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Hello fellow ENA members!

I am writing to ask for your support of  the Graduated Drivers License Bill.   SSB 1019-Graduated Drivers Licensing passed the Senate Transportation Sub-Committee Wednesday.  You can find the bill through this link http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&menu=false&hbill=SSB1019 

.  In summary the bill does the following things

•         Requires teens to hold an instruction permit for 12 months prior to obtaining their intermediate license (the purpose of this is to encourage more driving experience prior to the intermediate phase and to provide for driving experience in all types of weather conditions)

•         Puts in place a passenger limitation of no more than one non-family member under 21 with the driver for the first 6 months of the intermediate licensure.  This limitation is also in place for teens driving on a school permit.  (Strong research links increased peer group passengers with increase crash risk and the first 6 months of the intermediate license are the most dangerous for the new driver).

It is unknown when Senator Bowman will have it on the agenda for the full committee, but now is the time to contact members of the Senate Transportation Committee and ask for their support. 

•         If any particular questions/concerns please forward those to Karen Jones,  Kathy Leggett or Amanda Russell who can give you the appropriate answers to respond back.  Their emails are: joneskk@ihs.org, leggetkm@ihs.org and russelaj@ihs.org

Thank you in advance for supporting this important bill!

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In the national healthcare debate, one thing is exceedingly clear: if you don't speak up you won't be heard. And there are no better voices for what children need in healthcare reform than the healthcare professionals, parents and family members who dedicate themselves every day to providing quality healthcare to children.

Right now Congressional leaders are working at a fast pace and towards a goal for draft legislation that would reform America’s healthcare system. Kids’ healthcare needs are different than adults. So if we care about how children will be treated in health reform, we must raise our voices — adult voices — and tell Congress why we care.

The Emergency Nurse Association is supporting the Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform campaign, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Health Fund, First Focus, March of Dimes and more than 100 children’s hospitals and allied organizations around the country to provide those who care about children and health reform the opportunity to voice their concerns directly to Congress.

Please take 3 minutes to go to www.SpeakNowforKids.org and tell Congress that children’s healthcare is important to you. Through this highly interactive website, you’ll also have the option to add your personal story, upload photos or video testimonials on the aspect of health reform that you care about most. Whether it is access to care, coverage for all children, cost of insurance or co-pays or the quality of pediatric care – reach out and share your opinions. Then tell a friend and ask them to do the same.

This is a nonpartisan effort, not aimed at supporting or opposing specific legislation, but at letting Congress know what matters most for America’s children as they continue down the road to health reform. America’s children are counting on the adults who care for them to be their voice in this debate and make sure their special healthcare needs are met.

 Please join ENA and Speak Now for Kids!

Feel free to contact Joni Thornton, Iowa ENA Government Affair Chair, at thorntjd@ihs.org.

 

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