This is the time of year when we’re reviewing possible legislation for the next session, doing presentations for various groups and meeting with key legislators regarding our priorities. For example, Iowa Catholic Conference staff […]
“… a widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” Pope Francis, on the subject of abortion
The recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s practice of […]
SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE SCHOOL CHOICE SUMMIT
Don’t forget to sign up for the Iowa School Choice Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Sponsored by our partners at the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, […]
FAILING TO RESPECT THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE
The release of videos showing Planned Parenthood’s involvement with the provision of babies’ organs following an abortion has prompted much reaction.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of […]
Making it over the finish line
The 2015 Iowa Legislative session saw hundreds of proposals introduced, but only a relative few made it from the chambers to Governor Branstad’s desk to receive his signature and […]
June 29, 2015
The US Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage saddens us. To make something legal does not mean that it is true or good. Take, for example, the ruling that legalized abortion.
Notwithstanding this ruling, […]
June 19, 2015
We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine.
In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician to […]
The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule that essentially prohibited telemedicine (“webcam”) abortions. In 2013 the board had approved a rule that required a physician to be physically […]
Pope Francis has released his encyclical letter “Laudato Si” (Praise Be to You). Addressing his letter to all the people living on the planet, the pope asks us to consider what kind of world […]
The Iowa Senate and House have passed different versions of SF 510, the “standings” appropriations bill. The bill makes adjustments to appropriations that are required by state law.
Regarding an issue of concern to the […]
Different week – same story. There’s still no deal at the legislature regarding funding for public schools. Republicans have proposed a $100 million increase and the Democrats have proposed a $200 million increase. This […]
It was a fairly short but busy week at the capitol as work continued on the state budget along with a few policy items.
There are multiple reports that Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed […]
LAST WEEK AT THE CAPITOL
There’s been no visible progress on the standoff over funding for public schools in Iowa. The state spends nearly $3 billion on K-12 education from the general fund. Republicans have […]
Budget bills are starting to move in the Iowa legislature. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the Department of Education budget bill later today (Monday). It includes status quo funding of about […]
KEEPING AN EYE ON BUDGET BILLS
It looks like the Democrats, who hold the majority in the Iowa Senate, will begin work on budget bills this week. Their proposal would allow for spending from the […]
State legislators have not been able to come to an agreement on public school funding levels. This has drastically slowed work on the state budget. Typically, a target date for the end of the […]
The second legislative deadline was Friday. Only bills that have passed a committee in both chambers remain eligible, except for budget- and tax-related legislation. Several bills of interest to the Iowa Catholic Conference died […]
Friday is the second “funnel” deadline for non-money related bills to be passed by one chamber and approved by a committee in the other chamber. There’s still time to contact your legislator on some […]
Please send a message to your Senator today in support of House File 573. The bill requires that prior to performing an abortion, a physician must certify that the woman has undergone an ultrasound […]
The Iowa House passed House File 573 last Thursday by a vote of 57-39. The bill requires that prior to performing an abortion, a physician must certify that the woman has undergone an ultrasound […]
Friday, March 6 was the first “funnel” deadline at the legislature. With exceptions, bills have been voted out of committee by that date to be considered during the rest of the session.
An Education Savings […]
It’s shaping up to be an interesting week at the State Capitol. It’s “funnel” week, where non-money bills in the Iowa Legislature are required to pass a committee no later than Friday to remain […]
We’re pleased to report that two of our legislative priorities moved forward last week.
House Study Bill 138, regulating payday loans, was introduced last Monday and passed a subcommittee on Thursday. We support the bill. […]
SCHOOL START DATE
You may have been hearing some discussion about a “start date” for Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools. Iowa law requires schools to start no earlier than the week that contains the first […]
LAST WEEK AT THE CAPITOL
The Iowa House Education Committee passed a bill last week to provide additional spending flexibility for nonpublic community-based preschools, such as Catholic schools, that participate in the state-funded preschool program. […]
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” Act, which would codify a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under […]
Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week were celebrated across the state last week. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spoke at a school choice event held at the State Historical Building and Gov. Branstad […]
This week is Catholic Schools Week and the Iowa bishops have released a statement in support of Education Savings Accounts. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public […]
On Jan. 21, 2015, a bill was introduced in the Iowa House (House File 65) to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, also called “physician-assisted suicide.” The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the bill.
The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes […]
Parents are the ones primarily responsible for the education of their children. We believe Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a tool that would empower parents across our state to choose the best and […]
The first day of the Iowa legislative session this week offered an opportunity for legislative leaders to talk about their expectations for the session. You can find the highlights on our Facebook page.
Legislators began […]
The 86th General Assembly of the Iowa legislature begins this Monday, Jan. 12. Little legislative work gets done the first week other than the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees.
Also coming up next […]
Welcome to the new members of the Iowa Catholic Conference legislative network! As we head toward Christmas, our staff is making preparations for several events in January: the start of the legislative session on […]
Here’s the updated schedule for keynotes and breakout sessions at the Iowa Institute for Social Action on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18 and 19 at Saints John and Paul Church in Altoona, Iowa. To register go […]
The 2015 Iowa Institute for Social Action conference, sponsored by the Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) and the dioceses of Iowa, will help leaders advocate for social justice in the public arena. The 2015 Institute […]
The status quo has prevailed at the state legislature in Iowa. The Democrats retained a 26-24 majority in the Iowa Senate, while the House Republicans picked up a few seats to increase their majority […]
“You must be guided by your moral convictions, not your self-interest or your attachment to a political party or interest group.”
Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, 2014
If you’re watching any TV these days, you know […]
One of the ways we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Among the ongoing legislative concerns of the Iowa Catholic Conference is enforcement of present environmental laws and adequate […]
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference in the political arena. Especially when your contacts with legislators are combined with those of your friends and neighbors, I have seen many […]
“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Iowa Catholic Conference’s legislative agenda was formulated in […]
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Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will be the keynote speaker for the 20th Iowa Institute for Social Action. The Institute will be held on Jan. […]
ALERT – TAKE ACTION TODAY
The U.S. Catholic bishops and Catholic Charities USA have sent an action alert in support of the Second Chance Act. Please send a message to your Senators and Representatives as […]
“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
– “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” U.S. Catholic Bishops
The Iowa Catholic Conference has released its “Faithful Citizenship […]
As we approach Labor Day, we would like to highlight the 2014 Labor Day statement from the U.S. bishops. It focuses on unemployment among young people. The statement was released by the chairman of the […]
The Iowa Catholic Conference Human Life and Dignity Committee will meet on Sept. 4 in Ankeny to consider legislative priorities ahead of the 2015 legislative session. The committee replaces the former Pro-Life, Social Concerns and […]
A Polk County District Court judge ruled in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine Aug. 19 and upheld its right to ban webcam abortions in Iowa. The decision is set to take effect in 30 days. Planned […]
The U.S. bishops’ partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, has issued an alert in opposition to S. 2578. The U.S. Senate may vote on this bill as early as this week. The […]
Lucas Swanepoel, associate director for governmental relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Katherine Knight, associate director of public policy in the Secretariat of Education at the USCCB. […]
Catholic Conference staff and others interested in education are traveling to Iowa today for the Midwest Catholic Education Advocates Conference. We’re looking forward to hearing from representatives of the Iowa Alliance for Choice in […]
Supreme Court rules on religious freedom; Action alert on funding for refugees and unaccompanied minors
This week began with a positive decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that closely-held family corporations will not be required to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs. The Hobby Lobby stores […]
The Iowa bishops have released a statement on the humanitarian issue on the southern border of the United States.
It reads, in part: “We appreciate government officials for responding as best they can to this […]
A November 2013 report from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Migration alerted us to the ongoing increase in migration of unaccompanied children across the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the […]
Here’s some new information regarding upcoming Justice for Immigrants national call-in days.
Next Wednesday, June 11th is a “Leadership Call-in Day” that will send calls to the House offices of Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Majority […]
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NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Tomorrow, May 29, is a national “call-in day” to Congress in support of immigration reform. To participate, dial this toll-free number, 1-855-589-5698, to be […]
This is our complete report on the 2014 Iowa legislative session from the perspective of the Iowa Catholic Conference. The following pages review our key legislative and advocacy work during the 2014 session. The […]
Supports expanding tax credits for individuals, businesses, or financial institutions who contribute to a “school tuition organization” that provides scholarships to low- and middle-income children who want to attend a nonpublic school.
Supports the equitable […]
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As we try to stay warm during the latest deep-freeze, here’s a couple of news items followed by our annual preview of the legislative session . . .