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In the Statehouse

February 8, 2011
Dysart Reporter

By

State Representative Dawn

Pettengill

Hope you all survived the storm better than we did down here! It was quite a mess, but I'm amazed at how good of a job the snow removal crew does. All of the hours they put in while we are sleeping, to keep us safe when we do get on the road, is heartwarming. A big shout out to those people - Thank You! Then, when I get home this weekend, one of my great neighbors had cleared my driveway! Not sure, but I think it is Don Miller across the street - Many thanks! Being gone all week, I never know what I will have when I get there.

The town hall meetings have been great so far! Really good feedback and ideas, that is what we have them for. Next weekend there will be no in-district meetings, due to the regulatory reform hearings scheduled on Saturday. As a reminder, I am chairing hearings around the state, with the Senate and Governor's office to hear from you on what rules and regulations are standing in your way of being successful or creating jobs. We will come back to the Capitol and try to bust through those barriers for you. If you are interested in attending one of those, the February 12th schedule is 9:30 a.m. Ames Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Newton Manufacturing, 4:00 p.m. Interpower in Oskaloosa. I look forward to hearing from you either at home or on the road.

To try to recap last week will be difficult, but here you have it briefly. We had a public hearing on and debated the Marriage Amendment. We voted out of Ways and Means a 20% across the board income tax reduction, a $47 million property tax reduction for the budget guaranteed schools who will be impacted by the 0% allowable growth,

Oh my goodness, a fire drill for crying out loud! Be right back. Update: Apparently someone burned popcorn in the Senate and set off the alarms that sent everyone, depending on how responsible they are: out of the building or running to the bathrooms or standing around in the basement like nothing was happening. I will not tell you which category I fell into.

Back to Ways and Means, we also heard a presentation on school aid funding. In State Government, we voted out a bill making candidates responsible for middle of the night campaign calls (lots of people mad about those). In Commerce, we had two great presentations: Susan Voss, our Insurance Commissioner and Bill Fehrman, President of Mid-American Energy. For Government Oversight, again, we heard testimony by the Iowa Association of School Boards. Finally, we debated the Health Care Freedom Act, which states Iowa citizens will not be forced to purchase health insurance, unless they choose to. We modeled our law after Virginia's which protected their citizens and held up in court.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me at the Capitol at 515-281-5412 or send an email to dawn.pettengill@legis.state.ia.us

 
 

 

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