GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 4

GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 4

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing. Click the link below to view the PDF version: Caucus Newsletter – February 4 In this edition: Senate Democrats’ FY 2016 Supplemental Spending Plan Makes Changes to RIIF and Ending Balance IDALS Releases Iowa Water Quality Initiative 2016 Legislative Report SAVE Bills See Action in the House House…

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Dems: Jochum: Senate will vote on ending Medicaid Privatization

February 4, 2016   Statement by Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque This week, legislation was introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. Democrats support this legislation—Senate Study Bill 3081, also known as the “Health Care Protection Act”, because our constituents tell us the Governor’s plan…

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Dems: Kids count in Iowa

Iowa kids are showing continual improvement in their health and education conditions, according to new data in the annual Iowa Kids Count report. In particular, the teen birth rate has decreased more than 42 percent and the mortality indicators for infants, children and teens have decreased between 21 and 24 percent since 2000.   However,…

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Dems: Ensuring the best-possible child care for Iowa families

In November 2014, Congress reauthorized the Child Care & Development Block Grant for the first time since 1996. New requirements will bring much-needed improvements that are child-focused, family friendly and fair to providers, while maintaining state flexibility.   The Iowa Department of Human Services has developed a new Child Care State Plan that incorporates the…

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GOP: Meet Our Members – Tom Sands

GOP: Meet Our Members – Tom Sands

Representative Tom Sands is currently serving his seventh term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 88th District which includes Columbus Junction, Wapello, and Mediapolis. Rep. Sands is the Chairman of the Ways & Means committee and also serves on the Commerce, Ethics, and Legislative Council committees. Tom was born on September 13, 1954 in…

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GOP: Meet Our Members – Tom Sands

GOP: Meet Our Members – Tom Sands

Representative Tom Sands is currently serving his seventh term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 88th District which includes Columbus Junction, Wapello, and Mediapolis. Rep. Sands is the Chairman of the Ways & Means committee and also serves on the Commerce, Ethics, and Legislative Council committees. Tom was born on September 13, 1954 in…

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Dems: Iowans should receive equal pay for equal work

It has been seven years since the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law by the President and Iowa approved its own Fair Pay Act. Yet nationally and in Iowa, a pay gap remains between men and women.   On average, a woman in the United States makes 79 cents for every dollar…

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Dems: Arts education is good for kids & communities

Fine arts advocates talked with legislators about fine arts instruction in Iowa schools and asked us to add fine arts to the Iowa Core Curriculum during this year’s Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the Statehouse.   The Senate Education Committee heard from Sarah Dougherty, coordinator of the Turnaround Arts Program at Findley Elementary in Des…

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Dems: Iowa National Guard is stronger than ever

Major General Timothy Orr addressed lawmakers on January 27 in his annual Condition of the Guard.   Thousands of Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen have served in combat and support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 14 years. Today, 40 percent of the Guard’s force is combat veterans, the highest number in…

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