of the 86th General Assembly. Bills approved this year by only one chamber are still eligible for debate next year. That’s good news since the Senate approved several bills, many with strong bipartisan support, that were not taken up in the Iowa House. They include: A boost for…

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Dems: More help for vulnerable Iowans

June 15, 2015

The recently completed 2015 session required compromise on important efforts to grow Iowa’s middle class, but this year also saw bipartisan successes. In particular, we approved many initiatives to help vulnerable Iowans. Mental health care: We improved Iowa’s mental health and disability services system by making more emergency psychiatric beds available and setting up a…

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Dems: School funding compromise breaks gridlock, ends session

June 14, 2015

The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. The goal of the compromise is to maintain educational opportunities and boost student achievement. The final agreement provides an additional $156 million for the 2015-16 school year. The compromise includes a 1.25 percent increase in…

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Dems: School funding compromise breaks gridlock, ends session

June 14, 2015

The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. The goal of the compromise is to maintain educational opportunities and boost student achievement. The final agreement provides an additional $156 million for the 2015-16 school year. The compromise includes a 1.25 percent increase in…

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Dems: Enjoy Iowa’s great outdoors

June 14, 2015

June is Great Outdoors Month in Iowa, where natural resources are so important to our quality of life. It’s a great time to enjoy activities like biking, swimming, hiking, paddling, fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching, camping, and exploring our lakes, prairies, woodlands, rivers and wetlands. Enjoyment of the outdoors fosters a deeper appreciation of our…

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Dems: Call for Artists for the 2015 Agriculture Art Award

June 13, 2015

Through July 6, the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship are asking Iowa artists to submit their artwork for the Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award with the 2015 theme “Women in Agriculture.” Selected finalists in youth and adult categories will receive cash awards and their artwork will be exhibited…

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Dems: New Iowa transportation map available

June 13, 2015

The Iowa DOT recently released its 2015-2016 Iowa Transportation Map. An electronic version of the map, accompanied by an assortment of city detail maps, can be found online at iowadot.gov/maps. Paper copies of the map are available at the Iowa DOT’s 19 driver’s license stations, county treasurer’s offices, DOT district offices, Iowa welcome centers and the…

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Dems: Renew your driver’s license at new locations around Iowa

June 12, 2015

Twenty-four locations around the state now house Motor Vehicle self-service kiosks, where Iowans can renew or replace their driver’s license and ID cards. The kiosks offer customers convenience, choice and control by making government services more accessible and saving taxpayer time and money. You can renew at a kiosk if: You have a valid Iowa…

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Dems: Senate Education Chair asks if Governor Branstad will approve funding for K12 schools

June 8, 2015

“And here we are, 25 days from the beginning of the school year, and even at this late date, and even though the details of this propose were public knowledge almost a month ago, even at this late date, the Governor’s office has not committed to approving this expenditure! I hope that we pass this…

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Dems: 2015 Session Highlights

June 5, 2015

This year, Senate Democrats fought to provide greater economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the best educational opportunities from preschool through college. While we hoped to accomplish much more, we ultimately chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally…

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