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Gov. Branstad takes action on 11 bills

April 26, 2013
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Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000105 EndHTML:0000026762 StartFragment:0000020921 EndFragment:0000026722 Gov. Terry Branstad today took action on 11 bills. Branstad signed the following bills into law: House File 351: an Act providing that children who are enrolled in the statewide preschool program are of compulsory attendance age. House File 533: an act providing for entrepreneurial education funds for student organizations…

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Gov. Branstad grants Rasberry Williams’ commutation request

April 26, 2013
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Gov. Terry E. Branstad today granted Rasberry Williams’ commutation request. Williams, age 67, committed first-degree murder on July 20, 1974, in Black Hawk County. A jury convicted Williams of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.  Today Governor Branstad commuted his sentence to life with possibility of parole. “Mr. Williams’…

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter

April 25, 2013
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House Republican Caucus Newsletter

A new April 2013 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to see a PDF version: Caucus Newsletter 4-25-2013 In this edition: Senate Democrats Blowing Past Their Own Budget Targets Budget Bills Move Into Conference Committees Education Reform Update

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Capitol gift shop seeks local items

April 25, 2013
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The Capitol gift shop at the Statehouse in Des Moines is looking to expand its merchandise. If you or someone you know produces wood-works, pottery, prints, novels or homemade items and would like to sell them in the gift shop, please contact Bob Lambe...

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Apply for Young Writers’ Workshop

April 24, 2013
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Through April 30, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications from high school students and teachers to participate in a writing workshop with acclaimed author Candace Fleming. “Beyond the Pages: Young Writers’ Workshop” will be offered July 22-26 at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines. The workshop explores the craft of writing…

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Continuing Proven Efforts to Protect Children and Seniors

April 24, 2013
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We’re keeping our promise to ensure Iowa is a safe place for kids and older Iowans in this session’s Administration & Regulation Budget, House File 603. I was proud to vote this week for a budget that includes the resources necessary to protect many vulnerable Iowans, including: • Iowa’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.…

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Jochum: Gov’s “rusty Cadillac” Medicaid line is “outdated political punch line that hasn’t kept up with the times”

April 24, 2013
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Senate President Pam Jochum spoke Wednesday to the Iowa Senate to point out that Medicaid expansion supports health reforms, including moving towards a greater focus on prevention and cost containment. Here is President Jochum’s conclusion: Here’s how you can be certain that Medicaid expansion will accomplish the health care goals Governor Branstad says he now…

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Work Continues to Establish Emergency Food Program

April 24, 2013
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 More help for Iowans struggling to feed their families will soon be available if Iowa joins 37 other states in fighting hunger through a State Emergency Food Program.  More than 408,000 Iowans can’t afford the food they need, according to the Iowa Food Bank Association. This includes many Iowa seniors on fixed incomes and working…

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 24

April 24, 2013
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 24

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 641 – Iowa Reinvestment Act Senate File 396 – Government Efficiency To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Ensuring Iowans’ Right to Know

April 24, 2013
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About two-thirds of Iowans believe government should be more open, according to a poll by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. The same percentage said the Legislature should create a board to enforce laws on public records and public meetings. After six years of work by concerned Iowans, local governments and news organizations, the Legislature…

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