19 02, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 19, 2017

Almost all other work stopped at the state capitol last week as debate focused on a bill to limit collective bargaining rights for public sector union members (HF 291). The bill passed both chambers […]

12 02, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 12, 2017

ACTION ALERTS

Please contact your legislator regarding House File 265, the successor bill to HSB 67. The bill is a piece of “enforcement-only” immigration legislation. It passed the House Public Safety Committee last week and […]

6 02, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 6, 2017

The Iowa Catholic Conference is asking for your help with two new action alerts. Many of you have already sent in a message on one of these issues – if so, thank you!

Oppose House […]

29 01, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 30, 2017

REACTION TO IMMIGRATION/REFUGEE ORDERS

On Friday, President Trump issued an order related to refugees. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the order will virtually shut down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, […]

23 01, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 23, 2017

New resources posted on Education Savings Accounts

We are working to encourage state legislators to pass an Education Savings Account program this year. Some new resources have been posted on our website, including a link […]

16 01, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 16, 2017

Bills introduced to “defund” abortion providers; eliminate regulation of guns

The Iowa legislative session began last week with the introduction of some bills of interest to the Iowa Catholic Conference and the Governor’s “Condition of […]

8 01, 2017

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 8, 2017

The 87th Iowa General Assembly convenes on Monday. Most of the first week is taken up by the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees. During the first day, legislative leaders address the chambers […]

20 12, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Dec. 20, 2016

LEGISLATIVE KICKOFF WEBINARS

One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of a flexible Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Iowa. In preparation for the session, our partners at […]

28 11, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Nov. 28, 2016

We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Time to get back to work!

One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of an Education Savings Account (ESA) program in […]

10 11, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Nov. 10, 2016

Most of the election coverage has been focused on the presidential race but we pay attention to the Iowa Statehouse. Tuesday’s elections resulted in the Republicans gaining control of the Iowa Senate. They picked […]

2 11, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Nov. 2, 2016

“Making decisions in the light of our faith will not be easy, and it may lead us to a place we don’t want to go. But it is our life-long obligation to say “yes” […]

14 10, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Oct. 14, 2016

What should we be looking for in leaders?
“Those with political responsibilities must not forget or underestimate the moral dimension of political representation, which consists in the commitment to share fully in the destiny of […]

19 09, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Sept. 19, 2016

“As faithful Catholics, we must consider every issue and candidate through the lens of God’s Word.”
Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, 2016
While most political attention is being paid these days to the presidential campaign, every […]

31 08, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Aug. 31, 2016

As a part of the Iowa bishops’ Faithful Citizenship effort, we ask you to pray for those who are in public service or running for office, that they may use their position to protect […]

15 08, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Aug. 15, 2016 – Bishops release “faithful citizenship” statement

The Iowa bishops have released their “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” statement for the 2016 general election. The Catholic Church does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties. However, it contributes to the […]

18 07, 2016

ICC Newsletter – July 18, 2016

Lately every week seems to bring news of a violent tragedy that has taken place in our country. These events have brought new attention to related public policy issues as well.

The president of the […]

23 06, 2016

ICC Newsletter – June 23, 2016

The U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” is underway. For more information check out the blog post on our website.

Here’s one reason why new legislation protecting religious freedom is necessary. Earlier this week, the U.S. […]

6 06, 2016

ICC Newsletter – June 6, 2016

PRIMARY ELECTIONS ARE TOMORROW

The political parties’ primary elections are being held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Voter registration, or a change in party affiliation, are allowed […]

31 05, 2016

ICC Newsletter – May 31, 2016

Work on the 2016 legislative session is all wrapped up now that the governor has signed the appropriations bills. Click here for a complete review of the session on our website. There was the […]

27 05, 2016

Report on 2016 legislative session

Now that the 2016 legislative session is completed, and the governor has signed the appropriations bills, it’s time for our annual review of the session from the perspective of the Iowa Catholic Conference and […]

2 05, 2016

ICC Newsletter – legislature adjourns – May 2, 2016

The Iowa General Assembly concluded its 2016 session on Friday. The last part of the session is almost always focused on budget items. Here are a few notes from the last couple of days […]

25 04, 2016

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 […]

18 04, 2016

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 […]

11 04, 2016

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 […]

4 04, 2016

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 […]

18 03, 2016

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 […]

11 03, 2016

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” […]

6 03, 2016

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 […]

29 02, 2016

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 […]

22 02, 2016

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 […]

15 02, 2016

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 […]

7 02, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 8, 2016

It was a short week at the state capitol last week with the Iowa Caucuses on Monday and a snowstorm on Tuesday. The precinct caucuses saw record turnout on the Republican side and high […]

29 01, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 29, 2016

Iowa Catholic Conference staff participated in a meeting held at the University of Notre Dame this week discussing strategies to increase access and improve the quality of Catholic schools. Diocesan superintendents and representatives of […]

22 01, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 22, 2016

Not all of the political activity in Iowa these days relates to the caucuses. The state legislature is back in session as well.

Senate File 84 was considered in a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday. The […]

15 01, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 15, 2016

The Iowa legislative session began on Monday with the usual ceremonies and opening statements by leaders. Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was sworn in as Iowa’s first female Speaker of the House. She said […]

8 01, 2016

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 8, 2016 – legislative session preview

We hope to see you at the Midwest March for Life coming up on Saturday, Jan. 16. The event is sponsored by Iowa Right to Life. Check out the flier here. There will be […]

22 12, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Dec. 22, 2015

We asked for your help last week on three issues related to the omnibus bill ultimately signed into law by President Obama.

Unfortunately, the abortion non-discrimination (ANDA) provisions we were working for did not make […]

11 12, 2015

Contact Congress now

There’s much activity in Washington, D.C. as Congress works to pass an omnibus appropriations bill. The U.S. bishops’ conference is asking for your help on three issues:

We still have the opportunity to stand up […]

20 11, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Nov. 20, 2015

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking for your help in urging Congress to protect the right of conscientious objection to abortion.

Can you imagine if you had spent years training to help the […]

3 11, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Nov. 3, 2015

‘VOTE TO END HUNGER’

Additional presenters and supporters have been announced for Sunday’s interfaith and bipartisan “Vote To End Hunger Rally” at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Rep. Mark Smith, (D-Marshalltown), Democratic leader in the […]

22 10, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Oct. 22, 2016

Additional speakers have been announced for the interfaith Vote to End Hunger Rally to be held Nov. 8 at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register, will […]

29 09, 2015

ICC Newsletter – reflections on Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.

I was fortunate to be on the south lawn of the White House for the arrival ceremony with President Obama and Pope Francis. You can check out a photo on our Facebook page.

In taking […]

4 09, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Sept. 4, 2015

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 […]

14 08, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Aug. 14, 2015

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, […]

31 07, 2015

ICC Newsletter – July 31, 2015

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 […]

9 07, 2015

Report on 2015 legislative session

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 […]

22 05, 2015

ICC Newsletter – May 22, 2015

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 […]

18 05, 2015

ICC Newsletter – May 18, 2015

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 […]

8 05, 2015

ICC Newsletter – May 8, 2015

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 […]

4 05, 2015

ICC Newsletter – May 4, 2015

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 […]

26 04, 2015

ICC Newsletter – April 27, 2015

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 […]

19 04, 2015

ICC Newsletter – April 20, 2015

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 […]

10 04, 2015

ICC Newsletter – April 10, 2015

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 […]

6 04, 2015

ICC Newsletter – April 6, 2015

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 […]

30 03, 2015

ICC Newsletter – March 30, 2015

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 […]

22 03, 2015

ICC Newsletter – March 23, 2015

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 […]

16 03, 2015

ICC Newsletter – March 16, 2015

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 […]

7 03, 2015

ICC Newsletter – first legislative deadline report

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 […]

1 03, 2015

ICC Newsletter – March 1, 2015

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 […]

22 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 22, 2015

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. […]

15 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 15, 2015

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 […]

8 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 8, 2015

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. […]

2 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 2, 2015

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 […]

23 01, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 23, 2015

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 […]

16 01, 2015

First week of the 2015 legislative session

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 […]

9 01, 2015

Legislative session preview, Jan. 9, 2015

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 […]

18 12, 2014

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, December 2014

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 […]

5 11, 2014

Iowa election recap

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 […]

31 10, 2014

Be guided by your moral convictions

“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 […]

17 10, 2014

ICC Newsletter – Oct. 17, 2014

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 […]

12 09, 2014

Take Action Today – ICC Newsletter, Sept. 12, 2014

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 […]

8 08, 2014

Bishops ask for prayers for the Middle East

One of the main goals of the Iowa Catholic Conference is to help inform your conscience and encourage involvement in the political process, particularly on issues at the state legislature. To that end, next […]

3 07, 2014

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 […]

26 06, 2014

June 2014 ICC newsletter

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 […]

29 05, 2014

National call-in day on immigration reform; Governor signs adoption tax credit

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

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 […]

13 05, 2014

Review of the 2014 legislative session

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 […]

10 02, 2014

2014 Preview of the Legislative Session

ICC Newsletter
To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

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 . . .

We […]