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Legislative Update for March 13, 2015: A Busy Week for AFSCME Supported Bills.

This week, three important pieces of legislation supported by AFSCME Iowa Council 61 passed the Iowa Senate. All three bills now go to the Iowa House for consideration.

Senate File 333 & Senate File 402– Mental Health Institutes Bills
Senate File 333 would require the Administration to keep open Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institutes through the end of the Fiscal Year so that the legislature could then weigh in on the issue in the next fiscal year’s budget. The bill also contains appropriations for all four mental health institutes.

Senate File 333 passed on a 32-18 vote.

Senate File 402 would also require the Administration to keep Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institutes open through the end of the current fiscal year. The legislation would also require legislative approval for the closure of either institution.

Senate File 402 passed on a 29-19 vote.

Senate File 299 – Community Based Corrections Board Bill
Senate File 299 would add a non-voting AFSCME representative to the boards of Judicial Districts’ Departments of Correctional Services. This will give employees a stronger ability to communicate with their board members. The idea for this bill came from AFSCME Local 3289 member Candace Acord’s AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy project. You can visit Iowa Voices to learn more about the reasons why Candace and others support this legislation.

Senate File 299 passed on a 27-22 vote.

Contact your legislators!
With these three bills heading to the Iowa House, we strongly urge you to contact your State Representative and tell them you support these three bills. You can contact them by phone, by e-mail, or at one of the forums in their district. 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.

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