Dems: Nursing care for hard-to-place Iowans

Iowa’s long-term care services receive high praise for quality and affordability. In fact, Iowa’s long-term care services are ranked 13th best in the nation in the AARP’s most recent Long-Term Care Scorecard. However, Iowa has struggled to find appropriate nursing facility placements for sex offenders and those who are aggressive or violent, as well as…

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Dems: Stepping up efforts against human trafficking

Human trafficking is happening here in the heartland. This week, the Iowa Senate passed SF 450 to battle human trafficking, which is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of  forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The legislation is part of a dedicated effort to expose it, punish the perpetrators and help the victims return to a better…

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Dems: Making state government more accountable & transparent

Over the last year, the Senate Government Oversight Committee has investigated numerous allegations of hush money, slush funds, black lists and lack of transparency throughout Governor Branstad’s administration. This week, the Senate approved SF 321 to ensure state agencies that save money by purchasing through the state’s master contracts get those dollars back. The Department…

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GOP: Week Ten in Photos

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Excited and Disappointed

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Excited and Disappointed

This week was both exciting and disappointing. I remain disappointed that the legislature still has not settled K-12 education funding.   We have continued to reach out to our counterparts in the Senate, trying to get Supplemental State Aid down to the governor’s desk.  As a reminder, this was the first bill off the floor of…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, March 12- March 18

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 12 – Wed. Mar. 18, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 578         Observation of Investigation. An owner of a property cannot be prohibited from observing an investigation and taking pictures on their own property (passed 95-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee.   Commerce HF 371         Disclosure of Radon Test…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 20

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 20

We had a good week of debate in the House this week. We continue to focus on finding solutions for Iowans’ problems and doing what is best for our great state. The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met this week to review their December estimates with another three months of revenue to consider- both income tax…

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GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 19

GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 19

A new March 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version: Caucus Newsletter 3-19-2015 In this edition: Where Are State Agencies Paying Membership Dues? House Passes Binding Arbitration Changes for School Districts and AEAs Continuing the Fight Against Deadly Synthetic Drugs House GOP Addresses Mental Health Issues House Ways and…

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Dems: Ragan: Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

Dems: Ragan: Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

Remarks on Senate File 452, approved 50-0 on March 18, 2015 By Senator Amanda Ragan, Chair of the Human Services Budget Subcommittee   As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire Medicaid system to managed care. We all learned about this surprise when the Governor unveiled…

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