Statehouse News
February 26, 2010

    The 2010 legislative session is underway and we have a lot of work ahead of us. My priorities this year include balancing the budget, quality education and creating good jobs. I encourage you to contact me with your ideas and suggestions.

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    Texting While Driving Ban Passes House

    In an effort to improve safety on Iowa’s roadways and save lives, the House approved a ban on text messaging, instant messaging, and e-mailing while driving this week.

    Numerous studies have shown that texting is one of the more serious distractions, even showing that a person who is texting is 23 times more likely to be in an accident. Read More

    Care of Animals Legislation Passes to Governor

    In an effort to protect pets and pet owners, the state will be authorized to inspect federally licensed commercial establishments which breed and care for cats and dogs. The inspection cannot take place unless a complaint has been filed with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

    This was one of the recommendations from a ten member interim committee that met last fall. Livestock is exempt from these requirements. Read More

    Study Increases Iowa’s Wind Power Potential

    In another boost to Iowa’s renewable energy efforts, a new study by the American Wind Energy Association has increased Iowa’s potential for generating wind energy.

    Iowa now has wind generation of about 3,670 megawatts, and the study has increased Iowa’s potential to 370,000 megawatts, about four times greater than previously estimated. This places Iowa 7th in the country in potential. Read More

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Governor Signs Bill to Help Participants in Cancer Trials

Job Training for Disabled Veterans

Governor Signs Bill to Stop Dishonest Auto Repair Shops

Power Fund Community Grant Applications Due

Disaster Case Management to Be a Permanent Process

Iowa Flood Outlook Grim

Measures to Help Iowa’s Pheasant Hunters

DNR Seeking New Slogan for Volunteer Program

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