Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Marsha Ternus delivered the 2010 condition of the judiciary address in the house chambers on January 13th. Click here to listen to the address. Click here to view full text of the address.
There were new promising results announced from efforts to decrease Iowa’s rates of youth detention, especially for minority youth who are overrepresented in the state’s juvenile justice system. Statewide, Iowa has decreased its overall detention of juveniles by about 15%, especially for low-level juvenile offenders, in each of the last two years, without any impact on [...]
Several new laws will hit the books on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Several changes were made during the 2009 legislative session that will impact Iowans, including new restrictions on sex offenders, foreclosure protection, and better health care. Here are a few of the highlights: Foreclosure Protection – Iowans will benefit from [...]
Rep. Kerry Burt of Waterloo, who is also a Waterloo Firefighter, joined Governor Culver at a bill signing Friday to to expand health benefits for police officers and fire fighters in Iowa. Senate File 226 ensures that police and fire fighters stricken with cancer or other work-related diseases get the disability and health benefits they deserve.
On a 93-3 vote, the Iowa House approved a bill today to make Iowa’s sex offender laws stronger, smarter, and more effective. “I’m proud of the bi-partisan effort today that will protect our kids from dangerous sexual predators. We’ve listened to law enforcement officials across Iowa who requested that we update our sex offender laws to [...]
The Iowa House will hold a public hearing on a bi-partisan plan to make Iowa's sex offender laws both stronger and smarter. The public hearing will be held on Monday, April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the House Chambers. To sign up to speak, call the Legislative Information Office at 515-281-5129. Read a summary [...]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2onorfnwMc[/youtube] State Representative Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, won approval of the first bill she managed in the Iowa House today that will establish a shaken baby prevention program. […]