DES MOINES, IOWA (April 18, 2019) — Legislation currently being considered by the Iowa Legislature would hinder the ability of local elected-officials to make budget decisions to fund the programs and services their constituents depend on and desire. House File 773 would place an arbitrary 2% annual-growth limitation on property-tax revenue that a county or city could collect.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate honored three state-agencies Wednesday for their assistance with improving Iowa’s election cybersecurity and voter-registration process. Sec Pate gave National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Awards to the leaders of the Iowa National Guard, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

Moline, IL (April 20, 2019) — West Music Quad Cities, in partnership with D’Addario, will host a free guitar-re-string event to benefit the River Music Experience on Saturday, April 20, 2019. With a suggested donation of $5, the guitar and repair expert’s at West Music Quad Cities will professionally re-string any 6-string acoustic or electric guitar with a free new set of D’Addario NYXL or Nickle Bronze strings. Limited to one guitar with standard-gauges and configurations per customer.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed HF650 into law, which protects job-creators that hire individuals with past criminal-offenses.

“This bill opens doors for Iowans who deserve a second chance by protecting the job-creators extending a helping hand,” said Gov Reynolds. “I am proud that this legislation received the unanimous support of legislators. It also helps our state build a stronger workforce for the more than 35,000 open jobs across Iowa.”

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — Author and actress Dana Davis is returning to Davenport to celebrate the release of her second YA novel, “The Voice in My Head”. Join us for a discussion with Dana, a North High School alumna, on Thursday, May 30, 6PM, at Fairmount (3000 N Fairmount St) led by the awesome staff of LOVE Girls, a local girls empowerment-organization and magazine. A book-signing will follow the discussion.

Advocacy 101

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — Gilda’s Club is hosting a FREE workshop for anyone impacted by cancer titled “Advocacy 101” on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 6–8PM at Gilda’s Club (1234 East River Drive, Davenport, IA).

Join Grant Cale from Bristol-Myers Squibb for a workshop about advocacy. Have you always wanted to get involved in law and policy-change, but don’t know how to get started and get involved?

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — On April 12, 2019, FEMA declared individuals in Pottawattamie and Shelby counties eligible for individual assistance. The FEMA-finding determined that these counties were adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his Declaration of March 23, 2019.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — Focused on its mission of improving the health and smiles of the people it serves, Delta Dental of Iowa, through its Foundation and corporate-giving, distributed $3.1 million across Iowa in 2018. Funding provided supports dental and vision health-programs focused on prevention, education, and improving access to health-care such as Iowa Mission of Mercy, Vision to Learn, KidsEyesight, and Prevent Blindness.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 17, 2019) — Registration for the Governor’s 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit is now open until April 23 at 10AM.

WASHINGTON DC (April 17, 2019) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley of Iowa joined Sens Joni Ernst of Iowa and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan in sending a bipartisan letter urging US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to utilize a department-wide National Water Quality Initiative to prioritize conservation measures in the 2018 Farm Bill to address water quality.