The Iowa legislative session ended Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. after pulling an all-nighter. Here are a few updates from the past week:
The Senate passed Senate File 471 and sent it to the governor. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a serious physical health emergency. The bill also contains a three-day waiting period before an abortion. We have been working on this bill since 2011 and it is the…Continue
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By a vote of 55-41, the ban passed the House April 5. The legislation also enacted a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion could be performed.Pro-life supporters are praising the Iowa House of Representatives on passing legislation that bans almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Now the ban has passed the final hurdle at the Iowa Senate and is on its way to the Governors desk. This marks the biggest victory to the pro-life movement since Roe v…Continue
Although the state legislature may be moving towards adjournment in the next week or two, there are still several issues where your input can make a difference.
Thanks for your contacts last week with legislators in support of mental health funding reform. House Study Bill 194 passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. If you haven’t sent a message yet, your help would be appreciated in bringing this issue to the attention of legislators. For background information…Continue
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Inspirational. Informational. A must read/see for ALL Knights of Columbus and ALL people of good will.
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Just about ten days ago I was honored to join our worthy state deputy Jon Aldrich, our worthy state warden Paul Lee, and our state worthy membership director Michael Gaspers, in addition to about a dozen other knights, at an event in Des Moines. We joined a consortium of over thirty pro-life and respect life organizations at the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol.
In the center of the capitol rotunda was a large baby crib. In it were hundreds of baby shoes, each shoe representing a…Continue
To review a complete recap of the 2017 Iowa Knights of Columbus State Convention, please click on the link below-…Continue
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First things first – we pray you have a blessed Holy Week!
On to the news …
Senate File 471, the bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, passed the House with an amendment last week by a vote of 55-41 and returns to the Senate. The bill corrects the deficiencies we saw in the House and adds a 72-hour informed consent period before an abortion takes place. If the Senate agrees, the bill goes to the governor.
There was some confusion on social…Continue
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Announcing the winners of our third quarter (Jan-Feb-Mar 2017) proposer's challenge.
Recall the contest rules:
How - to be Eligible: Submit completed, signed form 100 with proposer name
Each Quarter the 5 highest recruiters (minimum of two (2) new members to qualify) will receive cash Prizes in the following denominations:
The second legislative “funnel” deadline was on Friday. Other than budget and tax bills, legislation was required to have passed one chamber and through a committee in the other chamber to remain eligible. Keep in mind nothing is totally dead until the session is over.
Senate File 471 advanced out of the House Human Resources Committee last Wednesday night. The committee fixed the problems we saw in the Senate version of the bill. We will be working to see if we can get…Continue
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A very dear friend, Father Michael Phillips (a 4th degree Sir Knight) will be undergoing triple bypass surgery this coming Thursday 03-30-17. He is handling it fairly well, but is asking for (and deserving of) many prayers. Please keep him in your prayers on Thursday and the coming weeks as he recovers.
Your brother in Christ,
Iowa Knights of Columbus
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Appropriations bills for state departments are being introduced at the legislature, which is usually a sign that the session is heading into its last month or so.
A bill outlawing trafficking in fetal body parts, Senate File 359, passed the Iowa Senate last week by a vote of 43-6. The bill moved to the House for possible consideration. This bill would allow the use of tissue procured from morally-licit sources.
Senate File 471, a bill to restrict abortions after…Continue
Candidates declare themselves for state elected office
Part of the 116th Annual Meeting of the Iowa State Council, Knights of Columbus will be the election of the state officers for the 2017-2018 fraternal year.
Click on the name of the candidates below to read their nomination documents. …Continue
A presentation on “Human Trafficking” will be given by Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx and Mariana Vega from “Friends of the Family Services” on April 10, 2017. Topics will include: definitions of human trafficking, warning signs of trafficking, who is involved (traffickers, victims, buyers) and the services provided by Friends of the Family for those who are victims. High school age and older are invited to attend, especially parents.
The Iowa Knights of Columbus have announced the winners for some of the numerous awards presented every year at their annual State Convention. The 2017 State Convention of the Iowa Knights of Columbus will be held April 7-9, 2017 at the Grand River Center in…Continue
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The 2017 State Convention and Annual Meeting of the Iowa State Council, Knights of Columbus is rapidly approaching. We will gathering April 7-9 on the banks of the Mississippi River in historic Dubuque, the birthplace of Iowa and home of the first Knights of Columbus Council 510.
The Executive Committee recently met and considered the…Continue
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