T he Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance 
April 6, 2016 Legislative Update
Yesterday was a huge SUCCESS!
HF 2448 passed with bipartisan support.  
A number of board members traveled to the capital to spend time talking with members of the House just prior to the vote.  It was clear that many legislators still had questions or concerns and we believe it was helpful to spend our time bringing important points to their attention.  

We understand that there is still much work that needs to be done with the Senate but right now this is a time to remember how much we have accomplished.  This was our 3rd trip to the Capital and the first time any bill has made it out of committee and to the House floor for debate.  Thank you for the time many of you committed to making last minute phone calls and writing emails.  That effort was also very instrumental in the outcome.

Thank you very much!  We appreciate your continued support and work as we begin our intensive work with the Senate. 

Look for emails, newsletters and postcards with updates and requests for your help to contact members of the Senate. 

Thank you very much!!!
Carolyn Sheridan 
Board of Director President 
On Behalf of The Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance 
Tuesday - April 5th, 2016   
HF 2448 was bought to the House floor for debate and vote. Click here to go to the Iowa Legislature website to read the final bill. 
The final Vote was 63- 33 in favor of the bill. 

Read House Journal of Session
The House Journal also includes a full list of who voted for and against the bill. Please take time to see how your representative voted and follow up with a thank you to those who voted in favor of this important bill. 

Here is a a list of who voted for the bill:
The ayes were, 63 : Bacon, Baudler, Baxter, Bearinger, Best, Branhagen, Byrnes, Carlson, Cownie, Deyoe, Dolecheck, Dunkel, Fisher, Fry, Gassman, Grassley, Gustafson, Hagenow, Hanson, Heartsill, Heaton, Heddens, Hein,Highfill, Holt, Holz, Huseman, Kaufmann, Klein, Koester, Kooiker, Landon, Lensing, Maxwell, Miller, H. Miller, L. Mommsen, Moore, B. Moore, T. Nunn, Olson, Paulsen, Paustian, Pettengill, Rizer, Rogers, Ruff, Salmon, Sands, Sexton, Sheets, Sieck, Stanerson, Stutsman, Taylor, R. Upmeyer, Spkr. Vander Linden, Watts, Wessel-Kroeschell,Wills, Winckler, Worthan, Windschitl 

Here is a list who voted against the bill:
The nays were, 33: Abdul-Samad, Anderson, Bennett, Brown-Powers, Cohoon, Dawson, Forbes, Forristall, Gaines, Gaskill, Hall, Hanusa, Hunter, Isenhart, Jacoby, Jorgensen, Kearns, Kelley, Kressig, Lykam, Mascher, McConkey, Meyer, Oldson, Ourth, Prichard, Running-Marquardt, Smith, Staed, Steckman, Taylor, T. Thede, Wolfe, 
Absent or not voting, 3: Baltimore, Berry, Finkenauer, Under the provision of Rule 76, conflict of interest, Jones of Clay refrained from voting. 

We will keep you updated as the legislative process continues including important talking points.

We now need your help in contacting Senators as this bill now moves to the Senate. 

Let then know HF 2448 was passed and to vote for this bill no matter what form it comes to them in. 

It is very clear that our contacts with Representatives made a significant difference yesterday! 


To call your legislator during session:
Representatives: 515.281.3221
Senators: 515.281.3371
Ask to be transferred to their desk.

To write your legislator during session: 
(Legislator Name)
1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

To email your legislator call the numbers above or visit the Iowa Legislative website: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ 
Representatives: www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/house
Home addresses and phone numbers are available online.   
Or visit our website - Call to Action/Legislation Tab
Please consider contacting other Senators besides the ones in your district.  Not all Senators are aware of the concerns of landowners impacted by the RICL proposed high voltage transmission line. 
To Monitor Activity ONLINE:   Go to the 
Legislature Website:   https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ 
Watch live debate, find information about legislators, lobbyists and committee schedules.
 Visit our website for updated information


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