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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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We need Medicaid expansion in Iowa

We need Medicaid expansion in Iowa

We've heard from a lot of folks who would directly benefit from Medicaid expansion, and several testified at a Senate subcommittee meeting on the bill earlier in February.

Read our latest on the issue and how everyday Iowans would benefit in our latest post on the A Better Iowa website.

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New bill proposes to crack down on out of control Board of Regents

New bill proposes to crack down on out of control Board of Regents

Senator Jeff Danielson (D-Waterloo) introduced a good bill on February 13 that will bring accountability and transparency back to an Iowa Board of Regents that has been plagued by corporate ag scandal after scandal.

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Fight back against attempts to sweep ethics complaints under the rug

Fight back against attempts to sweep ethics complaints under the rug

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board has proposed legislation that would prevent last summer's "Fire This Man/Take Down Bruce Rastetter" campaign from ever happening again.

This bad bill would weaken public input, oversight, and transparency of state ethics cases by centralizing power in the hands of one person, the board chair, to unilaterally throw out ethics complaints without a public hearing before the full board.

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How House State Government Committee Members Voted on House File 209

How House State Government Committee Members Voted on HSB20

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A mother’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa

A mother’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa

Moving personal testimony given before a packed Iowa Senate subcommittee, by CCI Action member Lou Ann Burkle February 11, 2013 Contact your legislators on this important issue. My name is Lou Ann Burkle. I live …  in Des Moines. [SHOW PICTURE] This is my beautiful, talented and precious daughter. My husband and I adopted our daughter when she was 6 weeks old. Our goal was to give her the best home possible, love her unconditionally, and give her every opportunity to be a whole, loving and productive person, and to be a little sister to our 4 year old daughter at that time. It soon became evident to us that her relational skills were slow in developing. Going to school became a huge anxiety for her. She did not talk in pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. We took videotapes to school to show teachers that she could talk. We sought help and received counseling. At age 6 our daughter was diagnosed with a mental illness known as “Selective Mutism,” an anxiety disorder on...

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Members testify for Medicaid expansion

Members testify for Medicaid expansion

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to direct the state to expand Medicaid to cover struggling Iowans on the margins.

Now it's time for the governor and entire state legislature to do the right thing for Iowan's like LouAnn's daughter and for Holly and Molly and many more that lack basic coverage and access to care.

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Clean Elections Bill Gets First Hearing at Statehouse

Clean Elections Bill Gets First Hearing at Statehouse

Last week, CCI members testified at a subcommittee on the Senate bill, laying out why we support VOICE and rebutting red herrings raised by other lobbyists. The hearing was covered statewide and again on Sunday in the Des Moines Register.

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