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NORTH WARREN TOWN AND COUNTY NEWS P.O. Box 325, 1122 Main St. Ste. 1, Norwalk, IA 50211 515-981-0406 A weekly publication of Klein Publications, Inc. Published every Thursday in Norwalk, Iowa Official newspaper for Norwalk, Cumming, Norwalk Community School District and Warren County. Member of Iowa Press Association and National Newspaper Association Steven F. Klein Publisher Sally Huntoon Advertising/Managing Editor Arlene Knust Typesetter/Office Lori Ford Proofer/Office Established May 1968 by Dorothy L. Graham Subscription Rates: $18 per year - Single Copy 50 cents Senior Citizens and College Students $15 per year Residents outside Warren, Madison & Polk Co. - $24 per year Periodicals Postage Paid at Norwalk, Iowa and Additional Mailing Offices ALL COPY/ADS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12 NOON FRIDAY TO INSURE PUBLICATION IN NEXT ISSUE We reserve the right to accept or refuse all advertisingl We reserve the right to cancel any advertisement at any time. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to P.O. Box 325, Norwalk, IA50211 Member of: National Newspaper Iowa Newspaper Association Association Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 N/Warren Town and County News I" I I I Senate News By State Senator JulfanB. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. School Start Date We debated the school start date bill in the Senate on March 10. Under the Senate bill, local school districts would be able to decide their school start dates. We passed the bill 32-17 with one Senator absent. I voted for the bill. A large group of students, parents and school officials visited the Capitol that day to discuss the im- portance of the year-round school calendar at Irving Elementary School in Indianola. The House Education Committee passed its version of the bill February 11. It appears that the final House bill will contain a "compromise" provision that does not allow schools to start before August 23. I am opti- mistic that we will be able to get a waiver provision in the bill allowing year-round schools to start earlier. I expect the "compromise" bill to pass the House and Senate. If we do nothing, we will be subject to the cur- Over 180 Bills and Resolutions made it through Fun- nel Week with the following Committee breakdown: Ag- riculture 11; Commerce 20; Education 29; Economic Growth* 5; Environmental Protection 3; Human Re- sources* 17; Judicial* 17; Labor 2; Local Government 14; Natural Resources 6; Public Safety 6; State Government 19; Transportation 9; Veterans Affairs* 4_ Some of the Bills have been pas e t by both the House and the Sen- ate and signed by the Governor, some of the Bills have been referred to the Appropriations or the Ways and Means Committees and some have been placed on the House Calendar to be debated. The House has been debating and passing Bills all during the session' between Committee meetings. rent law that does not allow schools to start before the week that includes September 1. Revenue Estimate With the new revenue estimates out March 19, we will be able to move forward with the budget bills. With everyone expecting a lower revenue estimate, it has been nearly impossible to do serious budget work. Gun Rights Last week the House passed House File 527 that makes several changes in the law involving permits to carry firearms and permitting the ownership of sound suppressors, commonly called silencers, that I described last week. We passed a very similar bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee and we are now waiting to see if Senator Gronstal will bring it up for a vote on the floor. Internet Fantasy Sports Gambling The Senate passed a bill to legalize internet sports fantasy gambling as long as it involved no high school players. The proponents insisted that the bill really did not involve gambling. They claimed it was skill. I did not buy that argument. No matter how much time a person spends studying different players, there are al- ways times when the star has an off day and someone comes off the bench and scores 20 points to win the game. No one can predict when things like that are go- ing to happen. I believe betting on the performance of a player or players involves as much luck as skill. I voted against the bill. Wilder Elementary Visit A number of students from Wilder Elementary in Now that the first Funnel Week has passed, many of the Indianola visited the Capitol Thursday, March 12. I en- Committeemeetings have been cancelled and the House . joyed visiting with them and answering questions about is focusing almost full time on the passing of Bills. All how the Senate works. Bills debated this week can be found in the House Ac- tion Archives under the Legislation tab of the legisla- tive website: www.legis.iowa.gov. If you want to know how I voted on each Bill you can access the House Jour- nal under the Senate/House tab on the website. Note that amendments are generally voted on by voice vote unless a Legislator requests a roll call vote. Votes on the actual Bill is a roll call vote. If there is a Senate Bill that is identical the House substitutes the Senate Bill for the House Bill before voting. I continue to receive emails and letters from constitu- ents about the proposed 1.25% increase in the Supple- mental School Aid. Current revenue collections are trail- ing the December estimate. Actual returns are lagging behind the REC projection. If revenue continues to come in below expectations, the March revenue estimate (due March 19) may require that the 1.25% SSA already ap- proved by the House to be revised downward. Spending more taxpayer money above the 1.25% level requires real reductions in other areas of the state budget like Medicaid or it requires an immediate tax increase. The last Bill on the Agenda for House debate this week was HF573. This Bill requires physicians who per- form an abortion to certify that an ultrasound has been performed and the mother given the opportunity to view the ultrasound image of the fetus and the option of hear- ing the heartbeat and hearing a description of the ultra- sound image before an abortion can take place. After several hours of spirited and emotional debate about the Bill and potential amendments relative to both the ultrasound procedure as well as abortion in general the Bill was passed and will be sent to the Senate. The House Manager of the Bill ended the debate with a question. If we are assuring the rights of men and women, why not also the rights of the unborn? I voted for the Bill be- cause I believe an expectant mother should have all in- formation available so that she can make an informed decision. You can find my webpage under the "Our Members" tab at www.iowahouserepublicans.com. Upcoming Town Hall Meeting I will be at the Administration Building on Boston Street in Indianola for a Town Hall Meeting, Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be in the second floor meeting room. The public is welcome and invited to ask questions or make comments on whatever is on their mind. I hope you can make it. O'Leary Funerat & Oemation Sen~,:es ,T Eric E. O'Leary debrat:~nofL~Ceme~ C~,ner & Director We are a full service funeral home. Let us assist in your time of sorrow. Pre-Arrangements. Monuments Grief Support www.olearyfunerals.com 1020 Main Street Norwalk (515) 981-0700 Start the day off right! 515-223-1150 P.O. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.kwlo].com Thursday, March 19, 2015 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Worship at these Norwalk Area Churches NORWALK CUMMING Christ Our Savior Harvest Church Lutheran Church (LC-MS) (Evangelical Free) 515 Sunset Dr. 4225 N. Birch Ave. 515-897-4183 PO Box 115 Steven Klawonn, Pastor 981-4321 9:00 am Worship harvestchurchcumming.com 10:30 am Sunday School Thomas Cackler, Pastor Wed. Family Education 6:30 pm Sunday 10 am Worship Wed. Confirmation: 5th-8th grade *** 6:30 pm DES MOINES *** Christian Life Crossroads Church Assembly of God Church 2601 Border St. Fleur Drive and Hwy 5 www.2thecrossroads.com Warren Hunsberger, Pastor Glen Blumcr, Pastor 515-953-0322 515-287-8580 10 am Worship 9:30 am Worship Children's Ministry, 0-5 Nursery & Children's Kids' Church 6 years & up Programming Nursery ages 0-2 3 years old through 5th grade 6:30 pm - Wed. Elevate Youth Wed. 6:30 pm K-12th grades*** *** Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Community 9936 County Line Rd. 285-8871 Church www.gracecares.net 225 North Ave. Doug VanWey, Pastor www.fccnorwalk.org 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Rob Jones, Pastor 10:45 am Worship 981-0699 Jr. & Sr. High, Men's and Sunday Morning Services: Women's Ministry 8:30 & 10:30 am Nursery. Provided Disciple City for Children: *** (18 months-5th grade) Mt. Zion Church of God Sunday Mornings, 8383 Ridgeview Dr. 8:30 & 10:30 am David Chu, Pastor Quality childcare provided664-2828 *** for children under 18 mo. Sonshine Choir for K-5th: MARTENSDALE Sunday Evenings, 6 pm Martensdale Comnmni.ty New! Fellowship Kids: (An Evangelical Free Church) Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 pm 1 Mile North of Martensdale on 'Unstoppable" for Jr. High: (6th- Hwy 28 8th grade) Jeremy Kidder, Pastor Sunday Evenings, 6-8 pm 641-764-2491 'Unshaken" for Sr. High: (9th- Worship: 9 am 12th grade) Bible Study: 10:30 am Jr. High & Sr. High Youth: 6 pm Sunday Evenings, 6-8 pm *** Sunday First Baptist Church *** Sunset Dr. & Mafred St. Paul Lutheran Church 981-4391 (Evangelical Lutheran Church Trey Perrott, Pastor in America) 9:30 am Coffee Fellowship 615 Iowa Ave. 10 am Morning Worship 641-764-2752 5:30 pm Sunday Kids Ron Mohr, Pastor, 770-1286 and Adult Ministries Don Rothweiler, Pastor Class for all ages 9:30 am Worship Nursery Provided Call for times on Adult and Wednesday Night Link Groups Children Bible Studies New Life Lutheran Church PROLE 4380 Wakonda Dr. - 285-5965 Linn Grove www.newlifenorwalk.org United Methodist Church Nate Liedtke, Pastor 7483 50th St. - 981-4062 8:15 am & 10:30 am WorshipGinni Otto, Pastor 9:30 am Sunday School Free-will offering Childcare Provided Breakfast 8-9:30 am *** 10 am Worship Norwalk Christian Church Adult Sunday School - 11 am (Disciples) *** 701 Main St. - 981-0176 INDIANOLA Travis Stanley, Pastor Freedom Fellowship Church Marti Stanley, Pastor (IFFC) 8:30 am Informal Worship 2604 N. Jefferson Way 9:15 am Church School 515-961-5755 10:30 am Worship Pastor Jeff Rabe Nursery Provided Pastor's Cell 515-333-2458 Wed. pm CYF & Chi Rho 9:30 am Sunday Worship *** 12:45-2 pm Wed. Adult Bible Norwalk United Study Methodist Church Tues.-Thurs. is for 1801 Sunset Dr. - 981-4251Community Food Closet. Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko (Please call for availability) 8:15 am Worship *** 9:15 am Sunday School Good Shepherd 10:30 am Worship Evangelical Lutheran Church 5:30 pm Saturday Worship (ELS) Nursery Provided 202 N. Kenwood - 962-0351 *** Robert Hatting, Pastor St. John the Apostle 9 am Worship Catholic Church 10:15 Sunday School 720 Orchard Hills Dr. *** 981-4855 FAX 981-9475 Father John Ludwig The above free listings are to Sacrament of Reconciliation Help newcomers know the 4 pm Saturday Regular worship schedules of Masses: 5 pm Saturday Norwalk-area churches. Special 9 am Sunday Events and services will not be Nursery, Sunday School listed here. Policy: Churches must be in the Norwalk Area and in Warren County for this free listing.