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ICC Newsletter – March 19, 2018

The second legislative deadline - called the “second funnel” – was last Friday. Only bills that have passed a committee in both chambers remain eligible, except for budget- and tax-related legislation. Senate File 359 made it past the deadline. The bill, passed by the Senate last year, has been on our priority list. It would [...]

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ICC supports bill to prevent ‘wrongful birth’ claims

This week the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee may consider HF 2405, a bill that will prevent a cause of action that allows a parent to bring a lawsuit claiming a child should have been aborted because of a disability. The “wrongful birth” claim did not exist in Iowa before it was created by the Iowa [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 12, 2018

The U.S. Congress will decide soon, most likely this week, whether to include the Conscience Protection Act (CPA) in must-pass government funding legislation. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee [...]

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ICC comments on “heartbeat” legislation following Senate passage

The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the life-affirming intent of “heartbeat” abortion legislation such as Senate File 2281. We appreciate legislators for their efforts to advance the protection of unborn children and we remain committed to helping with efforts aimed at resolving questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality. Science shows that life begins at conception. May we [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 5, 2018

IMMIGRATION ISSUES Thanks to those of you who were able to call Congress in support of Dreamers. More than 48,000 calls were made to the DC offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives. Also last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the government's request to hear its “appeal before judgment” on the Deferred Action for Childhood [...]

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ICC comments on House tax reform bill, HSB 671

The Iowa Catholic Conference offers these comments on House Study Bill 671 based on the principles of taxation found in Catholic social teaching. There are two basic moral principles that should govern the collection and distribution of taxes as they benefit the State of Iowa and its people. Legislators should practice distributive justice wisely, so [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Feb. 26, 2018

First, a reminder. Today, Monday, is the U.S. bishops’ national Call-in Day for Dreamers. You are asked to contact your members of Congress to help the nearly 1.8 million “Dreamers,” who are young people without papers brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation proceedings as soon as March [...]

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ICC comments on Senate File 2383, the “Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act”

Lawmakers are proposing a set of wide-ranging and complex changes to Iowa’s tax code and approaching the process at a pace that makes it difficult even for experts to analyze the total effect of the legislation. Given the process now underway, the Iowa Catholic Conference offers these comments on basic principles of taxation and a [...]

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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter – Feb. 19, 2018

The first legislative “funnel” deadline was last Friday. That means any bill that has not passed out of a committee by now is, in theory, dead for the session, with the exception of budget and tax bills. However, nothing is dead for certain until the legislature adjourns. Here’s some updates on issues of concern … [...]

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ICC opposes Constitutional amendments making regulation of guns more difficult

The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes state Constitutional amendments that would make the regulation of guns more difficult. The amendments would need to pass both chambers of the legislature in two successive General Assemblies before being submitted to a vote of the people. Senate Study Bill 3155 and House Joint Resolution 2009 have passed the respective [...]

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