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Iowa State Senators: “Grassley Should Start Listening to Iowans”

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The Des Moines Register:

“The will of Iowans and the rest of America is marching steadily toward reform.”

The following is a guest opinion on health care reform by State Senators Jack Hatch and Joe Bolkcom that appeared in Saturday’s Des Moines Register. [I encountered it as a reprint at Blog for Iowa – Monte]

As we head into August, a few Washington lawmakers are standing in the way of health-care reform that America desperately needs. While patients are denied crucial treatment and families go bankrupt from medical bills, Sen. Charles Grassley and a cadre of his Senate colleagues have provoked a stir by steadfastly refusing to support the most essential piece of President Barack Obama’s proposal: a public health-insurance option. We think it’s time for Grassley to start listening to Iowans and work with the president for real health-care reform.

A public health-insurance option would introduce much needed competition into the health-insurance market, extending quality care to as many as 300,000 Iowans, while providing incentives to insurance companies to offer their current customers a better deal. Unfortunately, in a July 30 Des Moines Register editorial, Grassley said he opposes giving Americans the choice of a public option “because it is a pathway to a completely government-run system.” Read the rest of this entry »

Iowa tightens up on factory-farm water polluters

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Good news from Blog for Iowa: A renewed and extended anti-pollution bill bans spreading of liquid manure on frozen and snow-covered ground over a longer part of the year than ever before.  The bill has passed the Iowa House and is expected to pass unchanged in the Senate.
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Victory for Clean Water!  Iowa House Passes Bill Extending Ban on Manure Application

Due to widespread pressure from members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) and other environmental groups from all across the state, the Iowa House passed SF 432 with strong amendments today. This bill will ban the application of factory farm liquid manure on snow-covered ground during the winter months [extending the ban to start December 21, vs. February 1 in the original version] and bans application on frozen ground between Feb. 1 and April 1.

In the past few years, Iowa has nearly doubled the number of waterways on the impaired waterways list and … the United States Geological Survey pointed to Iowa as one of the leading contributors to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

The bill also requires the DNR to give progress reports to the appropriate legislative committees on the impact on Iowa’s water quality. The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass as is

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Our beautiful state has become the sewer of the midwest.  There’s a long ways to go before we Iowans can hold our heads up downstream, but this is an important and hopeful development.

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