The Iowa Attorney General’s office recently established a new toll-free hotline for adult survivors to report child sexual abuse.
This is an important step to ensure that survivors of child sex abuse get the justice they deserve. Iowans will be safer when we know the truth about sex offenders among us and better understand how to prevent child sex abuse.
You can help by promoting this hotline so that more survivors know that they can seek justice.
I encourage you to distribute information about the hotline — 855-620-7000 – to your employees, stakeholders and clients/customers, and any other Iowans that you connect with. Spread the word via:
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media
- Bulletin boards
- Staff meetings
- Any public meetings
- Public service announcements
Feel free to use the flyer and social media graphic below!
It’s going to take a team effort by religious organizations, nonprofits, governmental agencies, businesses and news media to get the word out. I appreciate anything you can do to ensure more adult survivors of child sexual abuse know there is help and hope.
Flyerabuse hotline flyer
Social media graphic
Iowa Legislature Release
For Immediate Release: June 24, 2019
Medical cannabis veto override is more than halfway to goal
Iowans urged to contact legislators who voted for reforms but have yet to defend their votes
Des Moines, Iowa – Iowans pushing to overturn Governor Reynold’s veto of medical cannabis reforms are more than halfway towards their goal of calling for a special session.
House File 732 would have made substantial improvements to Iowa’s “worst in the nation” medical cannabis law. It was overwhelmingly approved in April by the Iowa House on a vote of 96 to 3 and by the Iowa Senate on a vote of 40 to 7.
A special session to override the veto will be held if two-thirds of the members of the House (67) and two-thirds of the Senate (34) each submit a written request.
As of Monday, June 24, Iowa’s 18 Democratic State Senators and 47 Democratic State Representatives have all either submitted or plan to submit a request for a special session.
It is unclear whether any of the Republicans who voted for the bill–50 in the House and 24 in the Senate–have requested a special session.
“The voices of ordinary Iowans have gotten us this far. They need to keep fighting because that is the only way this mean-spirited veto will be overridden,” said Senator Joe Bolkcom. “I urge every Iowan to encourage Republican legislators to defend their votes for urgently needed Iowa medical cannabis reforms.”
More information about the effort to pass Iowa medical cannabis reform can be found here: http://bit.ly/Override-the-veto
Below is a list of the members of the Iowa House and Senate who voted for Iowa Medical cannabis and who have not yet expressed support for a special session to override the veto.
Sen Waylon Brown, (641)-590-0610, [email protected], St Ansgar
Sen Jake Chapman, (515)-650-3942, [email protected], Adel
Sen Chris Cournoyer, (563)-289-7335, [email protected], LeClaire
Sen Jeff Edler, (641)-751-5902, [email protected], State Center
Sen Thomas A. Greene, (319)-750-6579, [email protected], Burlington
Sen Dennis Guth, (641)-430-0424, [email protected], Klemme
Sen Craig Johnson, (319)-334-2413, [email protected], Independence
Sen Tim L. Kapucian, (319)-334-2413, [email protected], Keystone
Sen Carrie Koelker, (563)-590-5975, [email protected], Dyersville
Sen Tim Kraayenbrink, (515)-408-4770, [email protected], Fort Dodge
Sen Mark S. Lofgren, (563)-272-8683, [email protected], Muscatine
Sen Mariannette Miller-Meeks, (641)-683-7551, [email protected], Ottumwa
Sen Zach Nunn, (515)-519-2246, [email protected], Altoona
Sen Ken Rozenboom, (641)-295-6551, [email protected], Oskaloosa
Sen Charles Schneider, (515)-657-7375, [email protected], West Des Moines
Sen Jason Schultz, (712)-269-2178, [email protected], Schleswig
Sen Mark Segebart, (712)-269-4519, [email protected], Vail
Sen Tom Shipley, (712)-785-3583, [email protected], Nodaway
Sen Amy Sinclair, (641)-870-0199, [email protected], Allerton
Sen Roby Smith, (563)-386-0179, [email protected], Davenport
Sen Annette Sweeney, (641)-373-4899, [email protected], Alden
Sen Jack Whitver, (515)-281-3371, [email protected], Spirit Lake
Sen Brad Zaun, (515)-276-2025, [email protected], Urbandale
Sen Dan Zumbach, (563)-920-5094, [email protected], Ryan
Rep Robert P. Bacon, Not Listed, [email protected], Nevada
Rep Michael R. Bergan, (563)-380-3974, [email protected], Dorchester
Rep Brian Best, (712)-830-1844, [email protected], Glidden
Rep Jacob Bossman, (712)-251-4541, [email protected], Sioux City
Rep Holly Brink, (641)-295-7111, [email protected], Oskaloosa
Rep Gary L. Carlson, (563)-299-7021, [email protected], Muscatine
Rep Dave Deyoe, (515)-382-2352, [email protected], Nevada
Rep Cecil Dolecheck, (641)-464-2913, [email protected], Mount Ayr
Rep Dean Fisher, (641)-750-3594, [email protected], Montour
Rep Joel Fry, (641)-342-1017, [email protected], Osceola
Rep Tedd Gassman, (515)-538-0117, [email protected], Scarville
Rep Thomas D. Gerhold, (319)-361-2950, [email protected], Atkins
Rep Pat Grassley, (319)-214-0351, [email protected], New Hartford
Rep Chris Hagenow, (515)-274-1652, [email protected], Urbandale
Rep Mary Ann Hanusa, (712)-256-5159, [email protected], Council Bluffs
Rep Lee Hein, (319)-480-1997, [email protected], Monticello
Rep Ashley Hinson, Not Listed, [email protected], Marion
Rep Dustin D. Hite, Not Listed, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep Steven Holt, (712)-269-4042, [email protected], Denison
Rep Daniel Adair Huseman, (712)-434-5880, [email protected], Aurelia
Rep Jon Jacobsen, Not Listed, [email protected], Council Bluffs
Rep Tom Jeneary, (712)-539-1275, [email protected], Le Mars
Rep Megan Jones, (515)-991-7337, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep Bobby Kaufmann, Not Listed, [email protected], Wilton
Rep David Kerr, Not Listed, [email protected], Morning Sun
Rep Jarad Klein, Not Listed, [email protected], Keota
Rep John Landon, (515)-249-0348, [email protected], Ankeny
Rep Brian K. Lohse, (515)-519-2347, [email protected], Bondurant
Rep Shannon Lundgren, (515)-428-0809, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep David E. Maxwell, (641)-660-0792, [email protected], Gibson
Rep Ann Meyer, (515)-570-6610, [email protected], Fort Dodge
Rep Joe Mitchell, Not Listed, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep Gary M. Mohr, Not Listed, [email protected], Bettendorf
Rep Norlin G. Mommsen, (563)-357-9826, [email protected], DeWitt
Rep Tom Moore, Not Listed, [email protected], Griswold
Rep Anne Osmundson, (563)-880-8227, [email protected], Volga
Rep Ross C. Paustian, (563)-284-6783, [email protected], Walcott
Rep Sandy Salmon, (319)-987-3021, [email protected], Janesville
Rep Mike Sexton, (712)-830-3960, [email protected], Rockwell City
Rep Jeff Shipley, (319)-432-3108, [email protected], Fairfield
Rep David Sieck, Not Listed, [email protected], Glenwood
Rep Ray Sorensen, (712)-525-0580, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep Phil Thompson, Not Listed, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep Jon Thorup, (641)-891-9357, [email protected], Knoxville
Rep Linda L. Upmeyer, (641)-357-8807, [email protected], Clear Lake
Rep Skyler Wheeler, (712)-441-7444, [email protected], Not Listed
Rep John H. Wills, (712)-330-9492, [email protected], Spirit Lake
Rep Matt W. Windschitl, (712)-642-4334, [email protected], Missouri Valley
Rep Gary Worthan, (712)-732-6340, [email protected], Storm Lake
Rep Louis J. Zumbach, Not Listed, [email protected], Coggon
IOWA SENATE NEWS
June 20, 2019
Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen on new DAS Director appointment
“The biggest job for Governor Reynolds and Jim Kurtenbach in the coming months is to restore taxpayers’ faith in the Department of Administrative Services.
“In a May 29 letter, I encouraged Governor Reynolds to appoint a new Director with the experience and proven track record necessary to write a new chapter. The Department must establish higher expectations than what we’ve seen over the past several years.
“It’s unclear at this time whether she has accomplished that goal with the appointment of Mr. Kurtenbach.
“The Governor and Mr. Kurtenbach will need to explain to Iowans how his background is suitable for this new job. We have seen numerous problems in recent years – multi-million dollar harassment settlements, hush money payments, understaffing that puts at risk the safety of state workers, and unfair bargaining tactics, and biased hiring and procurement practices – that need to be addressed, not ignored.
“Mr. Kurtenbach must explain to Iowans what specific plans he has for addressing those problems and ensuring that all state employees and Iowans are safe and treated with dignity, and that tax dollars are not abused.”
|The May 29 letter from Sen. Petersen to the Governor outlined problems that previous Directors either created or failed to address:• Denied Iowans access to basic public information about the number of harassment complaints in state government and how much taxpayer dollars have been spent to compensate harassment victims.• Taken a restrictive, punitive approach to negotiating contracts with state employees. |
• Put the health and safety of state employees and Iowans at risk through dangerous staff reductions, overtime policies, and other employment practices that were previously protected under collective bargaining.
• Mishandled a sweeping scandal at the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) that included rampant harassment of employees, a failure by IFA staff and DAS staff to address complaints, and pay raises and promotions that were based on cronyism rather than merit.
• Approved secret settlements – described by some as “hush money” – to outgoing state employees.
• Endangered the rights of workers by maintaining a “do-not-hire” list without due process for workers to challenge their inclusion on the list.
• Failed to adequately update and enforce harassment policies in the executive branch.
• Conducted hirings, firings and promotions across state government that appear to be based on political connections rather than qualifications.
Iowa Senate News Release
For Immediate Release: 18 June 2019
Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen
on Governor’s latest statement on departure of DHS Director
“The Governor’s latest statement on the departure of Jerry Foxhoven is as clear as mud.
“If the Governor has been working behind closed doors for nearly six months on a new direction, a new team and a new vision for the Department of Human Services, she needs to back up her rhetoric with positive action. This includes outlining her specific plans to:
- Fix a privatized Medicaid system that is unsustainable, unaffordable and unaccountable.
- Reverse course on policies that decimated the state’s successful family planning network, resulting in more unintended pregnancies, more risky births, more teenage mothers.
- Present a comprehensive plan for adequately funding mental health services for children and adults.
- Stop dangerous practices and procedures at Glenwood, Eldora and other at state-operated facilities.
- Rebuild the child protective safety net instead of putting dangerous holes in it.
- Explain to Iowans why she made the decision to replace Foxhoven (a) when her Administration is in the middle of negotiations with both out-of-state managed care organizations (MCOs) and (b) when hundreds of thousands of Iowans are two weeks away from transitioning to a new MCO.
“Finally, I repeat my call for the Governor to immediately launch a nationwide search for a new Director of the Department of Human Services who is truly committed to watching out for the most vulnerable children and adults in Iowa.
“When then-Director Chuck Palmer resigned in 2017, the Governor posted the opening on the website of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (https://agency.governmentjobs.com/iowa/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=1755326&sharedWindow=0) and that should be her first step to take in 2019.”