Monday, July 24, 2017

Democrats Call for Additional Action in Death of Foster Children

Lawmakers called on the House Oversight Committee to continue their work reviewing the cases of the two teenage gir ...

Major Tort Reforms Passed by Legislature

Several changes to how Iowan’s seek relief in the courts passed the Legislature this session. Major reforms were ma ...

Fairfield Veterinarian Phil Miller to Seek Democratic Nomination for Iowa House

Dr. Phil Miller of Fairfield announced today he will seek the Democratic nomination to replace State Representative ...

Legislature Passes Sobriety 24/7 Program to Target Drunk Drivers

In an effort to prevent repeat drunk driving offenders, a new program commonly called Sobriety 24/7 passed the legi ...

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Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

Significant criminal justice reform measures were passed by the legislature this year. Senate File 445 will bring the penalties for crack cocaine offenses more in line with powder cocaine penalties. The bill will also give the courts more discretion ...

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Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Laws Changed

Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Laws Changed

Iowa workers injured on the job would receive less medical care and benefits under a plan approved by Republican lawmakers this year. For around 100 years the Iowa’s workers’ compensation law has acted to balance the rights of employers with those of ...

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GOP Lawmakers Limit Health Decisions for Women

GOP Lawmakers Limit Health Decisions for Women

Iowa women will face new restrictions on difficult medical decisions next year while also having less access to family planning and cancer screening services. In the closing days of the legislative session, Republicans passed legislation that will le ...

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Waukon Nurse Lori Egan To Run for Iowa House

Waukon Nurse Lori Egan To Run for Iowa House

Lori Egan, a nurse from Waukon, announced her candidacy to represent Iowa’s 56th House District, which includes all of Allamakee County and parts of Clayton County. “I’m running for the Iowa House because Clayton and Allamakee counties are being forg ...

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Veterans Programs Take Hit in GOP Budget

Veterans Programs Take Hit in GOP Budget

This year, the GOP-led Legislature reduced support for key programs used by Iowa veterans. One such area that saw a significant shortage is the Veterans Home Ownership program. The program received $2 million for FY 18, a reduction of $500,000. This ...

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K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

Iowa schools will get the 3rd lowest increase in basic state funding in Iowa’s history next year. That’s according to the plan approved by Republican lawmakers this session. The shortfall in school funding again next year means seven of the last eigh ...

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Inside the Iowa House: Iowa’s New Governor

Inside the Iowa House: Iowa’s New Governor

    At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, Iowa to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services.  My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder.  Afte ...

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