Newspaper Archive of
N. Warren Town and County News
Norwalk, Iowa
June 5, 2014     N. Warren Town and County News
PAGE 11     (11 of 28 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 11     (11 of 28 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
June 5, 2014

Newspaper Archive of N. Warren Town and County News produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2022. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Parks & Rec Adult Wine and Paint Class Parks and Rec held an Adult -Wine and Paint class Saturday, May 24, at Rosco's. It was an instructional step- by-step class by Lucinda Sperry, from Art Love Studio in Norwalk. Each participant enjoyed the fun creative way to paint their own creations. Photos submitted. Gustafson Attends Home Base Iowa Bill Signing Ceremony The Governor has offi- cially signed a package of legislation designed to at- tract veterans back to Iowa and ensure they have the opportunities they need to be successful "when they return. Rep. Stan Gustafson (R- Cumming) was a leader on the Home Base Iowa Act and managed several original pieces of the bill through subcommittee, committee and on the House, floor. "Our veterans deserve our greatest appreciation for their service and sacri- rice," said Rep. Gustafson. "It was an honor to work on legislation this year that would ensure these men and women have the op- portunities to put their outstanding skills and training to good use right here in Iowa." The package includes: Military Pension In- come Tax Exemption: Fully exempt military pen- sions from state income tax. Survivor Benefits In- come Tax Exemption: Fully exempt military sur- vivor benefits from state income tax. Occupational Licen- sure: Directs Iowa's occu- pational licensing boards to adopt rules allowing credit for military training Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 Pictured is Rep. Gustafson with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds atthe Home Base Iowa Act bill signing ceremony at Camp Dodge. Photo submitted. and experience in the li- censing process. Hiring preference: Al- lows private sector em- ployers to grant a prefer- ence in hiring arid promot- ing veterans. Plate fees: Eliminates the special plate issuance fees charged for plates as- sociated with military ser- vice. Monitor credits: Re- quires community col- leges, universities and pri- vate institutions to file re-. ports on the amount of credits they are giving to veterans for their service in the military. County Veterans Af- fairs: Helps County Com- missions of Veterans Af- fairs keep veterans records confidential as well as im- proving the policies deal- ing with the care and maintenance of veterans' graves. Disabled Veteran Tax Credit: Expands the cur- rent property tax credit for disabled veterans. "I was pleased to have Representative Stan Gustafson's full support for our bipartisan Home Base Iowa plan," said Gov- ernor Terry Branstad. "To- gether with Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and me, Representative Gus- tafson is working to help bring veterans to Iowa and match their unique skill sets with the high-quality jobs available in our com- munities:" Psephophobia is Ue fear of voting. Call 911 for emergencies ! i Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.io'wa.gov. Home Base Iowa : Governor Brahstad is signing bills passed by the leg- islature to make Iowa a more welcoming place for vet- erans. A goal is to encourage veterans to stay in Iowa or come to Iowa. A main provision of the program is the exemptiort of veterans' pension income from the State income tax. Also, companies will be allowed to give pref- erences to veterans in hiring. Licensing boards are di- rected to take military training into account  the li- censing process. Appropriatel3 the bills were to be signed at Camp Dodge on Memorial Day. Unemployment Statistics and Right to Work Laws I always find it interesting to look at the unemploy- ment rates in states with right to work laws, compared to those without right to work laws. There is not a per- fect correlation and there are obviously variables fr)m state to state. However, of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates, seven are right to work states. Of the seven states with the lowest unemployment rates, six are right to work states. Of the 16 states (including the District of Columbia) with the highest unemploy- ment rates, ten do not have right to work laws. One of the right to work states in the high unemployment group is Michigan. It has only recently passed its right to work law. Looking at the five states with the highest unem- ployment rates, four do not have right to wrk laws. Among the bills that we passed this year are the fol- lowing: Elder Abuse One of the bills that the legislature passed this year had to do with elder abuse. Senate File 2239 defines eld- erly as age 60, which is the same as the federal Older Americans Act. The law provides protections for ,the elderly who are abused by those who are supposed to be helping them, often through a conservatorship or guardianship. While I was still in the House I served as the co-chair of-the Interim Committee that worked on this bill last summer. Coach-Student Sex House File 2474 closed a loophole in Iowa law con- cerning school coaches. The new law makes coaches who do not have teaching certificates or licenses,, subject to the laws prohibiting school employeese.xual relations with students. The prior law only applied to employees with teaching certificates or professional licenses and the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that unlicensed coaches were not covered. Drones House File 2289 requires a warrant to use evidence obtained with the use ofa drone!n court. It also prohib- its the use of drones for traffic enforcement. . Underage Drinking Adults who allow persoris under 18 years of age to consume alcohol on their premises may be subject to - misdemeanor charges, under Senate File 2310. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concems. IOWA GAMES SOCCER: A TOP SPORT OF THE SUMMER GAMES Be a part of the tradition The 2014 Summer Iowa Games youth soccer tourna- ment will kick off July 18 in three Ames locations. Reg- istration deadlines are approaching. Visit www.IOWAGAMES.org to register now. The registration deadlines for the youth soccer tour- nament (U6-U19) are as follows: early registration (post- mark and online), Monday, June 2 and final registration (online only), Wednesda3 June 11. Prices increase by $20 after the early registration deadline. This year marks the 28th annual Summer Iowa Games. The Olympic-style festival highlights over 15,000 athletes in 64 diff6rent sports. In 2013, over 2,300 ath- letes competed in the Iowa Games soccer tournament and the tradition continues. "The Iowa Games largest team sport is youth soccer attracting on average 190 teams each year. The Iowa Games gives youth soccer teams a chance to play be- tween seasons and allows them to compete with teams across the state," said Kim Abels, Sports and Special Events Director. "We are excited to bring these athletes, coaches and spectators to Ames." The youth soccer tournament will take place July 18- 20, the main weekend of the Suinmer Iowa Games pow= ered by the Iowa Food & Family Project. Soccer contin- ues to be the top sport of the Iowa Games, with over 200 teams expected to compete this year. For more information and registration for the 2014 Summer Iowa Games, visit www.IOWAGAMES.org.