Iowa Democratic Party Platform


IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
STATE PLATFORM
ADOPTED JUNE 18, 2016
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

We are proud of our Democratic Party as the party of our nation’s heritage, accomplishments, and diversities. No part of that heritage is more valuable than our belief in the inclusion of ALL and commitment to ALL, with recognition of the rights and worth of each human being. 

We, the People of the Democratic Party of Iowa, affirm the following: 

We support a strong separation of church and state as envisioned by our founding fathers and incorporated in the constitution of the United States. 

We supported our military and veterans in war and peace. 

We support them now and honor their service. 

We supported the right of all human beings to be treated fairly and equally under the laws of this nation. We stand as the party for all human beings. 

We condemn all forms of discrimination. Whenever the rights of any citizens are threatened, the rights of all are endangered. We take seriously the obligation to preserve, protect, and secure basic constitutional and civil rights. 

We supported the working people of this country when they were exploited. We support them now for their right to organize, to achieve decent wages with health and retirement benefits and a safe workplace. 

We supported families in their pursuit of well-being. 

We support them now in their desire to become healthy, educated, and contributing citizens. 

We support the freedom to plan their family. 

We supported the elderly when they were forgotten. 

We support them now in their need for dignity, income and healthcare security.

We supported independent farmers and small businesses when they faced hard times.

We support them now in their pursuit of prosperity and economic security. 

We supported parents, students, and educators to make education a top priority. 

We support them now in their quest to achieve high standards. We support free and open access to knowledge and information. We oppose attempts to distort science or health education. 

We supported the people of the earth in working for a clean environment. 

We support them now to achieve a responsible, prosperous and sustainable existence with nature. 

We supported people all over the world demanding freedom, justice, and opportunity. 

We support them now, applauding their peaceful progress. 

We believe that our foreign policy should be one of genuine cooperation in global solutions for international problems. We endorse efforts to defend the equality of rights for all human beings. 
We support an individual's right to privacy and adequate legal representation. We look forward to the day when all borders are open to the free exchange of ideas, people, and goods. 

We recognize that we will not get everything we want. Compromise is necessary when important values conflict and priorities of different people are not the same. But we will not be bullied into caving on vital issues. 

We believe in and will continue to work for a truly representative government that works for the good of ALL human beings in a compassionate, responsible and progressive way that works to achieve peace, prosperity, and a national outlook of confidence and hope. 

STATEMENT OF ISSUES

AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Agriculture for Productive Living and a Healthy Food Supply

We support: 

1.traditional family farms
2.sustainable organic farming
3.environmentally responsible farming practices
4.crop/livestock diversification
5.industrial hemp
6.local food systems

Agricultural Policy 

We support: 

7.assessing environmental clean-up to all polluters
8.increasing SNAP benefits
9.LFFAJ
10.CRP/CSP
11.lower insurance caps/subsidies
12.CWA compliance for crop-insurance/subsidies
13.anti-trust regulation of seed supply, food production, processing
14.right-to-save seeds
15.GMO safe seed use labeling
16.non-GMO farmers' lawsuit protection from GMO patent holders
17.biological, less water-soluble fertilizers
18.public's right-to-know permit compliances/TRI
19.accessible IDNR well data/testing including lead, arsenic, anhydrous ammonia
20.investments in beginning, small farmers

We oppose: 

21.drug testing SNAP applicants
22.vertical integration
23."Ag-Gag" laws
24.subsidizing large agribusiness
25.growing pharmaceutical GMOs in open fields

Food Supply and Safety

We support: 

26.strong standards/safety testing requirements for USDA organic labeling
27.funding studies of agricultural chemicals' effects
28.legal/enforceable definition/testing/regulation/research of GMOs
29.clear food labeling of:
a.GMOs
b.gene-edited organisms
c.irradiation
d.hormones
e.antibiotics
f.additives
g.origin
h.agricultural chemicals
i.imitations
j.processing location

Livestock Management

We support: 

30.strict CAFO regulation:
a.moratorium on construction/expansion until regulated as anenvironmental and health hazard
b.locally controlled sitings
c.taxing at commercial rates
d.eliminating manure pit tax exemptions
e.tax exemptions for methane digesters and bio-filters
f.mandating/strengthening Master Matrix
g.eliminating hormone/non-therapeutic antibiotic use
h.increased inspections/better enforcement of EPA regulations
31.veterinarians as mandatory reporters for animal abuse

We oppose: 

32.livestock odor nuisance protection
33.puppy mills
34.the Dark Act
35.canine BSL

Energy: Combating Climate Change with Responsible Production and Use to Reverse Destabilization of our Ecosystem

We support: 

36.RES Requirements (100% by 2025)
37.fossil fuel/nuclear power conversion to clean/renewable energy
38.NREG
39.increasing subsidies, tax credits for RE
40.stronger AE facilities regulation
41.moratoriums on re-licensing/constructing coal/NPP
42.CPP
43.development of alternative bio-fuels and eliminating the ethanol subsidy
44.carbon tax reducing CO2 to 350ppm
45.carbon retention sequestration
46.IRPS/NM/FIT for REC and MU
47.electric vehicle infrastructure/use
48.higher CAFE standards
49.expanded green public transportation programs
50.regulating energy commodity speculation
51.HE appliances/rebates
52.divestment from fossil fuels

We oppose: 

53.fossil fuels/nuclear power subsidies
54.all pipelines transporting oil
55.fracking
56.deep water and arctic oil drilling

Environment, Stewardship and Livability

We support: 

57.environmental protection/public health over corporate profit
58.repeal 1872 Mining Law
59.reduce/reuse/recycle plastics/electronics/batteries
60.municipal composting/recycling, including curb service for multi-family/industrial sources
61.expand beverage bottle bill
62.banning plastic shot/lead shot/tackle/wheel weights
63.strictly enforcing Iowa's drainage laws
64.enforcing EPA-IDNR-ESA-CAA-CWA regulations
65.enacting IEQA
66.banning neonicotinoid pesticides
67.reclaiming mercury and lead
68.funding IWILL
69.permanently protecting ANWR
70.strictly regulating agricultural chemicals/drift
71.eliminating non-biodegradable bags
72.IDNR notification to well owners of all contaminants when IDNR condemnstheir well

We oppose: 

73.depositing coal ash and industrial waste in unlined/unmonitored fill sites
74.corporate polluters' "grandfather" clauses
75.discrimination by IDNR and USDA-NRCS in enforcement of IDL/CWA to buildillegal drains, polluting aquifers/waterways
76.mercury seals on water pumps
77.clear-cutting/mining/over-grazing/fuel-drilling on public lands/eco-sensitiveareas

Watershed Management

We support: 

78.returning waterways to healthy/swimmable/fishable conditions
79.mandatory Nutrient Reduction Strategy
80.creating numerical standards/database for runoff levels and fundingenforcement
81.publicly owned/affordable clean water
82.incentives for implementing DNR's watershed management plan
83.amending the CWA to include intermittent streams/aquifers/wetlands
84.IDNR fertilizer management plans covered in RUSLE2 exams coveringCAFO/anhydrous ammonia nitrogen fertilizers
85.criteria added to RUSLE2 exams be minimum soil depth above tile/use only oflegal drainage outlets/NHEL soils

We oppose: 

86.rainwater collection bans

Planning and Zoning

We support: 

87."Smart Growth" planning
88.requiring LEED/2015 IECC/ADA for public buildings
89.minimum 6-inch top-soil replacement for new development
90.notification to landowners/residents within 5 miles BEFORE permitting CAFOconstruction/expansion
91.requiring county approval of fossil fuel pipelines
92.county-level zoning/permitting

We oppose: 

93.subsidies for urban growth on farm/public lands
94.eminent domain abuse
95.annexation without binding votes of property owners
96.building on flood plains

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
AE – Atomic Energy
ANWR – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
BSL – Breed Specific Legislation
CAA – Clean Air Act
CAFE – Corporate Automotive Fuel Economy
CPP – Clean Power Plan
CRP – Conservation Reserve Program
CSP – Conservation Stewardship Program
CWA – Clean Water Act
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
FIT – Feed-in-Tariffs
GMO – Genetically Modified Organism
HE – High Efficiency
IDL – Iowa's Drainage Laws
IDNR – Iowa Department of Natural Resources
IECC – International Energy Conservation Code
IEQA – Iowa Environmental Quality Act
IRPS – Renewable Portfolio Standards
IWILL – Iowa's Water and Land Legacy
LFFAJ – Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.679 and H.R.1414) 
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
MU – Municipal Utilities
NHEL – Not Highly Erodable Land
NM – Net Metering
NPP – Nuclear Power Plants
NREG – National Renewable Energy Grid
RCRA – Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
REAP – Resource Enhancement and Protection
REC – Rural Electric Cooperatives
RES – Renewable Energy Standard
RUSLE2 – Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation Version 2
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
TRI – Toxics Release Inventory/Chemical Use Report 

EDUCATION

Accountability

We support: 

97.investing resources in underperforming public schools
98.multiple measures determined by educators for assessing:student/teacher/administrator/school performance

We oppose: 

99.fast-track certification for: teachers/administrators
100.merit pay

Education Funding from State

We support: 

101.fair funding formulas for rural districts
102.legislature establishing PreK-12 funding within the first month of a legislativeyear or default to an automatic 4% annual increase two years in advance
103.minimum 4% annual SSA for schools/AEAs/community colleges

State Education Policy

We support: 

104.enforcing Title IX
105.extending SAVE permanently
106.Iowa DE accreditation for instructors/curriculum/assessment/pupil attendancereporting for on-line/private/home-school/for-profit instruction
107.local control of school districts
108.state School Board and DE authority to change Iowa Core
109.strong policy support for teacher unions

We oppose: 

110.allowing all school board members replacement at once
111.diverting public monies to for-profit educational businesses/home schooling
112.voucher systems/K-12 private school tuition tax credits

Funding PreK-12 Fully

We support: 

113.academic integration of technology
114.before/after school programs
115.drivers education
116.ELL/ESL
117.fine/applied arts
118.foreign languages
119.free, healthy meals for all students
120.high-quality, tuition-free public education
121.living wages/benefit parity for ESP
122.music
123.prisons/juvenile detention education (including re-integration) programs
124.proactive approach to suspensions, expulsions, recorded referrals usingcommunity trained volunteer mediators, student mediators, restorative justice,peace circles
125.remedial reading
126.SPED/teacher training
127.summer school
128.TAG
129.tutoring
130.diversity/multicultural training/resources (staff/teachers/administrators)

Funding PreK-12 Increase

We support:

131.energy efficiency improvements
132.TRIO Programs
133.competitive compensation for educators in public schools/colleges/universities

PreK-12 Optimal Learning Environment

We support: 

134.collaborative community/parent/teacher/administrator decision-making
135.eliminating de-facto public schools segregation
136.eliminating racial disparities in discipline policies/suspensions/referrals thatcreate "school-to-prison-pipeline"
137.full access to licensed nurses/counselors/teacher librarians/mediaspecialists/social workers/psychologists
138.implementing conflict resolution/anger management/civil discourseskills/coping skills training for at-risk behavior
139.incentivizing diversity in teacher/administrator hiring/recruitment
140.Iowa Safe-Schools initiative, including anti-bullying education
141.reduced class size, including budget weighting
142.reducing dropout rates; increasing age to 18

PreK-12 Public School Programming

We support: 

143.age-appropriate financial planning instruction
144.civics education
145.comprehensive, evidence-based health/sex education presented by qualifiedpersonnel
146.human rights education
147.integration of critical thinking across all curriculum
148.research-based instruction
149.STEAM
150.teacher/staff/administrator diversity/multi-cultural competency training andteaching resources
151.vocational programs/apprenticeships/dual credit classes
152.correction of Native American history

We oppose: 

153.religious bias/discrimination
154.retention of non-proficient 3rd graders

Post-Secondary Education

We support: 

155.Pell grants for inmates
156.proportionate compensation for adjunct educators
157.rape/sexual assault zero-tolerance policy
158.regulating accreditation/credit transferability/financial disclosure of for-profitschools
159.tuition-free state colleges/universities (equivalent support to students atnonprofits)

We oppose: 

160.enrollment-based funding of regent institutions
161.manipulating party balance of Iowa Board of Regents

Post-Secondary Loans

We support: 

162.100% tax deductible interest
163.retroactive consumer protection practices (e.g. bankruptcy/wagegarnishment/death forgiveness/3% interest cap)
164.separate marital status for repayment plans

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

AEA – Area Education Agency
DE – Department of Education
ELL – English Language Learners
ESL – English as a Second Language
ESP – Education Support Professionals
SAVE – Secure an Advanced Vision for Education
SPED – Special Education
SSA – Iowa legislature: Supplemental State Aid to education
STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
TAG – Talented and Gifted
TRIO – Educational Talent Search (ETS), Classic Upward Bound (CUB), Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS), Student Support Services (SSS), Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Training Grant (for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel (TR), and the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair). 

GOVERNMENT, LAW, MILITARY AND VETERANS

Campaigns, Elections, and American Institutions

We support: 

165.timely Supreme Court nomination hearings
166.voter-marked paper ballots
167.5-year ban on paid/compensated lobbying for former congressional employees/officials
168.mandatory random election audits
169.automatic/same-day voter registration
170.national elections/caucuses as paid holidays
171.publicly-financed elections
172.OCE/RVRA/IRV
173.internet posted lobbying contacts
174.reinstating Fairness Doctrine
175.recall mechanisms
176.voting rights for felons
177.Iowa's redistricting system used nationwide
178.absentee/early voting
179.limiting and requiring public disclosure of contributions to campaigns/PACs
180.open-source voting machine software
181.neighborhood-based voting
182.Iowa's first-in-the-nation status
183.[deleted]
184.holding school board/municipal bond/other elections on the same day

We oppose: 

185.voter photo IDs
186.Citizens United
187.establishing English as official language
188.super delegates
189.voter suppression
190.gerrymandering

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

We support: 

191.non-discrimination for LGBTQQIA+, disability, political, & religious/nonreligiousaffiliation
192.enforcing separation of church and state including returning the National Mottoto "E Pluribus Unum"
193.enforcing CRA/ADA
194.federal/Iowa ERA
195.habeas corpus rights
196.removing gender/sex from government forms including voter registration
197.removing gender/sex from state IDs/licenses
198.de-escalation policies, bias training for law enforcement
199.community policing
200.DOJ investigation of deaths in police custody
201.BLM movement
202.Affirmative Action
203.hate crime legislation including gender identity
204.renaming Columbus Day to First Nations Day
205.marriage equality
206.non-discriminatory adoption rights
207."Move to Amend"
208.the right of Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy
209.DC statehood
210.The Nordic Model

We oppose: 

211.constitutional amendments restricting marriage
212.national ID cards
213.warrantless searches, electronic/drone surveillance, traffic cameras
214.mass incarceration, mandatory sentencing
215.private prisons
216.religious exemptions to LGBTQQIA+ anti-discrimination laws
217.corporate personhood

Military and Veterans' Affairs

We support: 

218.expediting hiring of qualified candidates for VA positions
219.investigation/prosecution of sexual assault/harassment cases in US civiliancourts
220.VOW
221.recognizing contributions & wartime efforts by all military branches
222.programs to reestablish veterans back into communities, eliminatehomelessness
223.adequate family assistance for reservists during extended active duty
224.living wage for active personnel
225.raising Iowa's Veterans' benefits, education resources
226.equitable benefits for reserve/guard military members
227.fully funding/escrowing military actions, including legacy costs
228.veteran business start-ups
229.bonus programs for military personnel
230.expanding USERRA

We oppose: 

231.FISA
232.budget cuts impacting VA's ability to operate
233.distribution of military combat equipment to law enforcement or any other public entity
234.indefinite detention provisions in NDAA/military commissions
235.mercenaries/PMCs
236.USA Freedom Act

Transportation

We support: 

237.Complete Streets
238.crash prevention engineering

We oppose: 

239.privatization of FAA

Taxes and Social Security

We support: 

240.a COLA minimum for SS recipients of 1%
241.SCIA/TEA
242.reforming TIF

We oppose: 

243.privatization/profitization of government services
244.regressive taxation
245.chained CPI
246.raising retirement age, cutting SS benefits
247.taxation of unemployment, workers' compensation, disability/SS benefits

Gun Safety

We support: 

248.President Obama's executive orders on gun control
249.universal background checks
250.requiring registration, licensing, education/testing & liability insurance
251.banning assault weapons
252.gun-free zones
253.closing "gun show loopholes"
254.right to prohibit firearms on one's property
255.temporary confiscation of firearms from individuals under DANCOs
256.guardians' accountability for minors' inappropriate gun access
257.nationwide database of gun ownership
258.hand gun regulation

We oppose: 

259."Stand your ground"
260.open carry

Immigration

We support: 

261.comprehensive immigration reform with reasonable citizenship pathways
262.State/federal DREAM Act and DAPA/DACA/TVDL/UAFA
263.basic human/civil rights for immigrants
264.undocumented immigrants paying taxes/receiving benefits without fearingdeportation
265.resolving visa applicant backlogs
266.judicial review for visa denial/removal
267.classifying unaccompanied minors as refugees
268.expedite legal entry process
269.due process, employment/labor rights regardless of citizenship status
270.free legal representation in immigration courts for indigents
271.attorney appointments for immigrant minors
272.moratorium on detentions/deportations, except for violent felony convictions

We oppose: 

273.detention of undocumented immigrant minors
274.immigrant detention/deportation quotas
275.local enforcement of federal immigration laws

Government Services

We support: 

276.aggressively prosecuting government officials for quid pro quo activity
277.postal/public banking services
278.full access to all public records
279.substantive funding for:
a.infrastructure & services
b.state court system
c.Legal Services/public defenders
d.ICRC
e.CDC gun violence studies/NICS
280.fair, independent, merit-based judiciary
281.creation of a cabinet level Department of Peace and Conflict Resolution

We oppose:

282.solitary confinement
283.juvenile life sentences
284.judicial elections

Criminal Justice

We support: 

285.expanding statutes of limitations for child abuse/assault, including sexual
286.classifying attacks on family-planning clinics as domestic terrorism
287.minimum wage for all employed prisoners
288.treating addiction as health issue
289.reducing/commuting sentences, pardoning nonviolent drug offenders
290.expanded use of drug courts, diversion programs
291.reforming civil forfeiture laws
292.legalizing cannabis/hemp
293.legalizing all drugs
294.vigorous enforcement/expansion of Whistleblower's Act
295.body cameras for law enforcement
296.eliminating human trafficking
297.de-escalation over use of force
298.civilian review boards
299.reducing bail requirements, improving jail conditions
300.prosecuting white-collar crime
301.restorative justice
302.process to seal/expunge criminal records
303.applying state/federal Supreme Court rulings retroactively to incarcerateddefendants

We oppose: 

304.racial disparity in criminal justice system
305.capital punishment
306.mandatory minimum sentencing
307.religious/ethnic/racial profiling
308.charging defendants for court-appointed attorneys, probation, communityservice, jail rent
309.discriminatory housing policies toward ex-offenders

Consumer Protection

We support: 

310.strengthening/expanding/vigorously enforcing corporate anti-trust laws
311.strengthening laws protecting consumers from predatory lenders and abusivedebt-collection
312.corporate malfeasance penalties that exceed benefits from malfeasance
313.enforcement & strengthening of Dodd-Frank Act
314.foreclosure safety net
315.36% APR cap on "payday loans"
316.insider trading laws covering government employees

We oppose: 

317.excessive collection/retention of personal data by government/privatebusiness
318.collection/use of personal data without express consent

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
BLM – Black Lives Matter
CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
CPI – Consumer Price Index
CRA – Civil Rights Act of 1964
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
DANCO – Domestic Abuse No Contact Orders
DAPA – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans
DREAM – Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors
ENDA – Employment Non-Discrimination Act
ERA – Equal Rights Amendment
FICA – Federal Insurance Contributions Act
FICO scores – Fair, Isaac, and Company scores (credit scores) 
FISA – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
FAA – Federal Aviation Administration
FVPSA – Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
FTC – Federal Trade Commission
ICFA – Iowa Consumer Fraud Act
ICRC – Iowa Civil Rights Commission
IPERS – Iowa Public Employees Retirement System
IRV – Instant Runoff Voting
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LGBTQQIA+ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Arromantic, and others
NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act
NICS – National Instant Criminal Background Check System
NSA – National Security Administration
OCE – Office of Congressional Ethics
PII – Personally Identifiable Information
PMC – Private Military Company
RFMA – Respect for Marriage Act
RVRA – Restoring Voting Rights Act
SCIA – Stop Corporate Inversions Act
SLTF – Senior Living Trust Fund
SS – Social Security
SSN – Social Security number
STO – School Tuition Organization
TEA – Taxpayer Empowerment Agenda
TIF – Tax Incremented Financing
TVDL – Temporary Visitor's Driver's License
UAFA – Uniting American Families Act
USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
USPS – United States Postal Service
VA – Department of Veterans' Affairs
VAWA – Violence Against Women Act
VOCA – Victims of Crime Act
VOW – Veterans Opportunity to Work 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

General Health

We support: 

319.universal access to affordable healthcare
320.single payer health care system
321.ACA
322.Death with Dignity Act
323.rescheduling/expanding access to medical cannabis and whole plantmedicine, with growth, production and dispensaries in Iowa
324.subsidized non-emergency medical transportation
325.prevention/treatment of chronic/acute disease
326.stem-cell research
327.workforce wellness programs
328.telemedicine
329.longitudinal studies on GMO effects
330.FDA regulation of vitamins/supplements
331.publicizing medical procedure costs
332.person-centered/consumer-controlled care plans
333.comprehensive diversity training for healthcare providers
334.increased NIH and NSF funding
335.sufficient, quality community-based services/other needed services
336.caregiver respite services
337.community integrated employment
338.expanding Native American health services
339.CCO addressing implications of human trafficking
340.funding for research/treatment/prevention of the Zika virus

We oppose: 

341.denial/substandard care due to personal/religious bias bymedical/pharmaceutical professionals
342.casino exemptions to SAA
343.prescription drug advertising

Mental Health and Addictions

We support: 

344.mental health parity/availability/affordability
345.restoring/expanding MHIs
346.funding tobacco/substance-abuse treatment/programs
347.funding jail diversion programs
348.effective treatment length
349.mental health training/awareness for 911 responders
350.sufficient funding for CMHCs
351.suicide awareness/prevention programs

Children and Families

We support: 

352.increasing inspections of childcare centers
353.fully funded services for:

  • child welfare systems
  • child and maternal health programs
  • programs that prevent child abuse/neglect
  • IME services to the annual CDRT
  • high quality, subsidized childcare
  • prenatal and early childhood programs
  • family support programs
  • youth homeless shelters
  • children's mental health system

354.mandatory NCARs
355.WIC expansion
356.background checks for childcare workers
357.gender-neutral guardianship policies
358.kinship-care/foster-care parity
359.funding for foster children through age 26

We oppose:

360.conversion therapy
361.non-medical exemptions to immunizations
362.surgical gender-assignments at birth
363.failure to medically/mentally treat children for religious reasons

Adults, Aging and Disability

We support: 

364.rigorous, timely state inspection of:

  • SNF
  • ALF
  • MIMR facilities

365.healthcare staffing based on acuity/care-levels
366.protecting LGBTQ elders against discrimination
367.increased funding for independent living
368.increased funding for:

  • OAA/LTCOP
  • dementia research while expanding diagnosis/care
  • elder-abuse prevention
  • AAA

369.consumer representation on HHS review boards
370.strengthening ADA

Reproductive Rights

We support: 

371.rights of women to make their own reproductive choices
372.Planned Parenthood funding
373.student access to barrier-based contraceptives in public-schools
374.Roe vs. Wade
375.contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, abortion access for minors withoutparental notification with follow-up counseling
376.funding HIV/STD testing

We oppose: 

377.interference limiting access to reproductive health facilities
378.prerequisite waiting periods for abortions
379.restricting access to medically necessary abortions
380.requiring physician-admitting privileges for abortion providers

Reimbursement and Coverage

We support: 

381.sufficient long-term funding for Medicare/Medicaid
382.regulating healthcare/prescription drug costs
383.expanding Medicare/Medicaid to include LTC
384.increasing Medicare/Medicaid/ACA reimbursement to providers/states
385.re-importation of FDA approved drugs
386.Medicare/Medicaid negotiation for lower drug prices
387.Medicare/Medicaid coverage of prescribed hearing aids
388.protecting retirees' negotiated health insurance
389.permanent, enforceable oversight committee for MMCP
390.incontinence/feminine hygiene products as medically-necessary/tax-exempt
391.insurance coverage/parity for:

  • contraceptives/abortions
  • transgender-related healthcare
  • alternative/complementary medicine
  • compound/natural medications

392.COLA for Medicare, disability benefits
393.reimbursement rates for providers equal to UCR
394.affordable LTC insurance with no hospital stay requirements
395.establishing EMS as an essential service
396.caregiver tax credits

We oppose: 

397.privatization of Medicare/Medicaid
398.reimbursements/discounts/kickbacks for PBCs

Housing and Homelessness

We support: 

399.safe, decent affordable housing for all
400.expanding HUD to include Sec. 8, 42 programs
401.funding domestic violence shelters/relocation
402.family-friendly "wet" and "dry" shelters
403.mixed-income zoning
404.funding transitional programs
405.increase funding for job/life training

Veteran's Health

We support: 

406.free healthcare for all Veterans
407.expedited VA services for health/disability treatment
408.additional VA outreach centers and mobile units
409.full entitlement of medical benefits to National Guard, Coast Guard,Reservists, including activated/training injuries
410.expanding injured Veterans grant program
411.raising Veteran benefits, eliminating backlogs
412.medical care at VA and local facilities
413.official recognition for all Veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and other toxicsubstances, regardless of recruitment date
414.covered care including:

  • mental health/family counseling
  • substance abuse
  • suicide prevention
  • non-traditional therapies
  • transportation to/from approved non-VA appointments includingdischarge
  • prosthetics

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

AAA – Area Agencies on Aging
ACA – Affordable Care Act
ALF – Assisted-Living Facilities
CCO – Comprehensive Care Option
CDRT – Child Death Review Team
CMHC – Community Mental Health Centers
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
EMS – Emergency Medical Services
FDA – Food and Drug Administration
GMO – Genetically Modified Organism
HHS – Health and Human Services
HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HUD – Housing and Urban Development
IME – Iowa Medical Examiners
LGBTQ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer
LTC – Long-Term Care
LTCOP – Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
MHI – Mental Health Institutions
MIMR – Mental Illness Mental Retardation
MMCP – Medicaid Managed Care Program
NCAR – National Child Abuse Registries
NIH – National Institutes of Health
NSF – National Science Foundation
OAA – Older Americans Act
PBC – Pharmacy Benefit Consultants
SAA – Smokefree Air Act
SNF – Skilled Nursing Facilities
STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease
UCR – Usual and Customary Rates
VA – Veterans Administration
WIC – Women, Infants, and Children 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Peace and Security

We support: 

415.peaceful conflict resolution, normalized US diplomatic relations with allcountries, and multi-lateral solutions to international problems
416.closing Guantanamo Bay detention facilities
417.human rights and habeas corpus protection
418.federal court access for non-US detainees
419.promoting human dignity, resolving global poverty, protecting clean air andwater, improving education, and reducing hunger and disease
420.eliminating all WMDs
421.territorial integrity of all nations
422.cultural/educational exchange programs
423.taking an equitable, active role with US conflict partners in MENA conflict
424.maintaining present NATO security alliances
425.gender equality/empowerment of women
426.taking military action only with clear national defense goals, informedCongressional consent and funding, and whenever possible, internationalcooperation
427.ending violence against women, including genital mutilation/honorkillings/forced marriage/rape
428.prosecuting human traffickers, protecting victims
429.free/fair/open elections
430.strengthening cyber-security
431.stricter enforcement of FARA
432.repealing 2001 US AUMF

We oppose: 

433.injustice, economic exploitation, human rights denial
434.persecution based on race/religion/sexual orientation/gender identity
435.US-sponsored regime changes, coups, juntas, unelected governments
436.use of weaponized drones without declaration of war
437.genocide
438.terrorism
439.imperialism
440.preemptive military action without an imminent attack on US soil

Iran

We support: 

441.Iran Nuclear Agreement and diplomatic engagement

Israel/Palestine

We support: 

442.equal human rights for Palestinians and Israelis
443.right of return/just compensation for displaced Palestinians
444.rights of BDS
445.escrowing aid to Israel until further settlements outside 1966 borders arestopped and Israel recognizes Palestine at 1966 borders
446.Palestinian statehood/UN membership

We oppose: 

447.Israel Separation Barrier, settlement activities, and moving the US Embassy toJerusalem prior to final resolution

Afghanistan/Iraq/Syria 

We support: 

448.reconstruction and refugee resettlement through international cooperation
449.resolving the Syrian conflict and providing humanitarian assistance
450.US acceptance of 100,000 Syrian refugees
451.regional cooperation to contain/resolve conflict with ISIL

We oppose: 

452.military intervention

Ukraine

We support: 

453.peaceful conflict resolution

We oppose: 

454.Russian territorial annexation

Central and South America and the Caribbean

We support: 

455.normalized relations with Cuba
456.closing WHISC
457.investigating any US government involvement in 2009 Hondurascoup/subsequent activists' killings

Rainforests

We oppose:
 
458.clear-cutting

Africa

We support: 

459.famine relief
460.funding economic/agricultural development

Asia

We support: 

461.containing North Korea’s nuclear weapons diplomatically
462.peacefully resolving disputed Pacific islands
463.resolving human rights violations in North Korea

Development Assistance

We support: 

464.culturally sensitive/non-exploitative foreign aid and fair trade agreementsprotecting human rights, public health, workers’ rights, the environment
465.ending dependence on non-renewable energy
466.unfettered access to voluntary reproductive health/family planning
467.local control of natural/agricultural resources

United Nations

We support:

468.US participation/full dues payment without preconditions
469.ATTCC
470.Meeting SDG

Treaties and Conventions

We support: 

471.adding sexual orientation/gender identity to Human Rights agreements
472.ratification and/or full participation in:

  • UDHR
  • ICESCR
  • CEDAW
  • CRC
  • CTBT
  • BWC
  • Paris Agreement Under the UNFCCC
  • CWC
  • UNCRPD
  • UNCLOS
  • GFATM
  • START
  • RSICC
  • NPT
  • APMBC
  • ICRW
  • ICJ
  • HRC
  • US Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
  • CCM
  • OPCAT
  • ICPPED

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

APMBC – Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
ATTC – Arms Trade Transfer Code of Conduct
AUMF – Authorization for Use of Military Force
BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
BWC – Biological Weapons Convention/1925 Geneva Protocol
CCM – Convention on Cluster Munitions
CEDAW – Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
CRC – Convention on the Rights of the Child
CTBT – Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
CWC – Chemical Weapons Convention. 
GFATM – Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
HRC – Human Rights Council
ICESCR – International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICJ – International Court of Justice
ICPPED – International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. 
ICRW – International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
ISIL – The Islamic State of Syria and the Levant
FARA – Foreign Agents Registration Act
MENA – Middle East and North Africa
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NPT – Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
OPCAT – Optional Protocol to the Convention on Torture
RSICC – Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals
START – Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
UDHR – Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UNCLOS – United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNCRPD – United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
UNFCCC – 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNSCR 1325 – UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
WHISC – Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction 

LABOR, ECONOMY AND COMMERCE

Labor, Wages, Worker's Rights, & Safety

We support

473."Fair Share"
474.EFCA
475.reducing inequity between executive and worker compensation
476.improving unemployment insurance benefits
477.worker's right to choose providers for workplace injuries
478.reopening Iowa Workforce Offices
479.expanding Davis-Bacon to include all publicly funded projects
480.repeal "Right-to-work"
481.banning hiring replacement workers for laid-off/striking Union workers
482."Equal Pay/Equal Work"
483.protecting public employees' rights by maintaining Chapter 20 in its currentform
484.paid family leave
485.workplace lactation rooms
486.union apprenticeship/membership
487.ENDA
488.Right of workers to strike while maintaining essential services
489.all employees eligible for employer benefits
490.OSHA/MSHA
491.expanding FMLA/covering all employees
492.public sector open scope-of-bargaining
493.EEOC Green Factors
494.expanding workers' rights
495.UPC
496.unemployment benefit eligibility for all education support professionalsincluding adjunct professors
497.constructing/maintaining power plants by union workers only
498.NLRB/IPERB
499.Temporary employees working 90 days becoming permanent employees
500.replacing minimum wage with "living wage" of at least $15 per hour,annualized to CPI
501. paying tipped workers minimum wage
502.criminal/civil penalties for violating labor contracts/arbitration agreements
503.SEIU efforts to organize fast food workers
504.the Paycheck Fairness Act

We oppose: 

505.mandating overtime/limiting overtime pay
506.employment-at-will
507.employer, insurance screening based on personal credit, polygraph, geneticinformation
508.job misclassification
509.employer wage theft
510.employer-issued debit cards
511.privatizing public-sector jobs

Pension & Insurance

We support: 

512.actuarially fully funded IPERS/MFPRS for long-term financing
513.creating hybrid COLA to replace depleted FED in IPERS
514.public employees' statewide health insurance program
515.pension portability
516.protecting workers' pensions/healthcare benefits
517.maintaining door-to-door, six-day postal delivery
518.2013 Postal Delivery Standards

We oppose: 

519.privatizing "Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation" fund

Economic Development

We support: 

520.public infrastructure spending
521.incentives creating/retaining/returning jobs to US
522.AERLP
523.increasing public transportation including rail
524.supporting/developing small businesses
525.investment in poverty-stricken areas
526.accountability for all public funds provided to/disbursed by corporations

We oppose: 

527.American businesses shifting assets out of the country, reducing Americanjobs
528.systematic use of no bid contracts

Budget & Taxation

We support: 

529.more progressive tax structure, taxing all income as earned income
530.eliminating social security taxable wage cap
531.applying social security taxes to all forms of income
532.taxing high-frequency trading
533.taxing large employers whose employees are eligible for public assistance
534.annual DOD audits by CBO
535.increasing/expanding EIC
536.combined corporate reporting for tax purposes

We oppose: 

537."Corporate welfare"
538.tax breaks for companies outsourcing US jobs
539.off-shore tax shelters by US individuals, corporations, foreign subsidiaries

Commerce & Trade

We support: 

540.equitable trade agreements assuring full transparency, protecting workers'rights/environment
541.governmental entities purchasing US union-made products
542.US manufacturing military components
543.anti-trust restrictions on media consolidation

We oppose: 

544.fast-tracking trade agreements
545.TPP/NAFTA/WTO
546.gender pricing

Business Regulation

We support: 

547.regulating financial speculation
548."Too-big-to-fail" legislation
549.21st Century Glass-Steagall

Internet

We support: 

550.Net Neutrality
551.internet designated a utility
552.online privacy rights
553.universal broadcast/broadband expansion/access
554.immediate notification of PII compromise

We oppose: 

555.censoring internet
556.NSA bulk data collection
557.coercing telecommunication companies to release private data
558.social networking identification/password as condition of employment
559.cyberbullying

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION
AERLP – Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program
CBO – Congressional Budget Office
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
CPI – Consumer Price Index
DOD – Department of Defense
EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EFCA – Employee Free Choice Act
EIC – Earned Income Credit
ENDA – Employment Non-Discrimination Act
FED – Favorable Experience Dividend
FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act
IPERB – Iowa Public Employment Relations Board
IPERS – Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System
MFPRS – Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System
MSHA – Mine Safety Health Administration
NAFTA – North American Free Agreement Trade
NLRB – National Labor Relations Board
OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PII – Personal Identifying Information
TPP – Trans-Pacific Partnership
PC – Uniform Plumbing Code
WTO – World Trade Organization 

NEW PLANKS ADDED AT CONVENTION

GOVERNMENT, LAW, MILITARY AND VETERANS

Campaigns, Elections, and American Institutions

560.We support the establishment of Legislative Referral Authority for the Iowa General