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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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 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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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 22, 2017

We at the Iowa Catholic Conference are very grateful for your participation in our legislative network and willingness to take action on important concerns. We pray you have a Happy Thanksgiving! USCCB PRESIDENT CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF THE VULNERABLE Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Dec. 10, 2017

As often happens at the end of the year, Congress is addressing some important issues related to human life and dignity. Many families affected by migration here in the United States need our support and action today. For example, since 2012, nearly 800,000 undocumented young people have passed background checks, paid a fee, and received [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Sept. 27, 2017

        Pope Francis today launched a worldwide, two-year “Share the Journey” campaign calling on Catholics to ‘encounter’ migrants and refugees in an effort to break down barriers of fear and suspicion and build bridges of understanding and hospitality. “Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Aug. 28, 2017

First things first. Let’s keep in our prayers the people who are facing Hurricane Harvey. Our colleagues at the Texas Catholic Conference have sent along a link from Catholic Charities USA in case you’re interested in making an immediate donation: bit.ly/2wwpwp5. The U.S. Catholic bishops have established a new committee against racism. It will focus [...]

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ICC Newsletter – July 17, 2017

HEALTH CARE REFORM STILL AT ISSUE The U.S. Senate is still working on a health care reform bill called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” In response to a newly-released version, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said, “The USCCB is reviewing carefully [...]

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