Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Category: 2018 Session Information

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Skills Training a Focus for Iowa Democrats

Skills Training a Focus for Iowa Democrats

Iowa currently faces a skills gap because there are not enough workers possessing the needed skills for the jobs available. Right now, 55% of jobs available in Iowa are middle ski ...

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Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Iowa has become the 9th state to pass a law protecting children from school lunch debt food shaming. Lawmakers in Louisiana and Maine are currently considering bills similar to Io ...

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Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

In the closing days of session, Republican lawmakers passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban at just six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. This ban ...

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Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

The national opioid crisis has extended to Iowa. In 2015, there were 59 opioid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-related deaths in our state. These numbers rose to 86 overdose deaths ...

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Legislature Passes Water Quality Measures; More Work Needed

Legislature Passes Water Quality Measures; More Work Needed

The Iowa Legislature took one small step to address the pollution of the states lakes and rivers, but the investment falls well short of what is needed to fix the problem. In Janu ...

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Beginning Steps Made Towards Improving Mental Health in Iowa

Beginning Steps Made Towards Improving Mental Health in Iowa

After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa was signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law ...

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Iowa Republicans Pass Utility Legislation to Scale Back Energy Efficiency, Solar

Iowa Republicans Pass Utility Legislation to Scale Back Energy Efficiency, Solar

Even though Iowa is a national leader, Republican lawmakers passed utility legislation that allows utility companies to roll back Iowa’s renewable energy efforts and slash energy ...

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