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GOVERNMENT AND LAW

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Final Version for the June 15 Public Hearing

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Second Version for the May 19 Meeting

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First Version for the May 12 Meeting

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GOVERNMENT AND LAW

Campaigns, Elections, and American Institutions

We support:

  1. Automatic/Same-Day Voter Registration
  2. OCE/RVRA/IRV/RCV
  3. Iowa’s redistricting system used nationwide
  4. absentee/early-voting
  5. mandatory election audits
  6. truth in political advertising
  7. 5-year lobbying ban on Federal/State elected/appointed officials leaving government
  8. paid federal/state election holidays
  9. vote-by-mail
  10. comprehensive congressional-ethics/CEC-reform
  11. mandatory release of state/national candidates tax-returns
  12. [MINORITY REPORT TO STRIKE 11]
  13. [MINORITY REPORT TO REPLACE 11 WITH: “mandatory release of state/national candidates' tax-returns as condition of ballot inclusion”]
  14. Johnson Amendment
  15. Iowa’s judicial merit-selection-system
  16. Iowa constitutional amendment requiring full funding for co-equal judicial-branch
  17. government transparency
  18. publicly funded campaigns/elections
  19. standardizing election poll-supervision, ballot type/tabulation
  20. re-examining [501(c)(4)] political-activity
  21. requiring political activity transparency–including funding
  22. caucus system improvements
  23. [MINORITY REPORT TO STRIKE 22]
  24. open-source software/paper-trailed voting-systems
  25. VOICE/Fair-Elections-Now-Act
  26. limiting campaigning-time
  27. [MINORITY REPORT TO ADD: “campaign/debate processes including third-party candidates”]

We oppose:

  1. Citizens United
  2. superdelegates
  3. [MINORITY REPORT TO STRIKE 29]
  4. corporate personhood
  5. [MINORITY REPORT TO ADD: “Electoral College”]
  6. Super-PACs
  7. official languages
  8. gerrymandering
  9. national constitutional convention

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

We support:

  1. community right to enact laws protecting health/safety of natural persons/environment
  2. repealing 2001 USAPA and 2008 FISAAA
  3. providing tax-credits/employment bonding programs
  4. barring law enforcement officials from sexual activities with suspects/detainees
  5. limiting “cavity searches”
  6. Miranda Rights
  7. separating church and state and returning to pre-1954 pledge of allegiance
  8. fully-funding Iowa Legal Aid
  9. individual/legal entity right to BDS any country/corporation
  10. freedom of speech and press
  11. restoring VRA(1965) entirely
  12. renaming Columbus Day
  13. DC/PR/Guam/Territory right to statehood

We oppose:

  1. RFRA
  2. national ID
  3. warrantless-searches/electronic–drone surveillance
  4. non-church religious-exemptions from anti-discrimination laws
  5. presidential self-pardons
  6. subverting civil-rights

Consumer Protection

We support:

  1. strengthening/expanding/vigorously enforcing anti-trust laws
  2. penalties that deter corporate malfeasance
  3. personal financial responsibility for law-breaking elected officials
  4. government official insider-trading laws
  5. foreclosure safety-net
  6. CFPB: fully-funded independent agency
  7. GDPR-level PII data protection

We oppose:

  1. robocalls
  2. utility deregulation/privatization
  3. limiting court access
  4. “Pork-Barrel” amendments

Criminal Justice

We support:

  1. legalizing cannabis
  2. vacating non-violent drug-offense past sentences
  3. ending war-on-drugs/treating drug-addiction as public health issues
  4. mentally-ill/addicted offender treatment programs
  5. specialty-courts
  6. de-escalation/bias programs/training/improving police-community relations
  7. independent investigations of deaths involving police/corrections
  8. fully-funding/timely rape-kit processing
  9. equitable funding for public defense/prosecution
  10. juvenile sentencing/incarceration reform
  11. citizens’ review boards
  12. HCPA
  13. contemporary Nordic inmate-rehabilitation-model:
    1. rehabilitation not punishment
    2. increasing rehabilitation programs for recently released individuals
    3. inmate minimum wage
    4. restorative justice
    5. incarceration alternatives
  14. EJI
  15. community policing
  16. reforming civil/criminal forfeiture laws
  17. victims’ services
  18. [MINORITY REPORT TO ADD: “legalizing/taxing/regulating all recreational-drugs”]
  19. preventing/identifying/treating human trafficking victims
  20. prosecuting “white-collar” crime
  21. classifying abortion clinics/provider attacks as domestic-terrorism

We oppose:

  1. requiring supreme court super-majorities on constitutional questions
  2. charging defendants for: court-appointed-attorneys/probation/community service/jail-rent
  3. shackles/restraints during childbirth
  4. for-profit jails/prisons
  5. capital punishment
  6. mandatory-minimum sentencing
  7. bail-system abuse
  8. law-enforcement militarization
  9. “Stop-and-Frisk” policies
  10. NDAA indefinite-detention provisions
  11. civil/criminal statutes of limitations on child-abuse/sexual-abuse cases
  12. ex-offender housing-discrimination

Government Services

We support:

  1. prosecuting government officials charged with quid-pro-quo bribery offenses
  2. full-access to ALL public records excepting PII
  3. substantive funding for:
    1. safe/reliable/well-maintained bridges/roadways
    2. secure ports/water supplies/infrastructure
    3. rural county/city (emergency) services
    4. FVPSA/VAWA
    5. Division of Tobacco Use and Control
    6. Public Broadcasting
    7. Art in State Buildings
    8. SHS projects/goals
    9. prisons
  4. USPS Banking
  5. VOCA compensation going to victims
  6. fully-funding/enforcing federal/state mandates
  7. COLAs including medical costs/food/energy
  8. local/international food-aid programs
  9. State Bank of Iowa

We oppose:

  1. eminent-domain for private-profit
  2. nepotism
  3. fast-track congressional voting without public debate
  4. tax-cuts defunding public programs
  5. privatizing/outsourcing government services/assets

Gun Safety

We support:

  1. guardian accountability for minor negligent-gun-access
  2. public/private property gun-free zones
  3. updated version of the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, restricting:
    1. silencers/suppressors
    2. bump-stocks
    3. high-capacity-magazines
    4. fragmentary-rounds
  4. [MINORITY REPORT TO ADD: “updating/amending the 2nd-Amendment”]
  5. mandatory safety/proficiency training
  6. [MINORITY REPORT TO STRIKE 118]
  7. expanding NICS
  8. firearm transfer universal background checks
  9. registration
  10. waiting periods
  11. just-cause Sheriff discretion issuing Concealed-Carry
  12. mandatory liability insurance for gun/ammunition owners/sellers/manufacturers
  13. GVROA(2017)
  14. mandatory reporting lost/stolen firearms
  15. reasonable gun-regulation/responsible gun-ownership
  16. gun buybacks

We oppose:

  1. open-carry
  2. Dickey Amendment
  3. NCCR
  4. private post-1968 firearms transfers without serial numbers

Immigration

We support:

  1. state/federal DREAM/DAPA/DACA/TVDL/UAFA
  2. resolving visas/permanent-residency backlogs/prioritizing family unity
  3. Visa denial/removal judicial review
  4. refugee classifying unaccompanied minors
  5. adult/minor-refugee/asylum-seeker resettlement programs
  6. immigration reform eliminating biases/reflecting skills needs/respecting national security needs/providing quicker-clearly-defined citizenship pathways
  7. undocumented immigrant DL/vehicle registration
  8. expedited vetting Syrian/Yemeni refugees
  9. reinstating Governor Robert D. Ray’s refugee-programs
  10. requiring/funding immigrant/minors/guest workers legal representation
  11. applying fair-labor laws/due-process to all

We oppose:

  1. detaining undocumented minors
  2. immigrant detention/deportation quotas
  3. locally enforcing federal immigration laws
  4. mass raids/related enforcement practices
  5. religious exclusion
  6. “papers please”
  7. unnecessary travel-bans
  8. abrogating birthright-citizenship

Internet and Telecommunications

We support:

  1. publicly-owned/universal HSIA
  2. modernized “Fairness Doctrine”/equal-time rule

We oppose:

  1. internet censorship
  2. warrantless bulk-data collection
  3. cyberbullying
  4. FCC’s “UHF Discount” allowing media monoliths

Taxes and Social Security

We support:

  1. charitable-giving tax-deductions
  2. Veterans Exemption
  3. restoring TIF’s original purpose
  4. “public-assistance” penalties for large employers
  5. fair/just tax-code including progressive-taxation of capital/increasing top-marginal tax-rate

We oppose:

  1. chained CPI
  2. raising retirement age/cutting SS-benefits
  3. taxing: unemployment/workers’-compensation/disability/SS-benefits
  4. refundable corporate tax-credits
  5. corporate tax-loopholes
  6. SS-fund diversion
  7. corporate-welfare

Transportation

We support:

  1. Complete-Streets
  2. crash-prevention engineering
  3. Main Street Iowa
  4. helmet laws
  5. ET3/Hyperloop/High-speed Rail/light-rail feeder-systems
  6. backseat passenger seat-belt law
  7. transportation alternative-energies
  8. rural-transportation expansion

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

BDS – Boycott, Divest, Sanction
CCA - Child Care Assistance
CEC - Citizens Election Council
CFPB - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
CPI – Consumer Price Index
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
DAPA – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans
DC – District of Columbia
DL – Drivers License
DREAM – Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors
EITC - Earned Income Tax Credit
EJI – Equal Justice Initiative
ET3 - Evacuated Tube-Transport-Technologies
FCC - Federal Communications Commission
FICA – Federal Insurance Contributions Act
FISAAA - Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (of 1978) Amendments Act (of 2008)
FJCC – Federal Judicial Code of Conduct
FVPSA – Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation
GIVFAP - Grow Iowa Values Financial Assistance Program
GVROA - Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017
HCPA - Hate Crimes Prevention Act
HSIA - High-Speed Internet Access
ICRC - Iowa Civil Rights Commission
ID - Identification
IOWA - Best State in the United States of America
IRV – Instant Runoff Voting
NCCR - National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
NDAA - National Defense Authorization Act
NICS – National Instant Criminal Background Check System
OCE – Office of Congressional Ethics
PAC - Political Action Committee
PII – Personally Identifiable Information
PR – Puerto Rico
RCV - Ranked Choice Voting
RFRA - Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Robert D Ray - Mythical creature, a Republican that embraced immigration
RVRA – Restoring Voting Rights Act
SCOTUS – Supreme Court of the United States
SHS – State Historical Society
SS – Social Security
TIF – Tax Incremented Financing
TVDL – Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License
UAFA – Uniting American Families Act
UHF - Ultra High Frequency, In this context the name of a rule allowing single-company ownership of TV stations reaching up to 72% of households vs. 39%
USAPA- USA Patriot Act
USPS – United States Postal Service
VAWA – Violence Against Women Act
VOCA – Victims of Crime Act
VOICE – Voter Owned Iowa Clean Election
VRA - Voter Rights Act

 

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