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Iowa Shows Decrease in Junenile Detention Rates

By |2009-11-23T14:31:22-05:00November 23rd, 2009|Categories: Education, Public Safety|

There were new promising results announced from efforts to decrease Iowa’s rates of youth detention, especially for minority youth who are overrepresented in the state’s juvenile justice system. Statewide, Iowa has decreased its overall detention of juveniles by about 15%, especially for low-level juvenile offenders, in each of the last two years, without any impact on [...]

New Laws Start Wednesday

By |2009-06-29T13:27:27-05:00June 29th, 2009|Categories: Education, Environment, Health Care, Jobs & Economy, Public Safety|Tags: , , , , , |

Several new laws will hit the books on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Several changes were made during the 2009 legislative session that will impact Iowans, including new restrictions on sex offenders, foreclosure protection, and better health care. Here are a few of the highlights: Foreclosure Protection – Iowans will benefit from [...]

Health Benefits for Police & Fire Fighters

By |2009-05-11T11:51:17-05:00May 11th, 2009|Categories: Public Safety|Tags: , , , , |

Rep. Kerry Burt of Waterloo, who is also a Waterloo Firefighter, joined Governor Culver at a bill signing Friday to  to expand health benefits for police officers and fire fighters in Iowa.   Senate File 226 ensures that police and fire fighters stricken with cancer or other work-related diseases get the disability and health benefits they deserve.

House Strengthens Sex Offender Laws

By |2009-04-24T14:57:54-05:00April 24th, 2009|Categories: Public Safety, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

On a 93-3 vote, the Iowa House approved a bill today to make Iowa’s sex offender laws stronger, smarter, and more effective. “I’m proud of the bi-partisan effort today that will protect our kids from dangerous sexual predators. We’ve listened to law enforcement officials across Iowa who requested that we update our sex offender laws to [...]

Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act Public Hearing

By |2009-04-20T10:03:21-05:00April 20th, 2009|Categories: Public Safety|Tags: , , , , |

The Iowa House will hold a public hearing on a bi-partisan plan to make Iowa's sex offender laws both stronger and smarter.  The public hearing will be held on Monday, April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the House Chambers.  To sign up to speak, call the Legislative Information Office at 515-281-5129. Read a summary [...]

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