Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Iowa has become the 9th state to pass a law protecting children from school lunch debt food shaming. Lawmakers in L ...

Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

In the closing days of session, Republican lawmakers passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban at just six weeks, ...

Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

The national opioid crisis has extended to Iowa. In 2015, there were 59 opioid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-relat ...

Legislature Passes Water Quality Measures; More Work Needed

The Iowa Legislature took one small step to address the pollution of the states lakes and rivers, but the investmen ...

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Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Iowa has become the 9th state to pass a law protecting children from school lunch debt food shaming. Lawmakers in Louisiana and Maine are currently considering bills similar to Iowa’s legislation. Under the bill, the following actions are no longer b ...

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Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

In the closing days of session, Republican lawmakers passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban at just six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. This ban is clearly unconstitutional and the State of Iowa will have to pay tho ...

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Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

The national opioid crisis has extended to Iowa. In 2015, there were 59 opioid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-related deaths in our state. These numbers rose to 86 overdose deaths and 180 opioid-related deaths in 2016. To help address this national p ...

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Legislature Passes Water Quality Measures; More Work Needed

Legislature Passes Water Quality Measures; More Work Needed

The Iowa Legislature took one small step to address the pollution of the states lakes and rivers, but the investment falls well short of what is needed to fix the problem. In January the legislature passed Senate File 512, which funds water quality e ...

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Beginning Steps Made Towards Improving Mental Health in Iowa

Beginning Steps Made Towards Improving Mental Health in Iowa

After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa was signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and also provid ...

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Iowa Republicans Pass Utility Legislation to Scale Back Energy Efficiency, Solar

Iowa Republicans Pass Utility Legislation to Scale Back Energy Efficiency, Solar

Even though Iowa is a national leader, Republican lawmakers passed utility legislation that allows utility companies to roll back Iowa’s renewable energy efforts and slash energy efficiency rebates for Iowa consumers. Senate File 2311 deregulates num ...

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K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

For yet another year, Iowa’s public schools will endure low state funding and will be forced to raise class size and reduce new opportunities for students next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student inc ...

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