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Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, July 11, 2019 Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett j ulian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov Nominating Commission Case Dismissed A Polk County district court judge has dismissed the case brought by several Democrats challenging the constitutionaIity of the judicial reform law that we passed last April. This is the law that removes a Supreme Court justice from the State Nominating Commission and replaces him with an additional appointee by the Governor. This Commission proposes three persons for membership on the Supreme Court or Appeals Court when there are vacancies. You may recall that the Governor must pick one of the three. The new law gives the Governor nine appointments to the Commission with eight being elected by Iowa attorneys. There are still 17 members on the Commission as there were before. In addition, the Supreme Court Justices elect a chief justice for a two year term as opposed to the eight year term at present. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs in the case did not have standing to bring the unconstitutionality .claims. Standing is a legal concept that says to bring a lawsuit challenging the constitutiOnality of a law; you must be personally damaged by the law in question. You cannot file a suit just because you think a suit should be filed. You must show that you will be or :you are being personally damaged by the law that is challenged by the suit. For example, if A is injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of C, A can sue C for damages. B, A's neighbor, cannot sue C for A's damages Though this example does not involve a constitutionality claim, it does illustrate the standing principle. .It may well be that the plaintiffs in the case will ,appeal to the Supreme Court. Iowa Revenue Increases "~ Preliminary figures released by thee Legislative Services Agency indicate that state revenues grew by $287.8 million in fiscal 2018, that ended June 30, .2018, as compared to fiscal 2017. Income tax receipts ,grewby almost $241 million which accounts for most of the growth. Sales taxes increased by $69 million. Some tax receipts went down leaving the balance of a $287.8 million increase. Some of the.income tax revenue increase is because of federal deductibility. Iowa taxpayers can deduct their federal income tax payments on their state income tax returns. Since the federal income tax rates were lowered, Iowans had a little less to deduct on their state returns. That only makesup a small part of the total revenue increase h6wever. Final figures will not be available until September after the books are officially closed. July 4th Parades Nancy-and I enjoy walking in the many parades around Warren and Madison Counties during the ~ear. Especfally significant are the parades held on July 4, remembering our Declaration of Independence, and the sacrifices that many have made over the years protecting our freedoms. There are four parades in our district on July 4. Norwalk, Carlisle and Earlham all have theirs at 10:00. Milo has theirs at 11:00. We were able 'to walk in the Norwalk parade and theu hustle over to Milo and get in on the parade there. Rex and Karen Young represented us in Carlisle and Cassie Bond and crew represented us in Earlham. Representative Stan Gustafson joined us in Norwalk and Milo. Aaron :? DeKock joined iis in Norwalk. We also enjoyed walking in the Patterson Patriotic Parade on June 30th: We Vere joined there by Representative Gustafson and Diane Fitch. -As always please feel free to contact me with your : ideas or concerns. HEATING, COOLING & PLUMBING In-Floor ~ Geothermal Heating Insured & Certified (515) 989-0106 SALES -- SERVICE -- REPLACEMENT BATHROOM REMODEL Warren County Historical Society Needs Greeters for RAGBRAI News from WCHS: We are organizing volunteers to help promote the Warren County Historical Society and our theme this year: 'T~/omen's Suffrage." On July 23rd we need greeters for the 18,000 people coming to Indianola from Norwalk. We will be located at the Community Church of Christ at 1609 W. Euclid Ave, which is the corner of Kenwood Ave. and Euclid Ave. in Indianola. We will have one hour times available from 11:00 a.m. until stopping at 4:00 p.m. The museum volunteers will be handing out fliers encouraging the bikers to visit our museum to learn about the education George Washington Carver received here and the other historical displays we have. The church will have restrooms available and water as well. We need 5 or more ladies and girls dressed in white dresses with yellow sashes each hour. A hat finishes the costume as you smile, wave a flag, answer questions, give directions, and hand out fliers. At 4:00 p.m. Marilyn Lawson will give a presentation at the museum on the suffrage timeline of 1776-1920. Bikers can relax in air conditioning and rehydrate on water. They can park their bikes near the windmill. Everyone is welcome to hear the presentation. What a wonderful way to become aware of the history of Warren County! Many of you have your costumes from the Log CabinDay parade last September. Please let Marilyn Lawson know what time you will be available to teach about our special museum on July 23rd. Contact: 515-961-2284 or 515- 371-1223 or mlaws5@mchsi.com. Events at the Neal Smith / ' National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer on Second Saturday Stewardship Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the monthly Second Saturday Stewardship activity on Saturday, July 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. If you have thought about volunteering at the Refuge, this is a great opportunity to do so. Weather permitting, the project for this Saturday will be planting outside. In case of rain, we will be transplanting indoors. If you ,would like to volunteer Saturday, or at any other time, please contact Nancy Corona at 515-994-3444 or Nancy Corona@fws.gov Bison Talk and Wildflower Walk Join a volunteer ranger at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday; July 13th, at 1:30 p.m. and participate in a short program on the natural history and management of the American Bison Then take a guided walk to the butterfly garden located just outside the visitor center to enjoy and learn about prairie wildflowers. Please call to pre- register at 515/994-3400 or email Doreen van ryswyk@fws.gov. .Summer Photo Hike Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will host the sumfner Photo Hike on Sunday, July 14, from 7:00 a.m. ~o 8:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at the Prairie Learning Center at 7:00 a m. sharp before leaving for a~specified area on the Refuge. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Briilg your camera equipment, comfortable closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, insect repellent, a water bottle and your sense of wonder. Weather permitting~ be prepared to go off the Walking trails. In case of inclement weather, the Photo Hike will be cancelled. Please check Facebook for any cancellations. Pre-registration is required. Please sign up in advance by contacting Doreen Van Ryswykat 515- 994-3400 or Doreen vanryswyk@fws.gov: Photo Contest Entry Deadline Entries for the 2019 Neal Smith NWR photo contest are due by July 15th. Entries must be postmarked by July 15tl~0r dropped off at the Visitor Center by July 15th. Entries must have been taken on the Refuge. More info, including contest rules and entry forms, can be found on the Neal Smith NWR website. You may also pick up information at the Refuge or contact Doreen vanryswyk@fws.gov to have the forms emailed or mailed to you. All contest entries will be on display at the refuge during November and December. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located at 9981 Pacific Street in Prairie City. This Is Iowa Campaign Launched to Encourage People to Choose Iowa A new effort to encourage people from across the nation to visit, live, and work in Iowa has been launched by Governor Reynolds. The "This is Iowa" campaign is designed to spur economic growth by revealing the great quality of life that is available here. For example, a video released earlier this month captures New York residents realizing how Iowa is not only cost-effective but home to modern amenities, short commutes, and award-winning recreation and Culture. "Iowa is the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family," said Gov. Reynolds. "With the entire country struggling to attract and train a quality workforce, Iowa has taken the lead in addressing this challenge holistically. This is Iowa will raise awareness to the numerous opportunities that exist to establish careers, raise families, and have new experiences. There has never been a better time to tell our story and to encourage both businesses and people to make Iowa their home." The state is looking to recruit new residents and train existing workers to fill a growing number of high-demand job openings. This is Iowa builds on successful in-state efforts to close the skills gap between employee training levels and business needs, such as Future Ready Iowa, Registered Apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning """: - - oppo~,m~ms. Market research commissioned by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) shows about two-thirds of travelers seriously consider moving to a new place after visiting. However, most people are unable to relocate without having a job lined up, preferably in an industry with growth potential, and most do not associate Iowa with cutting-edge careers or qu ity Of life attributes like recreational'or cultural a~'vities. "Iowans are humble by" nature, so we tend not to brag about life here. As a result, people have outdated perceptions of our state," said Debi Durham, director of IEDA and the Iowa Finance Authority. "But the truth is, you can live big in Iowa! The video released is a perfect example of how This is Iowa will challenge people's expectations and increase-awareness of the benefits of traveling and doing business here." Through a variety of communication channels including advertising, social media, digital, and influencer outreach, This is Iowa will reach target audiences inside and outsidethe state showing what it's really like to visit, live, and work in Iowa. Visit ThisIsIowa.com to see stories and learn about Iowa's affordability, natural beauty, economic viability, and lifestyle/culture. Use #ThisisIowa to join the Conversation on Twitter and Instagram. Iowa WorkforCh Development Launches New Employment Services System Iowa Workforce Development has launched the new IowaWORKS online employment services system across the state. The IowaWORKS site provides a variety of emp!oyment resources, tools, and services to meet the needs of customers, employers, and staff members. Iowa Workforce Development modernized the system to align with the regulations of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), which streamlines employment resources and makes services more accessible. N~w and existing users can connect to the IowaWOi KS system at regional IowaWORKS offices and anywhere they have internet access. "IowaWORKS is a customer-centric program :that makes it easier to navigate our employment services," " said director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development. "Whether you are job seeker posting a resume or an employer looking for the right candidate, the IowaWORKS system helps connect Iowans to opportunities throughout the state." Key IowaWORKS features include individual user portfolio, assisted job search, resume and letter builder, virtual recruiter, and advanced skills matching. For more information about the new IowaWORKS employment services system, visit www.Iowa WORKS.gov.