Iowa Senate

Dems: Helping Iowans with disabilities live independently

April 21, 2015

Iowans with disabilities often wish to live as independently as possible. The ABLE Act will help them do just that. The ABLE — Achieving a Better Life Experience — Act was approved by the U.S. Congress in December. It allows people with disabilities to establish tax-free savings trusts into which money can be deposited to…

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Dems: Safe, secure medical cannabis for suffering Iowans

April 21, 2015

Iowa took a first step last year to help those with epilepsy legally use cannabis oil, which has been shown to dramatically reduce seizures and other complications. A legislative committee studied our new law last fall and came to the conclusion that it is ineffective because families cannot get the medicine locally, requiring them to…

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Dems: School funding fits into state budget plans

April 20, 2015

Senate Democrats continue to get public support for our compromise proposal to increase basic school funding next school year by 2.625 percent. That’s exactly halfway between the original Senate and House proposals. Unfortunately, legislative Republicans refuse to budge, despite widespread reports that their proposal for a meager 1.25 percent increase in school funding would result…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015

SF 439 – Iowa ABLE Savings Trust SF 484 – Medical Cannabis Act SF 488 – Air quality fund and air quality fees SF 489 – EPC surcharge extension, UST fund and grant program funding HF 621 – Streamlined sales tax update   FLOOR ACTION: SF 484 strikes the entire Medical Cannabidiol Act (Iowa Code…

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Dems: Veterans Affairs – week of April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015

HF 414 – Disclosure requirements for private providers of veterans benefits, services   FLOOR ACTION: HF 414 requires a person who provides veterans benefits services to give a written disclosure statement to each client or prospective client, and obtain the signature of the client on the written disclosure statement before entering into an agreement to provide…

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Dems: Transportation – week of April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015

HF 287 – Counterfeit, nonfunctional or unsafe airbags   FLOOR ACTION: HF 287 provides that anyone who manufactures, imports, installs or sells a device to replace an air bag, and who knows that the device is counterfeit, nonfunctional or unsafe, is guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor and an unlawful act of consumer fraud. The bill…

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Dems: State Government – week of April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015

HF 585 – Safe at Home   FLOOR ACTION: HF 585 establishes a Safe at Home program for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking or stalking. The program is administered by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office. The Safe at Home program is an address confidentiality program. The Secretary of State’s office establishes…

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Dems: Local Government – week of April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015

SF 167 –County official severance pay ban HF 507 - Sewer delinquent accounts under Utility Management Organizations   FLOOR ACTION: SF 167 prohibits county elected official severance pay. The House amended the bill to also mandate a separate vote by a county board of supervisors on any compensation increase for county elected officials. [4/13:47-1 (Dearden…

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Dems: Medicaid Privatization: What Iowans need to know

April 16, 2015

1) (Below) President Jochum Transcript from the April 16th, 2015 – Iowa Democratic Legislative Leaders Press Conference 2) Lessons Learned from the Kansas experience with Managed Care of MedicaidDocument, from the Disability Rights Center of Kansas 3) Medicaid Managed Care Informational Powerpoint: the Disability Rights Center of Kansas   President Jochum Transcript   April 16th, 2015 – Leaders Press Conference…

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GOP: No Place Like Home: Senate District 38

April 16, 2015

"I ran for office because I wanted to support agriculture, the occupation of my father, grandfather, and countless families throughout Senate District 38."

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