ICC Newsletter – April 25, 2016

Welcome to our weekly report as the legislature considers the last few bills of the session. There’s still time to contact your legislator by going to our Action Center at www.votervoice.net/icc/home. On Friday the Iowa Senate passed its version of HF 2460, the human services budget bill. The bill appropriates nearly $2 billion for important [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 18, 2016

Budget bills are moving at the State Capitol and legislators are aiming to finish the session by the end of the week. House File 2460 is the appropriations bill for health and human services. It has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee and is scheduled to be debated on the floor of the House [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 11, 2016

First, I’d like to say a word of welcome to our many new subscribers. We really appreciate your taking action on issues that are important to you! A bill to set up a pilot program for Education Savings Accounts passed out of subcommittee last week. I know some of you are hearing some inflated figures [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 4, 2016

COMING UP THIS WEEK A subcommittee meeting is scheduled for early this afternoon (Monday) for House File 2284, a bill that would create a pilot Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) program. The establishment of ESAs is one of our priorities for the legislative session. Education Savings Accounts would empower parents to choose the most suitable education [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 18, 2016

Two bills supported by the Iowa Catholic Conference were passed by the legislature and sent to the governor this week: House File 2386 passed the Senate 49-0. The bill enables the termination of parental rights when the court finds “clear and convincing” evidence that a child was conceived as a result of sexual abuse. The [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 11, 2016

As attention turns to budget matters at the legislature, we are asking for your help on a bill that would support refugees who have resettled in Iowa. SF 2298 would expand the current “RefugeeRISE” program contingent on an appropriation from the legislature. The Iowa Refugee Alliance is seeking $350,000 from the state to leverage $650,000 [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 6, 2016

The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) supports HF 2329, a bill to prohibit the trafficking and use of fetal tissue following an abortion. It was set to be debated last week on the floor of the House; however, on Thursday the state Board of Regents came out publicly against the bill. We can infer this is [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Feb. 29, 2016

If you sent a message to your legislator last week through our Action Center last week, thank you! If you haven’t yet done so, we would appreciate your taking action on these two bills: House File 2329 would stop the transfer or sale of fetal tissue in Iowa after an abortion. The ICC supports the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Feb. 22, 2016 – First legislative deadline report

Last Friday was the first legislative deadline when bills were required to pass out of a committee to remain eligible (with exceptions for budget and tax bills). In the wake of the deadline we’re asking for your help with two bills in the Iowa House. Please visit our Action Center and send a message to [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Feb. 15, 2016

The Iowa Catholic Conference legislative breakfast takes place tomorrow at the State Capitol. The Iowa bishops, along with ICC board and committee members, will be meeting in an informal setting with legislators who stop by. Davenport Bishop Martin Amos will provide the daily prayer in both chambers. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for [...]

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