Dems: Investing in natural resources, water quality

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has approved legislation to fulfill the state’s commitment to provide sustainable funding for natural resources and outdoor recreation. SF 504 would increase the state sales tax by 3/8 of a percent with revenue going to the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which was approved by 63 percent…

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Dems: Better Iowa fishing with interactive features

Recent updates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing webpages feature a new fishing atlas, fishing structure locations, and a catalog of more than 250 printable fishing maps. It’s all available at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing. Just click on the “fishing maps” link in the column on the left. The individual lake and trout stream pages also…

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Dems: Better Iowa fishing with interactive features

Recent updates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing webpages feature a new fishing atlas, fishing structure locations, and a catalog of more than 250 printable fishing maps. It’s all available at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing. Just click on the “fishing maps” link in the column on the left. The individual lake and trout stream pages also…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Living Within Our Means

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Living Within Our Means

“Cavalier reliance on using surplus money simply because it’s there is unwise fiscal practice and could create bigger budget problems for the state down the road.” That statement is from an editorial from the Sioux City Journal posted this week. You can read the entire article here. The editorial does a good job of highlighting…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 8

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 8

April showers have continued into the month of May. Despite the scattered rain, I hope you have been able to find some time to enjoy the warmer temperatures and new greenery that is springing up across our state. This week the House passed legislation that strengthens Iowa’s middle class and helps retain and attract young…

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Dems: Iowa teachers deserve our appreciation

For more than 30 years, the National Parent Teachers Association has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who use their passion and skills to educate our kids. Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration of the contribution and sacrifice teachers make for students, schools and communities…

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Dems: Limiting the spread of bird flu

Iowa is in the midst of an outbreak of bird flu, which is hitting commercial chicken and turkey facilities across the state. Governor Branstad declared a state of emergency on May 1 to activate the state’s disaster response protocol. State agencies are working to limit the spread of the disease and its impact on poultry…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking April 30-May 5

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr. 30 – Wed. May 6, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Was Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal feeding operations code section (signed; effective 7-1-15)   Appropriations HF 637         Transportation Budget.  The transportation budget bill…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of May 4, 2015

SF 226 – Fireworks SF 502 – Commercial breeders of companion animals – inspections and fees SF 503 – Study of fees collected by the county sheriff SF 504 – Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation trust fund sales tax SF 482 – Social and Charitable Gambling SSB 1224 – Department of Revenue policy update legislation…

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