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Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, May 9, 2019 Senate. News By State. Senator Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov Judiciary Reform We finally were able to pass a judicial nominating commission reform bill, on the last day of the session. To get enough votes to pass the house, it was watered down some over the bill we passed in the senate earlier in the session, but it is a big improvement over the present system. When there is a vacancy in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals, the commission forwards the names of 3 attorneys to the governor. She must pick 1 of the three. I have been working on this issue since 2011 and was pleased to finally have some success. Hopefully we will now have a commission that is more likely to propose to the governor, judges who will be able to set aside their personal political philosophies and apply the constitution and laws as written. The bill containing this reform was the last bill passed by the Senate this year. I was pleased to be able to explain the main provisions of the bill to the senate. The main points are the governor will appoint 9 members of the commission, with confirmation of the senate, compared to 8 now. A Supreme “Court justice will no longer serve on the commission. Iowa lawyers will continue to elect 8 members as they do now. The commission will elect its chair, replacing the Supreme Court justice. The commission members will serve 6 year staggered terms as required by the constitution. Lawyers wishing to run for a position on the commission will only have to get 10 signatures to get on the ballot instead of 50 as at present. This should make it easier for lawyers in smaller towns to get on the ballot. There are no small town attorneys on the current commission. The Supreme Court justices will elect a chief justice for a 2 year term at their first meeting in odd numbered years. The term of the current chief justice will end in 2021, although he could be re-elected. The district nominating commissioners will continue to be selected as they are now, half appointed by the governor and half elected by Iowa lawyers, with a district court judge serving as the ,chair. I was honored to be invited to attend the signing of the bill by the governor. Budget Bills As is often the case, several controversial provisions were included in our final budget bills on the final days of the session. We took away the last taxpayer dollars going to organizations that perform abortions, and prohibited using taxpayer money for sex change surgery as a part of the Human Services budget. As a part of our Justice Systems budget we prohibited the Attorney General from filing suits or taking part as a plaintiff in cases outside the state of Iowa courts, without the approval of the governor, legislature or executive council. He can defend the state when he thinks it is necessary. The House added this provision in reaction to a number of lawsuits that our attorney general has participated in suing President Trump over various policies. There were next to none when Obama was President. As always please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. Norwalk Police Report This information was obtained directly from the Norwalk Police Department. Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Correction: An entry from the 04-19-19 Activity Report was submitted with an error, and should have read: April 17th Vehicle Crash - 200 block of North Avenue. Vehicle driven by Elizabeth Leeper, West Des Moines, struck a vehicle driven by Sonia Roberts, Norwalk. Information was taken and a report forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. April 25th Hit & Run Vehicle Crash — 2600 block Cedar St. Vehicle owned by Michael Garza, Norwalk, was struck while parked in a parking lot. Information was taken and a report was forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Credit Card Fraud — 300 block Wright Rd. Local business reported fraudulent charges on a credit card account. Information was taken and a report was made. Case remains under investigation. Barred Driver — E 27th and Shady Lane Dr. Mateo Lugo, West Des Moines, arrested and charged with Driving While Barred. Subject was also given citations for No insurance, a Registration Violation, and a New Title/Registration Transfer Violation. Subject was processed and transported to the Warren County Jail. April 26th Burglary — 1400 block of Warrior Run. Multiple tools were taken out of a trailer at a residential construction site. Information was taken and a report was made. Burglary — 1200 block of Warrior Run Drive. Multiple tools were taken out of a trailer at a residential construction site. Information was taken and a report was made. Identity Theft — 500 block of Turnberry. Resident reported a fraudulent loan had been taken out using their information. Information was taken and a report made. Investigation remains active at this time. , April 27th Attempted Burglary — 1700 block Peaceful Circle. Unknown person(s) attempted to gain entry to a house under construction. Damage was reported to an entry door. Information was taken and a report made. April 28th Impaired Driver — E. 17th & North Ave. Charles Davis, Norwalk, was arrested and charged with Operating while Intoxicated, and was cited for Failure to Use Headlamps when required, and a speeding violation. Subject was processed and transported to the Warren County Jail. April 30th Fire Investigation 1900 block Cedar St. A fire was reported outside an apartment building, and was extinguished. Information was taken and a report made. Case remains under investigation at this time. May 1st _ Theft Report —— 1900 block Cedar St. Cash was report‘edistolen from a residence. Information was taken and a report made. Case remains under investigation. Hit and Run Vehicle Crash — 2600 block Cedar St. Vehicle owned by Yusuf Ibrahim, Norwalk, was struck while parked in a parking lot. Suspect vehicle left the scene without reporting the crash. Information was taken and a report forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. r», 1. May 3rd Impaired Driver — Sunset Dr & Wakonda. Diego Magana, Nebraska, was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated, and cited for a speed violation, "Subject was processed and transported to the warren County jail. Bro/eer owned property. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE LAKESHORE ESTATES —— CUMMING 13 LOTS —— 3 Acres to 10+, $70,000 to $160,000 (3 LAKE LOTS LEFT)’ , * Lots #5 *thru #9, great‘for horses. Convenient to West ‘Des Moines, children currently in Norwalk Schools can open enroll to Norwalk, otherwise it is Van Meter Schools. a9 miles West of Hwy 28 8C G~l4~ the Cumming Road west of [—3 about 2. miles to curve; leave curve going straight west on 120th Avenue 3/1 mile to Black Gold signs just west of 3090 120th Avenue. Call Black Gold Realty Larry Hughes, 5. 15-681—63 10 Extra copies pf the Norwalk paper can' be purchased I V . ‘ at Casey’s, ' Kum’& Go, Git-N- ' Go, and Fareway. Norwalk Easter Public Library Hours of Operation Monday — Thursday 70 am. ~ 8pm. Friday, 71 am. pm. Saturday 70 am. - 5pm. Sunday, pm. 1051 North Avenue ~ Career Advice for Falsehood Al-Mega By Dorothy Rosby Here’s who I’m mad at today: Nicoteenia Caffeinia, Opulence Here’s How, and the Prize Notification Department, all of whom I received e-mails from today. And, come to think of it, yesterday. I’m always tempted to write back and give spammers a piece of what’s left of my mind. “Are you dumber than lint? What are you thinking? We can send information faster than at any other time in history, and what do you send? Straight Talk on Hair Transplants; DNA Heritage at Discounted Prices; and lots of things I can’t repeat in a family newspaper. You are a sick, sick person.” ' But we don’t talk that way around here, at least not to anyone’s face. Plus, I sincerely believe there’s always hope for rehabilitation, so I’ve composed the following kinder, gentler message: Dear Spammer, Thank you for your e-mail. Your offer is. . .uh. . .fascinating. Unfortunately, at this point, I’m not the least bit interested. What’s more, I’m quite sure I never will be unless, for some reason, I take leave of my senses and lose all ability to reason. But thank you so much anyway. Considering the subjects you discuss freely in your e-mails, I didn’t think you’d mind if I ask a personal question: Does your mother know what you‘re doing with that computer? She loves you (presumably), and she probably brags to her friends that you’re a successful and productive member of society. If she ever finds out the truth, you can bet she won’t be sending you any more care packages. Maybe you should consider a career change. You have many fine qualities, persistence and perseverance, to name a few of the more obvious ones. You can type—sort of. You’ve got guts; most people would be too embarrassed to say the things you say. And you show amazing creativity in the way you continue to come up with new ways to say the same thing: “Give me your money.” Have you ever considered using your many gifts to make a positive contribution? In other words, why don’t you get a real job? A bit of advice though: If you want to be successful in your new career, you may want to invest in a good grammar book and learn to use your spellchecker. Forgive me for being so particular, but I couldn’t help but question your credibility when you tried to s’éll doctoral diplomas with an e-mail that said, “Get a Dekgree. No books, no clasjeses. Of course, I realize they don’t cover spelling in doctoral programs. By the way, congratulations on your “dekgree,” but if I were you, I wouldn’t mention it on any job applications. You may also want to consider changing your name before you head out into the job market. Trust is at the bottom of all good business relationships, and some people find it hard to trust someone with a name like UR Gullible or Falsehood Al-Mega, Of course, if that’s your given name, it’s easy "to understand why you turned out the way you did. Poor thing, you have my sympathyé—but not my credit card number. ‘ Finally, in your next career, try not to be so—how can I say this nicely—so annoying. There are just v certain things no one wants to know about your personal life. And even your own mother doesn’t want to hear from you as often as I do. Follow my advice and you could still make her~proud some day. But please don’t feel like you need to e-mail me your thanks. Dorothy Rosby is a'syndicated columnist and the author of several humor books, including I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got .to Know Me Better. ' ' ’ -‘ " Looking toUpgrade Business or Workplace to L.E.D.s? Call for a free estimate ‘EcoLogix LED Lighting Solutions FrankThomas (515)313-8757 Fthomas@EcoLogix.biz