Iowa Senate

Dems: Boost to minimum wage will strengthen Iowa economy

February 24, 2015

It’s been seven years since Iowans have seen an increase to our state’s minimum wage. No other state has lingered at $7.25 per hour longer than Iowa. Five out of six states surrounding Iowa have a higher minimum wage. It’s time for Iowa’s lowest paid workers to get a raise. Nationally, the average minimum wage…

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Dems: Iowans must get paid for their work

February 24, 2015

This week, the Senate Labor & Business Relations Committee approved Senate File 39, which is designed to strengthen Iowa’s wage theft laws. All Iowans deserve to get paid for the work they do. Strengthening Iowa’s middle class depends on it. Sadly, $600 million in wages are stolen from Iowa workers each year. Wage theft can…

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Dems: Ensuring more Iowans can get to their jobs

February 23, 2015

In communities both urban and rural, many Iowans have no way to get to work. Maybe their job is a couple towns away from where they live, or perhaps they work third shift in a town with no late-night public transit. Either way, a lack of transportation can keep Iowans from accepting jobs, which limits…

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Dems: Water quality improvements expand, gain attention

February 23, 2015

Improving Iowa’s water quality has been a top priority for the Legislature in recent years. New updates tell us how our investments are paying off and where we need to step up our efforts. Researchers at Iowa State University are helping us better understand how we can keep nitrates out of our water supply, and…

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Dems: Transportation – Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SSB 1168 – Increasing state funding for roads and bridges SF 87 – Vehicle registration duties of county treasurers SF 155 – Placement of license plate dump trucks   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1168, as amended in committee, makes changes to increase funding for Iowa’s roads and bridges. Highlights include: Limits county bonding for road and…

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Dems: Local Government – week of Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SSB 1082 – ADA parking permit SF 25 – Nuisance properties   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1082 changes the law on use of a persons with disabilities parking permit. Currently, improper use is a misdemeanor subject to separate fines. Under this bill, local authorities may charge and collect fines upon a simple notice of a $100…

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Dems: Labor & Business Relations – week of Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SF 39 – Wage theft SSB 1151 — Minimum wage increase   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 39 puts the burden on the employer to establish the legality of deductions from employee wages and requires that the employer must obtain written authorization for certain deductions in advance. The bill requires employers to keep a written record of…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SSB 1025 – Homeland Security Emergency Management receiving local exchange service information SSB 1091 – Attorney fees in dissolution of marriage when defendant is in prison or jail SSB 1113 – Interpreters for limited English-proficient persons and others in court proceedings SSB 1163 – Privileged communications between peer support group counselors and officers   COMMITTEE…

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Dems: Human Resources – week of Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SSB 1015 – Medical Licenses SSB 1019 – Interstate Physician Licensure Compact SSB 1039 – Public Health Modernization SSB 1096 – Public Health Omnibus   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1015 requires practitioners to relinquish their medical license if they do not apply for renewal or reinstatement of the license within five years of expiration. Additionally, a…

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Dems: Education – week of Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SF 69 – Filling school board vacancies SF 77 – ELL weighting and eligibility increase SF 191 – TAG FTE at Department of Education SF 204 – PPEL for transportation repair SSB 1056 – GAP tuition technical clean up SSB 1099 – Low income student supplement SSB 1101 – Incentivizing expanded preschool access   COMMITTEE…

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