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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 20, 2015

KEEPING AN EYE ON BUDGET BILLS

It looks like the Democrats, who hold the majority in the Iowa Senate, will begin work on budget bills this week. Their proposal would allow for spending from the state’s general fund of about $7.3 billion, the same number as the governor’s budget. The Republican leaders in the House want the state budget to spend no more than about $7.2 billion.

Among the items we are monitoring in the state budget are programs that affect people with low-incomes…

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Added by Tom Chapman on April 19, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - April 10, 2015

State legislators have not been able to come to an agreement on public school funding levels. This has drastically slowed work on the state budget. Typically, a target date for the end of the session is when the reimbursement of daily expenses for legislators ends - this year on May 1. It seems unlikely that the legislature will be finished by May 1 this year.

On Wednesday the Iowa House passed SF 448 and sent the bill to the governor. The Iowa Catholic Conference had opposed a…

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Added by Tom Chapman on April 10, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - April 10, 2015

State legislators have not been able to come to an agreement on public school funding levels. This has drastically slowed work on the state budget. Typically, a target date for the end of the session is when the reimbursement of daily expenses for legislators ends - this year on May 1. It seems unlikely that the legislature will be finished by May 1 this year.

On Wednesday the Iowa House passed SF 448 and sent the bill to the governor. The Iowa Catholic Conference had opposed a…

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Added by Tom Chapman on April 10, 2015 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - second legislative deadline, April 6, 2015

The second legislative deadline was Friday. Only bills that have passed a committee in both chambers remain eligible, except for budget- and tax-related legislation. Several bills of interest to the Iowa Catholic Conference died in the “funnel.” Here’s a list, including our position on the bill:

  • HF 573, requiring an ultrasound procedure before an abortion (For). The bill also called for the mother to have an opportunity to view the ultrasound. HF 573 passed the Iowa House last…
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Added by Tom Chapman on April 6, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - March 30, 2015

Friday is the second “funnel” deadline for non-money related bills to be passed by one chamber and approved by a committee in the other chamber. There’s still time to contact your legislator on some key issues.

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Added by Tom Chapman on March 30, 2015 at 9:04am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 22, 2015

Please send a message to your Senator today in support of House File 573. The bill requires that prior to performing an abortion, a physician must certify that the woman has undergone an ultrasound imaging of the baby and that the woman was given the opportunity to view the ultrasound image.

Abortion is a very difficult and personal issue. It is very important that the mother have access to all relevant information…

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Added by Tom Chapman on March 22, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - March 16, 2015

The Iowa House passed House File 573 last Thursday by a vote of 57-39. The bill requires that prior to performing an abortion, a physician must certify that the woman has undergone an ultrasound imaging of the baby and that the woman was given the opportunity to view the ultrasound image. HF 573 supports an informed consent process for women and would reduce the number of abortions. The bill moves to the Iowa Senate. We’ll have an updated alert soon.

Please…

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Added by Tom Chapman on March 16, 2015 at 9:43am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference, first legislative deadline report, March 7, 2015

Friday was the first “funnel” deadline at the legislature. With exceptions, bills have been voted out of committee by that date to be considered during the rest of the session.

An Education Savings Account bill, House Study Bill 203, did not come up for a vote in the House Education Committee. The chair of the committee chose not to bring it up because of budget concerns. The bill would have provided for Education Savings Accounts starting with kindergarten the first year and adding a…

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Added by Tom Chapman on March 7, 2015 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 1, 2015

Welcome to the new members of our legislative network.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting week at the State Capitol. It’s “funnel” week, where non-money bills in the Iowa Legislature are required to pass a committee no later than Friday to remain eligible for consideration.

It’s time to contact your legislator in support of Education Savings Accounts. A subcommittee meeting is scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday) to consider an ESA bill in the Iowa House. Please encourage your…

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Added by Tom Chapman on March 1, 2015 at 11:48am — No Comments

Contact your legislator now

You may have been waiting for the right opportunity to contact your legislators in support of Education Savings Accounts. Now's the time! Go to https://www.votervoice.net/ICC/campaigns/39022/respond



Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings account set up by the state. This…

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Added by Tom Chapman on February 27, 2015 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 22, 2015

We’re pleased to report that two of our legislative priorities moved forward last week.

House Study Bill 138, regulating payday loans, was introduced last Monday and passed a subcommittee on Thursday. We support the bill. HSB 138 would help customers avoid the debt cycle by allowing them a 90-day period to pay off the debt without repeat borrowing. Now our job is to convince the House Commerce…

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Added by Tom Chapman on February 22, 2015 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 15, 2015

SCHOOL START DATE

You may have been hearing some discussion about a “start date” for Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools. Iowa law requires schools to start no earlier than the week that contains the first day of September. However, for many years the state has allowed schools to get a waiver and pick an earlier date to start school.

Following objections from the tourism industry and the Iowa State Fair, the governor has decided not to allow any waivers. This poses a problem…

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Added by Tom Chapman on February 15, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 8, 2015

LAST WEEK AT THE CAPITOL

The Iowa House Education Committee passed a bill last week to provide additional spending flexibility for community-based preschools, such as Catholic schools, that participate in the state-funded preschool program.  The bill, House File 156, also includes transportation funding provisions to assist public schools. HF 156 is now eligible to be debated on the House floor.

The first subcommittee meeting was held last Thursday for Senate File…

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Added by Tom Chapman on February 8, 2015 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - Feb. 2, 2015

Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week were celebrated across the state last week. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spoke at a school choice event held at the State Historical Building and Gov. Branstad signed proclamations to mark the events.

In addition, staff from the Iowa Catholic Conference was part of a team of speakers discussing Education Savings Accounts at Davenport Assumption High School last Thursday night. There was a great turnout of nearly 100 people at this…

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Added by Tom Chapman on February 2, 2015 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - Jan. 23, 2015

This week is Catholic Schools Week and the Iowa bishops have released a statement in support of Education Savings Accounts. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings account set up by the state. The money could be used for nonpublic school tuition.

“This innovative idea would further level the playing…

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Added by Tom Chapman on January 23, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

First week of the legislative session, Iowa Catholic Conference

The first day of the Iowa legislative session this week offered an opportunity for legislative leaders to talk about their expectations for the session. You can find the highlights on our Facebook page.

Legislators began introducing bills this week. Many have little chance of advancement. As bills start to move we’ll let you know about our priority items.

Iowa is one of only seven states with a “split legislature.”…

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Added by Tom Chapman on January 16, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Legislative Session Preview - Iowa Catholic Conference 01-09-2015

The 86th General Assembly of the Iowa legislature begins this Monday, Jan. 12. Little legislative work typically gets done the first week other than the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees. During the first day legislative leaders address the chambers to talk about their plans for the session. 

Also coming up next week is Governor Branstad’s “Condition of the State” speech to the legislature on Tuesday and Chief Justice Cady’s “State of the Judiciary” address on…

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Added by Tom Chapman on January 9, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Listen to Catholic radio and sign up today for Midwest March for Life, Iowa Institute for Social Action

The staff of the Iowa Catholic Conference is looking forward to being a part of two events later this month to help Catholics inform their consciences and support the life and dignity of the human person. We hope you can join us!

For updates on the events, you can listen in to Iowa Catholic Radio at www.iowacatholicradio.com this Friday, Jan. 9 v. I’m scheduled to be part of the 7:15 a.m. news segment to discuss the upcoming Midwest March…

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Added by Tom Chapman on January 6, 2015 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference newsletter - sign up for March for Life and Iowa Institute for Social Action

As we head toward Christmas, our staff is making preparations for several events in January: the start of the legislative session on Jan. 12, the Midwest March for Life on Jan. 17, and the Iowa Institute for Social Action on Jan. 18-19.

We are working with supporters in the legislature to prepare an Education Savings Accounts (ESA) proposal. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their child in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings…

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Added by Tom Chapman on December 18, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

2014 Iowa Election Recap

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

The status quo has prevailed at the state legislature in Iowa. The Democrats retained a 26-24 majority in the Iowa Senate, while the House Republicans picked up a few seats to increase their majority to 57-43. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) was re-elected. At the federal level, Republicans are in control of the House and Senate.

As for the Iowa Catholic Conference, our focus will continue to be on applying Catholic social teaching to…

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Added by Tom Chapman on November 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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