This week’s action alert from Rob Hogg.
This is to let you know about four upcoming events in Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Indianola, and Davenport (see below), but I want to start by asking you to continue to speak up with Republican legislators in Iowa to oppose their damaging and dangerous proposals that hurt workers and our economy, hurt students and our schools, hurt patients and our health care, and really hurt all Iowans and our future.
With your help, we can stop at least some of these proposals in this legislative session, and then take back the majority in 2018 to focus on better jobs, great schools, vibrant communities, access to health care, protecting our natural resources, and fiscal responsibility.
Speak Up For Iowans to Stop The “Dirty Dozen”
The Iowa Senate debate calendar for Monday, March 13, includes two of the “dirty dozen” – bills to circumvent the “Buy American” requirements on road projects (SF184/HF203) and to gut Iowa’s workers compensation system for work-related injuries and disabilities (SF435/HF518). Please contact Republican Senators today and urge them to support Iowa’s workers and vote no on these bills. For contact information for Iowa’s Senators, please visit www.legis.iowa.gov.
We expect other damaging and dangerous bills to come up, perhaps as early as this week. Here are the rest of the “dirty dozen”:
1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SF438) – passed Iowa Senate, now in Iowa House
2. Lower Local Minimum Wages (HF295) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate
3. Government Barriers to Voting (HF516) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate
4. Make Planned Parenthood Ineligible for Medicaid Reimbursement (SF2) – passed Iowa Senate, now in Iowa House
5. Create Religious Exemptions for Boarding School Regulations (SF443) – still in Iowa Senate
6. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms, Other Firearm Changes (HF517) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate
7. Unfunded Mandate on Local Officials to Enforce Immigration Laws (SF481) – still in Iowa Senate
8. End Bottle and Can Deposit Law (HF575) – still in Iowa House
9. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (HF484/SF456) – Has not passed either chamber
10. Restrict Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (HF468/SF447) – Has not passed either chamber
If you keep speaking up, we will be able to stop some or all of these bills.
Here are four events over the course of the rest of the month where I will be working to reach out, listen, educate, organize, and unite Iowans as we come back to take back the majority in 2018.
Sioux City, Friday, March 17
The Woodbury County Democrats are hosting a “meet and greet” with me before the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday, March 17, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Jackson Street Brewery, 607 5th Street, in Sioux City. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
Fort Dodge, Saturday, March 18
I will be joining the Webster County Democrats for their off-year caucus on Saturday, March 18, starting at 10 a.m. at the Noon Lions Den, 731 Exposition Drive, in Fort Dodge. I plan to be there early to visit, so please join me, especially if you live in Calhoun, Pocahontas, Humboldt, and Webster Counties. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
Indianola, Thursday, March 23
I will be joining State Rep. Scott Ourth for a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Greater Iowa Credit Union, 301 E. Scenic Valley Avenue, in Indianola. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
Davenport, Saturday, March 25
The Scott County Democrats are hosting their annual “Red, White & Blue” dinner on Saturday, March 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. It will be held at the Starlight Ballroom, 2815 W. Locust St., in Davenport. I will be there, and hope you can join me. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
As always, I hope this information is helpful. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org for legislative matters, and at email@example.com for political or campaign matters.
Keep speaking up.
Senator Rob Hogg, Senate Democratic Leader