House Vote on Master Matrix Amendment

Yesterday, the House had the opportunity to add an amendment to the Agriculture Budget Bill that would have allowed for changes to the Master Matrix. In a matter of a few hours, we generated over 150 emails to 64 legislators telling them we need more protections from factory farms, and a moratorium!  This bill was our opportunity to force our State Representatives to take a side on an issue that impacts every single Iowan.

Earlier this year, a group of CCI Action lobbyists representing 10 counties asked Representative Steckman (Cerro Gordo) to introduce an amendment to the Ag Budget Bill.  Her amendment would have opened up the Master Matrix for stronger protections for our water, air, and communities.

Honoring the request of CCI Action citizen lobbyists, Representative Steckman (Cerro Gordo) introduced the amendment. But, Representative Mommsen and Speaker Upmeyer didn’t want this amendment to be voted – on so they ruled Steckman’s amendment “not germane.” How is an amendment to an ag bill to protect water from factory farm pollution not germane!?

With support from over one hundred Iowans emailing in, Representative Steckman continued to push for her amendment and called to “suspend the rules” and have an immediate vote our Master Matrix amendment.  This vote failed 39-55-6. But, now, because of this vote, we know which legislators are ready to hold an honest debate about changing Iowa’s current factory farm permitting scheme.

Scroll down to see how your legislator voted. Send them an email to thank them for their vote, or tell them why you think they voted the wrong way.

We know that we really need a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms until there are fewer than 100 polluted waterbodies and local control, but this was one small, commonsense step our Representatives could have taken in the right direction.

 

On the question “Shall the rules be suspended to consider amendment H–8405?” (H.F. 2491)

The ayes were, 39:

Abdul-Samad

Anderson

Bearinger

Bennett

Breckenridge

Brown-Powers

Cohoon

Finkenauer

Gaines

Gaskill

Hall

Heddens

Hunter

Isenhart

Jacoby

Kacena

Kearns

Kressig

Kurth

Lensing

Mascher

McConkey

Meyer

Miller, P.

Nielsen

Oldson

Olson

Ourth

Prichard

Running-Marquardt

Sheets

Smith, M.

Staed

Steckman

Taylor, T.

Thede

Wessel-Kroeschell

Winckler

Wolfe

 

The nays were, 55:

Bacon

Baltimore

Baxter

Bergan

Best

Bloomingdale

Bossman

Carlson

Cownie

Deyoe

Dolecheck

Fisher

Fry

Gassman

Grassley

Gustafson

Hagenow

Hager

Hanusa

Heartsill

Heaton

Hein

Highfill

Hinson

Holt

Holz

Huseman

Jacobsen

Jones

Kaufmann

Kerr

Klein

Koester

Landon

Lundgren

Maxwell

McKean

Mohr

Mommsen

Moore

Nunn

Paustian

Pettengill

Rizer

Rogers

Salmon

Taylor, R.

Upmeyer, Spkr.

Vander Linden

Watts

Wheeler

Wills

Worthan

Zumbach

Windschitl, Presiding

 

Absent or not voting, 6:

Baudler

Forbes

Miller, H.

Sexton
Sieck

Smith, R.