Monday, June 18, 2018

Continuing to Support Iowa’s Veterans

This year, the Iowa Legislature continued to thank and support Iowa’s veterans and their families for the services ...

Legislature Creates More Protections for Consumers

Iowa lawmakers enacted several new consumer protections this year, including credit security freezes and “skimming” ...

Retirement Systems in Iowa Remain Strong

Iowa currently maintains four retirement systems in the state for Iowans who work in various careers such as police ...

REAP Funded at Lowest Level in Over a Decade

The Resource Enhancement and Protection fund, commonly referred to as REAP, was funded at $12 million in the Agricu ...

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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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Deadliest Flu Season Subsiding in Iowa

Deadliest Flu Season Subsiding in Iowa

Since the beginning of March, flu activity has decreased in both Iowa and the United States. The percentage of positive influenza tests have dropped from 32% in January to 25% this month. The peak of the flu season was January and February of this ye ...

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