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Legislative Update: March 7, 2015

Mental Health Institute Bill Passes Committee
Senator Rich Taylor’s bill that would prevent the governor from continuing his unilateral process of shutting down Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institutes passed the out of the Senate Human Resources Committee. It was passed by the committee on an 11-0 bipartisan vote. The bill now goes before the full Iowa Senate for consideration.

The bill has been assigned a new bill number: Senate File 402. Please continue to contact your legislators on this issue. You can look up your legislators' contact information here. Please make sure to use personal phones/computers/e-mail accounts and to contact your legislators from non-work locations during non-work hours.

Iowa House Republicans Attack Collective Bargaining
This week, Iowa House Republicans introduced legislation that weakens collective bargaining for teachers and passed the bill (House Study Bill 204) out of committee. This bill makes changes to collective bargaining law for teachers by weakening a long-established and successful collective bargaining process that encourages school districts and teachers to reach voluntary agreements.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 opposes this legislation. We stand in solidarity with Iowa’s teachers and declare that attempts to weaken collective bargaining for any workers are simply not acceptable.

This bill was clearly introduced by Iowa House Republicans to distract from their plan to underfund Iowa’s schools. The Iowa House Republican school funding proposal would lead to layoffs, larger class sizes, and delays in purchases of needed classroom materials.

When contacting your legislators, please tell them you oppose House Study Bill 204 and you support collective bargaining rights and strong funding for Iowa’s schools.

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