Iowa Senate

Dems: Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 15, 2015

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Driving requires three types of attention: visual, manual and cognitive. If drivers get distracted, they may take their eyes off the road (visual), their hands off the wheel (manual) and their minds off driving (cognitive). At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell…

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Dems: Week of the Young Child

April 14, 2015

The importance of a child’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development cannot be overstated. April 12–18 is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and…

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Dems: Fostering charitable giving in Iowa communities

April 14, 2015

Iowa Community Foundations are nonprofit organizations that provide grants to meet local needs, build philanthropy and create endowments for the long-term benefit of charitable projects and programs. Their work enhances local arts and culture, the environment, education, human services, health and more. While at the Statehouse, representatives of Iowa’s Community Foundations recently highlighted two state…

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Dems: Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

April 14, 2015
Dems: Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

Leaders of the Iowa Senate today released a state budget outline which would expand Iowa’s middle class while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

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Dems: Boosting student achievement through strong English skills

April 14, 2015

The number of young Iowa students who are just learning English is growing. In the 2013-14 school year, 5.3 percent of Iowa students were considered English Language Learners (ELL). School districts throughout the state are struggling to meet the diverse social and academic needs of these students. Of the 33 Iowa school districts with more…

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Dems: Iowa students deserve a strong investment in our schools

April 13, 2015

Iowa’s high school graduation rate is the highest in the country. More than 90 percent of Iowa high school students graduate within four years, compared to a national graduation rate of 81 percent. Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has climbed statewide for the fourth year in a row while dropout rates continue to fall, according to the…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of April 6, 2015

April 13, 2015

SF 482 – Social and Charitable Gambling SF 486 – Approval and imposition of community college property tax levies SF 487 – Portable electronics insurance   FLOOR ACTION: SF 482 is a rewrite of Iowa’s social and charitable gambling laws (Chapter 99B). SF 482 updates, simplifies and modernizes the Iowa Code to be current with…

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Dems: Transportation – week of April 6, 2015

April 13, 2015

SF 422 – National Motor Vehicle Title Information System HF 588 – Expiration for disabled parking placards HF 597 – Itemize where fines go from speed & red light cameras   FLOOR ACTION: HF 563 is an effort to preserve a fair and level playing field, assist law enforcement in deterring and preventing vehicle-related crimes,…

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Dems: State Government – week of April 6, 2015

April 13, 2015

HF 146 – Prohibited Gambling Activities HF 203 – Sleep Professionals   FLOOR ACTION: HF 146 makes changes concerning prohibited activities and penalties for gambling games on excursion gambling boats and gambling structures. Currently, a person who places a bet after acquiring knowledge not available to all players of the outcome of the gambling game…

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Dems: Nominate a hero for the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards

April 5, 2015

Through April 15, the Iowa Department of Public Safety is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards. These special recognition awards are presented to ordinary citizens who take extraordinary lifesaving measures to save a fellow citizen. To qualify, the incident must have occurred in Iowa between January 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. The nominee…

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