Dems: Apply for Environmental Excellence Awards

Through March 31, Iowa businesses, organizations and citizens are invited to apply for the state’s Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s water, land and air. Awards will be given for Overall Environmental Excellence, along with Special Project Awards in: Air…

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Dems: First-time home buyer tax credit now available

Iowans buying a home may be able to take advantage of a tax credit that can significantly reduce their federal income taxes.   Eligible first-time home buyers can get a tax credit on 50 percent of the annual interest paid on their mortgage, up to $2,000 per year, for up to 30 years. The remaining…

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Dems: Meskwakis can deal with crime on their settlement

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, also known as the Meskwakis, should have control over investigating and prosecuting criminal activities on their settlement.   The State of Iowa has a good relationship with the Meskwakis, and recognizes the tribe’s ability to govern itself. The Iowa Senate approved a bill to send…

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GOP: Capitol Update- Majority Leader Hagenow’s Weekly Newsletter

GOP: Capitol Update- Majority Leader Hagenow’s Weekly Newsletter

Week two has come to a close. House Republicans are already hard at work to act quickly to set education funding and build a responsible budget. On Tuesday, the House Education Committee passed a bill to increase school funding for next year by over $80 million. This bill, together with our previous commitment to the…

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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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