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Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, April 4, 2019 Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett j ulian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov Putting People to Work Governor Reynolds and Republicans in the legislature have been working hard to continually improve Iowa's economy, and maintain our number one in the nation status. Having the lowest unemployment rate in the nation is great but it does present some challenges and opportunities. I have written more than once about the fact that both here in Iowa and nationwide, we have a number of able bodied individuals who are not working, but who are not counted in the unemployment figures because they are not looking for work. Most Iowans believe in extending a helping hand to those who are disabled and cannot work. We also believe that able bodied people who are receiving welfare benefits should be required to go to work, get training that will allow them to get a job, or do something to give back to their community. Senate File 538 that we just passed in the Senate, requires those receiving Medicaid benefits, who do not have a child under the age of five, to work or do volunteer work at least 20 hours per week, or get job training. If taxpayers are providing healthcare for able bodied people, it is fair and reasonable to expect something in return. As has been said before, our success should not be measured by how many people our welfare system provides for, but how many can become self supporting and no longer need welfare. Getting the skills to get into the workforce helps not only that individual, but his or her family and taxpayers. We need a waiver from the federal government to implement this requirement but the Trump administration is encouraging states to make those requests, so if the House passes the bill, I am optimistic that we will be able to implement it. Waivers have been approved for at least five other states. The bill passed on a party line vote. Solar Subsidies I received a number of comments both pro and con, on Senate File 538 that requires new solar users to pay their fair share for the use of the electrical grid. Currently, those with private solar systems who are customers of a privately owned electric utility company are subsidized by their neighbors who do not use solar systems. Most non solar users do not know that they are subsidizing their neighbors. Existing solar users are grandfathered in under the bill, so they retain their subsidies. It would not be fair to induce people to install solar units relying on the subsidies, and then to take the subsidies away from them. There are benefits to using solar power but there has to be some limit to the subsidies. There are still substantial tax credits, both state and federal, for those who install solar systems. Customers of rural electric co-ops or municipal owned electrical systems are not required to subsidize their neighbors who are solar users. Opponents of the bill argue that the rich utility companies don't "need" the money that solar users have not been paying. This argument misrepresents the nature of the electrical utility business. The state Utilities Board sets rates for the customers of privately owned utilities so that they will have enough income to maintain proper service to their customers, plus a "reasonable" profit. They will receive their "reasonable" profit regardless of how many customers are receiving solar subsidies. The more solar installations there are under the existing system, the higher the rates the other customers will have to pay. American Legion- 100th Anniversary Senate Resolution 11 recognizes the centennial of the six-month formation period, from March 15, 1919 through September 16, 1919, of the American Legion in Iowa. Confirming Governor's Appointees and More The Governor makes a number of appointments that must be confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. That means at least 34 Senators must vote for confirmation. Since there are 32 Republicans in the Senate, to be confirmed a person must receive the votes of at least 2 Democrats. So far there have not been any close calls. As a rule, but not always, the Governor's appointments are confirmed with little or no opposition. In addition we have been debating a number of bills. The average recently would be around 10 per day. Many of them are not particularly controversial, but of course some are. We are also working in earnest on our budget bills. I chair one of these subcommittees and I am facing the challenge of taking a limited amount of money and allocating it in the manner that best benefits the taxpayers. Ban on Traffic Enforcement Cameras We have again voted to ban traffic enforcement cameras, starting July 1st, 2019, with Senate File 343. The vote was 30-19. The bill now goes to the House Killing an Unborn Baby We passed Senate File 523 that provides that the penalty for killing an unborn child without the consent of the mother, results in the same penalty as for killing anyone else. The bill has nothing to do with abortion since it only applies where the mother has not consented to the killing. Pharmacist Dispensed Contraceptives The Senate passed Senate File 513 allowing the dispensing by a pharmacist, of three self-administered, hormonal contraceptives to a woman at least 18 years of age, under certain circumstances. The bill, a priority for Governor Reynolds, allows the dispensing of an initial 3 month supply, and then a one year supply of the contraceptives. The patient would have to certify that she had seen a medical practitioner to receive the contraceptive after two years. In order to participate in this program, pharmacists will have to complete a standardized training program and receive continuing education related to dispensing the hormonal contraceptives. They will also have to obtain a completed self-screening risk assessment from each patient before dispensing the contraceptives, provide the patient with certain written information, provide the patient with a copy of the record of the pharmacist's consultation with the patient, and provide patient counseling. The goal of the bill is to allow women, especially in rural areas, more ready access to these popular contraceptive methods. Obviously this is only an option. As with many drugs, there are possible side effects. No one is obligated to participate. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. As always please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. Iowa Public Television Presents New Season of Iowa Ingredient Season 8 of Iowa Public Television's Iowa Ingredient will feature sizzling new episodes exploring fresh ingredients grown in Iowa, the passionate farmers who produce them and the creative chefs who cook with them. The new season premieres Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. This season, Charity Nebbe hosts a journey through the state to discover Iowa farmers growing and producing peas, ginger, feta cheese, kohlrabi, cauliflower, tofu, cherries and black beans. As always, Iowa Ingredient invites resourceful Iowa chefs to cook with Charity in the studio kitchen, using fresh, local ingredients to create viewer-friendly recipes that can be tried at home. "I continue to be blown away by the innovation, passion and talent of our Iowa growers and chefs," Nebbe said. "Even eight seasons into Iowa Ingredient, I'm still learning so much about our state and the incredible people in it. This is the most delicious kind of education, and I can't wait for more!" New episodes will premiere each week on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. Iowa Ingredient also airs on IPTV Create (.3). The entire season will be available for members to binge watch on IPTV Passport beginning April 4. This season will feature chefs from all across Iowa, including Chef Julie Schoenherr of SoHo American Kitchen in Sioux City, Chef Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City, Master Chef David Baruthio of Baru 66 in Des Moines, Chef Katie Porter of the Wallace Centers of Iowa in Orient and Des Moines, Chef Terrie Kohl of Country Club Market in Clive, Chef Brandy Leuders of The Grateful Chef in Des Moines and special guest Chef Marc Navaille from Basque, France. "Season 8 has a few surprises," said Executive Producer Debra Herbold. "We're hoping some of the more unique ingredients inspire viewers to take the plunge and cook up their own delicious dishes. And we're sharpening our focus on the chefs this season, letting Charity's chemistry with them shine in the studio kitchen." Join Iowa Ingredient on social media for recipes, tips and tricks, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers and more. Follow Iowa Ingredient on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Learn more at Iptv.org/IowaIngredient. School staff members: do you have pictures and information about all the great activities going on in your classrooms and elsewhere at school? Send them our way at news@norwalknewspaper.com. We will also happily accept photos and information from parents, students, and community members. SE POINT. 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Contact Kristy Young, 285-0444, or Kristina. young@dmymca.org for further information including, cost of the program.