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.

Three-point plan to end string of Iowa child deaths

May 18, 2017 Senate Staff 0

A three-point reform plan to prevent another Iowa child from being injured or killed by abuse has been put forth by two members of the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee. Senators Petersen and McCoy released the plan to prevent another death like that of Sabrina Ray. The Iowa teen had been adopted out of foster care and was being home-schooled when her body was found last Friday in a Perry home.

Democrats release committee assignments for 2017 session

December 9, 2016 Senate Staff 0

Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg has released the committee assignments for the Democratic members of the Iowa Senate for the 201­7 session of the Iowa Legislature. “A lot of groundwork is done during committee meetings, where there are opportunities for open discussion and bipartisan work,” Hogg said.