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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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Take action for the climate and clean energy in Iowa!

The 2020 Iowa legislative session convenes this coming Monday and there is a dangerous bill from last year’s session that will be alive and eligible for debate. Last year, Iowa’s largest utility company, MidAmerican Energy, lobbied for Senate File 583 in the Iowa legislature. SF 583 would impose huge fees on locally-owned renewable energy projects like rooftop and community solar in order to keep more customers buying power from MidAmerican Energy. MidAmerican even formed the REAL Coalition, a secret front group that spent more than a million dollars on ads promoting the bill. While we helped stop SF 583 from passing last year, the legislation will be alive again when the Iowa legislative session starts next week. It’s time for MidAmerican to put people and planet before profit. The privately-owned utility makes more than a half a billion dollars in profit in Iowa every year. We are in a climate emergency, and locally-owned renewable energy...

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Weekly Update: Feb. 22, 2019

What a week! Yesterday, I got to spend the day with 75 clean water fighters at the Capitol. It was great to stand beside so many people, from across the state, to lobby for our shared future.  Our big push of the day was lobbying for House File 203, our factory farm moratorium bill. Together we lobbied over 15 key legislators and held a press rally with two of our bill sponsors and Des Moines Water Works’ Bill Stowe. And, over 100 of you weighed in from home by calling Rep. Dean Fisher (R- Tama Co) asking him to assign HF 203 to a sub-committee. Thank you!  Tuesday was a big day for members in Story County. In the afternoon, we supported Story Co. Supervisor’s appeal of a factory farm permit before the DNR’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). In the evening, 150 of you turned out to a meeting where the Board of Supervisors voted to become the 25th county in the state to pass a resolution calling for changes to how Iowa...

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2017 CCI Action Legislative Reportcard

Find out how your legislators voted on key bills you lobbied on this session.

This will help you identify our allies, as well as legislators who advanced the agenda of corporate power.

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Bills that DID NOT pass the legislative funnel

A list of bills - both good and bad - that did not survive the first legislative funnel.

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