Full house greets Ragan, Upmeyer at Friday meeting

Local attendees discuss Iowa’s broadband Internet capabilities, veteran affairs, and Iowa’s eminent domain process with House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, and Senator Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, at Center 1 in Hampton on Feb. 28.

Senator Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, and Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake.

State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Linda Upmeyer visited Hampton last Thursday to update local constituents about upcoming legislation and hear about the issues that concern them.

     Ragan reported on a bill in the Senate aimed at making it easier for working students to qualify for childcare support. One of the qualifications for childcare assistance is working twenty hours a week or going to school for twenty hours a week, however these hours do not work toward each other.

     "We're trying to change it so you can have twenty hours or a mix, so you don't have to have just one or the other," she said.

     Ragan also said that the Senate is working a bill to combat the financial exploitation of senior citizens, particularly in care centers.

Read the full article in the March 5 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.