Get Thee To A Forum – Plus Issues

Part 1 of the Muscatine county legislative forum 2/2/2019. 45 minutes.

Our weekly listing of forums and other get togethers with legislators. These are listed in time and date order. As always, click on the city you wish to attend a forum in for the exact location. Once again, big thanks to http://www.infonetiowa.org/calendar/events/. We are getting down to the critical part of the session. As most of you already know one of the annual major issues – school funding – has already been decided. However, Republicans are trying to push some really bad bills on the state, especially the change in judicial nominations.

February 2019

02/23/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Rock Rapids

02/23/2019 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Fort Dodge

02/23/2019 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Legislative Forum – Baxter

02/23/2019 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Oskaloosa

02/23/2019 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Breakfast – Mount Pleasant

02/23/2019 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Wake-Up – Nevada

02/23/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Council Bluffs

02/23/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Town Hall – Plainfield

02/23/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Oelwein

02/23/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Town Hall – Ida Grove

02/23/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Coralville

02/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Sioux City

02/23/2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Davenport

02/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Clarinda

02/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Carroll

02/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Office Hours – Clive

02/23/2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Urbandale

02/23/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Town Hall – Frederika

02/23/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Lamont

02/23/2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Legislative Forum – Swisher

02/23/2019 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Legislative Forum – Tiffin

02/23/2019 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Legislative Forum – Lone Tree

02/25/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines

March 2019

03/01/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Eagle Grove

03/01/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Office Hours – Ankeny

03/01/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Clarion

03/01/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Marshalltown

03/01/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Sheldon

03/01/2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Legislative Forum – Belmond

Issues:

  • Judicial nominating process
  • Anti-solar power bill   
  • Eliminate permits for concealed carry; allowing guns on school grounds
  • Affordable, Accessible Health care (see below)

From Iowa Statehouse Progressive Network:

Affordable, Accessible Health Care 

The rising cost of health care is a heavy burden too many Iowa families face today. Coupled with changes made by GOP lawmakers in recent years that have also reduced access, health care has become a crisis in Iowa.

The first step in making health care affordable and accessible for Iowans is fixing Iowa’s broken Medicaid system.  We should work together to protect our most vulnerable citizens who need long-term services and support (LTSS) because of chronic illness, aging or a disability. These Iowans need help with daily tasks like bathing, dressing, and eating. 

As Republicans and the Governor continue to ignore problems with privatization, Iowans with disabilities have been denied critical services and equipment, kicked out of their current living arrangements because of reimbursement issues, or had to switch case managers who understand their complex needs best. 

The bills we are working on this year (House File 135/Senate File 156) will move these vulnerable Iowans out of managed care, to not only improve their access to health care, but also make it more affordable. Other action we take to improve Medicaid includes making sure providers are paid for the work they do and having Iowans make critical health care decisions, not out of state companies.

Here are some other ideas we’ll be working on this session to make health care more affordable and accessible:

•    Protecting Iowans with pre-existing conditions

•    Making family planning services available to Iowans statewide

•    Expanding mental health care

•    Protecting seniors from financial exploitation, neglect and abuse

Bill Watch 

Below is a list of bills we’re tracking this session that may be of interest to you.  As session continues, we’ll be updating this list for you to keep you up to speed on the legislative process and take action.

Democratic Bills: Improving Life for Everyday Iowans
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
HF 135/SF 156 Fixing Medicaid Privatization House/Senate Human Resources
HF 383 Investing in public schools beyond rate of inflation House Education Committee (GOP passed another record low investment in public schools)
HF 147/SF 176 Restoring the rights of Iowa workers House/Senate Labor
SF 107 Protect the wages earned by employees Senate Labor
HF 109/SF 117 Reasonable accomodations for prenancy/child birth House/Senate Labor
SF 72 Affordable housing/revitalizing old homes Senate State Government
HF 91/SF 247 Raise Minimum Wage House/Senate Labor
Bad Ideas from GOP Lawmakers
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
SJR 9/HJR 5 Constitutional Amendment banning abortion in all cases Senate State Government/House Judiciary Contact your lawmaker
SF 237/HSB 110 Politicize judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint all judges Senate Floor/House Judiciary Committee Contact Judiciary Committee members
HJR 3 GOP Eliminate Background Checks Bill House Public Safety Committee
HF 257 Eliminate education funding to Planned Parenthood Subcommittee on 2/21 at noon
SF 27 Prohibits tenure at state universities/community colleges Senate Education
SF 240 Religious exemptions, license to discriminate (similar to North Carolina) Senate Local Government
SF 28 Vouchers + eliminate Iowa Dept. of Education & Iowa Public TV Senate Education
HF 259 Allows concealed weapons in schools, courthouses, and workplaces House Public Safety
HF 51 Allows concealed weapons in places of worship House Public Safety
HF 160 Expands & reduces requirements for Charter Schools House Education
HF 246 Loosens requirements on immunizations House Human Resources
HF 249 Legalize the date rape druge and other hallucinogenic drugs like LSD House Public Safety
HF 248 Legalize mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs House Public Safety
HF 118 Eliminates permits to carry concealed guns; allows guns on school grounds House Public Safety
HF 62 Reinstates the death penalty House Judiciary Committee
HF 194 Requires Iowa kids to read a Russian book before graduating high school House Education Committee
HF 187 Prohibits fluoride in drinking water House Environmental Protection
HF 172 Repeal the state inheritance tax House Ways & Means
SSB 1149 One week waiting period for unemployment Senate Commerce
DONE
HF 306/SF 172 Low funding for public schools Passed House and Senate

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