|Iowa Legislative Update: Funnel Deadline Next Week|
|News Releases - Health, Medicine & Nutrition|
|Written by Peggy Huppert|
|Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:48|
A comprehensive radon bill – SSB 3169 – was introduced yesterday in the Iowa Senate and assigned to the State Government Committee with a subcommittee of Jeff Danielson (chair), D-Cedar Falls, Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, and Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg.
We need you to contact members of the State Government Committee today and ask them to support this bill. If you know one of the members of the subcommittee it is particularly important that they hear from you.
Time is of the essence because the first “funnel” deadline is rapidly approaching. All bills except ones dealing with taxing and spending must pass out of committee by next Friday, Feb. 24th. For this bill to remain alive it must pass out of committee next week.
Here are some points to make with your senator:
SSB 3169 includes important strategies for protecting Iowans from radon, requiring:
Tobacco control advocates were proud of testimony given to the Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee this week by Cathy Callaway of Des Moines and Christopher Squier of Iowa City, members of the Iowa Tobacco Commission.
The subcommittee requested information about how the substantial cuts to tobacco control funding last year have affected critical state programs. Cathy told subcommittee members that although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that Iowa spend $36.7 million, we are currently spending only 9 percent of that amount ($2.8 million). Both Cathy and Chris spoke about the aggressive marketing being done by tobacco companies in Iowa, spending more than $100 million per year. They predicted that if Iowa does not increase its investment soon, smoking and smokeless tobacco usage will start to increase.
Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, co-chair of the subcommittee, announced at the conclusion of the meeting that he intends to recommend increasing funding for tobacco control by $2.5 million for the next fiscal year for a total of $5.3 million.
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