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April 30, 2014

Finalizing the state budget and other bills of interest

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Another major budget bill that went to Conference Committee and then passed through the Senate was the Justice System Budget. HF 2450 appropriates general fund dollars to the Attorney General, Victims Assistance Grants, Legal Aid, the Department of Corrections, the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, the Department of Public Safety, Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning and Homeland Security. While the Department of Corrections will receive more funding than was in the Governor’s budget, there are concerns that additional money is needed for prison staffing. In the Department of Public Safety, however, this budget will provide enough funding to hire an additional 20 troopers.

This will probably be our last week in session. We need to pass several major budget bills before our work is over: Health & Human Services, Administration & Regulation, Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure, and Ag & Natural Resources along with a few other controversial bills that may or may not make it to the floor for debate. I look forward to reporting the results next week.

As always, if you’d like to contact me, please call (563) 210-1252 or e-mail rita.hart@legis.iowa.gov. At www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/hart, you can sign up for my newsletter, connect with me on Facebook and more.

State Sen. Rita Hart represents Clinton County and northern Scott County.

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