Iowa Senate

Dems: Sick Iowans seek legalization of medical cannabis

March 17, 2015

Last year, the Iowa Legislature approved Iowa’s first medical cannabis program. Unfortunately, the law’s shortcomings have prevented any Iowa family from being helped. Senate Study Bill 1243 would allow Iowans who suffer from specific chronic diseases to legally purchase medicine made from cannabis. Iowa’s existing medical cannabis law would be updated to cover more diseases,…

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Dems: Recognizing the healthy efforts of Iowa youth

March 17, 2015

Every day Iowa students make healthy choices and encourage others to do the same. A new Youth Action Award will honor the efforts of Iowa students in K-12. Students can submit posters, essays or videos highlighting healthy behaviors or sharing ideas to engage others. The Iowa Action for Healthy Kids Coalition will collect the submissions…

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Dems: Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

March 16, 2015
Dems: Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

Immediate Release:  March 16th, 2015 Department of Labor requires Workforce Development’s response within 30 days (Link to federal documents: Part one & Part two Statement by Senator Bill Dotzler of Waterloo On March 19, 2014, I wrote Gay Gilbert, the Administrator of the federal Office of Unemployment Insurance Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of…

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Dems: Free online summer school enrollment

March 16, 2015

Iowa Learning Online is currently offering courses for credit for all students. Courses include government, economics with financial literacy, algebra, marine science, health and personal fitness. The summer term begins May 18 and ends July 17. All cla...

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GOP: No Place Like Home: Senate District 28

March 13, 2015

"Each district is really different and I'm proud to represent the one I call home."

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GOP: No Place Like Home: Senate District 28

March 13, 2015

"Each district is really different and I'm proud to represent the one I call home."

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Dems: Iowa should get tougher on texting while driving

March 8, 2015

Polls show more than 80 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving, but the law is a secondary offense. That means officers can only write a ticket for texting if they pull you over for…

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Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

March 7, 2015

Imagine it’s payday, and you get your pay for the week. It’s on a payroll card (similar to a debit card) instead of a check or direct deposit. You didn’t have a choice in receiving your pay this way. You try to retrieve your money from the payroll card, and you discover you’re being charged…

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Dems: Updating court records for accurate public information

March 7, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill allowing those charged with a crime to apply to have court records of the criminal charge and proceedings expunged if the charges were dismissed or resulted in a “not guilty” verdict. Sometimes people are wrongly accused of a crime. This can have all sorts of other negative…

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Dems: Please help break the deadlock on school funding

March 6, 2015

At the Iowa Statehouse, however, things are not going well when it comes to responsibly funding our local schools. Legislative Republicans are refusing to move an inch from their starting offer of 1.25% in basic state aid for schools and time is running out. We need your help!

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