Dems: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is kicking off a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of child abuse and how to prevent it. Watch for the blue pinwheel as the symbol of the great childhood all children deserve. Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to do better academically, be more…

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Dems: Celebrate National Donate Life Month

Join the Iowa Donor Network in recognizing National Donate Life Month this April, a chance to motivate more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can become a donor by registering at www.IowaDonorNewtork.org. There is a big need: An average of 21 people on the organ transplant waiting list die each day;…

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Dems: Helping veterans access the benefits they’ve earned

Our veterans deserve to know all the benefits and programs they qualify for. That’s why the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted this week to help veterans access information on ways to apply for benefits they have earned through their military service. House File 414 won unanimous approval in the Iowa House on March 17. The…

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Dems: Locating a cell user in emergencies

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill this week that will help save lives by shortening the time it takes to locate someone in grave danger. House File 447, which passed the House 93-2 on March 11, requires cellphone services to provide the location of cellphones to law enforcement or 911 operators if the information…

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Dems: Bipartisan Senate supports safe schools for students

Every Iowa student deserves a safe learning environment. A recent poll showed that Iowans strongly support anti-bullying measures, with 73 percent of Iowans in favor. To improve the learning environment for all Iowa students, the Senate has approved Senate File 345, a bill to prevent bullying in our schools. It passed with bipartisan support, 43-7.…

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Dems: Legislature agrees to reasonable school start date

Last December, Governor Branstad’s administration told superintendents they would no longer get waivers to start school early, meaning schools would have to start fall classes during the week of September 1. The Governor’s decision to end local control of school start dates immediately created a big problem for schools and parents. Last fall, 67 Iowa…

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Dems: Heating moratorium ends

The winter home heating moratorium on service disconnections ends April 1. If you are having difficulty paying your energy utility bills, contact your local utility to discuss payment options to avoid service disconnections. Beginning April 2, customers certified for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Home Weatherization Program could be subject to…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of March 30, 2015

SF 479 – Determination of Iowa corporate income tax for broadcasters SF 480 – Local property tax abatement for rehabilitation of nuisance buildings SF 482 – Social and Charitable Gambling SF 483 – Electric and Natural Gas vehicle fueling infrastructure tax credit SF 484 – Medical Cannabis Act SF 485 – PPEL technical changes SF…

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Dems: Veterans Affairs – week of March 30, 2015

HF 414 – Disclosure requirements for private providers of veterans benefits, services   COMMITTEE ACTION: HF 414 requires a person who provides veterans benefits services to give a written disclosure statement to each client or prospective client, and obtain the signature of the client on the written disclosure statement before entering into an agreement to provide…

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