Enhancing communities through land banks

March 4, 2020 Senate Staff 0

Bipartisan legislation (SF 2369) establishing “land banks” has passed the Senate Local Government Committee. Land banks are public-private partnerships to rehabilitate rundown, vacant and tax-delinquent properties for productive use.
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Iowa courts innovate to improve lives

January 17, 2020 Senate Staff 0

Iowa has developed specialized courts to address the specific needs of Iowans and their communities. Judges, treatment professionals, lawyers and service agencies form treatment teams to help Iowans address their underlying problems.
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Continuing the fight for equality

August 26, 2019 Senate Staff 0

One way we can continue the push for equality is through equal pay. In Iowa, it is illegal for an employer to pay some workers less than others for jobs requiring equal skill, effort and responsibility. Nonetheless, wage inequality persists. These wage disparities are enormous over the course of a 40-year career.

Fight for medical cannabis reforms continues

July 1, 2019 Senate Staff 0

Legislative advocates for reforming Iowa’s “worst in the nation” medical cannabis program will keep fighting for much-needed reforms vetoed by Gov. Reynolds. In April, HF 732 passed the Iowa House 96 to 3 and the Iowa Senate 40 to 7.