2017 Session Information

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New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

By |2017-04-26T08:27:01-05:00June 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Environment, Featured, Recent News|

This year, the Legislature worked on many bills relating to Iowa’s natural resources. One piece of legislation gives the State Forest Nursery more flexibility in pricing the seeds and plants they sell. The nursery provides good-quality native plant materials to the public at fair prices and will now be able to sell seeds in smaller quantities [...]

New Student Assessment Approval Process

By |2017-04-26T08:18:40-05:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

The Department of Education is required to issue a new bid process for the assessment that Iowa will use in public schools, and the State Board of Education will evaluate and make a decision on which test to implement. The new law approved this year requires a new assessment to be approved by the State Board [...]

Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

By |2017-04-26T08:13:19-05:00May 29th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|

In a surprise ending, the Legislature passed language that will allow persons with a valid registration card to get cannabidiol with a THC level of not more than 3% in Iowa. This was done as a next step to Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, which left many families without the ability to get the medication here [...]

Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

By |2017-04-25T13:13:11-05:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|

Despite objections from thousands of Iowans, Republicans at the State Capitol unraveled 40 years of teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, and other working Iowans having a voice in their own workplace this year. Written behind closed doors without input from Iowa workers, House File 291 gutted public sector collective bargaining rights and returns working Iowans to a [...]

Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

By |2017-04-26T08:06:00-05:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|

Breast cancer affects every Iowan in different ways. According to the American Cancer Society, finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. One reason detection can be [...]

Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

By |2017-04-25T13:21:00-05:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Local governments ability to screen contractors and control costs on large projects are now banned after action taken by Republican lawmakers this year. After the new law, government entities are no longer allowed to have bidders for public contracts fill out a contractor qualification questionnaire as a requirement for the project and bans all government agencies [...]

Iowa Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

By |2017-04-25T13:18:21-05:00May 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa has joined the majority of other states in the country that have stricter laws for drivers who text and drive. Previously, Iowans could not be pulled over for only texting while driving, unless they committed another offense for the purpose of the stop. Iowa was one 1 of 5 states in the country that enforced [...]

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