Thursday, November 15, 2018

Category: 2018 Session Information

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  • Inside the Iowa House: The Truth about IPERS

    Inside the Iowa House: The Truth about IPERS

    Over the last week, Iowans have heard a lot about the future of IPERS, which is the retirement system for about 1 in 10 Iowans. Today, IPERS pays out $1.6 billion to retirees every ...

  • Iowa Judicial Branch Releases Judicial Directory Before Election

    Iowa Judicial Branch Releases Judicial Directory B...

    The Iowa Judicial Branch released background information and professional qualifications of each judge up for judicial retention this year called the Voters Judicial Directory.  Th ...

  • Fall Trout Stocking

    Fall Trout Stocking

    Every year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocks trout in several urban lakes across the state.  During the months of October and November, the DNR will release 1, ...

  • Iowa Receives Suicide Prevention Grant

    Iowa Receives Suicide Prevention Grant

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was recently awarded a $3.5 million grant to prevent suicide in Iowa. The money will be used to implement the “Zero Suicide” model acros ...

Lawmakers Continue the Push to End Medicaid Privatization

Lawmakers Continue the Push to End Medicaid Privatization

Ever since the Governor unilaterally privatized Medicaid in 2016, the results have been disastrous for the people of Iowa. Since this time, people have been systematically denied ...

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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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