Iowa Senate

Dems: Ways & Means – week of May 4, 2015

May 7, 2015

SF 226 – Fireworks SF 502 – Commercial breeders of companion animals – inspections and fees SF 503 – Study of fees collected by the county sheriff SF 504 – Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation trust fund sales tax SF 482 – Social and Charitable Gambling SSB 1224 – Department of Revenue policy update legislation…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of May 4, 2015

May 7, 2015

HF 567 – Imitation Controlled Substances   FLOOR ACTION: HF 567 is a comprehensive effort to stem the sales of synthetic drugs and ensure that those who sell them can be criminally charged. The bill: Deletes Chapter 124A, the Imitation Controlled Substances Act, and moves it into Chapter 124, The Controlled Substances Act. This will…

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Dems: The worst Iowa economic development deal ever just got “worser.”

May 5, 2015

Comments by Senator Joe Bolkcom made on the Senate floor, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Video is available at: http://youtu.be/5_DlBtDdtDc I want to thank Senator Courtney and Senator Taylor for organizing a meeting with Director Durham to discuss the layoffs down in Lee County. We all know the Orascom story, the story of the worst Iowa…

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Dems: Individual development accounts help Iowans succeed

May 5, 2015

Iowa’s Individual Development Account (IDA) program is a successful public-private partnership. An IDA supplements the savings of low-income Iowans with matching funds drawn from private and public sources. IDAs help families save, build assets and achieve financial success. Savers must deposit their own earned income in an account at a participating credit union. They must…

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Dems: Simplifying the work permit process for teens

May 4, 2015

Recently the Legislature approved HF 397, which streamlines the process for teens to get a permit to work in Iowa. The current process of getting a teen work permit is cumbersome, requiring parents and students to do a lot of running around. A teen must go to their school or a local Iowa Workforce Office…

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Dems: Transparency & accountability in state government

May 4, 2015

We must ensure that hush money, secret settlements and political cronyism are not part of Iowa’s state government. Last year, Iowans learned that departments in Governor Branstad’s administration used taxpayer dollars to make hush-money payments to fired state employees. An investigation by the Senate’s Government Oversight Committee uncovered hush money offers and payments to former…

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Dems: New funding will help ensure privacy of victims

May 3, 2015

Funding in this year’s Administration & Regulation Budget (SF 498) provides enough money to start a new address confidentiality program to protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking and stalking. The “Safe at Home” program was established in HF 585, which was approved unanimously by the Legislature and has been sent to the…

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Dems: Preparing to assist those impacted by disasters

May 3, 2015

New legislation will help ensure that Iowa is ready to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible in times of crisis. Iowans will never forget where they were during the 1993 or 2008 floods—or during the many other disasters that have happened since. In the midst of the devastation, Iowans know how to band together…

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Dems: Resource guide for ash tree owners

May 2, 2015

The Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in 21 Iowa counties, creating increasing concerns for tree owners around the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, green invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. The adults live on the outside of ash trees and feed on the leaves during the…

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Dems: Stepping up efforts against human trafficking

May 2, 2015

Iowa’s interstate highways are prime routes for human traffickers transporting victims, who are often forced into sex work or other forms of slavery. Many traffickers are parents or family members who sell their children and vulnerable relatives. Coordinated efforts of local, state and federal officers have rescued some victims, but human trafficking remains a largely…

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