Dems: Commerce – week of Feb. 2, 2015

SF 122 – Electronic access by public improvement contract bidders SF 123 – Powdered, crystalline alcohol ban  SF 124 – Wine gallonage reports  SF 125 – ABD omnibus   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 122/SSB 1036 addresses electronic access to documents during the competitive bidding process for public improvement contracts. It prohibits governmental entities from charging a…

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Dems: We can take a step forward for local schools

Iowa Senate Democrats this week announced a plan to increase state aid to schools to ensure that every Iowa child gets the best education possible and that they are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future. Our plan calls for a 4 percent increase in basic state aid for Iowa schools for each…

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GOP: KGAN Story on Ft. Madison Prison Delays

GOP: KGAN Story on Ft. Madison Prison Delays

Below is a detailed news story that KGAN News ran last week about the numerous construction delays at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison.  The prison was supposed to be up and operational nearly two years ago, but multiple issues has prevented it from opening.  Speaker Kraig Paulsen has tasked Government Oversight Committee Chairman…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – February 6

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – February 6

With the conclusion of the fourth week of the legislative session, our committees have been working hard on reviewing and passing policies that benefit Iowa families. I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on a few pieces of legislation that are currently working their way through the House. The first bill filed in…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Mission Focused, Warrior Ready

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Mission Focused, Warrior Ready

This week the Legislature invited Maj. Gen. Tim Orr, the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, to deliver his annual Condition of the Guard address.  As Maj. Gen. Orr reported, the Iowa Guard “continues to be Mission Focused and Warrior Ready.” In his speech, Maj. Gen. Orr highlighted the effectiveness of the Home Base…

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Dems: Iowa Army of Pink, Legislators Push to Improve Mammogram Reporting

Dems: Iowa Army of Pink, Legislators Push to Improve Mammogram Reporting

The Iowa Army of Pink, a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters, hit the State Capitol today to encourage legislators to improve reporting of breast cancer screenings. “My breast cancer diagnosis was delayed for 5 years because I have breast dense tissue,” said Bridget Pargulski, leader of the Iowa Army of Pink. “I was…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, January 29th-February 4th, 2015

January 29-February 4, 2015 WEEKLY BILL TRACKING HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Administration and Rules HR 4 House Rules. These are the rules that govern legislative business in the House of Representatives. The rules are the same as last year. An amendment was considered to change rule 29 moving the date for individual bill requests back…

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Dems: House Democratic Forums, February 5th, 2015

Below is a list of the forums for House Democratic House members for the week of February 2nd-6th. http://iowahouse.org/pdf/2.4.15%20Iowa%20House%20Forums.pdf

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Dems: HF 139: School Funding Every Other Year

Status of Bill: On House Floor Committee: Education 13-9 Lead Democrats: Representative Steckman February 4, 2015 Floor Manager:  Representative Jorgensen Research Analyst:    David Epley  515-281-6367 david.epley@legis.iowa.gov Background Current law was established and signed by Governor Branstad in 1992.  (Note: In 1992, Governor Branstad was governor and the Legislature was controlled by Democrats.  It was…

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