Dems: Labor & Business Relations – week of Feb. 16, 2015

SF 39 – Wage theft SSB 1151 — Minimum wage increase   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 39 puts the burden on the employer to establish the legality of deductions from employee wages and requires that the employer must obtain written authorization for certain deductions in advance. The bill requires employers to keep a written record of…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of Feb. 16, 2015

SSB 1025 – Homeland Security Emergency Management receiving local exchange service information SSB 1091 – Attorney fees in dissolution of marriage when defendant is in prison or jail SSB 1113 – Interpreters for limited English-proficient persons and others in court proceedings SSB 1163 – Privileged communications between peer support group counselors and officers   COMMITTEE…

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Dems: Human Resources – week of Feb. 16, 2015

SSB 1015 – Medical Licenses SSB 1019 – Interstate Physician Licensure Compact SSB 1039 – Public Health Modernization SSB 1096 – Public Health Omnibus   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1015 requires practitioners to relinquish their medical license if they do not apply for renewal or reinstatement of the license within five years of expiration. Additionally, a…

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Dems: Education – week of Feb. 16, 2015

SF 69 – Filling school board vacancies SF 77 – ELL weighting and eligibility increase SF 191 – TAG FTE at Department of Education SF 204 – PPEL for transportation repair SSB 1056 – GAP tuition technical clean up SSB 1099 – Low income student supplement SSB 1101 – Incentivizing expanded preschool access   COMMITTEE…

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Dems: Economic Growth – week of Feb. 16, 2015

SF 110 – Iowa Employment Rides Initiative SSB 1115 — Changes to Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Programs   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 110 establishes an Iowa Employment Rides Initiative to provide funds to public transit systems for programs and services that provide employment transportation to Iowans. The program will be administered by the Iowa Economic Development…

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Dems: Commerce – week of Feb. 16, 2015

SF 235 – Regulation of PBMs   SF 236 – Public utility crossings of railroad rights-of-way    COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 235/SSB 1107 gives the Iowa Insurance Commissioner specific  authority to examine, investigate, inspect and audit Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs). It strengthens last year’s legislation by offering more transparency and clarifying the Commissioner’s authority to review records…

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GOP: Week Six

Week Six in the Iowa Senate

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Dems: Iowa Wesleyan nursing students deliver more than 7,000 names on petition to Governor Branstad to keep MHI

Dems: Iowa Wesleyan nursing students deliver more than 7,000 names on petition to Governor Branstad to keep MHI

(Des Moines)  On Wednesday, Iowa Wesleyan College Professor of Nursing Lisa Kongable led a group of 18 students to the Iowa Statehouse to urge lawmakers and Governor Branstad to stop plans to close the Mental Health Institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. After rising early Wednesday morning, the group was met at the Iowa Statehouse…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – February 20

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – February 20

Legislation is continuing to work its way through the subcommittee and committee process at the Statehouse this week. Bills are being carefully reviewed as we continue to receive valuable input from Iowans across the state on a variety of subjects. One issue that I’ve been receiving feedback on is our aging infrastructure system and finding…

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