Dems: Please help break the deadlock on school funding

At the Iowa Statehouse, however, things are not going well when it comes to responsibly funding our local schools. Legislative Republicans are refusing to move an inch from their starting offer of 1.25% in basic state aid for schools and time is running out. We need your help!

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Dems: Helping Iowans with disabilities live independently

The U.S. Congress passed a bill in December called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act). The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities to establish tax-free savings trusts where money can be deposited to pay for future disability-related expenses that help them maintain their health, independence and quality of life. The trust can…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 6

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 6

In looking at the extended forecast, I am hopeful we’ve seen the last of sub-zero temperatures for this season. This week was very much devoted to committee work as we completed the first funnel week of the legislative session. As you may recall, the first “funnel” is a deadline for legislators to pass bills out…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Funnel Week

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Funnel Week

This week was the first legislative funnel – a self-imposed deadline in the Legislature that helps move the process along.  Bills that passed out of a House committee by the end of this week remain alive for consideration for the rest of the year. As the House completes its work on the first funnel deadline,…

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Dems: Access to mental health services must be maintained

We are committed to continuous improvement of Iowa’s modernized mental health system. That’s why we were surprised when Governor Branstad announced plans to close Mental Health Institutes (MHI) in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. These facilities offer specialized services that are not available in many areas of the state, including dual inpatient treatment for mental health…

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Weekly Bill Tracking, February 26 – March 4

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 26 – Wed. Mar. 4, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HF 353         Commercial Manure Application. Reduces the training time for commercial manure applications from three hours to two. ( passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar HF 401         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers of…

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Dems: Transportation – week of March 2, 2015

SSB 1041 – Making texting while driving a primary offense SSB 1069 – Department of Transportation omnibus SSB 1241 – National Motor Vehicle Title Information System SF 241 – Bicycle lights after dark SF 354 – Salvage vehicle registration fees   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1041, as amended, makes texting while driving a primary offense. Current…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 2, 2015

SSB 1062 – Time off Work for Presidential Caucuses SSB 1065 – Competitive Bidding Interim SSB 1073 – Open Records SSB 1122 – Radon Control in New Residential Construction SSB 1131 – E911 Emergency Communications Fund SSB 1134 – Safe at Home SSB 1155 – Radon Testing SSB 1170 – First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts SSB…

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Dems: State Government – week of March 2, 2015

SSB 1062 – Time off Work for Presidential Caucuses SSB 1065 – Competitive Bidding Interim SSB 1073 – Open Records SSB 1122 – Radon Control in New Residential Construction SSB 1131 – E911 Emergency Communications Fund SSB 1134 – Safe at Home SSB 1155 – Radon Testing SSB 1170 – First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts SSB…

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