Friday, November 17, 2017

State Officials Raise Legal Questions on Reynolds Borrowing Plan

Des Moines, Iowa – In a letter sent to lawmakers and the Governor today, State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald raised new ...

Lawmaker Calls for Special Audit of FY 2017

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Chris Hall (D-Sioux City), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commi ...

Memo to Reporters: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

MEMO To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: Se ...

Dr. Phil Miller Takes Seat in the Iowa House

Dr. Phil Miller of Fairfield was officially sworn in to the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon in ...

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New Laws Taking Effect July 1

New Laws Taking Effect July 1

With the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, a host of new laws will take effect on July 1 relating to public health, workforce, and public safety. Lawmakers took action this session to stop texting while driving. Beginning July 1, law enforcement ...

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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 abusers. The approved bill creates new mandatory minimum sentences for ...

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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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