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CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

Medicaid expansion and the battle of the budget are the two issues that will define the 2013 legislative session, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members announced March 8 - the day of the first legislative funnel that weeds out bills without enough support to continue debate this year.

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Funnel-Proof: Regent Accountability and Transparency Act Passes Senate State Government Committee

Funnel-Proof:  Regent Accountability and Transparency Act Passes Senate State Government Committee

Senator Jeff Danielson’s (D-Waterloo) Regents Accountability and Transparency Act is gaining momentum after it passed out of a state government committee March 7 - passing a key legislative hurdle known as the March 8 legislative funnel. The measure is now eligible for debate on the floor of the Iowa Senate.

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Iowa Senate should reject Craig Lang appointment

Iowa Senate should reject Craig Lang appointment

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members are calling on the Iowa Senate to block Governor Branstad’s nomination of Craig Lang to serve another term as leader of the Board of Regents.

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Anti wage theft bill SF 191 passes subcommittee, must survive funnel

We need stronger legislation that protects our workers from being ripped off by unscrupulous employers. Senator William Dotzler recently introduced Senate File 191 (companion to HF 38), a bill essential to stopping wage theft in our state.

Senate File 191 is essential to stopping wage theft in Iowa, and that is why CCI Action Fund members are working through the legislative session to make sure this bill gets far at the Statehouse this year.

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Our View: Medicaid Expansion Showdown Looms

Our View: Medicaid Expansion Showdown Looms

The Senate Human Resources committee voted this week to pass Senate File 71 out of committee and on to the full Senate, setting the stage for a showdown with Governor Terry Branstad over Medicaid expansion and how to make Iowa the “healthiest state” in the nation.

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One Year After “Ag-Gag”, Senator Joe Seng Again Carries (Polluted) Water For Corporate Ag

One Year After “Ag-Gag”, Senator Joe Seng Again Carries (Polluted) Water For Corporate Ag

New proposal to store manure at abandoned factory farms poses serious environmental risks to Iowa’s water quality.

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“Beat the Funnel” Rally and Lobby Day A Big Success

“Beat the Funnel” Rally and Lobby Day A Big Success

The snow kept dozens of our statewide members away, but more than 18 CCI citizen lobbyists from Ames, Des Moines, Grinnell, Huxley, and Independence still made our February 26 "Beat the Funnel" rally and lobby day a huge success.

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No public notice? Not on our watch!

CCI members' hard work at the Capitol is paying off but we aren’t done yet. A bad water quality bill, House File 311, passed out of the House Environmental Protection but not before 1 of 2 bad sections of the bill were gutted thanks to our work.

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The Earned Income Tax Credit helps working families in Iowa

The Earned Income Tax Credit helps working families in Iowa

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps working families here in Iowa. This session there is a bill, SF 88, to expand the EITC to help even more Iowans.

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Good and bad election bills

Good and bad election bills

At the Capitol last week there were two bills, one making it harder for folks to vote and the other that would open our electoral system to more people. CCI members are fighting to break down barriers for all eligible Iowans to vote.

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