Saturday, May 23, 2015

Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

Earlier this year, the Governor started a proposal of closing two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes (MHI) wit ...

Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Eight Iowa facilities have now been infected with avian flu, bringing the total number of infected chicken and turk ...

Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year

Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year 408 GOP Pink Slips; 626 Positions Left Open  As Republican gridlock pushes t ...

Republicans Refuse to Debate Anti-Bullying Bill

Republicans refused to debate the anti-bullying bill today in the Iowa House.  The bill was originally proposed by ...

219 GOP Pink Slips to Teachers; Another 332 Positions Unfilled Next Year

219 GOP Pink Slips to Teachers; Another 332 Positions Unfilled Next Year Web Page Launched on School Funding Crisis ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking May 14-May 20

Weekly Bill Tracking May 14-May 20

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. May 14 – Wed. May 20, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Departm ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking May 7-May 13

Weekly Bill Tracking May 7-May 13

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. May 7 – Wed. May 13, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Appropriations HF 648         Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (passed House ...

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Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

Earlier this year, the Governor started a proposal of closing two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes (MHI) without legislative input or approval. Already, some employees have received termination notices and patients are no longer being accepted ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking April 30-May 5

Weekly Bill Tracking April 30-May 5

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr. 30 – Wed. May 6, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Was Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal f ...

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House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

The 2015 session moves in to overtime this week with no end in sight.  The last scheduled day of session was last Friday, May 1st, but there are still a lot of issues to be resolved.   The delay is largely the result of gridlock from House Republican ...

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Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Eight Iowa facilities have now been infected with avian flu, bringing the total number of infected chicken and turkeys to 10 million. Most of the losses have been egg-laying hens. Iowa poultry farms, on average, house an estimated 60 million egg-layi ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking April 23-April 29

Weekly Bill Tracking April 23-April 29

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. April 23– Wed. April 29, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. A total of $198.7 million is appropriated from RIIF, including $114.4 million in new mo ...

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