State House District 36
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What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?
What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?
In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else?
What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?
What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?
I plan to file bills requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women; mandate sick leave for all employees; criminalize dating violence; increase childcare assistance amounts and eligibility; allow adults who were adopted as children access to original birth certificate; ban unfair or discriminatory employment practices based on an employee’s decision for reproductive health; require insurance coverage for contraception prescriptions of three-month or 12-month supplies; increase funds for domestic abuse and sexual abuse programs; prohibit employers from having rules related to hair styles, especially for black and brown women and men (referred to as crown acts).
Allow people to purchase into state Medicaid program. Require insurers allowed to operate in Iowa to cover pre-existing conditions and cover children on parent's policy until age 26. Enforce mental health equity laws.
Reform tax laws so every person, land owner, and corporation pays a fair share towards the costs of operating state government and local government; Eliminate state checks to businesses when their R&D tax credit brings their tax burden to $0; Examine all tax credits to assure the state is benefitting and the credit is accomplishing purpose; Eliminate or reduce corporate tax credits to a level that benefits the state; Increase earned income tax credits for working people earning below 300% of the FPL; Simplify micro-business tax requirements; tax product moving through a pipeline in the state that doesn't deliver product to Iowans; Address Income inequality with a fair tax code that doesn't disproportionately tax medium to low income earner.
Pass a universal background check statute; requirement that owners report all lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement; high risk protection orders (aka red flag orders); prohibition on sales of automatic military firearms to the public; prohibition on sales of automatic firearm magazines larger than 10 rounds; prohibit those convicted of stalking or a hate crime from possession, use, or purchase of firearms; a criminal law against negligent use or storage of a firearm with higher penalties if someone is injured by the firearm; training that includes certification that the person with the permit can safely shoot the firearm; require written childcare policies on firearms notification to parents and the storage of a dangerous weapon.
Prohibit wage discrimination in state contracting; mandatory sentence reform, non-violent offender sentence to community corrections rather than prison, constitutional amendment for crime victim rights; prohibit landlords, employers and employment agencies from seeking the criminal record or criminal history from applicants until a job offer is to be made to the person; Criminal history employment application task force; Edna Griffin statue or monument on the capitol complex grounds; payment of dependent care expenses from campaign funds; Eliminate sub-minimum-wages (one-fair-wage); weighted funds for poverty in public education and increased weighting for ELL; Bill of rights for DHS foster and adopted children.
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