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1 Five new laws to know when you hit the road
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | June 29th, 2017

The new fiscal year will start on July 1 and that means several new laws will take effect in Iowa. The legislature passed more than one hundred pieces of legislation; many of the laws around driving. One of those laws involves advocacy by Linn-Mar students.
2 2017 Legislative session to a close last week
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | April 27th, 2017

The last day of the session, last Friday, I looked around the State Capitol and stood in awe of the grandeur and thought about the responsibility you have given me to represent you as State Senator. The 2017 session has been tough, because of the finger-pointing, budget cuts and polarized views on so many topics. Please remember this: I will always work for you, no matter if I am in the Majority or Minority, to do what's best for our community.
3 Legislature tackles electronic harassment
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | April 20th, 2017

Posting explicit photos has become a disconcertingly common way of humiliating, manipulating and bullying people.
4 Senator Mathis objects to cuts for college and job training
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | April 13th, 2017

The Branstad-Reynolds Administration last week called for another $173 million in cuts to the budget for next year. Republicans in the majority are expected to propose even more cuts in the next few days. This comes on the heels of major, mid-year budget cuts earlier this session.
5 Giving schools flexibility to ensure efficient use of funding in schools
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | April 6th, 2017

The Legislature is working on two bills to provide flexibility in how schools use their money. This session, Marion Superintendent Chris Dyer and I worked on flexibility issues around teacher training and home school funding for the Marion School District. I think the Marion District will be pleased with what we passed.
6 Punishing stalkers can keep victims safe
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | March 30th, 2017

Iowa has an average of one domestic violence murder a month. The majority of victims are stalked by their murderer prior to being killed.
7 Senator Mathis on Voter ID law under Senate consideration
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | March 23rd, 2017

I had a nice conversation with Linn County Auditor, Joel Miller about the voter ID bill, also known as the Election Modernization and Integrity Act (HF516), which just passed in the House. When I asked Miller if we needed such a law he said, "no."
8 Linn-Mar students influence texting and driving bill in senate
by Liz Mathis State Senator · News | March 16th, 2017

Linn-Mar students who visited the Capitol last month to advocate for stricter texting and driving laws helped influence the passage of the first texting and driving bill of the session. The bill states that if a homicide by vehicle involves the use of an electronic communication device, it will be considered a Class C felony. The new bill is SF444. There are other parts to the bill that pertain to drunk driving as well.
9 Iowa Public Employees Retirement System to see changes
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Robins | March 9th, 2017

Is the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) next on the chopping block? We have been getting a lot of questions from constituents about the retirement security of Iowans. I am concerned about suggestions by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and special-interest groups that major changes are ahead for IPERS.
10 Senator Mathis reports from the Capitol
by Liz Mathis State Senator · Opinions | March 9th, 2017

Last week was especially busy at the Capitol because the first "funnel" deadline is this Friday. This deadline requires that all bills we want to continue in the legislative process be passed out of a Senate committee and ready for debate on the floor.
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