Daily Archives: April 24, 2017

Iowa Legislature adjourns: What bills passed in 2017 session?

Republicans promised major policy changes after victories in Iowa House and Senate elections in November, and they delivered by approving a sweeping conservative agenda in the Legislature’s 2017 session. This year’s session ended Saturday with the House adjourning at 7:14 a.m. and the Senate wrapping up at … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won … Continue reading

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2017 Closing Day Remarks by Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg

Mr. President, Mr. Majority Leader, and all my Senate colleagues: During my address on the opening day of this session, I expressed hope the Senate would govern wisely and take action to make life better on the bread-and-butter issues that … Continue reading

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‘Historic’ 2017 Iowa legislative session has concluded

The Republican-led legislature’s sweeping agenda for 2017 recast Iowa labor laws and rewrote the rules for several kinds of lawsuits. Governor Terry Branstad is expected to approve proposals that reshape abortion policy as well. “I think it’s been a very productive session,” Branstad … Continue reading

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IFP Statement: ‘Historic’ session not a label of pride

Legislative session hits working families and traditions of good governance Statement of Iowa Fiscal Partnership • Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project To describe the 2017 Iowa legislative session as “historic” is not a label its leaders should wear with pride. … Continue reading

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2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown)

  Thank you Madam Speaker. First, I want to thank the members of my caucus for sticking together this year and being a strong voice for the thousands of Iowans we represent. On behalf of my caucus, I also want … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Mumia Abu-Jamal “Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none.” April 24 The Int’l Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity … Continue reading

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