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End of Session Statement

 

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Marsy’s Law for Iowa Statement on Session Adjournment

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 5, 2018) —Marsy’s Law for Iowa state director, Eric Baker, issued the following statement:

 

“While we appreciate the discussion and engagement from legislators on Marsy’s Law for Iowa, we’re disappointed this measure was not taken up on the floor for a vote this session. Crime victims in Iowa deserve equal constitutional rights and our grassroots supporters, survivor advocates and Marsy’s Law coalition will not wavier in our commitment to them.

 

“We stand with the 85 percent of Iowans who support Marsy’s Law and will spend the interim meeting with them, building our coalition and continuing to be a voice for victims in Iowa. We look forward to working with legislators to pass this bill next year.”

 

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Gaps in the System

The following post was written by a Marsy's Law for Iowa supporter. Due to her circumstances and situation, she chooses to remain anonymous, but still wanted to share her story to help illustrate the dangerous gaps in Iowa's system. Iowa victims have powerful testimonies and we are humbled by their bravery and allowing us to be a small part in sharing their stories. 

I Never Thought It Could Happen to Me

Marsy's Law for Iowa supporter Michelle has courageously been telling her story about what it means to be a crime victim in Iowa. You can read it here: 

 

Ten years ago, I was living a very normal life in West Des Moines. I was raising my two kids in a quiet neighborhood, going to work every day and putting down roots in our community. My kids were excelling—my daughter was a model student—nominated for Character Counts awards. She regularly achieved academic success and had lots of friends, a personality that was just a bubbly joy to be near.

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Sentenced to Life Without Our Precious Daughter

The following was written by Marsy's Law for Iowa supporter, Linda Chapman from Dubuque. Linda has been vital to our efforts in Iowa and her story illustrates why we need a constitutional amendment to protect victims and their families. 

 

My daughter Nikki will forever be 25 years old.

 

Nikki was a college graduate with a degree in criminal justice. She worked as a full-time family empowerment counselor and part-time as a 911 dispatcher for Dubuque. She had aspirations of becoming a police officer. Nikki was a bright light—a dependable friend and always looking for ways to help people.

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Marsy’s Law for Iowa Supporters Call for Legislative Action

 

Media Contact:                  

Josie Albrecht

Mobile: (515) 419-1038

josie@lat41pr.com

  

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Marsy’s Law for Iowa Supporters Call for Legislative Action

DSM Skyline Purple

Local Landmarks Go Purple For National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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Local Landmarks Go Purple For National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

A Conservative Case for Marsy's Law

The following post was written Fremont County Attorney Brenna Bird and is a conservative case for Marsy's Law for Iowa.

Our Constitution is the foundation for our government.  It limits government power and recognizes individual rights.  I respect our Constitutions, both state and federal, and do not propose amendments lightly.  

Gov. Reynolds Proclamation

Gov. Kim Reynolds Signs National Crime Victims' Rights Week Proclamation

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently signed a proclamation declaring April 8 – 14 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Iowa. We commend the governor’s action and thank her for her leadership on these issues.

 

You can read the full proclamation below:

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Marsy’s Law for Iowa Launches New Website

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Media Contact: Josie Albrecht
Mobile: (515) 419-1038
josie@lat41pr.com

 

Marsy’s Law for Iowa Launches New Website

Iowa Voters Overwhelmingly Support Equal Rights for Victims

When it comes to politics, polling and legislation, Iowans are a sharp bunch. Every four years those who want to become president come and meet at Iowans’ kitchen tables, in our coffee shops and at the local co-op. The deliberation and thoughtfulness that Iowans put into picking their candidates and weighing in on important legislation is often commented on by outsiders and national news media.