Legislative Report, Week #16 — the last weekly video
Watch the video!
Rep. Tom Shaw’s comments are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPY0ik-D1Eo&feature=share
We were unable to locate a video of Senator Nancy Boettger’s comments, our apologies.
Last week, our Capitol team worked with Legislators to finish the Session strong (though tired! ). We continued to encourage, advise, lobby, and watch for last-minute shenanigans, as the Session wound down toward dawn on Thursday morning, after going nearly around the clock.
Rather than end with a whimper, stalwart pro-lifer Tom Shaw ended his legislative career with a bang, speaking passionately on behalf of the unborn during the last night of Session. You can hear him give his retirement speech below:
Brief summary of Session
The good news included: an individual who works at the Capitol, and who we’ve befriended, praying to accept Christ as his Savior a couple weeks ago (PtL!!); the strongest spiritual presence at the Capitol in at least 24 years, including hundreds of pastor visits, numerous bold Christian legislators, growing prayer meetings (in depth and in numbers), and lots of personal witnessing and discipleship; an adoption tax credit; and tougher penalties for human traffickers.
Not passed, among other good bills, were the Iowa Marriage Amendment, Personhood legislation, and protecting religious liberties for business owners and students. Tax money still goes to abortionists like Planned Parenthood. And in our opinion, the Legislature and the lobby are still predominately populated by those who don’t express or obey a consistent Biblical worldview.
US Senate Family Forum
Thanks to all of you who filled the Faith Baptist Bible College auditorium Friday night to hear US Senate candidates share their faith and worldviews, as they apply to the high office they seek. If you missed it, or want to review their answers again, you can access it here.
Don’t forget to vote in the June 3 Primary Elections! This is where a few God-fearing voters can make a big difference, because of the low turnout, and because of the excellent Christians who are running. You can vote anytime between now and June 3 by absentee ballot, or by going to the County Auditor’s office. Click here for more information.
Where do we go from here?
Elections matter. Pulpits matter. And people “in the pews” matter. Proverbs 12:24 says “The diligent shall rule.” May all of you who love God and your neighbor remain engaged, get or stay informed, and vote biblically (Ex. 18:21—“Select capable men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate bribes, and set them over 1000s, 100s, 50s, and 10s.”). Then join us at the Capitol in future Sessions to pray for (1 Tim. 2), disciple, and hold accountable those public servants who God allows to govern (Dan. 2:21)!
It has been our honor to serve you. Please stay in touch, and never cease to be salt and light (Mt. 5:13-16)!
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