Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

We, the Catholic Bishops of Iowa, have voiced principled opposition to Senate File 481 and are profoundly disappointed that it was passed by the Legislature. We ask Governor Reynolds to do the right thing and veto the bill. This is the right thing to do, because Iowans should be looking to help immigrants, not to harass them. [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 2, 2018

Typically Holy Week is a slower week at the State Capitol. That was true this year as well. Three issues of interest did not see any floor or committee action last week: The good news is that Senate File 481, immigration enforcement, was not debated last week in the House. We believe advocates’ efforts are [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 26, 2018

All parents, regardless of address or income, deserve the ability to make choices in education that reflect their basic convictions and aspirations for their child. A new bill to provide for Education Savings Grants, Senate Study Bill 3206, passed out of a subcommittee last week. Some parents could use that money to help pay for [...]

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Death penalty bills fail

Bills to bring back the death penalty in Iowa have failed to advance.  Keep an eye on our Action Center at www.votervoice.net/icc/home for any action alerts if proposals "come back to life". Click here to download a quick fact sheet on the issue. The Catholic bishops of Iowa have issued a statement in opposition to the [...]

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Tax reform proposals

The Iowa Senate and House will be negotiating on tax reform provisions during the next several weeks on the 2018 session. The bishops of Iowa have said 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 [...]

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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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