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 www.infonetiowa.org/calendar/events/. 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 & 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.
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|