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Iowa’s three Democratic U.S. Representatives – Dave Loebsack, Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne – called on the Department of Justice to drop its effort to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would lead to the loss of patient protections, including for those with pre-existing conditions, reopening the prescription drug donut hole, removing the ban on lifetime limits and taking away the ability for young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until 26. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Loebsack called on the administration to halt its efforts to strike down the ACA: more
This Tuesday I had the opportunity to introduce a group of Empower House members on the house floor. The group visited the Capitol in congruence with Brain Injury Advocacy Day on the Hill. more
Before the majority of white settlers started to move into this region, the land was wild. more
One of the bills passed in the Senate this week is Senate File 341, which brings some much needed changes to the current protections for service animals and assistance animals in housing and public places. more
I was 13 when I met the late Charlotte Borlaug, Dr. Norman Borlaug’s youngest sister. As she chronicled her account of growing up in Cresco, Iowa, with her headstrong brother, she shared the family mantra: “If you can’t get it one way, try it at a different angle.” more
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This week, the Iowa Senate passed important reforms to how judges are picked in Iowa. Senate File 237 makes a number of changes to judicial nominating commissions in order to give the people of Iowa more of a voice, increase accountability, and bring balance to commissions across the state. more
On Feb. 15, President Trump declared a national state of emergency. On Feb. 14, Congress passed a funding bill that includes both a dramatic increase in immigrant detention and $1.375 billion for wall construction. more
The Legislature’s first funnel was this week, which means our focus has been narrowed to bills that have a better chance of being debated on the floor and signed into law, including: more
One big topic of conversations at the capitol last week was Senate File 348. This bill is from Gov. Kim Reynolds and allows for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives by a pharmacist without a previous consultation and prescription of a doctor. more
Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. They know that the below-ground parts of a tree are kept insulated by a layer of snow, and that is important to winter survival, but the exposed parts of a tree are not so protected. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of trees, shrubs and perennials. more
Editor's note: Extension of the Local Option Sales Tax, of which Rep. Mommsen writes, beyond 2029 is a necessary first step for the North Scott School District to be able to sell bonds for the YMCA project it is pursuing in cooperation with the city of Eldridge and the Scott County Family Y. more
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