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Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, February 21, 2019 Cub Scouts Pack 103 Holds Pinewood Derby Submitted by Angela Cooper Ready, Set, Race! Norwalk Cub Scout Pack 103 held their annual pine wood derby race recently. Much fun was had by all, and many boys learned lessons on how to improve the speed of the cars for next year. VARIED INDUSTRIES BLDG, ] ADM. Just $6,00 ] ,(!0 & under ~ree) | IOWA STATE FAIRGROUNDS ] emee PARKmS. em I .: DESMOINES, IOWA ls ' es=se celr ! FrL 5,9; SaL 9-5; Sun. 10-4 ! NOrm Pa~trm Loz c ! ! Both Fa, w a, I South Suburban YMCA Tae Kwon Do Classes The South Suburban YMCA offers Tae Kwon Do, a self-defense-oriented martial art which stresses building self-confidence and coordination, for beginners and advanced. Year-round instruction is led by Kirk Green, a Certified Instructor of the State of Iowa Black Belt Association. The next session runs March 5th - April 25th. For additional information,visit www.south suburbanymca.org, or call the YMCA at 285-0444. Za-Ga-Zig Provost Guard Will Be Selling Nuts This Winter Mammoth Pecan Halves $12 English Walnuts $10 Jumbo Cashews $12 Pistachios in Shell $10 Mixed Nuts (with no peanuts) $11 Honey Roasted Peanuts $7 Chocolate Covered Peanuts $8 All Nuts Are Packaged in 16 oz Bags Get Yours Before They're Gone! Available at N/Warren Town & County News office Tuesday-Friday 9a.m. to 1p.m. Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov February 14, 2019 2nd Amendment: Iowa is one of only six states that do not include Second Amendment protections in its state constitution. The Public Safety Committee has begun working on an amendment to the Iowa Constitution which recognizes that Iowans have a fundamental, individual right to protect themselves, their families, and their liberty. It requires that the highest level of judicial review be applied to any government restriction on that right, just like other fundamental rights. The current plans are to get this issue to the voters in 2022. Education: The House passed two bills this week that provide $90 million new dollars to schools for the upcoming school year. HF 306 set Supplemental State Aid (SSA) at 2.06%. This is the percentage by which the per-pupil amount increases and is the basis for school funding in Iowa. It increased from $6,736 to $6,880 per student, a $144 per student increase. This means for the average class of around 25 students, each class will see an additional $3,600 next year. HF 307 provided a $19 million appropriation into a permanent fund to help districts with their transportation costs. Currently school districts pay for the cost of transporting students to school out of their general fund, meaning higher transportation costs leaves less money for the classroom. This funding goes to districts with the highest costs, with the goal to eventually bring those districts down to the statewide average of $328 per student. The $19 million for next year is a $7.8 million increase over this current year's $11.2 million appropriation for these costs. The law determines how much each district is allowed to spend per student. Due to a decades old decision by the legislature, some districts have a higher authority for spending. About half the districts in the state are up to $170 per student behind those with the highest authority. The legislature closed this gap with a $5 bump per student which narrows the gap to $165 per student from highest to lowest. This increase will cost the state about $2.9 million. If you have questions about the numbers used in my last newsletter, here is the website for the Iowa Department of Education 2018 report, https:// educateiowa.gov/documents/condition-education- report-pk- 12/2019/01/annual-condition-education- report-2018 Veterans: HSB 121 was passed by the Veteran's Committee this week. It alters the changes made in 2016 which allowed for Veterans to present their DD Form 214 to the Department of Transportation in order to receive the "veteran" designation on their license. Veterans will be required to complete this paperwork at their county VSO before going to the Department of Transportation to receive this designation. By meeting with their VSO, veterans will also be able to learn about other services they may be eligible to receive. Judicial: HSB 110 will be changing the ways that members are selected to be on the Judicial Nominating Committee, which is composed of both lawyers and lay persons and which provides the Governor with the names of three candidates when there is an opening in the Supreme Court, plus other changes. The changes will ensure that the selection of the Commission members give every day Iowans a larger voice in the process and do nothing to weaken or undermine Iowa's merit-based judicial selection system. Agriculture: Century and Heritage Farms: The Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Century and Heritage Farm Recognition. Applications for these programs can be found on the Department's Program link: https:// iowaagriculture.gov/administrative/department- programs?utm medium=email&utm source=govdelivery Specialty Crops: The Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Grant program. Proposals must be received on or before 4:00 p.m on Friday, March 1. For more information, go to the Block Grant program: https://www.iowaagriculture.gov/ Horticulture and FarmersMarkets/ specialtyCropGrant, asp?utm medium=email &utm source=govdelivery&utm medium =email&utm source=govdelivery Forum: I usually attend the Norwalk Town Hall Meeting the second Saturday of the month 9:00 am to 10:30 am at City Hall. The next one is Saturday, March 9th.