Gov. Branstad, House Republicans fail to stand up for Iowa children and their families

For Immediate Release:  May 29, 2015 Court decision highlights Governor Branstad’s abuse of power and  the failure of House Republicans to stand up for Iowa children and their families  Key legislators respond to decision regarding Iowa Juvenile Home House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown: “Time and time again, we’ve watched this Governor overstep his […]

May 29, 2015

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Reopening Iowa Juvenile Home is good news for Iowa’s troubled children

The next step, the bipartisan effort to repair the damage, will take time Below are statements from two State Senators regarding an Iowa District Court Judge’s decision that orders Governor Branstad to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home: State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center: “This is great news for Iowa’s troubled children, their families and […]

February 5, 2014

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Repairing the holes in Iowa’s safety net for troubled children

Sodders: “I believe that every serious legislator, Republicans and Democrats alike, believed this is the time to make major reforms,” said State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center. “A restructured, refocused, accredited Iowa Juvenile Home is a key part of the solution, but only one part among several.”

January 30, 2014

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(VIDEO) Hearing raised serious issues that could negatively impact Iowa veterans

  “ Complete Video of the May 6 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the Iowa Veterans Home Statement by Senator Steve Sodders “Serious issues have been raised today, issues that could negatively impact the care of veterans at the Iowa Veterans Home.  “For the last year, I’ve met with Iowans who currently work or […]

May 8, 2013

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(VIDEO) Sodders: Use Iowa sunshine to create jobs

Senator Steve Sodders urges the Iowa House to pass Senate File 516 the wind and solar tax credits for home and businesses. Iowa is a leader in wind and ethonal production, adding solar energy to the mix will create high quality jobs for local Iowa businesses.

April 11, 2012

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(VIDEO) Tag-Team Debate on Workforce Veto

During Senate debate, Senators Bill Dotzler, Rob Hogg, and Steve Sodders respond to news that Governor Branstad’s veto of funding for local workforce offices was illegal, and to Branstad’s threats to close the remaining workforce offices.

March 21, 2012

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TIF UPDATE: Fixing TIF so Iowa cities can keep growing

An update on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) discussions, including a statement from Senator Joe Bolkcom, Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, video from Coralville discussion, and recent news clips.

January 23, 2012

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Legislators consider special session on Workforce Offices

Legislators are considering further steps to keep Workforce Development field offices open, including the possibility of a special session with the sole purpose of overriding Governor Branstad’s line-item vetoes of legislation prohibiting the closure of the offices.

July 28, 2011

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Senator Sodders and Representative Smith press for timely completion of Iowa Veterans Home renovations

Senator Steve Sodders of State Center and Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown met with Commandant David Worley last week to discuss concerns about changes to the construction plans at the Iowa Veterans Home. The legislators arranged the meeting after hearing that in May the Branstad administration unilaterally withdrew Iowa’s application for federal funding of the project.

June 28, 2011

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Pink slips for at least 1,500-plus teachers (VIDEO)

The pressure is on House Republicans to approve an increase in basic state aid to local schools next year. If House Republicans continue to refuse to take action, local schools will be forced to lay off hundreds or even thousands of employees.

March 28, 2011

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