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How your rep voted on the more manure spill bill

House File 2367, the bad bill that would shorten required training time for factory farm manure applicators from three hours per year to two hours per year, has passed the House. How did your Representative vote? (If you don’t know who your Representative is, find them here.) Below are the Representatives that voted NO! (District 35) Ako Abdul-Samad (Disctrict 36) Marti Anderson (District 87) Dennis M. Cohoon (District 32) Ruth Ann Gaines (District 13) Chris Hall (District 82) Curtis Hanson (District 46) Lisa Heddens (District 34) Bruce Hunter (District 100) Chuck Isenhart (District 74) Dave Jacoby (District 61) Anesa Kajtazovic (District 83) Jerry Kearns (District 29) Dan Kelley (District 59) Bob Kressig (District 85) Vicki Lensing (District 68) Daniel Lundby (District 86) Mary Mascher (District 76) Dave Maxwell (District 33) Brian Meyer (District 99) Patrick Murphy (District 41) Jo Oldson (District 31) Rick Olson (District 65) Tyler Olson (District 69) Kirsten...

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Wage thieves should be worried!

Wage thieves should be worried!

The bill that would crack down on wage theft, Senate File 2295, has passed the Senate!

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A majority of Iowans want this

A majority of Iowans want this

Momentum is building for an increase in the minimum wage -- and Iowans are ready to take action.

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HF2367 a colossal waste of time, bad for Iowa water quality

HF2367 a colossal waste of time, bad for Iowa water quality

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members are blasting Iowa House leadership on HF2367 – a factory farm de-regulation bill that would cut manure applicator annual training from 3 hours to 2 hours per year.

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Our take on 2014’s first funnel

As the dust settles from the first funnel, check out the good bills we're pushing and bad bills we're working to stop this legislative session.

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House Ag Should Vote No On Bad Factory Farm De-Regulation Bill

In advance of today’s committee vote on House File 2110, a bill that would reduce the annual training time required of commercial manure applicators, members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) called on legislators to vote against the bill. The committee will discuss and vote on the measure at 4pm today in state capitol room 102.

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Hearing held on Schultz’s voter disenfranchisement shows the need for felon voting restoration

Senator Jeff Danielson and the Senate State Government committee held a hearing today to further investigate why three people were disenfranchised from voting in 2012. CCI Action members attended the hearing to further understand how three Iowans were disenfranchised from voting and to see if Schultz’s office would present any tangible solutions to the problem. “It’s troubling”, said CCI Action organizer Bridget Fagan. “In Secretary Schultz’s witch hunt, he’s disenfranchised eligible voters. It’s his job as chief elections officer to make sure no one is disenfranchised and he hasn’t done his job in that department.” Debbie Bunka, CCI Action Fund member from Ames who also attended the hearing said, “There’s so much confusion out there about who’s eligible and ineligible to vote. Everything I saw today showed me the need to for felon voting rights restoration. And it needs to happen this session.” Senator Dearden also highlighted the need for felon voting...

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Iowa Policy Project’s Frac Sand Mine Report Uses CAFO Case-Studies As Warning, Call For Local Control

Iowa Policy Project’s Frac Sand Mine Report Uses CAFO Case-Studies As Warning, Call For Local Control

Today, the Iowa Policy Project released a report (found here) outlining the negative effects of the controversial practice of frac sand mining, and recommending that authority over the industry be kept at the local level. Pointing to Iowa’s factory farm industry as a case study of the problems that arise when local control of environmentally degrading industries is preempted by state government, the report offers a number of policy proposals, the foremost of which is the retention of local control over the industry.

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Following SOTU, Harkin says to raise the wage

CCI Action member, Nereida Castro, was highlighted in Sen. Harkin’s speech regarding the need to raise the minimum wage. CCI Action members urge State lawmakers to take action now.

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DNR FACT-CHECK: Iowa Has 630 Polluted Waters

DNR FACT-CHECK: Iowa Has 630 Polluted Waters

In a meeting January 28 before the House Environmental Protection Committee, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) incorrectly claimed the state’s polluted waters list is 480 impaired waterways when the real number is much larger and stands at 630 rivers, lakes, and streams.

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