Rod Boshart
Published: April 1 2014 | 4:39 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:03 pm in Capitol Digest,

Iowa senators on Tuesday balked at changes to their proposed legislation that were made by state representatives. In Senate File 2251, the Senate took steps intended to improve the availability and stability of childcare by modifying guidelines to remove barriers for low-income working parents so they could both work part time and pursue educational opportunities for a period of at least 28 hours a week while still qualifying for childcare assistance. The House reduced the measure to a pilot project in four counties, which was rejected by the Senate Tuesday. Likewise, senators previously approved Senate 2118 to give judges discretion to include pets or companion animals in a protective order covering victims of domestic violence and their minor children. Temporary or permanent orders could be issued to forbid an accused abuser from harming, attacking or taking other threatening action against a pet as a way for a perpetrator to psychologically control others. A judge could issue a contempt citation for violating the order. The House voted March 25 to expand the coverage to include other property and personal items in protective orders. Senators refused to concur Tuesday and returned the measure to the House for further consideration.

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