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In Iowa’s Interest: A Plan to Shore Up Retirement Security for Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:14

If you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the opportunity to enjoy your golden years with dignity and financial independence. That is the American Dream.  But after countless conversations with Iowans worried about their future, I can tell you the dream of a secure retirement is slipping out of reach.

Half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings. The retirement savings deficit – that is, the difference between what people have saved for retirement and what they should have saved at this point – has grown to a staggering $6.6 trillion. In Iowa, this trend is especially alarming. Only 32 percent of Iowans estimate that they will have enough money to live on when they stop working.

There is strong public support for retirement system reform and numerous studies and polls demonstrate that Americans are concerned about retirement security and want access to better options. A recent poll found that 85 percent of Americans are worried about their retirement prospects, and 84 percent say that all Americans should have access to a pension to be self-sufficient in retirement.

That is why I recently introduced the USA Retirement Funds Act, a bill to give millions of Americans without a workplace retirement plan the opportunity to earn a safe, secure pension benefit. The concept is simple. Employers who do not offer a pension or a well-designed 401(k) would automatically enroll their employees in a USA Retirement Fund.  Participation would be voluntary and workers who want to opt out would be free to do so. USA Retirement Funds would give middle class families the opportunity to earn a secure retirement benefit that they take with them as they change jobs and that they cannot outlive.

USA Retirement Funds would be good for business, especially small businesses. Small business owners think of their employees like family, and they want their employees to be able to retire.  But for most, setting up a pension is just too complicated and time-consuming. With USA Retirement Funds, employers would simply help their employees enroll in a fund and send along the contributions. They could also contribute to their employees’ retirement savings if they want.

USA Retirement Funds would not be a new government program.  It would be a new type of 21st-century retirement plan that would be run entirely by the private sector, just like pensions and 401(k)s. USA Retirements Funds are not intended to replace 401(k)s or existing employer-provided plans. Rather, they are aimed at helping the 70 million Americans who lack access to a retirement plan at the workplace.

We are facing a retirement crisis, and we cannot continue to ignore it. My USA Retirement Funds Act would help millions of people earn a safe and secure pension and would restore the dream of a secure retirement for middle class families in Iowa and around the country.

A bill snapshot, two-page summary and a list of frequently asked questions are available online. Visit Senator Harkin’s website at www.harkin.senate.gov, or follow him on Facebook www.facebook.com/tomharkin and Twitter www.twitter.com/SenatorHarkin.

A PDF version of this article can be found here.

 

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Iowa Supreme Court Opinions March 7, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:04
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

Opinions released before April 2006 and available in the archives are posted in Word format. Opinions released after April 2006 are posted to the website in PDF (Portable Document Format).   Note: To open a PDF you must have the free Acrobat Reader installed. PDF format preserves the original appearance of a document without requiring you to possess the software that created that document. For more information about PDF read: Using the Adobe Reader.

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NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 12–1023

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF TRAVIS SISSON AND ALFRONIA SISSON Upon the Petition of TRAVIS SISSON

No. 13–0071

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as Successor by Merger to BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. f/k/a COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP vs. SCOTT A. SCHULTE and MARISEL DEL VALLE a/k/a MARITZA I. DEL VALLE

No. 13–0303

MIKE BROOKS, INC., and GREAT WEST CASUALTY CO. vs. JAMES DAVID HOUSE

 
Iowa Supreme Court Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:44

In the Matter of Adoption of New Chapter 17 Forms for Applications to Modify Child Support in the Iowa Court Rules (March 6, 2014)

Order (406 kb)


Rule (127 kb)


Forms (15014 kb)


Guide (492 kb)



In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with Children (December 19, 2013)

Order (79 kb)


Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With Minor Children (4394 kb)


Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with Minor Children (543 kb)


Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules (153 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Court Rules Regarding the Client Security Trust Fund (November 26, 2013)

Order (160 kb)


Office of Professional Regulation Memorandum (118 kb)


Chapter 39 and 40 (141 kb)



In the Matter of Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with no Minor Children (November 6, 2013)

Order (60 kb)


Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With No Minor Children (2415 kb)


Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with no Minor Children (445 kb)



In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (October 22, 2013)

Supervisory Order (66 kb)


Rules 16.302, 16.320, 16.701 (132 kb)



In the Matter of the New Rule of Juvenile Procedure (October 16, 2013)

Juvenile Procedure 8.36

Order (125 kb)


Rule 8.36 (253 kb)


Standards of Practice (309 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (August 22, 2013)

Effective immediately

Order (25 kb)


Chapter 31, Admission to the Bar (214 kb)



In the Matter of Adoption of Clarifying Comments (June 13, 2013)

Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:1.13
Effective immediately

Order (61 kb)



In the Matter of Iowa Court Rules New Chapter 26 (June 4, 2013)

Rules for Installment Payment Plans and Other Court Collection Activities
Effective July 1, 2013

Order (253 kb)


Chapter 26 (294 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 9 (May 9, 2013)

Child Support Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2013

Order (69 kb)


Chapter 9, Child Support Guidelines (2035 kb)


Child Support Guidelines Review Committee Final Report (2595 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)

The Iowa Supreme Court has approved rules governing electronic appellate processes. The rules, to be contained in the Chapter 16 court rules pertaining to EDMS, are prospective only. The court will announce an effective date for the rules and for implementation of electronic filing in the appellate courts at a later date.

Order (63 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)

The Iowa Supreme Court has amended the rules of appellate procedure contained in chapter 6 of the Iowa Court Rules and has rescinded and rewritten the rules governing the organization and procedures of appellate courts contained in Chapter 21 of the Iowa Court Rules.
Effective May 3, 2013

Order (74 kb)


Chapter 6 and Chapter 21 (116 kb)



In the Matter of Adoption of an Emeritus Pro Bono Practice Rule (March 1, 2013)

The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted an emeritus pro bono practice rule (Iowa Court Rule 31.19) that encourages retired or retiring Iowa attorneys, including attorneys licensed in other states, to provide volunteer legal services on behalf of legal aid organizations serving low income persons in Iowa.
Effective immediately

Order and Rule Amendments (323 kb)



In the Matter of New Rule of Civil Procedure (December 6, 2012)

The Iowa Supreme Court has approved the addition of rule 1.1702 to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure providing a uniform process for interstate depositions and discovery.

Supervisory Order (157 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules (November 8, 2012)

Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel
Temporarily adopting the attached forms, effective immediately. Forms permanently take effect January 7, 2013.

Supervisory Order and Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel (294 kb)



In the Matter of Iowa Court Rule 31.16 (Sept. 13, 2012)

Registration of House Counsel
Effective immediately

Order (49 kb)


Chapter 31 (272 kb)



In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (Sept. 13, 2012)

Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules -- Form 3.27:Verification of Account
Effective immediately

Order (90 kb)


Chapter 3, Form 3.27 (45 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules Governing Lawyer Advertising (August 28, 2012)

Effective January 1, 2013

Order and Chapter 32 (1114 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules 35.17 and 42.1 (August 24, 2012)

Effective immediately

Order, Rule 35.17 and 42.1 (66 kb)



In the Matter of Amendment of Iowa Court Rule 35.1 (August 24, 2012)

Effective immediately

Order, Rule 35.1 (56 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (July 13, 2012)

Effective immediately

Order, Rule 31.11(3), and OPR change to rule 31.12 (119 kb)



In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (July 5, 2012)

Supervisory Order, Chapter 13 (516 kb)



In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (June 29, 2012)

Order, Chapter 13 and Forms (1418 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure (May 21, 2012)

6.1005 Regarding Frivolous Appeals and Withdrawal of Counsel (Including Related Changes to Other Rules)
Effective immediately

Order (147 kb)


Rule 6.1005 (194 kb)



In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (May 7, 2012)

Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules is rescinded effective July 1, 2012, and revised Chapter 3 is adopted. Until July 1, 2012, parties may use either the current pleadings forms or the new pleadings forms.

Order (129 kb)


Chapter 3 -- Small Claims forms (711 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (May 2, 2012)

Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam.
Amended effective immediately

Nunc Pro Tunc (59 kb)


OPR Rules Revisions (Strikethrough version) (4618 kb)


OPR Rules Revisions (Final version) (396 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 32:7.4 (March 12, 2012)

The Court adds Veterans Law to the list of fields of practice and specialization.

Order (80 kb)



Iowa Courts Rules

The Chief Justice has signed a supplemental order specifying the effective date of the amendment to Rule 41.3(2)

Supplemental Order (35 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (February 20, 2012)

Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam.
Amended effective immediately

Order (183 kb)


Amendments (10043 kb)


Summary of Amendments (87 kb)

 
MARCH PASSPORT EXTENDED HOURS & PHOTO SPECIAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rita Vargas   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:29
As a courtesy to our customers, the Scott County Recorder’s Office will have extended passport hours and a discount on passport photos.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:30 - 7 pm

Saturday, March 29, 2014 9 am - 1 pm.

*March Photo Discount $5 each (Reg. $8)

www.scottcountyiowa.com/recorder

 
Loebsack Welcomed Quad Cities Chamber to Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:13

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Dave Loebsack today welcomed leaders from the Quad Cities to Washington for their annual trip. They discussed economic development issues including the implementation of the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hub; transportation issues such as the I-74 Bridge and other infrastructure projects; as well as the importance of the Rock Island Arsenal. Each year, Loebsack meets with community leaders and local Chambers of Commerce groups from around the state to discuss issues important to their region.

“I am glad leaders from the Quad Cities could come and discuss important projects aimed at moving the region forward,” said Loebsack. “Meeting with the local leaders in Washington gives me a very important opportunity to continue the conversation we have when I am in the district. I look forward to working alongside them and being a strong voice for the regions priorities.”

 
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