Iowa Senate

Dems: Lesson plans for Black History Month and President’s Day

February 2, 2015

February is Black History Month, and the Center for Civic Education offers free lessons for grades 6 through 12 that focus on the civil rights movement and the power of nonviolence. Teachers can choose from lessons on the Children’s March of 1963, the costs and benefits of nonviolence, philosophical and tactical nonviolence, and Rosa Parks…

Read more »

Dems: Court helps veterans adjust to civilian life

February 2, 2015

Woodbury County officials recently told legislators about their special Veterans Court to help veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Veterans throughout the country face unique issues after being deployed to combat zones. Often these vets are coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury or substance abuse. Unfortunately, upon their return…

Read more »

Dems: Helping Iowa kids become successful adults

February 1, 2015

Promoting the long-term health and wellbeing of Iowa’s children is essential to our state’s future. Kids lead more productive, happy lives if they receive mental health and developmental services when they need them, according to the United Way. Children’s brains develop over time. The growth and maturation of the brain is guided by genes and…

Read more »

Dems: Strengthen our middle class by ensuring Iowans get paid for their work

January 31, 2015

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. Iowa’s wage theft laws are so weak that they are impossible to enforce. The result? Iowa workers get ripped off by unscrupulous employers, and the…

Read more »

Dems: What do our local schools need?

January 30, 2015

Iowa’s future depends on high-quality local schools. That’s why we’re working hard to ensure that every Iowa child gets the best education possible and that they are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future. The Republican-led Iowa House passed a bill along party lines this week that would provide a 1.25 percent increase…

Read more »

Dems: Ways & Means – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SSB 1059 – Internal Revenue Code update (coupling bill)   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1059 updates the Iowa Internal Revenue Code to “couple” with federal tax law changes that were included in the federal Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. Some of these changes to state tax law for tax year 2014 include extending: Deduction of…

Read more »

Dems: Transportation – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SF 75 – Authorizes DOT to study the safety of blue and white lights on snowplows   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 75 is a Department of Transportation (DOT) bill. The bill allows the use of blue and white lights on DOT snowplows and other DOT vehicles being used for snow and ice treatment or removal on…

Read more »

Dems: Rules & Administration – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SR 1 – Senate Rules SR 3 – Ellsworth Community College 125th Anniversary SCR 1 – Compensation Resolution   COMMITTEE ACTION: Senate Resolution 1 updates the General Assembly to Eight-sixth. It also updates and clarifies rules relating to holdover bills (Rule 4); removes outdated language regarding calendars (Rule 6); clarifies the rule on Study Bills…

Read more »

Dems: Ethics – week of Jan. 26, 2015

January 30, 2015

SSB 1070 – Senate Code of Ethics SSB 1071 – Joint Rules Governing Lobbyists   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1070 is a resolution updating the Senate’s Code of Ethics. This resolution updates the General Assembly to Eighty-sixth and allows Ethics Committee staff to receive supporting information and keep information confidential. [1/28: short form]   SSB 1071…

Read more »

Dems: Gronstal: Iowans tell us our future depends on high-quality local schools

January 29, 2015

  Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal January 29, 2015 The session took a bad turn this week. When it comes to supporting Iowa’s kids, Governor Branstad and House Republicans missed the mark. Republicans are offering Iowa families overcrowded classrooms, fewer teachers, fewer advanced classes, and more outdated materials. That won’t help grow and strengthen Iowa’s…

Read more »

TCR's Iowa Legislative Updates provides content from the leadership of each party's caucus in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. We hope you find this to be a valuable resource.

We'd love to hear from you! Feel free to email us by clicking here.