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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

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

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

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 (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

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'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

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

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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