Iowa Senate

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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Dems: American Legion of Iowa Foundation grant applications

March 27, 2015

The American Legion of Iowa Foundation is accepting grant applications to help purchase materials for the benefit of hospitalized veterans, medical and/or scientific research, literary endeavors involving subjects of interest to veterans, and programs ...

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Dems: Allowing homebuyers to get radon testing

March 27, 2015

The Iowa Senate has approved consumer protection legislation ensuring that potential homebuyers can get radon test results. HF 371 allows a certified radon tester to disclose the results of a radon test to a potential buyer of a nonpublic building if they’ve made a purchase offer and pay for the testing. Radon is an odorless,…

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Dems: Transportation – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 397 – Department of Transportation omnibus HF 287 – Counterfeit, nonfunctional or unsafe airbags   FLOOR ACTION: SF 397 is the Department of Transportation (DOT) policy bill. As amended, the bill includes these elements: DIVISION I — AVIATION. The bill eliminates the exception that allows the DOT to compete with private enterprise in aircraft…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 331 – Electronic Voter Registration SF 332 – State Employment Hiring Procedures SF 366 – Police Officers Retirement SF 375 – Adoptions SF 415 – Elections Administration SF 456 – Sale & Off-Premises Transportation of Certain Containers of Beer (Growlers) SF 459 - Employment of and Merit system Protection for Administrative Law Judges HF…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 395 – Stalking SF 404 – Shorthand Reporters HF 496 – Military Victim Advocates HF 535 – Nonsubstantive Code Editor’s Bill HF 536 – Substantive Code Editor’s Bill HF 570 – Municipal Tort Liability for Recreational Activities   FLOOR ACTION: SF 395 relates to the definition of stalking for criminal prosecutions. It expands the…

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Dems: Human Resources – week of March 23, 2015

March 26, 2015

SF 232 – Facility tanning ban for minors SF 410 – Opioid overdose prevention HF 372 – Court Appointed Special Advocates & family assessments (companion to SF 370)   FLOOR ACTION: SF 232, as amended in on the floor, prohibits a tanning facility from allowing a person under 18 to use a tanning device. [3/24:…

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