Sunday, April 22, 2018

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  • Protecting Iowa’s Veterans from Fraud

    Protecting Iowa’s Veterans from Fraud

    A bill was signed into law this week that would help protect Iowa’s veterans from fraud. The bill, Senate File 2200, takes steps to safeguard veterans from organizations wanting to ...

  • 2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. April 12 – Wed. April 18

    2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. April 12 – Wed...

    WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. April 12 – Wed. April 18, 2018 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 2429       Transportation Budget. Appropriates a total of $380,792,669 ...

  • State Budget Remains Uncertain

    State Budget Remains Uncertain

    The scheduled date of adjournment has come and gone for the Iowa Legislature, but there is still a lot of work that remains on the state’s budget. The Iowa House took the first ste ...

  • Inside the Iowa House: Session Goes Into Overtime

    Inside the Iowa House: Session Goes Into Overtime

    The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17 but it won’t happen anytime soon.  That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the H ...

Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

The legislature made several changes to stop domestic abuse this session, including mandatory minimums for repeat offenses of domestic abuse and better tracking and monitoring of ...

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2014 Session Recap: Human Trafficking Protections Signed Into Law

2014 Session Recap: Human Trafficking Protections Signed Into Law

The Governor signed new protections for victims of human trafficking into law. Many of these protections will go into effect in July of this year. Senate File 2311 will increase p ...

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Justice Systems Budget Fails to Encompass Correctional Officers

Justice Systems Budget Fails to Encompass Correctional Officers

The Justice Systems Budget Bill, House File 2450, provides funding for a variety of state agencies that are involved in protecting Iowans.  These agencies include the Board of Par ...

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Increase to Tax Credits for Volunteer Firefighters, EMT and Police

Increase to Tax Credits for Volunteer Firefighters, EMT and Police

The House voted this week to double the tax credit available to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).  The credit is currently a $50 nonrefundable tax c ...

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House Votes to Increase Penalties for Kidnapping a Child

House Votes to Increase Penalties for Kidnapping a Child

By an overwhelming margin, the Iowa House voted to increase the penalties for kidnapping a child.  The bill is intended to address the Kathlynn Shepard kidnapping and murder from ...

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Iowa Law Changes Coming for Teen Drivers

Iowa Law Changes Coming for Teen Drivers

On January 1, 2014, two new laws will go into effect for new, young drivers. Currently, a new driver must carry an instruction permit for 6 months before applying for an intermedi ...

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Renewal Kiosks Available at Limited DOT Stations

Renewal Kiosks Available at Limited DOT Stations

After positive feedback at the Iowa State Fair, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is allowing Iowans to renew their driver’s licenses at special kiosks at DOT offices in Anke ...

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