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Model of civic and volunteer engagement

March 14, 2014 One of the best parts of being a state legislator is encouraging more Iowans to get involved, whether it is though civic engagement or volunteer work in their communitie. more »»

Fisher welcomes South Tama students at Capitol

March 10, 2014 Recently, Rep. Dean Fisher (R- Garwin) welcomed students from South Tama Community Schools and Dean of Students Terri Fisher to the Iowa Capitol for a visit. Pictured here is Rep. more »»

Ensuring victims’ access to justice

March 5, 2014 When legislators deal with criminal law issues, we often hear, “what about the victims?” This week the Senate approved SF 2109, solid evidence that we really do care about victims. more »»

Fisher files nomination papers for House District 72

March 4, 2014 On Monday, Feb. 24, Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) filed his nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s office to seek re-election to the Iowa House this fall. Rep. more »»

Sodders sets Listening Post at Meskwaki Tribal Center

February 28, 2014 State Senator Steve Sodders will hold a Meskwaki Tribe Listening Post at the Tribal Center, 349 Meskwaki Road on Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. more »»

District 72 Update

February 26, 2014 Week Five There are frequent pleasant surprises in the capitol. more »»

Legislative Update

February 17, 2014 Week Four Week four was highlighted by the Condition of the Guard speech from Major General Orr, commander of the Iowa National Guar. more »»

High-speed internet is economic engine

February 14, 2014 In an effort to help more Iowa employers and workers recover from the national recession, we must increase access to high-quality Internet services across the state. more »»

Treatment courts are good for Iowa families

February 5, 2014 A new approach to keeping families together is seeing success in Iowa. more »»

Dean Fisher seeks second 72nd District House term

January 31, 2014 Representative Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) has announced he will seek re-election to the Iowa House. more »»

Back in session

January 24, 2014 The 2014 Legislative Session is underway with the first week under our belts. I am looking forward to serving our district and getting things done to help Iowa prosper. more »»

Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputys' Association (ISSDA) present Sodders with Gold Star Award

January 24, 2014 The Iowa State Sheriffs' and Deputies' Association (ISSDA) presented its annual ISSDA GOLD STAR Awards for excellence in leadership on public safety and law enforcement issues in Iowa in December. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home staff to student ratio

January 4, 2014 As most have heard, Governor Branstad has announced that he will close the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) in Toledo on January 16, sending the remaining children in the home into new facilities and laying... more »»

Preparing all kids to succeed in school and life

December 10, 2013 We think of education as the great equalizer, and we count on our schools to give every child a fair shot at success as an adult. more »»

Fisher backs Tama Fire Department

December 5, 2013 State Representative Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) presents a $ 1,000 check to Tama Fire Chief Paul Ellenbecker to benefit the fire department. The money is part of Fisher’s unused legislative expense. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home update

December 4, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»

Sodders: Future of Toledo Juvenile Home can’t be determined in closed door session in Governor’s Office

November 29, 2013 I am not giving up on the Toledo facility, its employees and the children who live there,” State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center said. more »»

Senator Sodders studying Iowa Emergency Medical Services

November 18, 2013 State Senators Steve Sodders of State Center (left) and Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant (middle) listen closely as Orville Randolph, president of the all-volunteer Bennett Ambulance Service (right),... more »»

Rep. Fisher donates to Garwin Fire Department

November 10, 2013 Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) recently donated $1,000 of his unused legislative expenses to the Garwin Volunteer Fire Department. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»



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