GOP: Weekend Forum Schedule

GOP: Weekend Forum Schedule

Click the forum schedule below to see where your Representative is holding forums this upcoming weekend. April 12 – April 18

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Dems: Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Driving requires three types of attention: visual, manual and cognitive. If drivers get distracted, they may take their eyes off the road (visual), their hands off the wheel (manual) and their minds off driving (cognitive). At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell…

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Dems: Week of the Young Child

The importance of a child’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development cannot be overstated. April 12–18 is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and…

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GOP: House Republicans Respond to Democrats Budget Targets

GOP: House Republicans Respond to Democrats Budget Targets

(DES MOINES) – House Appropriations Chairman Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars) released the following statement in response to Senate Democrats’ budget targets: “The targets released today by the Senate Democrats spend more than the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa are paying, and we’re committed to balancing ongoing spending with ongoing revenue.  The state has $7.175 billion in…

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Dems: Fostering charitable giving in Iowa communities

Iowa Community Foundations are nonprofit organizations that provide grants to meet local needs, build philanthropy and create endowments for the long-term benefit of charitable projects and programs. Their work enhances local arts and culture, the environment, education, human services, health and more. While at the Statehouse, representatives of Iowa’s Community Foundations recently highlighted two state…

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Dems: Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

Dems: Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

Leaders of the Iowa Senate today released a state budget outline which would expand Iowa’s middle class while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 14

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 14

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 625 – Hunting and Fishing Licenses House File 626 – Tax Review Board Repeal Senate File 75 – Snow Plow Lighting Pilot Senate File 199 – Independent Expenditures Senate File 385 – Expungement Senate File 394 – Medical Treatment…

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Dems: Boosting student achievement through strong English skills

The number of young Iowa students who are just learning English is growing. In the 2013-14 school year, 5.3 percent of Iowa students were considered English Language Learners (ELL). School districts throughout the state are struggling to meet the diverse social and academic needs of these students. Of the 33 Iowa school districts with more…

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Dems: Iowa students deserve a strong investment in our schools

Iowa’s high school graduation rate is the highest in the country. More than 90 percent of Iowa high school students graduate within four years, compared to a national graduation rate of 81 percent. Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has climbed statewide for the fourth year in a row while dropout rates continue to fall, according to the…

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