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Senator Bolkcom’s comment is part of a discussion following a constituent question. “Who wants school vouchers?” at the Johnson County legislative forum February 25, 2017.
This week’s action alert from Rob Hogg.
This is to let you know about four upcoming events in Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Indianola, and Davenport (see below), but I want to start by asking you to continue to speak up with Republican legislators in Iowa to oppose their damaging and dangerous proposals that hurt workers and our economy, hurt students and our schools, hurt patients and our health care, and really hurt all Iowans and our future.
With your help, we can stop at least some of these proposals in this legislative session, and then take back the majority in 2018 to focus on better jobs, great schools, vibrant communities, access to health care, protecting our natural resources, and fiscal responsibility.
Speak Up For Iowans to Stop The “Dirty Dozen”
The Iowa Senate debate calendar for Monday, March 13, includes two of the “dirty dozen” – bills to circumvent the “Buy American” requirements on road projects (SF184/HF203) and to gut Iowa’s workers compensation system for work-related injuries and disabilities (SF435/HF518). Please contact Republican Senators today and urge them to support Iowa’s workers and vote no on these bills. For contact information for Iowa’s Senators, please visit www.legis.iowa.gov.
We expect other damaging and dangerous bills to come up, perhaps as early as this week. Here are the rest of the “dirty dozen”:
1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SF438) – passed Iowa Senate, now in Iowa House
2. Lower Local Minimum Wages (HF295) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate
3. Government Barriers to Voting (HF516) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate
4. Make Planned Parenthood Ineligible for Medicaid Reimbursement (SF2) – passed Iowa Senate, now in Iowa House
5. Create Religious Exemptions for Boarding School Regulations (SF443) – still in Iowa Senate
6. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms, Other Firearm Changes (HF517) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate
7. Unfunded Mandate on Local Officials to Enforce Immigration Laws (SF481) – still in Iowa Senate
8. End Bottle and Can Deposit Law (HF575) – still in Iowa House
9. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (HF484/SF456) – Has not passed either chamber
10. Restrict Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (HF468/SF447) – Has not passed either chamber
If you keep speaking up, we will be able to stop some or all of these bills.
Here are four events over the course of the rest of the month where I will be working to reach out, listen, educate, organize, and unite Iowans as we come back to take back the majority in 2018.
Sioux City, Friday, March 17
The Woodbury County Democrats are hosting a “meet and greet” with me before the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday, March 17, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Jackson Street Brewery, 607 5th Street, in Sioux City. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
Fort Dodge, Saturday, March 18
I will be joining the Webster County Democrats for their off-year caucus on Saturday, March 18, starting at 10 a.m. at the Noon Lions Den, 731 Exposition Drive, in Fort Dodge. I plan to be there early to visit, so please join me, especially if you live in Calhoun, Pocahontas, Humboldt, and Webster Counties. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
Indianola, Thursday, March 23
I will be joining State Rep. Scott Ourth for a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Greater Iowa Credit Union, 301 E. Scenic Valley Avenue, in Indianola. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
Davenport, Saturday, March 25
The Scott County Democrats are hosting their annual “Red, White & Blue” dinner on Saturday, March 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. It will be held at the Starlight Ballroom, 2815 W. Locust St., in Davenport. I will be there, and hope you can join me. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:
As always, I hope this information is helpful. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. You can reach me at email@example.com for legislative matters, and at firstname.lastname@example.org for political or campaign matters.
Keep speaking up.
Senator Rob Hogg, Senate Democratic Leader
03/10/2017 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM Listening Post – Davenport
Bob Krause says Republican bill intended to slash local government’s ability to set minimum wage laws will also hurt disabled and homeless veterans.
Bob Krause, President of the Iowa-based Veterans National Recovery Center (VNRC), today announced that his organization would oppose House File 295 in its entirety, a bill in the Iowa General Assembly to abolish local civil rights laws and minimum wage laws.
Veterans, especially disabled and low income veterans and their families are directly affected by this bad bill – especially in the area of low income rental housing and minimum wages….Now the sponsor of the bill proposes an amendment to remove the destruction of local civil rights ordinances from the bill. But the alternate language proposed is just as bad for veterans. It blocks local governments from stopping landlords from discriminating against disabled and homeless vets. It does so by preventing local governments from stopping landlords from refusing HUD-VASH payments or HUD Housing Choice Section 8 payments from a prospective renter,” said Krause.
“This is incredibly damaging to homeless veterans and their families. HUD-VASH, especially, is the anchor of the federal program to aid those homeless and near homeless veterans that are down on their luck because of PTSD, war-related injury or unemployment. Veterans make up 8 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 17 percent of the homeless. Restricting an important homeless veteran program like this simply means more homeless veterans for Iowa,” added Krause.
“Another part of HF 295, which kills local minimum wage laws as proposed in this bill, also hurts disabled veterans. 1.5 million Veterans in America live below the poverty line, and in Iowa, the local minimum wage ordinances help them greatly. Nationally, disabled persons unemployment rates are twice as high as non-disabled. Accordingly, many disabled and especially disabled veterans are limited to low wage positions. Although service-connected disabilities often come with a pension, those pensions are often small and in many cases send the disabled vet into poverty. The repeal of local option minimum wage ordinances will negatively impact the disabled veterans and their spouses and caregivers.” concluded Krause.
Joe Stutler, a VNRC Board member and a disabled vet, said that the will of his town of Marion was that protecting veterans and other protected classes is very important. He summed up his argument by referring to the text on the Iowa state flag: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.”
“I was willing to die to preserve these rights, so legislators should ask themselves if they are willing to die to take them away,” Stutler said. “I don’t mean that as a threat, but that’s how valuable those rights are to me.”
This is an action alert for tonight and Tuesday, March 7.
House Republicans have put two of the “dirty dozen” on their debate list for Tuesday, March 7. The bills are:
House File 516 – create government barriers to voting including restrictive identification requirements.
House File 517 – eliminate permit requirements to acquire firearms, allow “shoot first” defense, allow firearms in State Capitol, and other firearm changes.
You can email representatives about these bills and call the House switchboard (515-281-3221) tomorrow.
If you need email contact information, visit www.legis.iowa.gov.
So far, none of the “dirty dozen” are on the Senate daily debate calendar, but please keep speaking up with Senators. They could show up Wednesday. Here is the full “dirty dozen”to help you pick one or more and speak up for Iowans.
1. Gut Workers Compensation System (HF518/SF435)
2. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SF438)
3. Circumvent “Buy American” Requirements on Road Projects (SF184)
4. Lower Local Minimum Wages, Block Local Civil Rights Ordinances (HF295)
5. Government Barriers to Voting (HF516/SSB1163)
6. Make Planned Parenthood Ineligible for Medicaid Reimbursement (SF2)
7. Create Religious Exemption to Boarding School Regulations (SF443)
8. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms, Other Firearm Changes (HF517)
9. Unfunded Mandate on Local Officials to Enforce Immigration Laws (SSB1172)
10. End Bottle and Can Deposit Law (HSB163)
11. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (HF484/SF456)
12. Restrict Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (HF468/SF447)
Thanks for your ongoing advocacy. Keep speaking up!
Information pertaining to the Iowa Legislature as well as the Executive and Judicial branch in as much as they relate to the legislative branch
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Attend a legislative forum in your area.
(2) SUBMIT a comment OR SIGN UP to speak AT a hearing for one of the following bills. This is the last step before going to the full House or Senate floor for a vote. A brief summary of each bill is provided. The link is where you may submit your comment or sign up to speak at the hearings on MONDAY and TUESDAY next week.
– HF 518 – A bill for an act relating to workers’ compensation and including effective date and
applicability provisions. (Formerly HSB 169.)
– HF 516 – A bill for an act relating to the conduct and administration of elections, including
voter registration, absentee voting, voter identity verification, signature verification, polling
place prohibitions, commissioner duties and certifications, voter misconduct information and
reporting, straight party voting, and post-election audits, creating an electronic poll book and
polling place technology revolving loan fund, providing penalties, and including effective date
and applicability provisions. (Formerly HSB 93)
– HF 295 – A bill for an act prohibiting counties and cities from establishing certain regulations
relating to employment matters and the sale or marketing of consumer merchandise, providing
for properly related matters, and including effective date provisions. (MINIMUM WAGE BILL; Formerly HSB 92.)
– HF 484 – A bill for an act relating to the governing of certain water utilities and including
effective date provisions. (DMWW; Formerly HF 316).
Just 2 more days. If we can keep up the pressure on Republicans for that long, their voucher plan will be dead in Iowa. Sign our petition below then call your legislators and tell them NO vouchers!
School vouchers are up next.
That’s according to the special interests who have teamed up with Betsy DeVos and are running the show in Des Moines these days. Republicans have already introduced a bill for them to create vouchers in Iowa, which would shift money from public schools to home schools/private schools instead.
If approved, their plan will take away over $200 million from public schools and the result will be a disaster — school closings, higher class sizes, and fewer opportunities for the 92% of Iowa kids in public schools.
Here in Iowa, we pride ourselves on great public schools and we can STOP this plan from becoming law.
If the voucher bill doesn’t make it out of committee by Friday, March 3 it will be DEAD for the year.
Please sign our petition and then share it with your friends and family.
Together, we can stop vouchers and protect our public schools.
by Molly Regan
It is with great pride and pleasure that I tell you about the swearing in Monday, February 6th of the newest Democrat to the Iowa House of Representatives. My great friend and excellent progressive Democrat MONICA KURTH is from House District 89, part of Davenport and Scott County. There was a vacancy created when former Rep. Jim Lykam won a Senate seat race in December that needed to be filled because of Senator Joe Seng’s passing in September.
This was the fastest campaign I have ever been involved with. Monica was selected as our candidate several days after Sen. Lykam was sworn in. So we only had from January 5th to the 31st to educate the 21,000 potential voters about Monica as well as get as many absentee ballot requests (ABRs) dropped off or sent out and returned. Monica is a retired Scott Community College math teacher and counselor who worked often with at risk students. She has two children and three beautiful grandchildren, so needless to say fully funding education in Iowa is her top priority. Monica went door to door in her district and we volunteers made thousands of calls to get out the vote. It was well worth it.
Of the 2,865 votes cast in the special election, Monica received 2,081 or 72% to her opponent’s 27%. It was a great Democratic victory. 96% of the total votes were ABRs.
Former Governor Martin O’Malley was in contact with Monica the evening of her victory. He had come to Davenport during the campaign to help get the volunteers fired up. Governor O’Malley told Monica she was the first Democrat elected to a major state or federal seat since President Obama left office.
Let this be the first of a multitude of Democratic wins. My hope is that all of you who are discouraged by what is transpiring every day, to find a good progressive Democrat to run for local, state, or federal office then expect to get little sleep in helping them do what we helped Monica do here in Scott County.
Remember what President Obama said. Run for office yourself, pick up a clipboard and get some signatures. One win at a time. This is how we do it.
Molly Regan, Vice Chair, Scott County Democrats
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“Stop the Dirty Dozen” – Speak up this week to stop more harm to Iowans
Today, I am writing to ask you to help us stop a dozen bad bills from advancing out of committee this week. Friday marks the “first funnel” under legislative rules, which is a first procedural hurdle that will stop some legislative proposals for the year. If we can stop these bills this week, it will reduce the damage that could be done later.
The new Republican majority has already done a lot of damage to Iowans, including:
> Major mid-year budget cuts (SF130) that closed correctional facilities and laid off correctional workers, forced court closures, and led the University of Iowa to renege on promised scholarships.
> The third lowest school funding level (1.11%) (SF166) in the history of the school finance formula, after the worst six-year funding stretch in our state’s history.
> Attack on our teachers’ and public workers’ rights to organize and negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and other working conditions (HF291).
Now, there is even more harm coming to Iowans under Republican proposals pending in committee. With your help, we can stop at least some of these proposals in committee this week, and take them off the table for the rest of 2017.
Please speak up with Republican legislators this week on one or more of the following issues by emailing them or calling them at their preferred contact information (available at www.legis.iowa.gov). You can also call and leave messages at the House switchboard (515-281-3221) or the Senate switchboard (515-281-3371).
“The Dirty Dozen” – Help Us Stop These Bad Bills In Committee
1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SSB1145) – This bill would prohibit local governments from using “project labor agreements” or other “pre-qualification” for bidders on building projects, taking away the ability of local government to ensure timely, quality construction. Speak up for qualified workers and local control. Contact the Republican members on the Senate Labor Committee: Jason Schultz (chair), Brad Zaun, Miek Breitbach, Waylon Brown, Jake Chapman, Mark Costello, and Dennis Guth.
2. End Licensing For Occupations (HSB138) – This bill would end licensing for many professional occupations including social workers, mental health counselors, massage therapists, dieticians, funeral home directors, respiratory therapists, and athletic trainers. Speak up for these professionals and the protection of consumers, public health, and public safety. Contact the Republican members of the House State Government Committee: Ken Rizer (chair), Kevin Koester, Rob Bacon, Chip Baltimore, Michael Bergan, Peter Cownie, Lee Hein, Jake Highfill, Bobby Kaufmann, Tom Moore, Dawn Pettengill, Mike Sexton, Ralph Watts, and Louie Zumbach.
3. Government Barriers to Voting (HSB93/SSB1163) – This bill would create new government barriers to voting including photo identification requirements where only few forms of identification would qualify. Speak up for Iowans who do not have the specified forms of identification and should not have to face more government barriers to voting. Contact Republican members of the House State Government Committee (see HSB138 above) and Republican members of the Senate State Government Committee: Roby Smith (chair), Jake Chapman, Bill Anderson, Waylon Brown, Dan Dawson, Randy Feenstra, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, and Brad Zaun.
4. So-Called “Personhood” Bill (SF253) – This bill would ban all abortions and many common forms of birth control. Speak up for individual rights to make personal health decisions and access to birth control to prevent abortion. Contact the Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee: Brad Zaun (chair), Dan Dawson, Jeff Edler, Julian Garrett, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, Tom Shipley, and Amy Sinclair.
5. Partisan Take-Over Of Judicial Nominations (SF327) – This bill would remove attorneys from the judicial nomination process and replace them with all gubernatorial appointments, politicizing the judicial selection process. Contact Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
6. Reinstate Death Penalty (SF335/SF336) – These bills would reinstate the death penalty in Iowa for the first time since 1965. Iowa doesn’t need the death penalty. We have life in prison without the possibility of parole. Encourage legislators to do more instead to resolve unsolved murders (“cold cases”). Contact Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
7. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms (HSB133) – This bill, which has 40 sections over 25 pages, would eliminate the annual permit to acquire a pistol or revolver among many other provisions. Speak up for annual permits, criminal background checks, and public safety. Contact the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee: Chip Baltimore (chair), Jim Carlin, Stan Gustafson, Greg Heartsill, Lee Hein, Ashley Hinson, Megan Jones, Kevin Koester, Andy McKean, Zach Nunn, Ross Paustian, Ken Rizer, and Matt Windschitl.
8. Allowing Firearms on Campus (SF256) – This bill would prohibit our community colleges and universities from limiting the carrying of firearms. Speak up to keep firearms off campus. Contact Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
9. Required Video Cameras in Classrooms (SF294) – This bill would require schools to install video cameras in every classroom, cafeteria, library, and other “student use area” of a school. Speak up against wasteful spending and excessive surveillance. Contact Republican members on the Senate Education Committee: Amy Sinclair (chair), Jeff Edler, Jerry Behn, Mark Chelgren, Tom Greene, Craig Johnson, Tim Kraayenbrink, Mark Lofgren, & Ken Rozenboom.
10. Political Test for University Faculty (SF288) – This bill would subject current and future university faculty to a political test for employment to achieve “political balance.” Speak up against this infringement on personal liberty and in favor of merit-based hiring. Contact Republican members on the Senate Education Committee (see SF294 above).
11. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (SSB1146) – This bill would take away local control over water supply and impose regional and state control. Speak up for local control and against political retribution for clean water advocacy. Contact Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee: Dan Zumbach (chair), Waylon Brown, Mark Costello, Jeff Edler, Tim Kapucian, Ken Rozenboom, Mark Segebart, and Tom Shipley.
12. Restrict Property Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (SSB1144) – This bill would restrict a property owner’s right to bring a nuisance lawsuit against livestock producers. Speak up for property rights, including the right to be free of nuisances. Contact Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee (see SSB1146 above).
I hope this information is helpful to you. Please speak up this week on these and other issues. As always, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader