Knoxville — "Things are starting to make it out of committee now," Rep. Greg Heartsill said. Though he has not filed any bills yet, Heartsill is working on two key bills. The first is intended to reverse a controversial court decision regarding eminent domain. The decision allowed cities and counties to condemn property to take it from an owner to give to another. This is done in the interest of economic development and greater tax revenue. Heartsill's bill would restrict the ability to condemn for these reasons. The other bill Heartsill is crafting would allow parents to teach their children Driver's Education. Heartsill said waiting lists get too long for some students, especially in rural areas. Private instruction can be cost prohibitive. The bill would provide parents a curriculum and require twice the instruction time than traditional drivers' ed classes. Heartsill is a cosponsor of HF 138, the "personhood" bill. "This is something I campaigned on," Heartsill said. Heartsill also supports using the $600-plus billion surplus for road improvements, over any gas tax increase. Next week, the big issues will be Medicaid expansion and education reform. Heartsill will have a forum in Knoxville at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m.
Harkin, Loebsack react to Verizon scandal
English newspaper, The Guardian, broke the news today that the Obama administration is collecting phone record data from American customers of Verizon. Fellow Democrats Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Dave Loebsack are seeking answers.
Legislative coffee Friday afternoon
Rep. Greg Heartsill and Sen. Amy Sinclair are expected to attend the final legislative coffee of 2013, Friday, May 31, at 4 p.m.
Braley in Knoxville Friday
Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA District 4) is scheduled to be at the Peace Tree Brewing Company at 3 p.m. Friday, May 31.
Secretary of State to address Republicans
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is scheduled to address the Marion County Republicans tonight (Tuesday, May 28) at 7 p.m. at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum.
Grassley: Fear of giving IRS more power "comes up a lot"
The 2010 health care reform law, referred to as the Affordable Health Care Act, grants the Internal Revenue Service more powers and control over Americans' health care. The recent scandal, in which it was discovered that conservative organizations' applications for nonprofit status were delayed by the IRS, has caused concern about the IRS's expanded powers among Republicans and Democrats.
Sinclair never felt uncomfortable in caucus
Des Moines media this week have been reporting on the dismissal of former Senate Republican Communications Director Kristen Anderson. Anderson is alleging sexual harassment led to this, and Republicans contend that she was dismissed due to her performance. Sen. Amy Sinclair is a female Republican Senator, and says she has never felt uncomfortable around her male counterparts.
Governor includes Marion County in disaster declaration
Governor Terry E. Branstad today issued a third proclamation of disaster emergency in response to recent storms and flooding in south and southeast Iowa. Fifteen counties are included in this proclamation: Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne.
Flags ordered at half-staff on Friday
Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags on the Capitol Complex be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, in observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony which is to be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Oran State Office Building of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Loebsack tours Hormel
Congressman Dave Loebsack paid a visit to Hormel in Knoxville today.
The Sinclair Report
This year’s legislative session was scheduled to last 110 days. We reached that mark on Friday, May 3. Though we are in the final days of the first year of the 85th General Assembly, our adjournment date remains uncertain.
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