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Sodders: Two big steps forward for children in the Iowa Senate

March 26, 2014 DES?MOINES- Iowa children are the big winners this week in the Iowa Senate, according to State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center. “We took two big steps forward for children. more »»

District 72 Update

March 24, 2014 Week 9 The work has definitely shifted this week as we wind down with policy bills and begin work on the budget bills. more »»

Crack down on texting while driving for safer roads

March 21, 2014 Recent polls show 83 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. The Iowa Senate responded with a bipartisan vote to strengthen penalties and enforcement. more »»

Model of civic and volunteer engagement

March 14, 2014 One of the best parts of being a state legislator is encouraging more Iowans to get involved, whether it is though civic engagement or volunteer work in their communitie. more »»

Dog racing - the end?

March 12, 2014 It sparked gambling in Iowa - a trio of dog racing licenses (and one for a horse track) were issued in July, 1984. more »»

Embracing change

March 9, 2014 “I’m fascinated by change.” When I hear people say things like that, I find the analyst in me rising to the surface. more »»

District 72 Update

March 7, 2014 Week 7 The focus of this week turned to debating bills on the floor of the House in an effort to clear as many of the bills that passed out of committee over the past few weeks. more »»

Ensuring victims’ access to justice

March 5, 2014 When legislators deal with criminal law issues, we often hear, “what about the victims?” This week the Senate approved SF 2109, solid evidence that we really do care about victims. more »»

Free online tax preparation and filing

March 4, 2014 Tax season is once again upon us and for many Iowans, the process of filing taxes is a daunting one. more »»

Q & A: Keystone Pipeline

February 28, 2014 Q: What is the status for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project? A: After nearly six years of rigorous regulatory review, approval for the more than 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline... more »»

District 72 Update

February 26, 2014 Week Five There are frequent pleasant surprises in the capitol. more »»

Consider career / volunteer opportunities in Emergency Medical Services

February 19, 2014 Have you ever called 911 for an emergency and wondered if someone would come? How long it would take for help to arrive? This is a real concern for residents living in small towns. more »»

Legislative Update

February 17, 2014 Week Four Week four was highlighted by the Condition of the Guard speech from Major General Orr, commander of the Iowa National Guar. more »»

High-speed internet is economic engine

February 14, 2014 In an effort to help more Iowa employers and workers recover from the national recession, we must increase access to high-quality Internet services across the state. more »»

Q& A: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

February 12, 2014 Q: What is Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)? A: The Constitution vests authority in Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations. more »»

From God’s Perspective

February 9, 2014 Let’s think about the 6th commandment. more »»

Showing our support for legislation

February 7, 2014 We live in the digital age. We expect to be able to do most of our communication through the Internet, while also being able to find almost anything we want to know from the Interne. more »»

Treatment courts are good for Iowa families

February 5, 2014 A new approach to keeping families together is seeing success in Iowa. more »»

Bigger, faster, cheaper

January 29, 2014 These three words, when used in combination, say a lot about the American society in which I was raised. For some of my generation, this is nothing less than a philosophy of life. more »»

The score counts

January 28, 2014 Much time, energy, and money has been spent figuring out what is wrong with the education system. more »»



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