Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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 av ...

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 L ...

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, ...

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-relat ...

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Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law

Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law

After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa has been signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and also p ...

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Tuition Rises Again after Budget Cuts

Tuition Rises Again after Budget Cuts

Students who plan on attending one of the state’s three public universities next year will be paying more money and taking on more debt to earn a degree. The Board of Regents (BOR) announced this week that they will be addressing a proposed tuition i ...

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Medicaid Privatization Continues to Hurt Iowans, New Report Shows

Medicaid Privatization Continues to Hurt Iowans, New Report Shows

According to a new report released by the State Ombudsman Office, there has been a 157% increase in Medicaid-related problems reported to the agency in 2017. Most of these complaints came from the members and providers involved in Home and Community ...

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Anti-Immigration “Sanctuary Cities” Bill Passes Iowa House

Anti-Immigration “Sanctuary Cities” Bill Passes Iowa House

Despite strong opposition, legislation passed the Iowa House that would ban and penalize any form of a so-called “Sanctuary City”, even though no such “Sanctuary Cities” exist in Iowa. With only one Iowa organization supporting the legislation, the b ...

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2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 29 – Wed. April 4

2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 29 – Wed. April 4

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 29 – Wed. April 4, 2018 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 637         Background Checks. Allows an applicant with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (Office), or an applicant with a participa ...

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Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Every year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocks trout in several urban lakes across the state. During the months of March and April, the DNR will release 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout to bring fishing to the urban parts of the state. ...

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Online Learning Could Be Greatly Expanded

Online Learning Could Be Greatly Expanded

Online learning could drastically expand, as all of Iowa’s 333 school districts would be allowed to have an online program under legislation passed by the House. Nationally and within Iowa, student achievement results from on-line courses drastically ...

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