Dems: Human trafficking happens in Iowa

Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. It’s a crime that’s going on here in the heartland, and the fight is under way to combat it.   Iowa law enforcement officers, including Commissioner of Public Safety Roxann Ryan, former Senator Maggie Tinsman and representatives of Braking Traffik in the Quad…

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Dems: Iowa veterans deserve our support

Veterans from across Iowa visited the State Capitol on January 20 for the annual Veterans Day on the Hill. We welcomed them to the Senate and listened to their concerns and ideas. They had a full schedule of activities, including a special ceremony in the rotunda honoring their service. In addition they had the opportunity…

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Dems: Iowans nervous about Medicaid privatization

Medicaid is the health care safety net for 560,000 Iowans. One in five Iowans depends on Medicaid for vital health care services, including the elderly, people with disabilities and mental health concerns, children and moms. Because of an ill-conceived and poorly executed plan by the Branstad/Reynolds Administration, Iowa families may not be able to count…

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Dems: Ensuring kids can read & succeed

Adequate funding for early literacy efforts will be one of our education priorities for the 2016 legislative session.   Iowa’s 2012 Education Reform legislation focused in part on ensuring all students become good readers. For the last three years, the state has provided $8 million per year to achieve that goal. Funding has gone primarily…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of Jan. 18, 2016

SF 2022 – Criminal jurisdiction on the Sac and Fox Indian Settlement   FLOOR & COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 2022 tenders to the U.S. Government the criminal jurisdiction that the State has over criminal offenses committed by or against Native Americans on the Sac and Fox Indian settlement. A federal law passed in 1948 gave the…

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Dems: Human Resources – week of Jan. 18, 2016

SSB 3005 – Shelter Care reimbursement rate fix   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 3005 corrects a drafting error in legislation approved during the 2015 session. Legislators intended to give juvenile shelter homes a 5 percent provider rate increase. In order to increase the shelter rate, updates have to be made to three items in the appropriations…

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Dems: Class sizes will increase if school funding falls short

Another year of inadequate state funding for K-12 schools will result in larger class sizes. That’s what school administrators tell us in a new survey.   Superintendents, principals and other school officials completed the survey in recent weeks to help us better understand the consequences of shortchanging public schools, and to determine the impact of…

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GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

Budgeting Like Iowa Families and Businesses The second week of session is in the books and work within policy committees is underway.  I am happy to report that this week the House Education Committee passed a bill that would increase funding for our local K-12 schools by $81 million.  The bill will now move to…

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GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

Budgeting Like Iowa Families and Businesses The second week of session is in the books and work within policy committees is underway.  I am happy to report that this week the House Education Committee passed a bill that would increase funding for our local K-12 schools by $81 million.  The bill will now move to…

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