Iowa Senate

Dems: Get prepared for first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses

March 31, 2015

It happens every four years. Iowa voters meet in churches, schools, even living rooms, to be part of the first-in-the-nation stop for U.S. presidential hopefuls. This initial test in the presidential selection process will be the focus of a new massive open online course (MOOC) at Iowa State University, the Iowa Presidential Caucuses. The Iowa…

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Dems: Gronstal: Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again

March 31, 2015
Dems: Gronstal: Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs after sending School Start Date compromise (SF 227) to the Governor’s desk “When it comes to the school start date, Governor Branstad singlehandedly created a significant problem for schools and parents. Today I’ve decided to allow Senate File 227 to go the Governor’s office and…

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Dems: Taking steps to strengthen middle class

March 31, 2015

Iowa is doing the right thing to strengthen our middle class after the devastation of the national recession. One of the reasons Iowa has weathered the economic downturn better than other states is that we’ve kept our fiscal house in order. Each year, we balance the state budget and set aside money for a rainy…

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Dems: Federal investigation confirms bias at Workforce Development

March 30, 2015

Last year, Senator Bill Dotzler of Waterloo sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) expressing concerns about Iowa Workforce Development and its director, Teresa Wahlert. The letter was based on testimony Senator Dotzler had received from Unemployment Administrative Law Judges indicating there was undue pressure on them, concern about the fairness of…

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Dems: Preventing the dangerous crime of stalking

March 30, 2015

The Iowa Senate recently approved two bills to prevent stalking, which can leave victims feeling terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened or worse. SF 395 expands the definition of stalking for criminal prosecutions to include technological devices repeatedly used to locate, listen to or watch another person without a legitimate purpose. In addition, the bill says that…

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Dems: Iowa ranks high for government transparency

March 29, 2015

Iowa received an “A-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the sixth annual report by the Public Interest Research Group. Senate Democrats strongly support better ways to inform Iowa taxpayers about how and where their…

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Dems: Governor’s plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans

March 29, 2015

n 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. They are some of the most vulnerable people in our state, including families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More than…

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Dems: Protecting students from severe allergic reactions

March 28, 2015

Epinephrine is a drug that treats severe allergic reactions in an emergency. Epinephrine auto-injectors, generally known as EpiPens, are medical devices for injecting a measured dose of epinephrine to quickly and safely reduce severe allergic reactions. The individual often feels better in five to 15 minutes following the injection and can get long-term treatment if…

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Dems: Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games

March 28, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games to be held August 8 to 12 in Omaha. VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host this year’s games. Applications can be completed online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, and will be accepted through May 15.…

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Dems: School funding delay threatens student achievement

March 27, 2015

State funding for our local schools remains undecided, even after a fourth meeting this week of the special legislative committee charged with finding a compromise between the House and the Senate. At the most recent meeting, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha insisted on setting state aid for the 2015-16 school year at 1.25 percent,…

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