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 [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC comments on Senate File 2383, the “Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act”

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 [...]

By |February 18th, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC opposes Constitutional amendments making regulation of guns more difficult

ICC comments on ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

The ICC provided the following comments to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Feb. 8, 2018 regarding SSB 3143, a bill to stop abortion after a heartbeat can be detected: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the life-affirming intent of “heartbeat legislation.” In fact, science shows that life begins at conception. We acknowledge the efforts of legislators [...]

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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

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

Protecting the Hyde Amendment

In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment with bi-partisan support, and since that time its action has protected millions of vulnerable human lives. An accelerating political movement to end Hyde requires the support of Catholics to preserve its defense of human life and dignity against the offense of abortion. The Hyde Amendment was created in [...]

By |January 12th, 2018|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Protecting the Hyde Amendment

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

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 [...]

By |December 18th, 2017|Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on 2018 Legislative Priorities and Principles

Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have contacted Iowa’s congressional delegation in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and the Dream Act of 2017. You are encouraged to contact our members of Congress on the issue as well at https://votervoice.net/ICC/home. The text of the Iowa Catholic Conference letter is as follows: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports [...]

By |September 1st, 2017|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017