Knoxville — "I think it's moving slower than usual," Sen. Amy Sinclair said. Sinclair was in Knoxville today and stopped to visit students at Northward Elementary. In the Senate thus far, she has cosponsored many bills. She filed the first bill of her own last week, which would allow local law enforcement to keep ammunition it seizes from criminals to be used for training and other purposes. Currently, the ammo is required to be sent to, and repurchased from, the state. This bill is one step to provide more local control, Sinclair said. Education remains an issue that occupies her time. The Senate may receive an education reform bill from the House. The other big issue, Medicaid expansion, is one she has not formed an opinion on. She has spoken with health care professionals, and plans to meet with more, before taking a stand. "I want to make sure I have all the facts," Sinclair said. Sinclair has worked to support legislation that coincides with her campaign.She will take part in a forum in Knoxville on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Grassley discusses guns, immigration
During an interview with the Journal-Express this morning, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley explained why he voted against recent gun control legislation.
Loebsack to tour Hormel
Congressman Dave Loebsack will be in Knoxville tomorrow, to tour the Hormel Plant.
Branstad approves commutation request
Gov. Terry E. Branstad today granted Rasberry Williams’ commutation request. Williams, age 67, committed first-degree murder on July 20, 1974, in Black Hawk County. A jury convicted Williams of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to life without possibility of parole. Today Governor Branstad commuted his sentence to life with possibility of parole.
The Heartsill Report
We are all familiar with the phrase: “Slow as molasses in January”. However, given the Iowa Senate’s lethargic action on Education Reform that oft quoted expression may soon be replaced.
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