Posts Tagged ‘ Blog ’

Dems: Preventing the dangerous crime of stalking

March 30, 2015

The Iowa Senate recently approved two bills to prevent stalking, which can leave victims feeling terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened or worse. SF 395 expands the definition of stalking for criminal prosecutions to include technological devices repeatedly used to locate, listen to or watch another person without a legitimate purpose. In addition, the bill says that…

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Dems: Iowa ranks high for government transparency

March 29, 2015

Iowa received an “A-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the sixth annual report by the Public Interest Research Group. Senate Democrats strongly support better ways to inform Iowa taxpayers about how and where their…

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Dems: Governor’s plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans

March 29, 2015

n January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans. They are some of the most vulnerable people in our state, including families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More than…

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Dems: Protecting students from severe allergic reactions

March 28, 2015

Epinephrine is a drug that treats severe allergic reactions in an emergency. Epinephrine auto-injectors, generally known as EpiPens, are medical devices for injecting a measured dose of epinephrine to quickly and safely reduce severe allergic reactions. The individual often feels better in five to 15 minutes following the injection and can get long-term treatment if…

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Dems: Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games

March 28, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games to be held August 8 to 12 in Omaha. VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host this year’s games. Applications can be completed online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, and will be accepted through May 15.…

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Dems: School funding delay threatens student achievement

March 27, 2015

State funding for our local schools remains undecided, even after a fourth meeting this week of the special legislative committee charged with finding a compromise between the House and the Senate. At the most recent meeting, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha insisted on setting state aid for the 2015-16 school year at 1.25 percent,…

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Dems: American Legion of Iowa Foundation grant applications

March 27, 2015

The American Legion of Iowa Foundation is accepting grant applications to help purchase materials for the benefit of hospitalized veterans, medical and/or scientific research, literary endeavors involving subjects of interest to veterans, and programs ...

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Dems: Allowing homebuyers to get radon testing

March 27, 2015

The Iowa Senate has approved consumer protection legislation ensuring that potential homebuyers can get radon test results. HF 371 allows a certified radon tester to disclose the results of a radon test to a potential buyer of a nonpublic building if they’ve made a purchase offer and pay for the testing. Radon is an odorless,…

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Dems: Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

March 24, 2015

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award recognizes the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. Through June 15, you can nominate a farmer who has worked to improve and...

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Dems: Environmental Excellence Awards

March 24, 2015

Iowa businesses, organizations and citizens are invited to apply for the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s water, land and air. Awards will be given for Overall Environmental Excellence, along with Special Project Awards in Air Quality, Energy…

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