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Iowa bishops oppose death penalty – Feb. 6, 2018

2018 statement on death penalty final We speak in opposition to the use of the death penalty in any form and to its possible reinstatement in Iowa. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church last fall, Pope Francis said the death penalty is, in itself, “contrary to the Gospel, because a [...]

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Addressing the challenge of water quality

Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed Senate File 512, a bill that builds on efforts to address water quality challenges across the state of Iowa. The new law is estimated to generate more than $280 million over the next 12 years for water quality projects by creating a funding stream from a mix of existing state [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Care for Creation, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Addressing the challenge of water quality

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 4, 2018

There was some good news at the State Capitol last week. While the House’s bill to bring back the death penalty, House Study Bill 569, passed out of a subcommittee, it looks like there aren’t enough votes to bring the bill out of the full House Public Safety Committee. Our attention now will turn to [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 28, 2018

Activity is picking up at the State Capitol as several issues of concern to Catholics are being considered. There is a subcommittee meeting scheduled in the House on Tuesday to consider Senate File 481. This is the immigration enforcement bill that the Iowa Catholic Conference has opposed since it was introduced in the Senate last [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 21, 2018

It was another short week at the state Capitol as Iowans celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday last Monday. A bill to bring back the death penalty was introduced Thursday in the Iowa Senate. Senate Study Bill 3042 would allow the penalty of death for the first degree murder of a peace officer. The [...]

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Bills introduced to bring back the death penalty

While the House’s bill to bring back the death penalty, House Study Bill 569, passed out of a subcommittee, it looks like there aren’t enough votes to bring it out of the full House Public Safety Committee. Our attention now will turn to the Iowa Senate, where a new bill to bring back the death penalty [...]

By |January 20th, 2018|Death Penalty, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bills introduced to bring back the death penalty

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 14, 2018

The 2018 session of the General Assembly convened last Monday. Much of the week was taken up by reports to the legislature by the executive branch, courts and the Iowa National Guard. The legislature will come back into session Jan. 15 after taking a break for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Governor Kim Reynolds delivered her [...]

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ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

With the help of the Diocese of Des Moines, the Iowa Catholic Conference has produced a short video about current federal and state immigration policy issues and what you can do to help. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85E43w7bjqQ&feature=youtu.be. To send a message to your members of Congress, click here: https://votervoice.net/ICC/home.

By |January 8th, 2018|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 4, 2018: Legislative session to convene next week

The second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly is set to convene on Monday, when legislative leaders will address the chambers to talk about their plans for the session. Coming up on Tuesday is Gov. Kim Reynolds’ first “Condition of the State” speech to the legislature. The Republicans have control of the Senate 29-20 [...]

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2018 Legislative Priorities and Principles

The Iowa Catholic Conference’s legislative priorities were formulated in consultation with its Human Life and Dignity Committee and Education Committee, and approved by the Iowa Catholic Conference Board of Directors. Items may be added or withdrawn as the situation requires. For more information on taking action, consult the Iowa Catholic Conference website at www.iowacatholicconference.org. As [...]

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