Tag: Syndicated

Meet the Candidate: HD 14 Tim Kacena

Tim Kacena Iowa House District 14 Information Sioux City Website:  http://www.kacenaforiowa.com Retired Sioux City firefighter and U.S. Army veteran Tim Kacena is a State Representative for the 14th District which represents Sioux City and Western parts of the State Kacena grew up in Sioux City, where he attended Emerson Elementary, West Junior High and Bishop […]

Meet the Candidate: HD 15 Charlie McConkey

Charlie McConkey Iowa House District 15 Information Council Bluffs Charlie McConkey is currently serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He serves on Commerce, Economic Growth, Labor, Ways & Means, and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Iowa Capital Investment Board. Charlie McConkey was born in Carter Lake, Iowa […]

Meet the Candidate: HD 13 Chris Hall

Chris Hall Iowa House District 13 Information Sioux City Website: http://www.hallforiowa.com Representative Chris Hall is serving his fourth term in the Iowa House. Hall works as the Grants Coordinator at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, where he was born and raised. Hall graduated from North High School (Sioux City) as valedictorian and stayed […]

Meet the Candidate: HD 12 Peter Leo

Peter Leo Iowa House District 12 Information Manning Website: www.peopleforpeterleo.com   Peter Leo, 33, a local attorney and resident of Manning, has joined the District Twelve race for Iowa House of Representatives.  District Twelve is made up of Audubon, Carroll and eastern Crawford counties. A third-generation Iowan, Peter grew up in West Des Moines and is […]

Two new laws will help protect your credit

1. Credit reporting agencies cannot charge fees when you freeze checks on your credit reports 

In the Equifax security breach last year, hackers stole Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and other personal information from 1.1 million Iowans.

Wary of identity theft, many consumers requested a freeze on their credit reports. They then learned that they had to pay a fee to get the freeze and pay again if they wanted to lift the freeze. Iowans have been paying some of the highest freeze-related fees in the nation, according to the state Attorney General.

This year, we banned Equifax, Experian, TransUnion and other credit reporting agencies from charging fees when Iowans freeze checks on their credit reports (SF 2177). Freezing prevents anyone, including an identity thief, from opening a new line of credit in your name. If you need to apply for a credit card, loan or job that requires a background check, you can have the freeze lifted, even temporarily.

 

2. Tougher penalties for criminals who use technology to steal your credit card

We’re also cracking down on illegally using technology to steal payment card information (HF 2199).

Criminals can access your credit and debit cards remotely through your clothes, wallet or purse, or place nearly undetectable “skimming devices” on gas pumps and other card readers that steal your information. Your card information can even be transferred to another card for the thieves to use later.

It is now a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison to use a scanning device to take payment card information without authorization, or to use an encoding machine to transfer information from one card to another. In addition, it will be an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison to possess a scanning device intended to obtain payment card information without authorization.

 

Find helpful tips to avoid credit card fraud and identity theft on the Iowa Attorney General’s website. 

Proposal to close UI Labor Center is “latest gut punch” to Iowa workers

Iowa Senate News Release
For Immediate Release:  July 10, 2018  

 

Senator Joe Bolkcom statement on University of Iowa’s announcement of center closures and furloughs

“I am disappointed in the news about the center closures and furloughs.

“I am deeply disappointed at the proposed closure the UI Labor Center. This proposal is the latest gut punch to Iowa workers and their families. This is a terrible time to even consider closing the UI Labor Center.

“Since 1950, the Labor Center has helped make Iowa a better place to live and do business. It has helped workers and Iowa employers meet the changing workforce needs of the state. As an interdisciplinary educational and research center, it has helped educate students and advance the public’s understanding of work during a time of rapid change.

“It has also has leveraged its state appropriation in securing competitive federal grants for the university.

“While there is no doubt that the University of Iowa is under financial pressure because of the bad budget priorities of Governor Reynolds and the Republican Legislature, I hope that President Harreld will change his mind and reconsider this ill-advised decision that would only worsen Iowa’s efforts to build a strong, modern economy that rewards hard work.”

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Dem Leaders: Labor Center will close because of misplaced GOP priorities

Iowa Legislative News Release
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2018   

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen and House Democratic Leader Mark Smith
on plans to close Labor Center and other centers at University of Iowa because of GOP budget cuts and priorities

“This afternoon, we sent separate letters to (a) Governor Reynolds, Leader Whitver and Speaker Upmeyer and (b) University of Iowa President Harreld and Board of Regent President Richards to object to plans to close the Labor Center and other centers at the University of Iowa.

“We encouraged Republican leaders to contact University officials and the Board of Regents to encourage them to reverse course.

“Our letter stated: ‘This is not the first negative consequence of your fiscal mismanagement and Iowans know it won’t be the last. The budgets you have approved for our three universities have already raised tuition on working families and this decision to close the Labor Center is another attack on Iowa workers.’

“We added: ‘At a time when Iowa’s income growth and job creation efforts have failed to meet expectations, the Labor Center has the potential to provide policymakers with timely information about today’s rapidly changing economic and legal environment, about how best to create and preserve quality jobs, and about how to strengthen workers’ rights.’

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Senate Dem Leader on passing of former Governor Bob Ray

Iowa Senate News Release
For Immediate Release: July 9, 2018   

 

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen
on the passing of former Governor Bob Ray 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Governor Bob Ray.

“Governor Ray was a model leader who served with style, courage and humility to make our state a better place.

“By listening and working with Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol, Governor Ray was able to accomplish amazing things, including strengthening the rights of workers, making Iowa a welcoming state for immigrants and refugees, expanding the rights of voters, cleaning up the environment, and increasing opportunities for working Iowa families to improve their lives.

“Rest in peace, Governor Ray.”

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Meet the Candidate: HD 10 Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson Iowa House District 10 Information Rockwell City Website: https://www.thompsonforiowahouse.com Calhoun County native, attorney, and small business owner Jake Thompson announced that he will seek election as State Representative for Iowa House District 10. The son of a local corrections officer and a waitress, Thompson grew up on a farm outside Rockwell City and now […]