Action Items For This Week To Stop As Many Bad Things As Possible

Action alert from Rob Hogg –

Thanks to your help, we stopped several bad ideas this year: (1) a bill to end IPERS as we know it (SF45); (2) a bill to wipe out Iowa’s permit system for guns (SF2016); (3) a bill to require a Supreme Court super-majority to invalidate a statute (SF2282); (4) a bill to allow religious exemptions to civil rights, criminal laws, and other statutes (SF2238); and (5) a worker’s compensation bill (SF2305) that would have created a million-dollar agency to prosecute unsupported claims as felony crimes.

Unfortunately, we have a lot more work to do to stop as many bad things as possible. Here are 10 action items for this week:

1. Contact Governor Reynolds’ office (515-281-5211) to urge her to item veto the mid-year budget cut bill to stop cuts to our universities ($10.9M), our community colleges ($500K), and corrections ($3.4M).

2. Contact Governor Reynolds’ office (515-281-5211) to ask her to oppose legislation to gut our energy efficiency programs and, if necessary, veto those proposals (SF2311 and SSB3078).

3. Contact State Representatives (515-281-3221) to oppose the bill to gut energy efficiency programs (SF2311) – this bill is now pending on the House floor.

4. Contact State Senators (515-281-3371) to oppose the other bill to gut energy efficiency programs (SSB3078) – this bill is now pending in Senate Ways and Means Committee.

5. Contact State Senators (515-281-3371) to oppose the bill (SSB3206) for so-called “education savings accounts” for private school students – this bill is now pending in Senate Appropriations Committee.

6. Contact State Representatives (515-281-3221) to oppose the Senate Republican Tax Scam bill (SF2383) that would cut taxes for the wealthiest Iowans and raise taxes on solar power and credit unions – this bill is now pending on the House floor.

7. Contact State Representatives (515-281-3221) to oppose the so-called critical infrastructure sabotage crime bill (SF2235) that would make certain peaceful protesters Class B felons – this bill is now pending on the House floor.

8. Contact State Senators (515-281-3371) to oppose the bill (SF2081) to shift the cost of the 2013 commercial property tax cuts to local governments and community colleges – this bill is now pending in Senate Appropriations Committee.

9. Contact State Representatives (515-281-3221) to oppose the bill (SF481) that would impose an unfunded mandate on local governments to enforce federal immigration laws, and jeopardize the ability of law enforcement to work with undocumented people – this bill is now pending on the House floor.

10. Contact State Representatives (515-281-3221) to oppose the bill (SF359) that is being amended to ban abortions after six weeks, without exceptions for rape, incest, fetal deformity, or the woman’s health – this bill is now pending on the House floor.

You can also email Representatives and Senators or call their personal phone numbers available at www.legis.iowa.gov.

–Rob
Senator Rob Hogg
Cedar Rapids

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