Iowa Senate

Dems: House needs to act on bipartisan anti-bullying bill

May 9, 2015

In 2007, the Iowa Legislature required school districts to adopt safe school policies to guard against harassment and bullying. Unfortunately, there is still too much of it going on. This issue was once again brought to forefront by the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in central Iowa. This was the second time in two years…

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Dems: Investing in natural resources, water quality

May 8, 2015

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has approved legislation to fulfill the state’s commitment to provide sustainable funding for natural resources and outdoor recreation. SF 504 would increase the state sales tax by 3/8 of a percent with revenue going to the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which was approved by 63 percent…

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Dems: Better Iowa fishing with interactive features

May 8, 2015

Recent updates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing webpages feature a new fishing atlas, fishing structure locations, and a catalog of more than 250 printable fishing maps. It’s all available at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing. Just click on the “fishing maps” link in the column on the left. The individual lake and trout stream pages also…

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Dems: Better Iowa fishing with interactive features

May 8, 2015

Recent updates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing webpages feature a new fishing atlas, fishing structure locations, and a catalog of more than 250 printable fishing maps. It’s all available at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing. Just click on the “fishing maps” link in the column on the left. The individual lake and trout stream pages also…

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Dems: Iowa teachers deserve our appreciation

May 8, 2015

For more than 30 years, the National Parent Teachers Association has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who use their passion and skills to educate our kids. Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration of the contribution and sacrifice teachers make for students, schools and communities…

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Dems: Limiting the spread of bird flu

May 7, 2015

Iowa is in the midst of an outbreak of bird flu, which is hitting commercial chicken and turkey facilities across the state. Governor Branstad declared a state of emergency on May 1 to activate the state’s disaster response protocol. State agencies are working to limit the spread of the disease and its impact on poultry…

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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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