Another Week, More Forums

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The legislative session is starting on the downhill slide. One of the best ways to let your legislator know where you stand is to go to a forum and speak out.

As per the last several weeks, forums and listening posts are listed in date and time order. To find the specific location click on the highlighted link. Thanks once again to the folks at Following the schedule is a list of bills coming before the legislature. The list is from the Iowa State Progressive Network sent out last Monday.

03/02/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Guthrie Center

03/02/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Prairie City

03/02/2019 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Emmetsburg

03/02/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Jesup

03/02/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Grinnell

03/02/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Muscatine

03/02/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Listening Post – West Branch

03/02/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Town Hall – Janesville

03/02/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Listening Post – Ely

03/02/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cracker Barrel – Dubuque

03/02/2019 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Ottumwa

03/02/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Onawa

03/02/2019 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mason City

03/02/2019 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Newton

03/02/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Grimes

03/02/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Listening Post – Stanwood

03/02/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Town Hall – Tripoli

03/02/2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legislative Forum – Maynard

03/02/2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Listening Post – Lowden

03/02/2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Legislative Forum – Clarence

03/02/2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Listening Post – Bennett

03/03/2019 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Community Forum – Des Moines

03/04/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines

03/04/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Your Voice, My Voice – Des Moines

03/04/2019 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Office Hours – Ankeny

03/08/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Garner

03/08/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Corydon

03/08/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Chariton

03/08/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Corwith

03/08/2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Legislative Lunch – Ankeny

03/08/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Forum – Monticello

03/08/2019 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Listening Post, Hiawatha

03/08/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Osceola

03/08/2019 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Legislative Forum – Britt


keep iowa courts fair

Keep Iowa Courts Fair & Impartial 

Republicans at the State Capitol are pushing through a bill that would inject politics into our court system and put politicans in charge of selecting judges. 

It’s a terrible idea and it might come up for a vote this week!

The way we pick judges today is a model for the nation and our judicial system consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation. It’s fair, impartial, and non-partisan.  Our merit based selection process is designed to limit the influence of special interest groups and political parties on the selection of Iowa judges.

The GOP plan injects politics into the court system by letting politicians and their campaign donors select Iowa judges.

Even independent observers have seen right through their court packing scheme. We all know the real reason Republicans are throwing out the current system is because they are upset about court rulings in favor of marriage equality, extending civil rights protections to Iowans, and safeguarding our civil liberties. 

We already know the Governor is abusing the judicial nomination process we have today by appointing 70 Republicans, 4 no parties, and just three Democrats to the judicial nomination commissions. But that’s not enough for the Governor and GOP lawmakers.

Their plan to pack the courts is a power grab. They already control two branches of state government and now they want to control Iowa’s independent judiciary as well. 

Please take time TODAY to contact Republican legislators and tell them to keep our courts fair, impartial, and unbiased.

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
SF 104/HF 221 Expand Medical cannabis use House Public Safety
HF 501 Help working families with high cost of child care House Human Resources
Bad Ideas from GOP Lamakers
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/HF 503 Politicize judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint all judges Senate Floor/House Floor Contact your lawmaker
HJR 3 Eliminates Background Checks; allows guns on college campuses, state fairgrounds, school buses House Floor
HF 257 Eliminate education funding to Planned Parenthood House Human Resources Committee
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 weapon free zones, courthouses, and public/private workplaces House Public Safety
HF 51 Allows concealed weapons in places of worship House Public Safety
SF 259 Personhood; bans abortion in all cases Senate Judiciary Comittee
HF 160 Expands & reduces requirements for Charter Schools House Education
HF 448 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
HF 306/SF 172 Low funding for public schools Passed House and Senate

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