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Page Fo’tii'v N/Warren Town and County News Legislative Newsletter ' Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 stan.gustafson@>legis.iowa.gov March 21, 2019 On March 19, the Iowa House of Representatives heard and unanimously passed HR14 recognizing the centennial of the forming of the American Legion, which was formed March 15—17, 1919. Later that morning, Governor Reynolds signed a Proclamation commemorating the same event. The American Legion is recognized as a very important Veteran’s group which has continued to benefit the State and people of Iowa for many years. Iowa’s Unemployment Rate: Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate was 2.8 percent one year ago. The US. unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent in January. “More Iowans than ever are now employed,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “This is the fourth straight month for job gains. These positive numbers reflect the efforts we are making through Registered Apprenticeship, Home Base Iowa and Future Ready Iowa.” The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 40,600 in January from 40,400 in December. The current estimate is 5,900 lower than the year ago level of 46,500. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,654,400 in January. This figure was 3,200 higher than December and 22,500 higher than one year ago. Some Bills passed} this week: SF 274 prohibits public universities and community colleges from adopting so-called speech codes that violate the First Amendment. Speech codes often seek to ban speech that some students and school leaders deem unacceptable. Public universities and community colleges in Iowa will be required to add policies that acknowledge intellectual freedom and free expression are essential on campus. HF 690 develops the framework for a community- based mental health system specifically designed for Idiivva’s kids. The bill focuses on building the ififrastructure necessary by bringing together mental health professionals, parents, and advocates, as well as educators and other representatives from Iowa’s K-12 system. Each mental health region will have a local care coordinator dedicated to assisting parents connect with providers near their community to find treatment for a child with a mental health issue. HF 644 is the state implementation of the federal Family First Act, related to foster care and gives preference to placing children with relatives, when possible, rather than strangers. MO'fiiERS. DAUGHTERS. SISTERS, FRIENDS HF 598 gives parents an opportunity to have siblings that are in the same grade placed in the same classroom. If a parent chooses to make this request, school administrators can consult with previous teachers and make a recommendation. The parents make the final decision While also providing the schools an ability to make changes if there is disruptive behavior that impacts other student’s learning. HF 659 protects children and Victims’ rights by allowing minors who are a prosecution witness to be deposed outside the presence of the defendant. Oftentimes these children could be the Victim of the defendant they are expected to speak against. Placing a young person in the presence of their abuser could cause serious long-term trauma. Journals: The above Bills are just a small number of the Bills passed by the House this week. Both the House and the Senate publish journals on a daily basis. These journals list the Bills introduced and the Bills voted on, with how each Legislator voted. You can access these journals at the Legislative website: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ under the Senate/House tab: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ chambers Extension for Taxpayers in Flooded Areas: Governor Reynolds recently declared many Iowa counties as disaster areas. Because of this, the Iowa Department of Revenue has granted a 30-day extension and suspension of any penalty or interest for taxpayers whose principal residence or business is located in the disaster areas and whose payment or return is due on or before March 31. This includes all tax types. The governor has issued declarations for 41 counties impacted by the recent flooding: Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Sioux, Tama, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright. Iowa code authorizes Iowa Department of Revenue Director Kraig Paulsen to extend the period of time for filing tax returns and making associated payments. 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, April 13th. nly about half of the women living with HIV have achieved viral suppression" ; Warren Corty fire-r“ Thursday, March 28, 2019 iff’s Report This information was obtained (lll‘wf‘ijJ mm: , the Warren County Sheriff‘s ()fli': r Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven gouty in a court of law. March 11th Greenfield Township — child endangerment. Alexis Ficek, 28, Pleasant Hill, reported possible child endangerment. Investigation continues. March 12th Greenfield Township — violation no contact order. Katie Mills, 29, Norwalk, reported violation of a no- contact order. Greenfield Township violation no contact order. James Shelley, 62, Norwalk, was arrested for violation of a no contact order. Linn Township — traffic. Shane Roberts, 45, Altoona, was arrested on an outside agency warrant. During arrest, deputies located an uncased loaded. shotgun on the back seat of Mr. Roberts truck. A_Q_G_I_D_E_NT_S. March 18th 23:25, 8000 Elk Hwy 65/69: Michael Wayne Armstrong, Carlisle, was traveling northbound in the 8000 block of Highway 65/69. A deer entered the roadway and was struck with the front end of Armstrong’s car. Armstrong’s car sustained an estimated $2000 damage to the front end. Car was recently purchased and not registered at this time. Armstrong’s car was able to be driven away from the scene. March 20th 4:06, Interstate 35/135: Zholdubai Zhumabaev, Fort Collins, CO, was traveling s/b at approximately the 61MM 1-35 s/b. Zhumabaev ran off the road straight and rolled onto its side. No one was injured in the accident. Zhumabaev was hauling paper and was going to Kansas City. Zhumabaev’s truck was leaking diesel fuel so has mat and the DNR were contacted. Zhumabaev was cited for failure to maintain control. ‘Iowa State Fair Way We Live Award Entries are open for the 2019 Iowa State Fair Way We Live Award. The Way We Live Award, in its ll-th year of recognizing outstanding farm families, will identify six Iowa families who exemplify hard working farm values and a love for the occupation of farming. So far, the Way We Live Award has been given to 63 well- deserving Iowa families. To enter your family or someone you know, submit an entry form that describes how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family’s life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family’s commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair’s website at http://www.iowastate fair.org/participate/way- we-live-award/. Entries can be mailed to Iowa State Fair, Emily Wynn, PO. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317 or emailed to ewynn@ iowastatefair.org. All entries must be post- marked or e-mailed by May 17, 2019. Winners will receive a prize package including $250 cash, fair admission, a parking pass, food vouchers, and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, 2019. Iowa’nepartment ‘ of Public Health