Tuesday Afternoon News, May 10
Floyd Valley Healthcare Board Of Trustees To Meet This Evening
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this evening for their monthly meeting. The trustees will hear a medical report from Dr. Mark Stelzer along with a quarterly financial report from Chief Financial Officer Daryl Friedenbach. Administrator Mike Donlin will review the recent patient satisfaction survey from Press Ganey. Donlin will also offer the trustees a general update, as well as an update on the North Addition. The trustees will review and consider approving capital acquisitions. The trustees will review the bids and award a contract for the Emergency Department renovation project.
Floyd Valley Auxiliary To Award Scholarships
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to area students on Wednesday. The presentation will take place at the Willow Creek Golf Club at 10:00 a.m. Floyd Valley Auxiliary awards scholarships each year to students in the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area who are pursuing a health related career.
DHS Director Appears Before Legislative Committee
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of a state department says he didn't spend $750,000 on a disability program as intended by some Iowa lawmakers because he received unclear language in a budget bill.
Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer told a legislative committee Tuesday that a spending bill approved for the current budget year didn't include clear instructions to use the money for a program that helps people with disabilities get and hold a job.
Some lawmakers say the agency was told last year the money was for the program. The money instead became part of the state's roughly $4.2 billion Medicaid budget.
Senate President Pam Jochum, a Dubuque Democrat, suggested DHS undergo an independent audit to ensure funds are used properly. A DHS official says the agency welcomes such reviews.
Branstad Signs Bill Prohibiting Boycott Of Products To Israel
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that prohibits state funds from being invested in businesses that boycott Israel.
Branstad signed the bill Tuesday alongside legislative leaders from both chambers of the Legislature.
The law responds to an international boycott movement against Israel that Palestinians say is aimed at ending Israeli occupation. Critics say the movement is discriminatory. Iowa joins a handful of states that have passed legislation in support of Israel.
It's unclear what financial impact the law will have on Iowa, but Branstad says the measure is "the right thing to do."
The Israel Project, an advocacy group, says the legislation sends a message from a political battleground state. Some groups against the law argue the initial boycott is protected by the First Amendment.