2014 Session Information

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2014 Session Recap: Legislature Approves Majority of Home Base Iowa Initiatives

By |2014-06-09T15:48:41-05:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Recent News, Veterans|

The Legislature this year considered multiple proposals to support and thank military personnel, veterans, and their families. As part of the Home Base Iowa Initiative, the Legislature approved exempting military retirement pay from state individual income taxes. This takes effect upon enactment and is retroactive to the tax year beginning January 1, 2014. In addition, the [...]

New Laws Start July 1, 2014

By |2014-06-16T16:31:51-05:00June 16th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

While the 2014 legislative session ended in April, Iowans should be aware of a number of new laws that take effect beginning July 1st, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Topping the list of new laws are several new initiatives aimed at boosting Iowa’s skilled workforce, including $66 million for the skilled worker job creation [...]

2014 Session Recap: Renewable Energy Tax Credits Expanded

By |2014-06-09T14:01:55-05:00June 16th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Several bills passed this session will extend renewable energy efforts across the state. Senate File 2340 triples the amount of tax credits that are available to Iowans for installing solar energy projects, to a total of $4.5 million annually. The bill also increases the amount of money that individuals can claim for installing solar energy installations. [...]

2014 Session Recap: Protections for Seniors from Abuse

By |2014-06-09T13:51:13-05:00June 13th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Lawmakers approved several bills this session to provide additional protections for vulnerable Iowa seniors. Senate File 2239 allows vulnerable elders that are taken advantage of to seek a protective order from their abusers, if there is physical or financial abuse. Courts can order a variety of remedies to protect a senior, including requiring the abuser to [...]

2014 Session Recap: Boosting Iowa’s Job Creation Efforts

By |2014-06-09T13:47:39-05:00June 12th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , |

Iowans looking for help landing a good paying job received a boost after changes to the state’s apprenticeship training program became law. Iowa’s apprenticeship training programs will receive an additional $2.75 million to help ensure Iowans have the skills they need to land good paying jobs. The bill also changed the formula so that it is [...]

2014 Session Recap: Dyslexia and Professional Development on Reading Passed

By |2014-06-09T13:26:29-05:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

Starting soon teachers will receive training to help identify and support students suffering from dyslexia under a bill approved this year. Under Senate File 2319, Iowa's Reading Research Center is required to coordinate the training with Area Education Agencies at no cost to school districts to enhance teaching skills in the use of evidenced-based strategies. The [...]

Nurse, Belmond Native Nancy Paule Huisinga Announces Bid For State Representative

By |2014-06-10T10:52:36-05:00June 10th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Candidates 2014, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

Belmond native Nancy Paule Huisinga has officially announced that she will run for State Representative in House District 8. "My family of  business owners, farmers, and nurses, taught me the meaning of hard work and helping your neighbors at a young age. I was raised by a single mom who worked up to three jobs as [...]

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