DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 18, 2019) — Iowans are concerned that our nationally-recognized Hawki children’s health-insurance program may suffer because of ongoing problems with privatized Medicaid. 

Hawki provides low-cost health-coverage for more than 70,000 Iowa children from working families.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 11, 2019) — The Iowa House has passed a bill to toughen animal-abuse laws and punish all who neglect, torture, abuse, or abandon dogs, cats, and other companion-animals. HF737 recently was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support and is now eligible for a vote by the full Senate.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 4, 2019) — Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. Tuesday, April 2, was Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 2, 2019) — Senators Rob Hogg and Senator Jackie Smith today proposed a $50-million disaster-relief and recovery plan to help Iowans following the Flood of 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 29, 2019) — We owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans, service members, and their families. One way we can show our support is to eliminate barriers to their success.

A bill that passed the Legislature unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor March 22 will bring more skilled workers to our state and encourage military families to make Iowa their home.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 22, 2019) — A bill that passed the Senate on March 20 puts new limits on Iowans’ ability to support conservation, clean-water. and natural-resources projects.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 14, 2019) — When it comes to a citizen’s Constitutional right to vote, we must ensure every legitimate vote is counted. Unfortunately, a bill that will limit that right has been approved on a party line vote by the Senate State Government Committee.

SF575 could disenfranchise the vote of thousands of Iowans by:

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 8, 2019) — Across our state, lots of snow and extreme cold have cancelled school time and again this winter.

School districts are getting creative to ensure they meet requirements when it comes to instructional time as the number of weather-related cancelations and delays continues to rise.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 1, 2019) — Schools serve as a critical partner in ensuring students are healthy and ready to learn. If a student has potential barriers to effective learning, it is important to quickly link them to resources that can help them succeed. Four health screenings — immunizations, dental, vision and blood lead —play a key role in that process.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 22, 2019) — Governor Kim Reynolds and legislative Republicans are determined to stick with Iowa’s troubled privatized Medicaid.

We must, therefore, make urgently needed improvements to ensure Iowans get the services they need; pay health care providers correctly and on time; and give Iowans more decision-making power in how Medicaid is run, rather than employees of out-of-state, for-profit companies.