ICC Newsletter, Feb. 24, 2020

Last Friday at the State Capitol was the first legislative “funnel” deadline. If a bill has not been passed by a committee, it is considered dead for the session. This rule does not apply to budget or tax related bills. The ICC encourages the Senate to pass the constitutional amendment, HJR 14, which would enable [...]

ICC Newsletter, Feb. 17, 2020

There is a blizzard of subcommittee and committee meetings taking place at the State Capitol as legislators rush to push through their bills. This Friday, Feb. 21, is the first legislative deadline where non-budget or tax-related bills must be passed out of committee to avoid being set aside. One positive we’ve noticed this session is [...]

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ICC Newsletter, Feb. 10, 2020

The next couple of weeks will feature a flurry of activity at the State Capitol as the first legislative “funnel” deadline hits on Feb. 21. Bills must pass out of their first committee by that date in order to be considered for the rest of the year. The deadline does not apply to budget or [...]

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ICC Newsletter, Feb. 3, 2020

PROTECTING THE SAFETY NET FOR LOWER-INCOME PEOPLE Subcommittees in the Iowa House and Senate considered bills last week to increase the frequency and intensity of income verification for people who receive government benefits such as Medicaid, welfare, and SNAP (food stamps). The House bill did not pass, but Senate Study Bill 3068 moved to the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 27, 2020

‘PROTECT LIFE’ AMENDMENT PASSES COMMITTEE Senate Joint Resolution 21, the “Protect Life” amendment to clarify that a right to abortion is not guaranteed by the State of Iowa Constitution, passed the Senate State Government on Jan. 23 on a party line vote of 10-5. The bill is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor. [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 20, 2020

The 2020 session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly convened last week. Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her Condition of the State address last Tuesday and announced an “Invest in Iowa Act.” It includes a sales tax increase, income and property tax decreases as well as proposals to improve water quality and mental health programs. The [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 10, 2020

The Catholic bishops have released a statement in support of a constitutional amendment to clarify that a right to abortion is not guaranteed by the State of Iowa’s Constitution. The bishops said, “The dignity of the human person is the foundation of our moral vision for society. We recognize that each person is created in [...]

Caucus like a Catholic

On caucus night, Feb. 3, 2020, Iowans will gather by party preference at their precinct sites to elect delegates to the 99 county conventions. The event is a statewide invitation to Iowans to gather in their communities to consider presidential candidates and issues and is the first-in-the-nation test of the 2020 electoral cycle. The Iowa [...]

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Iowa Catholic Conference supports constitutional amendment on abortion

We support an Iowa constitutional amendment to clarify that a right to abortion is not guaranteed by the State of Iowa Constitution. The Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 2018 decision, struck down the law requiring a three-day waiting period before an abortion is performed. In pursuit of that decision, the Court claimed that the [...]

ICC Newsletter – Dec. 18, 2019

This fall the Iowa Catholic Conference has been working with legislators and others on several issues of concern identified by the bishops. A top priority is encouraging the Legislature to pass a “Protect Life” amendment to Iowa’s Constitution which would allow the people of Iowa to decide how to regulate abortion. In June 2018, the [...]

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