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It’s been a whirlwind of a month on the immigration front – both at the local and state level. Here’s a quick update on legislation and the growing resistance. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: HF 265 – the ‘You’re Not Welcome Here’ bill that we originally sounded the alarm on is dead. But Republicans have introduced an even worse anti-immigrant bill – SF 481. This bill takes the hateful rhetoric of HF 265 and beefs it up with concrete action steps. It: Cuts funding for local or state entities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies Deputizes local law enforcement officers as temporary federal immigration agents – a measure several law enforcement agencies have rejected Promotes the use of racial profiling Encourages people to file complaints against public entities like universities or law enforcement agencies they think aren’t complying SF 481 was introduced, passed through a subcommittee and full committee in less...read more
Today, the Senate State Government committee passed HF295, the bad preemption bill that will lower the minimum wage for nearly 100,000 Iowans and gut local control on minimum wage and other employment matters.
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Over 400 of you showed up to make your voices heard and hundreds more submitted comments online for yesterday's (3/6/17) public hearings on three bad bills. Read more and see the press coverage...read more
A list of bills - both good and bad - that did not survive the first legislative funnel.read more
Republicans at the Statehouse are carrying water for big-moneyed corporate special interests at our expense. We’ve seen attacks on our water, our wages, and our healthcare. We’ve seen attacks on women, immigrants, and people of color.
The good news is that some of these attacks didn’t make it through the “first funnel,” which means they are no longer eligible for debate this year. We now have a clearer picture of the biggest threats that we’re facing.
Three public hearings have been scheduled on big-deal, important issues that directly impact everyday Iowans – and we need you there to weigh in. These bills affect all of us – workers, voters and our environment.read more
Secretary of State, Paul Pate and Iowa Republicans are set out to make voting harder for everyday Iowans. Here's why "Voter ID" is a bad idea.read more
Nearly 170 people packed the CCI office to join the clean water fightback! Des Moines Water Works Director Bill Stowe and DMWW board members Graham Gillette and Mark Wallace gave us the low-down on what the legislature is attempting to do with two bad bills in the House and the Senate that would dismantle the DMWW and distribute $270 million of assets to surrounding customers.read more
House Republicans introduced a big omnibus gun bill this week, HSB 133. While there are many concerns with the bill, our biggest concern is the provisions in this bill that would effectively make Iowa a “Stand Your Ground” state - a measure with clear racial bias that makes our communities less safe.read more
As legislative forums and direct actions continue to stay hot across the state, we’ve been getting more and more questions on how to live-stream these events. Check out this quick how-to-live stream tutorial to learn everything you need to know on how to utilize this insanely effective tool!read more