ICC Newsletter – updated action alert on health care, June 27, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has sent out an updated action alert regarding the Senate health care bill. You can find the alert and take action at https://votervoice.net/USCCB/home. The USCCB is recommending the following three changes to the bill: Strip out harmful changes to Medicaid that will wreak havoc on the poor [...]

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ICC Newsletter – June 23, 2017

The U.S. Senate is working on its version of a health care bill. The House passed its own bill last month. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has highlighted certain positive elements in the Senate bill, but reiterated the need for Senators [...]

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ICC Newsletter – May 25, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement reviewing the 2017 Iowa legislative session. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is now serving as governor following the resignation of Gov. Terry Branstad. In her inaugural address, she mentioned tax reform, energy, education and workforce issues as priorities. Branstad has been confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 24, 2017 – legislative session ends

The Iowa legislative session ended Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. after pulling an all-nighter. Here are a few updates from the past week: The Senate passed Senate File 471 and sent it to the governor. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 17, 2017

Although the state legislature may be moving towards adjournment in the next week or two, there are still several issues where your input can make a difference. Thanks for your contacts last week with legislators in support of mental health funding reform. House Study Bill 194 passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. If [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 10, 2017

First things first – we pray you have a blessed Holy Week! On to the news … Senate File 471, the bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, passed the House with an amendment last week by a vote of 55-41 and returns to the Senate. The bill corrects the deficiencies we saw in [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 3, 2017

The second legislative “funnel” deadline was on Friday. Other than budget and tax bills, legislation was required to have passed one chamber and through a committee in the other chamber to remain eligible. Keep in mind nothing is totally dead until the session is over. Senate File 471 advanced out of the House Human Resources [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 27, 2017

Appropriations bills for state departments are being introduced at the legislature, which is usually a sign that the session is heading into its last month or so. A bill outlawing trafficking in fetal body parts, Senate File 359, passed the Iowa Senate last week by a vote of 43-6. The bill moved to the House [...]

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ICC Newsletter, March 20, 2017

LAST WEEK AT THE STATE CAPITOL A bill to restrict abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, Senate File 471, has passed the Senate by a vote of 32-17. The vote was mainly along party lines with two Democrats and an Independent joining the Republicans in supporting the bill. The bill now goes to the House for [...]

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ICC Newsletter, March 13, 2017

Thanks for your quick response to our action alert supporting an increase in Iowa’s minimum wage. Unfortunately an effort to bring up an amendment to increase the minimum wage to $10.75 failed in the House on Thursday by a vote of 57-41. The House went on to pass House File 295 which would “pre-empt” cities [...]

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