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CUTTING PROTECTIONS FOR IOWA WORKERS INJURED ON THE JOB

Date Posted: March 13th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on CUTTING PROTECTIONS FOR IOWA WORKERS INJURED ON THE JOB

Iowa’s workers’ compensation system protects those who are injured, become sick or lose their hearing because of their employment. SF 435 makes sweeping changes that gut those protections, reduce an employer’s liability for workplace injuries, and encourage employers and insurance companies to avoid paying claims.

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FLOOD CENTER IMPROVES WATER QUALITY & FLOOD PREPARATION

Date Posted: March 12th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on FLOOD CENTER IMPROVES WATER QUALITY & FLOOD PREPARATION

The Flood Center harnesses the expertise of the university’s Hydroscience & Engineering Institute, one of the preeminent hydraulic laboratories in the nation, to improve Iowa’s flood prediction and preparedness.

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CURBING ADOPTION FRAUD

Date Posted: March 11th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on CURBING ADOPTION FRAUD

Senate File 433 closes loopholes in Iowa law for deceitful and damaging adoption practices that harm Iowa’s families and children. This bill has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor.

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INDUSTRIAL HEMP OFFERS NEW CASH CROP OPPORTUNIES

Date Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on INDUSTRIAL HEMP OFFERS NEW CASH CROP OPPORTUNIES

Industrial hemp is a plant that does not contain measurable amounts of the chemical intoxicant found in illegal marijuana. It’s a low-input sustainable crop that can stimulate and encourage new diversified economic and agricultural development.

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SETTING SAFE STANDARDS FOR SHARING THE ROAD

Date Posted: March 9th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on SETTING SAFE STANDARDS FOR SHARING THE ROAD

Under the bill, when motorists approach bicyclists from behind, they must pass using the adjacent lane. This strengthens current law by clarifying that drivers must pass bicycles the same way they pass other cars. Allowing a bicyclist this extra room will save lives, as 50 percent of all fatal bike crashes happen when a vehicle passes a cyclist.

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SMALL BIZ SPOTLIGHT: UNI OFFERS MATERIALS INNOVATION SERVICE

Date Posted: February 26th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on SMALL BIZ SPOTLIGHT: UNI OFFERS MATERIALS INNOVATION SERVICE

The Materials Innovation Service, located in the Department of Industrial Technology at UNI, helps Iowa companies replace mainstream materials with affordable recycled materials. MIS also provides technical assistance to manufacturers updating their operations, and in developing innovative processes that turn waste into resources. Learn more at www.rrttc.com/mis.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE A GREAT INVESTMENT IN IOWA’S ECONOMY

Date Posted: February 26th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE A GREAT INVESTMENT IN IOWA’S ECONOMY

We must do more to help create good-paying jobs in Iowa. Employers tell me that we don’t have enough skilled workers to fill the increasing number of available jobs. Community colleges have stepped up to help Iowa meet the need. Many of the jobs of the future will require at least a bachelor’s degree, some […]

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LET’S PROTECT THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF IOWANS

Date Posted: February 25th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on LET’S PROTECT THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF IOWANS

The retirement security of Iowans should be one of the highest priorities of the Legislature. I’m concerned about suggestions by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and special-interest groups that major changes should be made to the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS). The Legislature established the IPERS in the 1950s to attract and retain the […]

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STRETCHING FEDERAL DOLLARS, BUT AT WHAT COST?

Date Posted: February 25th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on STRETCHING FEDERAL DOLLARS, BUT AT WHAT COST?

U.S. workers and American steel manufacturers could be hurt by a proposed policy change regarding how cities and counties use federal transportation dollars. A bill proposed in the Iowa Senate would allow a dollar-for-dollar swap of money in Iowa’s Secondary Road Fund, which pays for county road work, with federal money in Iowa’s Primary Road […]

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HELPING SURVIVORS WITH CRIME-RELATED EXPENSES

Date Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: Comments Off on HELPING SURVIVORS WITH CRIME-RELATED EXPENSES

Victims and survivors of violent crimes could receive additional help from Iowa’s Victim Compensation Fund when they incur further expenses related to the crime, under a new bill sponsored by State Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford. Victims of violent crime, as well as the friends and family of homicide victims, suffer physical, emotional and financial […]

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