2018 End-of-Session Report

May 5, 2018 Senate Staff 0

This session, we heard from thousands of Iowans who work hard but struggle to get by. They just want a decent-paying job and the chance to lead a happy, healthy life. Our job in the Legislature is to listen and work to improve the lives of everyday Iowans.

Statement on deferred confirmation vote for DHS Director

March 7, 2018 Senate Staff 0

We made a reasonable request today to delay the confirmation vote on Jerry Foxhoven until we can fully assess his leadership at DHS. First, there’s no need to rush this important decision. The deadline to deal with confirmations isn’t until April 15. Second, there are too many unresolved problems with the privatization of Medicaid services by the Reynolds Administration.

Senator Petersen’s prepared remarks on SF 2281

February 28, 2018 Senate Staff 0

I believe every Iowa woman in our state should have the FREEDOM to care for her body without government intervening. I believe every Iowa woman should have the FREEDOM to decide if and when she wants to be a parent. Unfortunately, that is becoming nearly impossible with Republicans in control of the Iowa Senate.

Lawmakers Unveil “Putting Iowans First” Plan

January 25, 2018 Senate Staff 0

Democratic lawmakers outlined their new plan today called Putting Iowans First.  The plan was developed by lawmakers to keep the 2018 session focused on improving the lives of everyday Iowans with better-paying jobs, revitalized small towns and rural communities, the best education in the country and a great quality of life.

New Iowa health care disaster approaches: End of hawk-i

December 18, 2017 Senate Staff 0

Iowa’s outstanding health insurance for children is at risk due to the Congressional failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Without federal action, the state of Iowa faces millions more in costs even though 44,000 fewer children would be insured.

Urge Gov Reynolds to let parents affected by individual health insurance crisis to buy hawk-i children’s health insurance

July 24, 2017 Senate Staff 0

“There is a very real possibility that 72,000 Iowans could be without health insurance next year.  Governor Reynolds should immediately ask the Trump Administration to allow Iowa families to purchase health insurance for their children through hawk-i, Iowa’s children’s health insurance program,” said State Senator Janet Petersen of Des Moines.

Legislators offer next steps to improve child welfare

July 6, 2017 Senate Staff 0

Legislators fear more children under state care will suffer due to Republican inaction on child welfare. State Senators Matt McCoy and Janet Petersen, members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee, offer steps to improve the welfare of foster and adopted kids, and prevent tragedies like the horrific deaths of Natalie Finn and Sabrina Ray.

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