Dems: Iowa businesses should get first crack at state contracts

Do our state agencies need to buy digital cameras from a Massachusetts company? Why  would state government  purchase  bread and bakery products from Missouri? Should the state have hired a New York company to help market and promote Iowa to tourists? What if we gave Iowa businesses that employ Iowans, pay local property taxes and…

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Dems: High-speed Internet to expand in Iowa

A 21st Century economy requires good access to the Internet and electronic information. For Iowa to thrive, we must increase access to broadband throughout the state. Broadband– or high-speed Internet– is an educational and economic tool for Iowans and businesses. It is a building block for a high quality of life, but it isn’t available…

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Dems: Sick Iowans seek legalization of medical cannabis

Last year, the Iowa Legislature approved Iowa’s first medical cannabis program. Unfortunately, the law’s shortcomings have prevented any Iowa family from being helped. Senate Study Bill 1243 would allow Iowans who suffer from specific chronic diseases to legally purchase medicine made from cannabis. Iowa’s existing medical cannabis law would be updated to cover more diseases,…

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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 17

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 17

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 347 – Child Care Programs in Schools House File 371 – Radon Testing Disclosure House File 372 – Special Advocates and Confidentiality House File 492 – Direct Shipment of Wine House File 510 – Secure Transport House File 525…

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Dems: Recognizing the healthy efforts of Iowa youth

Every day Iowa students make healthy choices and encourage others to do the same. A new Youth Action Award will honor the efforts of Iowa students in K-12. Students can submit posters, essays or videos highlighting healthy behaviors or sharing ideas to engage others. The Iowa Action for Healthy Kids Coalition will collect the submissions…

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Dems: Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

Dems: Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

Immediate Release:  March 16th, 2015 Department of Labor requires Workforce Development’s response within 30 days (Link to federal documents: Part one & Part two Statement by Senator Bill Dotzler of Waterloo On March 19, 2014, I wrote Gay Gilbert, the Administrator of the federal Office of Unemployment Insurance Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of…

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Dems: Free online summer school enrollment

Iowa Learning Online is currently offering courses for credit for all students. Courses include government, economics with financial literacy, algebra, marine science, health and personal fitness. The summer term begins May 18 and ends July 17. All cla...

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GOP: Quick Learning Freshmen Managing Bills on the Floor

GOP: Quick Learning Freshmen Managing Bills on the Floor

This session House Republicans added 11 new members to the caucus, all extremely quick learners.  Below are videos of some of our new members managing their first piece of legislation on the floor of the Iowa House. Rep. Zach Nunn – House File 124 Rep. Gary Carlson – House File 167 Rep. John Will –…

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GOP: No Place Like Home: Senate District 28

"Each district is really different and I'm proud to represent the one I call home."

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