Iowa Senate

Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

March 23, 2015

This week, the Senate approved legislation aimed at clarifying the law regarding payroll cards. A payroll card — which is similar to a debit card — is an increasingly popular way to pay employees. Legislators recently heard from Iowans who came to the Statehouse to tell their stories. We learned that many Iowans don’t have…

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Dems: Nursing care for hard-to-place Iowans

March 22, 2015

Iowa’s long-term care services receive high praise for quality and affordability. In fact, Iowa’s long-term care services are ranked 13th best in the nation in the AARP’s most recent Long-Term Care Scorecard. However, Iowa has struggled to find appropriate nursing facility placements for sex offenders and those who are aggressive or violent, as well as…

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Dems: Stepping up efforts against human trafficking

March 21, 2015

Human trafficking is happening here in the heartland. This week, the Iowa Senate passed SF 450 to battle human trafficking, which is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of  forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The legislation is part of a dedicated effort to expose it, punish the perpetrators and help the victims return to a better…

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Dems: Making state government more accountable & transparent

March 21, 2015

Over the last year, the Senate Government Oversight Committee has investigated numerous allegations of hush money, slush funds, black lists and lack of transparency throughout Governor Branstad’s administration. This week, the Senate approved SF 321 to ensure state agencies that save money by purchasing through the state’s master contracts get those dollars back. The Department…

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GOP: Week Ten in Photos

March 20, 2015

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Dems: Ragan: Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

March 18, 2015
Dems: Ragan: Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

Remarks on Senate File 452, approved 50-0 on March 18, 2015 By Senator Amanda Ragan, Chair of the Human Services Budget Subcommittee   As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire Medicaid system to managed care. We all learned about this surprise when the Governor unveiled…

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Dems: Focusing on results makes government more effective

March 18, 2015

As we look for ways to do more with less, adopting evidence-based programs and practices can help. By funding programs that prove their value, we can boost efficiency and accountability, while achieving better results for taxpayers. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative reviewed more than 100 state statutes approved between 2004 and 2014, and identified five…

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Dems: Ensuring clean air for good health & economic growth

March 18, 2015

Businesses and Iowans depend on the work of the air quality bureau in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect the health of Iowans by ensuring that air emissions meet the standards set out in law. Iowa businesses turn to the bureau to help them meet these standards and provide them with the approval…

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Dems: Local schools make best decisions for students

March 17, 2015

Iowa’s public and private schools won’t be able to start next school year before the week of September 1 because of a recent decision by Governor Branstad.  The announcement surprised many schools, educators and parents. For years, school calendar decisions have been made by local school boards based on their own community and student needs.…

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Dems: Iowa businesses should get first crack at state contracts

March 17, 2015

Do our state agencies need to buy digital cameras from a Massachusetts company? Why  would state government  purchase  bread and bakery products from Missouri? Should the state have hired a New York company to help market and promote Iowa to tourists? What if we gave Iowa businesses that employ Iowans, pay local property taxes and…

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