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LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING FLEXIBILITY A GOOD MOVE

Date Posted: April 17th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING FLEXIBILITY A GOOD MOVE

It’s more necessary than ever that Iowa takes every possible step to preserve educational opportunity in our schools. Years of inadequate funding — tiny increases that don’t keep up with inflation — have hurt local schools, and the problem is getting worse. The new budget proposed by legislative Republicans who control the Iowa House and […]

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NEW TECHNOLOGY LAWS SUPPORT ENDURING VALUES OF COMMON DECENCY

Date Posted: April 16th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on NEW TECHNOLOGY LAWS SUPPORT ENDURING VALUES OF COMMON DECENCY

Posting explicit photos has become a disconcertingly common way of humiliating, manipulating and bullying people. Folks may voluntarily take these photos, with an expectation that they will be kept private— for example, be shared between a couple only. But sometimes (after a breakup or other incident), recipients share the explicit photos with others. In the […]

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH – STRONGER STAND AGAINST ABUSERS

Date Posted: April 15th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH – STRONGER STAND AGAINST ABUSERS

Many of us know someone who has been sexually assaulted. After all, one in five women and one in 33 men experience rape, and 60,000 children each year are victims of sexual abuse, according to the Iowa Department of Human Rights. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It’s a national effort to raise awareness about […]

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TEXTING & DRIVING KILLS – IT’S TIME FOR A TOUGHER LAW IN IOWA

Date Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on TEXTING & DRIVING KILLS – IT’S TIME FOR A TOUGHER LAW IN IOWA

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that 1,100 crashes in 2015 were caused by distracted driving that involved a phone or other devices. Of those crashes, 14 resulted in fatalities, and there were 601 injuries. That’s one reason Iowa may soon join 39 other states with stricter laws for texting while driving. SF 234, […]

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VOTING CHANGES THAT ENCOURAGE HASSLE FREE ELECTIONS

Date Posted: April 13th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on VOTING CHANGES THAT ENCOURAGE HASSLE FREE ELECTIONS

If all eligible voters cast their ballots in every election, fairly equal numbers of people would vote at each polling location. However, not everyone votes in every election. Some polling locations see far fewer voters than others, making it a challenge for county auditors to ensure that voters don’t have to wait in long lines. […]

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INSURANCE TO COVER AUTISM TREATMENT

Date Posted: April 3rd, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on INSURANCE TO COVER AUTISM TREATMENT

Years of work by advocates for people with autism, medical professionals and lawmakers has paid off with the Legislature’s recent vote to require many employer-provided health insurance policies to cover treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Applied behavior analysis treatment must be provided by a board-certified behavior analyst, licensed physician or psychologist. Known […]

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CRACKING DOWN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Date Posted: April 2nd, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on CRACKING DOWN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

The Iowa Senate has taken another step to crack down on distracted driving. Last week, we approved Senate File 234, which would make texting while driving a primary offense. That means law enforcement could pull over a driver and ticket them if they see the driver texting. Teens with a graduated driver’s license are already […]

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NEW HURDLES WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR ELGIBLE IOWANS TO VOTE

Date Posted: April 2nd, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on NEW HURDLES WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR ELGIBLE IOWANS TO VOTE

I want more eligible citizens to legally exercise their right to vote. That’s why I opposed a bill that creates new government barriers to voting. HF 516 eliminates straight-party voting, reduces opportunities to vote by mail, establishes a costly registration card program, requires voters to present specific photo ID at the polls, restricts access to […]

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SENATE VOTES FOR LOCAL CONTROL ON TRAFFIC CAMERAS

Date Posted: April 1st, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on SENATE VOTES FOR LOCAL CONTROL ON TRAFFIC CAMERAS

Advocates tout the safety features of traffic enforcement cameras, while opponents say they are simply revenue generators for local governments. Love them or hate them, automated traffic enforcement cameras may be around for a while. SF 220, which passed the Iowa Senate, allows local governments to continue using red-light and speed cameras if they got […]

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GIVING SCHOOLS FLEXIBILITY TO ENSURE EFFICIENT USE OF FUNDING

Date Posted: April 1st, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on GIVING SCHOOLS FLEXIBILITY TO ENSURE EFFICIENT USE OF FUNDING

The Legislature is working on two bills to provide flexibility in how schools use their money. When new programs are created, schools often must follow certain guidelines in spending the allotted money. This is called categorical funding. To help schools use their limited funding effectively, HF 564 adds allowable expenses. For example, preschool funds currently […]

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