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EXPOSED: State Senator obstructs Iowans’ first amendment rights for personal gain

Iowa CCI Action and Food & Water Action file ethics complaint against Senator Rozenboom for conflict of interest in the recent ag-gag legislation Des Moines, IA — Today, members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action) and Food & Water Action (FWA) filed an ethics complaint against Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) after the Senator abused his authority by sponsoring and strengthening support for an amendment to add ag-gag provisions to Senate File 2413, a COVID-19 response bill. The organizations’ virtual press conference can be found here. On June 5, in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide protests against police violence, the Iowa Senate passed legislation, Senate File 2413, designed to address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic but containing a buried provision that makes trespassing on a “food operation,” such as a factory farm, an aggravated misdemeanor. This will stifle the first amendment rights of...

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Weekly Update: March 8 – First Funnel!

The first funnel frenzy at the Iowa Statehouse has passed.Today marks the deadline when a bill must pass out of at least one committee to be eligible for further debate. That means many of our People and Planet First priorities are technically done for the session. But the week didn’t pass without some big push back.  A bill being backed by the Iowa Farm Bureau – House File 542 and Senate File 548 (formerly Senate Study Bill 1221) – met tough opposition when over 200 everyday folks turned out to pack sub-committee and committee hearings on the bill. These bills would end some of the critical programs that help individuals and local governments move land into conservation. Why is Iowa Farm Bureau pushing this? (Don’t they love tax breaks and voluntary incentives for programs?) The truth is Farm Bureau won’t be happy until every acre in Iowa is being mined for everything it can produce, and programs like these – that support conservation – are a threat...

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BREAKING: Ag Gag law found unconstitutional!

We just heard from our attorneys at the ACLU and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) that a federal judge ruled in our favor – declaring Iowa’s Ag Gag Law unconstitutional! That’s right: the Ag Gag law in Iowa struck down by federal judge. You may remember the two-year campaign we waged against Ag Gag at Iowa’s Statehouse back in 2011-2012. This industry-written bill aimed to silence our voice by: Preventing everyday folks from documenting manure spills, piles of dead hogs, and other possible violations at factory farms via photo and video,Preventing undercover style videos documenting animal abuse in factory farms, andPreventing whistleblowers from exposing unsafe working conditions or other workplace violations at animal ag facilities. The law passed after a GOP House and Democratic Senate compromised. But, thanks to your pressure we gutted much of it including the language outlawing photo and video in...

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Register calls out “Ag Gag” in two great articles.

The Des Moines Register ran two great articles today calling out the "Ag Gag" bill that now goes to Gov. Branstad's desk for what it is: a total industry power grab.

On the front page Jason Clayworth explores the constitutionality of the bill in "Ag gag bill may gag free speech, say legal scholars". And the editorial board chimes in the the excellent "Livestock 'fraud' bill disappointing. How can it be a crime to tell the truth?" Call the Governor today!

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Senate Dems sell Iowa out to factory farm lobby

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Two bad factory farm de-regulation bills on today’s Senate debate calendar.

Corporate Democrats Joe Seng (Davenport) and Jack Kibbie (Emmetsburg) have pushed two bad factory farm bills - Ag Gag and Sow Counting Loopholes (to a debate on the floor today of the Iowa Senate that give away special treatment to big-moneyed corporate ag interest groups like the Iowa Pork Producers and the Iowa Farm Bureau at the expense of everyday people and the environment.

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