Forums, Coffee With Dave Loebsack, Meet With Finkenauer And Issues

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First let me mention that Congressman Dave Loebsack will be holding open meetings over coffee at various spots across his district this morning. My apologies for not posting sooner, but my life has been quite hectic lately and the day simply snuck up on me. These coffee are a very good way to exchange thoughts with our congressman. He really is interested in what you are thinking. Here is his schedule for this round of coffees today:

You’re Invited!

Congressman Dave Loebsack is pleased to invite you to join him for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, share ideas, and discuss issues of importance. 

Dave hosts Coffee with your Congressman events in both Washington, D.C. when the House is in session, as well as throughout Iowa’s Second Congressional District. All Iowans visiting Washington, D.C. are invited to join him each week the House is in session. Any Iowan is also welcome to attend a Coffee with your Congressman event near you. A list of locations and times are below.

There is no need to RSVP for events in Iowa. If you plan on being in Washington, please RSVP by filling out the form below or contact our office at 202-225-6576. 

We look forward to you joining us!

Iowa Coffee with your Congressman Stops

Saturday, March 9

Iowa City

9:15am

Dodge Street Coffeehouse

2790 N. Dodge Street

Newton

Noon

Uncle Nancy’s

114 N 2nd Ave W

Knoxville

1:45pm

The Coffee Connection

213 E Main Street #101

Oskaloosa

3:30pm

Smokey Row

109 S Market Street

 

Meet With Congresswoman Finkenauer: (also today)

03/09/2019 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Conversation with US Rep. Finkenauer – Vinton

03/09/2019 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Conversation with US Rep. Abby Finkenauer – Grinnell

 

Forums and Listening Posts

Next, a reminder that this was “funnel” week in Des Moines. This is the time where committees decide what bills will be worked on and what bills won’t. This would be a good time to attend a forum and find out what direction Iowa is heading. The following list is once more gleaned from infonetiowa.org  www.infonetiowa.org/calendar/events/. When you find a forum you want to attend, click on the link for the specific address. Once again, major thanks to infonetiowa.org for this information.

03/09/2019 Event Time TBD Legislative Forum – Corning

03/09/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Creston

03/09/2019 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Listening Post – Humboldt

03/09/2019 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Oskaloosa

03/09/2019 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Bondurant

03/09/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Clinton

03/09/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Wilton

03/09/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Spencer

03/09/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Town Hall – Merrill

03/09/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Council Bluffs

03/09/2019 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Waukee

03/09/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Listening Post – West Des Moines

03/09/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Denison

03/09/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Town Hall – Remsen

03/09/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Listening Post – Pocahontas

03/09/2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legislative Forum – Okoboji

03/09/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Des Moines

03/09/2019 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Legislative Forum – Waterloo

03/11/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines

03/15/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Office Hours – Ankeny

03/15/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Manchester

03/15/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Hawarden

03/15/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM Legislative Forum – Fort Madison

 

Issues:

Finally, below is a list of issues that the Iowa State Progressive Network sent out earlier in the week. This can be a guide for what will be discussed at the forums. Hopefully some of these issues did not survive funnel week:

Important Deadline This Week!

This week is the first deadline this session to winnow the number of bills that are still eligible to debate this year. In order to remain eligible, a bill must be approved by a committee in the House or Senate. That means there will be heavy subcommittee and committee work at the State Capitol all week long. There are a lot of bills to keep track of this week so check the full list of bills below to see what you can do to help.  Here are just a few key bills we’re watching this year:

Vouchers Are Back Again

The Republican plan to create a new voucher scheme in Iowa is back again this year.  If approved, it will divert hundreds of millions from public schools to home schools/private schools instead (SF 372). After years of underfunding by Republicans, our public schools can’t afford it.  While the bill may be stalled right now in the Senate, we need to keep the pressure on to make sure it doesn’t make the deadline this week.

Protect A Women’s Right to Make Her Own Decisions

After the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the GOP bill that bans abortion in all cases was unconstitutional (as everyone knew it was), the GOP is back with a idea this year (HJR 5) to amend our constitution with a total ban on abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. The proprosed bill would take away a woman’s right to make decisions that are best made by a woman, her family, and her doctor.

Eliminate Gun Permits + Guns in Schools & Churches

While Republicans lawmakers have already kept a bill alive that eliminates background checks for guns, two other bills under consideration this year would eliminate all permits to carry concealed weapons (HF 118), allow guns on school grounds (HF 118), and allow conealed weapons in places of worship (HF 51).        

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 129 End GOP voter suppression/voter ID law House State Government
HF 501 Help working families with high cost of child care House Human Resources
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/HF 503 Politicize judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint all judges Senate Floor/House Floor Contact your lawmaker
HJR 13 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
SF 372 Vouchers for private schools/home schools Senate Education
HF 259 Allows concealed weapons in weapon free zones, courthouses, and public/private workplaces House Floor
HF 542 Prohibits state dollars from aquiring public land for parks, bike trails, hunting, fishing, or other recreation House Natural Resources
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 Labor & Business Relations
DONE
HF 306/SF 172 Low funding for public schools Passed House and Senate; Signed by Governor

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