Each week, the Capitol Team will sit down and review the previous week and give you a “head’s up” of what to watch for in the coming week.
Here is week #1:
On Monday, Jan. 13th, the Iowa Legislature convened the 2nd Session of the 85th General Assembly (GA). Remember, Iowa Senators and Representatives are in Sessions comprised of two years. This year, 2014, is the second year of the GA. All legislation filed last year, but not passed, is automatically eligible for consideration this year. Of course this all changes after the November 2014 elections, when the brand new 86th General Assembly will be seated.
This first week of the Session was marked by speeches from all legislative leaders, the Governor, and the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. They each outlined their priorities for the new year. As priorities go, they were mostly “safe” initiatives.
The Governor talked about jobs for veterans, expanding broadband (high speed internet) access for more Iowans, and job growth. The Speaker of the House, Republican Kraig Paulsen, wants a shorter Session and reduced income taxes. Democrat leaders want more money for schools and pre-schools, and to raise the minimum wage.
We did not hear any mention of marriage or life. It is quite remarkable that two issues so fundamental to the overall well-being of Iowans received no public mention in the opening days of the Iowa Legislature.
The FAMiLY LEADER Capitol team will continue encouraging legislators to strengthen marriage laws, and move legislation that will protect life from conception to natural death.
In coming weeks, we will ask you to help us, in part by contacting members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote for the Iowa Marriage Amendment HJR 11, sponsored by 35 House Republicans and 0 Democrats.
In addition to marriage and life, we will be working hard to help Iowa avoid the damage that Common Core threatens. This is a national effort to indoctrinate Iowa children with liberal propaganda, while exposing their personal information to government manipulation.
Also, religious liberty is under attack in Iowa, and we will be working with key legislators to protect Iowans’ rights of conscience. In fact, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, Joel Oster, will be coming to Iowa Jan. 28th to speak with activists and legislators at our Annual TFL statehouse Rally, about the threats we face and what must be done to protect religious liberty.
On a VERY positive note, the weekly Tuesday Noon prayer meeting in Room 304 was powerful, and the weekly Thursday 7:30 AM Bible study in Room 103 had a big turnout and great testimonials. Several pastors came the Capitol this week, and plans are being made for several HUNDRED pastor visits this Session!!
While planning and discussing the 2014 Legislative Session at the Iowa Capitol, we were asked, “What does revival look like in the Iowa Legislature?” Here’s our answers:
There is much work to be done, and we appreciate the support we receive from people like you all across Iowa. Please join us on the 28th, and/or whenever you can make it to the Capitol. Call us–we’d be happy to try to help make your visit productive and enjoyable!
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