Iowa Senate

Dems: Get help to quit smoking

May 28, 2015

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event, Quitline Iowa is offering free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to those who enroll in the program. To find out more, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or go to www.quitlineiowa.org. Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a coach to help determine if patches, nicotine gum…

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Dems: New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed

May 24, 2015

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The history of Memorial Day — originally known as Decoration Day — began three years after the end of the Civil War when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan ordered his posts to decorate…

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Dems: The battle for top-quality Iowa schools continues

May 23, 2015

Across Iowa, students and teachers are coming to the end of another school year. Unfortunately, there is still no compromise on funding for the next school year, which begins in August. More than three months ago, I voted to provide a 4 percent increase in school funding for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. House…

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Dems: Better understanding helps Iowans combat human trafficking

May 22, 2015

Iowans have been hearing a lot about human trafficking lately—that it’s taking place here in the heartland and how they can help stop it. Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. More than 150 people recently gathered in Marshalltown to hear from experts on sex trafficking and Iowa’s anti-trafficking efforts.…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of May 18, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 511 – Renewable energy tax credits HF 654 – Changes to IEDA’s Programs HF 660 – Require public hearing prior to increase in city franchise fee HF 662 – Vital records copies   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 511 relates to tax incentives for renewable energy production. The bill makes these changes to existing renewable energy…

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Dems: Natural Resources – week of May 18, 2015

May 21, 2015

HF 544 – Establishing plasma gasification as a preferred waste management practice FLOOR ACTION: HF 544 adds waste conversion technologies to preferred methods of solid waste management. Waste conversion technologies take solid waste and convert them into usable materials through anaerobic digestion, plasma gasification, pyrolysis and other technologies. The conversion methods do not incinerate the…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of May 18, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 510 – Standings FY16 & FY17 Budget                             FLOOR ACTION: SF 510 is the FY16/FY17 Standings Budget. The bill appropriates $3.54 billion from the General Fund for FY16.   DIVISION I – STANDING APPROPRIATIONS & RELATED MATTERS Establishes budget process. Appropriations that are at a “status quo” from FY15: Department of Cultural Affairs…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of May 11, 2016

May 21, 2015

SF 509 – Accessible fuel pump standards and tax credits HF 616 – Property tax notices and assessment of multi-residential properties   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 509 requires the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS) to make rules for retail motor fuel sites per the Americans with Disabilities Act. This includes required signage, a…

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Dems: Education – week of May 11, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 501 – SARA Higher Education Registration Agreements   FLOOR ACTION: SF 501 addresses the issues preventing Iowa from participating in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The bill language is agreed to by the Attorney General and Iowa Student Aid Commission to allow institutes of higher education to participate in the Midwest Higher Education Compact’s State…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of May 11, 2015

May 21, 2015

SF 510 – Standings FY16 & FY17 Budget                           HF 650 – Infrastructure Budget   FLOOR ACTION: HF 650 is the House’s version of the Infrastructure Budget. The Senate has a strike after amendment, which appropriates $178.7 million from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF); $17.7 million from the Technology Reinvestment Fund; $4.6 million from…

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