New List of “Dirty Dozen” below:
From Senator Robb Hogg:
“The Dirty Dozen” – Thanks For Helping Stop Seven Of Them In Committee
Here is the list of the “dirty dozen” and how they fared in committee this week. Thanks to your help! We stopped seven of them, but even on those bills, keep speaking up because they can show up as amendments, as a part of budget bills, or next year.
1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SSB1145) – Still Eligible
2. End Licensing For Occupations (HSB138) – STOPPED
3. Government Barriers to Voting (HSB93/SSB1163) – Still Eligible (Now HF516)
4. So-Called “Personhood” Bill (SF253) – STOPPED
5. Partisan Take-Over Of Judicial Nominations (SF327) – STOPPED
6. Reinstate Death Penalty (SF335/SF336) – STOPPED
7. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms (HSB133) – Still Eligible (Now HF517)
8. Allowing Firearms on Campus (SF256) – STOPPED
9. Required Video Cameras in Classrooms (SF294) – STOPPED
10. Political Test for University Faculty (SF288) – STOPPED
11. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (SSB1146) – Still Eligible (Now HF484)
12. Restrict Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (SSB1144) – Still Eligible (Now HF468)
You also helped us stop a late-filed bill to require school education on evolution and global warming to include “opposing points of view” (HF480). Thank you.
A New Updated “Dirty Dozen” – The Surviving 5 Plus 7 Other Bad Bills
In addition to the five original “dirty dozen” that are still eligible, there are additional bad bills that were filed late or already eligible that we need your help stopping on the floor of the Iowa House or the Iowa Senate. So here is a new updated “dirty dozen” list:
1. Gut Workers Compensation System (HSB169/SSB1170)
2. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SSB1145)
3. Circumvent “Buy American” Requirements on Road Projects (SF184)
4. Lower Local Minimum Wages, Block Local Civil Rights Ordinances (HF295)
5. Government Barriers to Voting (HF516/SSB1163)
6. Make Planned Parenthood Ineligible for Medicaid Reimbursement (SF2)
7. Create Religious Exemption to Boarding School Regulations (SSB1114)
8. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms, Other Firearm Changes (HF517)
9. Unfunded Mandate on Local Officials to Enforce Immigration Laws (SSB1172)
10. End Bottle and Can Deposit Law (HSB163)
11. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (HF484/SSB1146)
12. Restrict Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (HF468/SSB1144)
Public Hearings on Monday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 7
Next week, there will be public hearings on four of these bad proposals at the Iowa House. This is an opportunity to speak up directly with legislators to oppose this legislation. Here is the schedule:
Monday, March 6, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Public hearing on HF484, the legislative take-over of the Des Moines Water Works.
Monday, March 6, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Public hearing on HF295, the bill to lower local minimum wages and take away local civil rights ordinances and packaging regulations.
Monday, March 6, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Public hearing on HF516, the bill to create new government barriers to voting including restrictive identification requirements.
Tuesday, March 7, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Public hearing on HSB169/SSB1170, the bill that would eliminate many of the protections for injured workers, including taking away or blocking compensation for injured workers over age 67.
To sign up, or for more details, visit: www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/publicHearings
I hope this information is helpful to you. Please speak up on these and other issues. As always, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader