Forums As The End Of The Session Approaches Plus Issues

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Voter Suppression, Huge Judicial Appointment Process changes still in the mix.

Once again we access infonetone.org    for the weekly list of forums. As usual the list is by date and time. When you find a forum you wish to attend click on the city for the specific location.

04/06/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Prairie City

04/06/2019 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Emmetsburg

04/06/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Grinnell

04/06/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Muscatine

04/06/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Council Bluffs

04/06/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Town Hall – Hinton

04/06/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Johnston

04/06/2019 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Waukee

04/06/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cracker Barrel – Dubuque

04/06/2019 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Ottumwa

04/06/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Office Hours – Clive

04/06/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Onawa

04/06/2019 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Newton

04/06/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Oelwein

04/06/2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Town Hall – LeMars

04/08/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines

04/09/2019 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Legislative Forum – Johnston

04/12/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Office Hours – Ankeny

04/12/2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Legislative Lunch – Ankeny

04/12/2019 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Legislative Forum – Waterloo 

ISSUES:

Health Care Disrupted for 425,000 Iowans

Last Friday, Governor Reynolds announced UnitedHealthcare is leaving Iowa’s managed care program. Since they currently manage 70% of Iowans on Medicaid, it means 425,000 Iowans will have their health care disrupted again and our most vulnerable could be faced with life or death situations.

Medicaid privatization has been a disaster since day one and it keeps getting worse. Medicaid privatization is not saving money for Iowa’s taxpayers and it is not resulting in healthier Iowans. It isn’t working for patients or providers and the Governor and GOP lawmakers still refuse to fix the problems.

Some Democratic lawmakers have a plan to end Medicaid privatization and prevent another health care disruption for Iowans.  First, the most vulnerable Iowans who need long term assistance (LTSS) would move back to fee for service to guarantee they get the care they need.  Second, Medicaid privatization would end on June 30 and the Governor and lawmakers would be forced to work together to develop a system that actually improves access to health care. But Republican lawmakers have blocked debate on the proposals. 

We believe it’s time to make health care affordable and accessible.  But we can’t do it without your help. Can you take a minute and sign this petition?  We need Iowans to weigh in and help build pressure at the Capitol.  It’s the only way we can force Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers.  Please sign and share with your friends and family.

Sign Petition To End Medicaid Privatization. Every Iowan’s name should be on this petition!

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.

Bad Ideas from GOP Lawmakers
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
SJR 21 Constitutional Amendment banning abortion in all cases Senate Floor Contact your lawmaker
SF 523 Personhood bill House Human Resources, Passed Senate Contact your lawmaker
SF 237/HF 503 Politicize judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint all judges Passed Senate, House Floor Contact your lawmaker
SF 508 Religious exemptions, license to discriminate (similar to North Carolina) Senate Floor
SF 547 Vouchers for private schools/home schools Senate Floor
HF 636 Allows concealed weapons in weapon free zones, courthouses, and public/private workplaces House Floor
SF 588 Reinstates the death penalty Senate Floor
SF 307/HF 438 Repeal the state inheritance tax House Ways & Means/Senate Floor
SF 575 – HF 692 GOP voter suppression bill Senate Floor
SF 583/HF 669 Sunshine tax, end solar energy industry in Iowa Passed Senate; House Floor Contact your lawmaker
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 accommodations for pregnancy/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
Signed In to Law
HF 306 Low funding for public schools Passed House and Senate; Signed by Governor
SJR 18 Eliminates Background Checks; allows guns on college campuses, state fairgrounds, school buses Passed House & Senate; Must approved by Legislature in 2021-2022 to put to people for a vote

Let’s be honest, the only bills that have a chance of passing are that batch of bad bills from the Republican Party. All are onerous, but the particularly onerous are:

  1. The voter suppression bill aimed directly at Johnson and Story Counties. They may as well have named it the suppress the votes in the University counties bill. (Now HF 692 I believe)
  1. The personhood bill (SF 523)
  1. The overhaul of the judicial appointment process (SF 237 HF 503) 
  1. The tax aimed at solar energy, to help out one special utility interest and delay switching to renewables (SF 583 HF 669). Talk about working for special interests!

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