Iowa Senate

Dems: State Government – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

SF 366 – Police officers’ retirement disability   FLOOR ACTION: SF 366, as amend by the House, allows those who have a Peace Officer Retirement Systems (PORS) disability to earn 1.5 times the amount of the current earnable compensation of an active member at the same position on the salary scale, before their benefits is…

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Dems: Commerce – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

HF 229–Regulation of free trial offers, buying club memberships      FLOOR ACTION: HF 229 modifies the regulation of free trial offers and buying club memberships under Iowa’s consumer fraud law and exempts Internet sales from current rights of cancellation and limitations on membership periods. The legislation passed the House on a mostly party-line vote of…

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Dems: Appropriations – week of April 27, 2015

May 1, 2015

SF 492 – Disaster case management SF 493 – Education Budget FY16 and FY17 SF  494 – Ag & Natural Resources Budget FY16 & FY 17 SF 496 – Judicial Branch Budget FY16 & FY17 SF 497 – Justice System Budget FY16 & FY17 SF 498 – Administration & Regulation Budget FY 16 & FY…

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Dems: Improving safety in Iowa communities

May 1, 2015

One of the most important functions of government is keeping its citizens safe. Funding for our state’s Justice System aims to provide a secure Iowa for all. The annual Justice System Budget appropriates money to the departments of Public Safety, Corrections, Homeland Security and Public Defense, as well as to the Attorney General. This year’s…

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Dems: Keeping our community colleges affordable

May 1, 2015

Iowa’s community colleges train a skilled workforce at a time when nearly 34 percent of job openings in Iowa require an education level equal to an associate’s degree or higher. Despite the growing importance of community colleges to both Iowa students and the Iowa economy, state funding has not kept up. Even when accounting for…

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Dems: Pres. Jochum: Protecting the social safety net all Iowans count on

April 30, 2015
Dems: Pres. Jochum: Protecting the social safety net all Iowans count on

April 30, 2015 Statement by Senate President Pam Jochum Governor Branstad is finding out that all Iowans have a personal interest in a strong social safety net.   The most recent poll found that Iowans are opposed to his abrupt, unilateral, and perhaps illegal closure of the Clarinda and Mount Pleasant mental health institutes.  …

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Dems: Privacy protections for victims

April 28, 2015

A new address confidentiality program will 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 Governor for his signature. To ensure victims are “Safe at Home” from their abusers, the…

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Dems: Bolkcom: House Leadership has “moral obligation” to allow vote on medical cannabis

April 27, 2015

"If the leadership of the Iowa House wants to deny medicine to Iowans who need it, they should at least have the decency to allow a vote on Senate File 484. "In fact, I believe House leaders have a moral obligation to allow a vote on medical cannabis before this session ends."

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Dems: Health care for vulnerable Iowans in jeopardy

April 27, 2015

In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This includes families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More…

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Dems: Iowans speak out on need for Mental Health Institutes

April 26, 2015

The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from patients and former employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Governor Branstad. Under current Iowa law, the state must maintain and operate MHIs in Cherokee, Clarinda, Independence and Mount Pleasant. The Governor’s unilateral decision to close the Clarinda…

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