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Lt. Governor Simon to announce virtual legal clinic pilot program in Peoria PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:29

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria on Friday to announce a pilot program that will help domestic violence survivors receive free legal consultations using webcam technology. The Virtual Legal Clinic is being piloted at the Peoria center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Jacksonville, with plans to expand to additional locations. The two centers serve about 4,000 domestic violence survivors across seven counties annually.


TIME: 2 p.m.

DATE: Friday, June 29

PLACE: The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 720 West Joan Court, Peoria



Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Wednesday, June 27, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:59
CHICAGO – June 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on the following bill.

Bill No.: HB 4707

An Act Concerning: Finance

Extends the sunset of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act to June 30, 2016.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately





House Unanimously Passes “Kadyn’s Amendment” Strengthening Enforcement of School Bus Traffic Laws PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:47

Budget-neutral Braley provision dedicates more funds to cracking down on reckless drivers

Washington, D.C. – In a unanimous, bipartisan vote late last night, the US House of Representatives added an amendment authored by Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) to a key transportation funding bill requiring the federal government to devote at least $10 million to helping states enforce traffic laws that punish reckless drivers for illegally passing stopped school buses.

The amendment is completely budget-neutral because it simply redirects operations funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to school bus traffic law enforcement.

“Kadyn’s Amendment”, which passed last night by unanimous voice vote, is named after 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson, who was fatally struck by a pickup truck in May 2011 as she crossed the street to board her school bus near Northwood, Iowa.  The provision devotes $10 million of federal funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to strengthening the enforcement of existing state laws prohibiting drivers from passing stopped school buses that have warning lights flashing and stop arms extended.

“When reckless drivers ignore warnings and pass stopped school buses, children’s lives are put at risk,” Braley said.  “The budget-neutral ‘Kadyn’s Amendment’ will strengthen the enforcement of laws punishing drivers who ignore school bus warning lights without costing taxpayers another penny.  This measure will help save lives and convince drivers to slow down and act more responsibly around kids and schools.


“Today, Kadyn’s memory has brought together an often divided Congress to make our streets safer for our kids as they head off to school.  As a father of three, I know how important that is.”


Iowa Rep. Tom Latham (IA-04) authored the transportation funding bill that Kadyn’s Amendment was attached to.  Braley and Latham worked together to gain support for the amendment from the full House, and Latham’s support was essential to its passage.


In March, Braley introduced Kadyn’s Act, a bill modeled after Iowa’s new law of the same name, to require states to strengthen penalties for drivers who pass stopped school buses or risk losing federal highway funding.  Even with the passage of Kadyn’s Amendment this week, Braley will continue work to pass Kadyn’s Act.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services estimates that cars illegally pass stopped school buses 13 million times per year.  An average of 16 children per year are killed by drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

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Agenda for SECC Board Mtg on 6/28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Nugent   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:11
Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center,
600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa
JUNE 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Roll Call: Gallagher, Gluba, Lehman, O’Boyle, Sunderbruch, Ex officio members: Bruemmer, Frederiksen, Malin, and Ploehn
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Approval to purchase software licensing. (Matt)
  5. Recognition of graduates from Leadership Summit. (Mary)
  6. Approval of merit increase for Scott Emergency Communications Director.
  7. Director’s report
  8. Next meeting date – July 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
  9. Adjourn

Feedback from the Rural Roundtables with Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:53

DES MOINES - Last week, former Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge hosted rural roundtables in Adel, Indianola, Carroll and Fort Dodge.  Judge is a member of the Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee that was launched by former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.


The roundtables had several themes, but the clear takeaway was the contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s approach to rural America.  President Obama is working to build stronger and more diverse economies in rural Iowa through investments in renewable energy, manufacturing, education and agriculture, while Romney has shown little understanding of rural America and agriculture


The Associated Press ran a story from Carroll IA on Saturday about rural Iowa and how the success of the state’s farm economy will impact the election. Click here to read.


“Too often campaigns are about winning Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, and there isn’t enough conversation about smaller towns in statewide campaigns, but in this election the Obama campaign will have the largest presence in rural Iowa that any campaign has ever had,” said Judge. “There is a real contrast to Mitt Romney’s campaign that doesn’t have a large presence in Iowa and that will bombard the airwaves with ads funded by billionaire-backed super PACs”


One participant in Carroll talked about how proud he was of the number of jobs and funds that renewable energy is pumping into rural Iowa. He wants to make sure that we protect rural interests and that rural Iowans have a voice at the table because they provide a lot of what makes this country run.



Key issues facing rural Iowans that were discussed at these roundtables include:



Today, we need to focus on growing our skilled workforce because rural Iowans want quality, high paying jobs.


Education is an important and prevalent issue in Iowa. Having a strong education system is vitally important to ensuring that our children are prepared for the future.


Community colleges should be congratulated for their vocational training programs, which often draw in and feed businesses with skilled workers.


Today, the cost of college is unsustainable; we need to make college affordable because it hampers young people and the growth of our middle class.


While President Obama is working with Congressional leaders to fight Congressional efforts to double interest rates, Mitt Romney has said that students should just “shop around” for a cheaper college or “borrow money from their parents” to pay for school.


Renewable Energy

There is no one size fits all approach to our nation’s energy needs, but renewables like wind and biofuels have a lot of advantages and need to be developed.


Renewable energy is an important part of the state economy and a critical source of income for rural communities.


The commitment that President Obama has to rural Iowa is very clear. We don’t see that commitment from Romney and he certainly hasn’t been a champion of the renewable industry.


In this day and age everything is about speed and efficiency. In the future, access to broadband and a good transportation infrastructure will be essential to rural communities


We need to have the ability for farmers to bring their goods to markets because it’s important to marketing, production of agriculture and interstate commerce.



The truth is the government has been a good partner for rural Iowa. The Rural Electrification Act is an excellent example of that and USDA made it possible.  We have good clean water in rural Iowa because of the rural water system that the government helped install. And broadband will come to rural Iowa because the government is choosing to make the investment in us and our future.


Young farmers:

The decline in the farm population impacts rural communities; and we need to find new ways to get young people into farming. Agriculture has changed, farms have changed, but we need to maintain the vitality of our rural communities.


Health Care:

Two big impacts the Affordable Care Act has on rural Iowans is the fact that children can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26 and it is helping to close the Medicare donut hole.


If the Affordable Care Act is taken away, rural Iowans will suffer because so many people make a living through a combination of several part-time jobs and those with pre-existing conditions will struggle to pay for affordable health care insurance.

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