Iowa’s bill (SF 2008) to stop new and expanded factory farms in Iowa didn’t make it out of subcommittee before the February 16 deadline.
But that doesn’t have to mean that the bill is dead. Under Iowa state law, Senate and House majority leaders can bypass committee procedures and call up a bill for a floor vote.
Let’s demand they do just that!
1. Fill in the form on this page to send your state lawmakers a letter asking them to demand that Sen. Whitver and Rep. Upmeyer call up SF 2008 for a floor vote before the March 16 deadline.
2. If you haven’t already, please call Senator Whitver and Representative Upmeyer and demand they call up SF 2008 for a floor vote before the March 16 deadline:
Sen. Jack Whitver: 515-281-3371 (Senate File 2008)
Rep. Linda Upmeyer: 515-281-3221 (House companion bill - House File 2083)
3. Share this post on Facebook.
4. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper on why we need a factory farm moratorium. Here are some talking points to help you get started.
5.Attend your legislative forums and coffees and ask your lawmakers to support a moratorium on new and expanded factory farms in Iowa.
Senator Ken Rozenboom (R, Mahaska), chair of the state Senate agricultural committee and owner of a factory farm, refused to hold a public hearing for SF 2008, despite demands made by Iowa citizens.
Rozenboom also ignored a letter signed by 55 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Iowans who want a moratorium.
Iowa has a water crisis—thanks to factory farms. Iowa’s 23 million hogs produce more than 10 billion gallons of liquid manure every year. And that liquid manure is contaminating Iowa’s waterways.
The list of 750 impaired waterways, and the cost to clean them up (estimated to be in the billions of dollars) will only grow, unless our lawmakers do something about it.
Let’s keep the moratorium bill alive.
More information here. Watch the video from the January 16 press conference here.