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March 24, 2017

UPDATE ON BILL DISMANTLING DES MOINES WATER WORKS
Feel free to watch the video below.

I’m working hard to defeat the bill in the Iowa Senate and will continue to advocate for my constituents and their concerns for this bill.  
 

The legislation introduced by an Iowa House Republican from rural Iowa to dismantle Des Moines Water Works is still alive at the Statehouse. Earlier this week, the majority of the Des Moines City Council voted in favor of the legislation, supporting a bill that puts Des Moines and surrounding communities’ clean drinking water at risk. Clean, safe, affordable and dependable water is important for residents of Des Moines. That’s what I’ve heard. Republicans, Democrats, and from every part of the city and even outside central Iowa have reached out to me expressing their disapproval of this legislation. Last Sunday, I held a public forum at the State Historical Building and invited guest speaker Bill Stowe, CEO and general manager of the Des Moines Water Works. Stowe was able to answer many questions from attendees concerned about their drinking water and what this bill could do to their daily lives. 
 

 

PUNISHING STALKERS CAN KEEP VICTIMS SAFE

Iowa has an average of one domestic violence murder a month. The majority of victims are stalked by their murderer prior to being killed.

That is why my colleague, Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford, wrote legislation to put stalkers behind bars and keep victims safe.

I voted in favor of Senate File 468 , which won unanimous approval in the Iowa Senate on Tuesday. The bill expands the definition of what is considered criminal stalking and prohibits repeatedly using an electronic device to track a person’s whereabouts with no legitimate purpose.

Being stalked radically disrupts a victim’s life. They may be afraid to leave their home. They worry about the safety of their children. They might be forced to find a new job just to evade their stalker—or even worse, they get fired because the stalker disrupts their workplace.

SF 468 is now being considered by the Iowa House. If you also believe stalkers should be punished, contact your state representative and encourage them to vote for this bill. Find their contact information at www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find, then e-mail them, or call and a leave a message at the House switchboard (515-281-3221).


PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORTERS: MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD

There still time to make your voice heard and advocate for public schools. Join Parents for Great Iowa Schools from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, March 27, when they host legislators and superintendents to discuss current public school legislation and its impact on rural and urban school districts.

If you can’t be there in person, participate via Facebook Live on the Parents for Great Iowa Schools Facebook page. Confirmed participants include:

Rep. Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls)
Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City)
Rep. Kevin Koester (R-Ankeny)
Sen. Herman Quirmbach (D-Ames)
Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink (R-Fort Dodge)
Tom Ahart (Des Moines Public Schools)
Dan Maeder (Davis County Community Schools District)
Learn more about Parents for Great Iowa Schools and the key education issues facing Iowa at http://parentsforgreatiowaschools.com.

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