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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 20, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkTAKE ACTION NOWThere’s still time to encourage legislators to help parents with adoption expenses. Last week the Iowa House passed House File 2468 by a vote of 95-1. The bill provides a refundable tax credit of $2,500 for adoptions. It will help make adoptions more affordable for parents, as agency fees can start at $12,000 and go up from there. The credit would also assist birth mothers because adoption agencies and adoptive parents help pay for…See More
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 20, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkTAKE ACTION NOWThere’s still time to encourage legislators to help parents with adoption expenses. Last week the Iowa House passed House File 2468 by a vote of 95-1. The bill provides a refundable tax credit of $2,500 for adoptions. It will help make adoptions more affordable for parents, as agency fees can start at $12,000 and go up from there. The credit would also assist birth mothers because adoption agencies and adoptive parents help pay for…See More
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 13, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkAs the legislative session enters its final weeks the Iowa Catholic Conference is engaged on several issues.Good news: the bill tweaking Iowa’s law against human trafficking is headed to the governor for his signature. Last Tuesday the House accepted the Senate's changes to Senate File 2311. The bill creates a fund for victims and allows county attorneys to refer prostitutes who are juveniles to the Department of Human Services as a "child in need…See More
Apr 13
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 6, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkBudget bills are being considered in both chambers of the Iowa Legislature and that’s usually a sign that the end of the session is not too far away. In news regarding our current action alerts:The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the $986 million budget bill for the state Department of Education and the state universities. Senate File 2347 contains a $50,000 increase for…See More
Apr 7
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Mar 30
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, New Action Alert

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkNEW ACTION ALERTWe have posted a new action alert in support of a pilot program to assist refugees who have been placed in Iowa. Senate File 2270 would allocate about $2.2 million to help community organizations train refugees to assist other refugees in getting a job, food, clothing, shelter, English language training, etc. The U.S. government provides transitional assistance only during the first 90 days refugees are here. Catholic Charities is…See More
Mar 30
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 23, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkTAKE ACTIONIf you haven’t yet done so, please consider contacting your legislators about funding for nonpublic school students. We’re asking for your help with two requests in the education area: textbooks and technology, and transportation.Click here to go directly to the action alert on this issue. Thanks for your assistance.NEWS FROM THE STATE CAPITOLLegislators are now…See More
Mar 23
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Iowa Catholic Conference Second "Funnel" Deadline Update, March 16, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkFriday was the second “funnel” deadline at the legislature. Non-money bills in the Iowa Legislature were required to have passed one chamber and passed by a committee in the other chamber to remain eligible. Several issues we have been working on are no longer eligible for consideration. They include:Prohibit “webcam” abortions - bill to prohibit this type of abortion procedure had passed the Iowa House but wasn’t addressed in the Iowa Senate.…See More
Mar 16
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 9, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkHere’s the news from last week …The two parties have agreed on total General Fund spending of $6.92 billion for the 2015 fiscal year, about a seven percent increase compared to this year. Now the discussions will begin on exactly how to allocate this amount among the various state departments. This is the earliest I can remember that the two parties have agreed to a total budget number. I think it’s an indication the leaders intend to end the…See More
Mar 9
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New action alerts from Iowa Catholic Conference, March 2, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkTAKE ACTION TODAYWe encourage you to contact your legislator today on three issues of concern. For a sample message to your legislator and background information on the issues go to our Action Center. It can be reached through our website and Facebook page by clicking on “Action Center”…See More
Mar 2
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Iowa Catholic Conference report on the first legislative deadline

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkFriday was the deadline for non-budget or tax bills in the legislature to win committee approval. Unfortunately, some key items didn’t make the cut. For example, the Education Savings Account bills in the House and Senate did not advance. As you recall, the bills would provide that the state deposit about $5,600 annually into a savings account for nonpublic school or homeschool students to help pay for tuition and other educational expenses.How…See More
Feb 24
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Iowa Catholic Conference funnel week update

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkLast minute reminder – the annual Rally for Life is tomorrow (Monday). The event begins at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church in Des Moines and continues at 3 p.m. at the state capitol. If you can attend just one or the other location, that’s fine. The keynote speaker is Wesley Smith, one of America's leading experts in the area of bioethics. The focus will be on assisted suicide and end of life issues. For more information see the flier on our website…See More
Feb 16
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 9, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkThanks for the great response to the action alert we sent you last week. It is very much appreciated! If you haven’t had a chance to send a message to your legislator in support of an increase in the minimum wage, Educational Savings Accounts, or a ban on “webcam” abortions, go to our Action Center at www.iowacatholicconference.org.Hopefully we’ll…See More
Feb 10
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Please contact your legislators today

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkWe have just put three legislative alerts on our website. We would appreciate you visiting our Action Center at www.iowacatholicconference.org to send your state legislator a message in support of each of these issues. House File 2090 advanced out of a House subcommittee yesterday. It creates Education Savings Accounts for nonpublic school parents.…See More
Feb 6
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 3, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkAs expected, several bills of interest to the Catholic Conference were introduced last week. Typically we send out an action alert when a bill really needs a push one way or the other, but you don’t have to wait for us. You can always get contact information for your legislator by clicking “Action Center” at www.iowacatholicconference.org. You can also leave a message for him or her at the…See More
Feb 3
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Jan. 26, 2014

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative NetworkThe Iowa legislature was in session for only two days last week - but I think the pace is going to pick up substantially moving forward.One of the seven core principles of Catholic Social Teaching as identified by the U.S. bishops is “care for creation.” Two bills related to this principle were introduced last week, House File 2028, and House File 2029. The Iowa Catholic Conference is monitoring HF 2028, which would put into place a moratorium on…See More
Jan 26

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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 20, 2014

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 6:59pm 0 Comments

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

TAKE ACTION NOW

There’s still time to encourage legislators to help parents with adoption expenses. Last week the Iowa House passed House File 2468 by a vote of 95-1. The bill provides a refundable tax credit of $2,500 for adoptions. It will help make adoptions more affordable for parents, as agency fees can start at $12,000 and go up from there. The credit would also assist birth mothers because adoption agencies and…

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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 13, 2014

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

As the legislative session enters its final weeks the Iowa Catholic Conference is engaged on several issues.

Good news: the bill tweaking Iowa’s law against human trafficking is headed to the governor for his signature. Last Tuesday the House accepted the Senate's changes to Senate File 2311. The bill creates a fund for victims and allows county attorneys to refer prostitutes who are juveniles to the Department of Human…

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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 6, 2014

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 4:14pm 0 Comments

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

Budget bills are being considered in both chambers of the Iowa Legislature and that’s usually a sign that the end of the session is not too far away. 

In news regarding our current action alerts:

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the $986 million budget bill for the state Department of Education and the state universities. Senate File 2347 contains a…
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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, New Action Alert

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 11:18am 0 Comments

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

NEW ACTION ALERT

We have posted a new action alert in support of a pilot program to assist refugees who have been placed in Iowa. Senate File 2270 would allocate about $2.2 million to help community organizations train refugees to assist other refugees in getting a job, food, clothing, shelter, English language training, etc. The U.S. government provides transitional assistance only during the first 90 days refugees are here.…

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