***   Funnel: Legislature’s First Deadline is This Week ***

Funnel Week: The First Deadline

This week is the first deadline to winnow the number of bills that are still eligible for debate this session. In order to remain eligible this year, a bill must be approved by a committee in the House or Senate. That means there will be heavy subcommittee and committee work at the State Capitol all week long.  There are a lot of bills to keep track of this week so check the full list of bills below to see what you can do to help.

GOP’s War on Women’s Health Care

Republicans have authored yet another bill that tells women what to do with their own bodies. This latest version (SSB 3143) would ban nearly all safe, legal abortions by making it a felony to terminate a pregnancy the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected – before many women even know they are pregnant.

The first subcommittee is tonight at 5 pm at the State Capitol.  If you can’t make it to the Capitol in person, please email the lead Republican on the bill Sen. Brad Zaun at brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov or leave him a message at 515-281-3371.

Private School Vouchers Are Back Again

After shortchanging our public schools for the last eight years, the GOP is working on a bill this week to create a private school voucher program that would drain money away from public schools across Iowa.  Their plan would hit rural areas especially hard and would be a disaster for public schools.

The first meeting on this bill is Tuesday, February 13th at 11 am at the State Capitol.  If you can’t attend in person, please contact your own State Representative and the Republican Chair of the House Education Committee Walt Rogers and tell him no private school vouchers in Iowa.  Email him at walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov or call 515-281-3221.

Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
SF 2115/ SF2109/ HSB651 Voucher program to divert $200 million from public schools to homeschools/ private schools House Subcommittee Meeting on 2/13 at 11 AM; Senate Ways & Means Contact Subcommittee Members (515-281-3221) orwalt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov (R); skyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.gov(R); megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov (R);mary.mascher@legis.iowa.gov (D); amy.nielsen@legis.iowa.gov
SSB 3143 Makes it a felony to perform abortion if fetal heartbeat detected Senate Subcommittee on 2/12 at 5 pm Contact Sen. Brad Zaun at brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov
HF 2230/SF2164 GOP school funding at 1% (State Supplemental Aid or SSA) Passed House, Senate Floor Email or Call your Senator & Representative
SF 2117 GOP deappropriations includes cuts to higher education, human services, skilled worker training fund Senate Floor; House Appropriations Email or Call your Representative
HSB 632 Gov’s bill to remove reporting and oversight from Medicaid Privatization House Human Resources Committee
SF 2058/HF 2104 End Medicaid privatization Senate Human Resources; House Human Resources Sign the petition to End Privatization
HF 2031 Adds Bible literacy class to Iowa public schools House Education Committee Contact Subcommittee Members (515-281-3221) orskyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.go (R);sandy.salmon@legis.iowa.gov (R);mary.mascher@legis.iowa.gov (D)
SF 481 Ban Sanctuary Cities House Public Safety Committee Contact Subcommittee Members (515-281-3221) orsteven.holt@legis.iowa.gov (R); greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov(R); wes.breckenridge@legis.iowa.gov (D)
HF 2234 Shortens foreclosure timeline; makes it more difficult for people to stay in their homes House Calendar
HF 2164 Removes gender identity protections from Iowa Civil Rights Code House Judiciary Committee
SSB 3078 Eliminate energy efficiency programs at Iowa utilities Senate Ways and Means Committee
HSB 595/SSB 3093 Deregulates electricity companies; discriminates against Iowans using solar energy or other renewable energy options House Commerce Committee Contact gary.carlson@legis.iowa.gov (R) and Commerce Chairpeter.cownie@legis.iowa.gov (R) (515-281-3221)
SF 2154/HF 2209 Religious exemptions, license to discriminate (similar to North Carolina) House Judiciary; Senate State Government
HF 2146 Allows guns in county courthouses Approved by House Judiciary, 12-8; House Calendar
HF 2036 Make Iowa Supreme Court Justices part-time and pay them the same as lawmakers House Judiciary Committee
SF 2081 Ends state property tax backfill for local governments, reduces police/fire services & shifts tax burden to property taxes Senate Appropriations Committee
SF 2107 Requires Senate GOP to pay for $1.75 million sexual harassment suit instead of taxpayers Senate Labor & Business Relations Comittee
SF 475 Directs more state money to out-of-state, for-profit online k-12 schools Approved by Senate; House Floor
HF 2017 Eliminate the Iowa Dept. of Public Health House State Government Committee
HF 2163/SF 253 Personhood bill: Life begins at conception; bans common forms of birth control and prohibits abortion in cases or rape/incest/health of mother House Human Resources/Senate Judiciary Committees
HSB 138 End licensing for occupations like social work, mental health counselors, respiratory therapists House State Government Committee
SF 335 Reinstate the death penalty Senate Judiciary Committee
HSB 569 Brings back death penalty to Iowa Public Safety Committee — Did not have enough votes to make it out of subcommittee
SF 288 Political discrimination for university faculty Senate Education Committee
SF 26 Intimidate abortion providers in an effort to limit health care choices for women Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 45 Ends retirement security for public employees, including teachers, fire fighters, and police officers (IPERS, POR & 411) Senate State Government Committee
SF 54 Defines abortion as murder, even in cases of rape or incest Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 2043 Eliminate inheritance tax Senate Ways and Means Committee
HJR 13 Put new gun protections in Iowa Constitution; likely eliminates all gun laws House Judiciary Committee
SF 108 End ban on machine guns Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 41 Eliminates tenure system at Iowa’s state universities and community colleges Senate Education Committee

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