2017 Session Information

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New Laws Taking Effect July 1

By |2017-06-21T14:24:24-06:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

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 officers will now be able to pull over drivers and ticket them for texting [...]

Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

By |2017-04-26T10:18:44-06:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Public Safety, Recent News|

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 repeat offenses of domestic abuse. A mandatory minimum sentence of 1/5 of the criminal penalty is required for a third [...]

Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

By |2017-04-26T10:06:21-06:00June 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

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 in sentencing for some crimes. The bill lowers the crack-powder discrepancy that exists in current law where [...]

Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Laws Changed

By |2017-04-26T09:34:09-06:00June 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|

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 employees. As part of the balance, if an employee is injured, they cannot sue [...]

GOP Lawmakers Limit Health Decisions for Women

By |2017-04-26T09:24:30-06:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|

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 leave thousands of Iowa women without access to critical health care services, like cancer screenings, birth control, and STD [...]

Veterans Programs Take Hit in GOP Budget

By |2017-04-26T09:17:36-06:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News, Veterans|

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 program provides $5,000 to veterans to be used for house down payments and closing costs. [...]

K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

By |2017-04-26T08:33:16-06:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

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 eight years have been the lowest funding levels in the history of Iowa. Signed in [...]

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