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t Thursday, December 11, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. ACLU Sues to Restore Felon Voting Rights The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued Governor Branstad and Secretary of State Matt Schultz, in the Polk County District Court, asking the Court to restore voting rights automatically to felons who have completed their sentences. This had been the practice when Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver were Governor. Governor Vilsack has issued an executive order restor- ing voting rights automatically to felons when they had served their sentences. Before that, felons had to apply to the Governor to have their rights restored. The Gov- ernor then had discretion to restore them or not. When Governor Branstad took office again in 2011, he re- scinded the Vilsack order and the current practice is that felons must apply to have their rights of citizenship, including voting rights, restored. Restoration of citizen- ship rights does not restore the felon's firearms rights. That is a separate procedure. Restoration of citizenship rights should not be confused with a pardon. A pardon restores all citizenship rights and all firearms rights. The ACLU suit is based on a provision of the Iowa constitution that bars those who have committed an "in- famous crime" from voting. The ACLU contends that Iowa Code Section 39.3 (8) is unconstitutional. That sec- tion says "infamous crime" means conduct that is de- clared to be a felony in the Iowa Code, or conduct con- stituting a felony under federal law. The ACLU claims that most felonies are not "infamous crimes." Courts have become more and more active when it comes to declaring laws that they don't like unconstitutional in recent years. It's hard to predict how the courts will rule in this case. It will almost certainly end up in the Iowa Supreme Court. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov or 515-281-3371. What's the worst thing that can happen to a quarter- back? He loses his confidence. -Terry Bradshaw Warren County Agri- cultural Extension District has received a $3,649.60 grant from Warren County Philanthropic Partnership. Grant funds will help to further engage kids in Sci- ence, Technology, Engi- neering and Mathematics (STEM) through the 4-H Robotics Project. "I have been able to see 4-Hers grow and problem solve through Robotics. I am excited they will have the ability to continue to be challenged and that the Robotics Project will be able to serve more youth!" said Andrea Palmer, County Youth Coordina- tor. Dick Wittry, 4-H Ro- botics Project Leader con- Book Your~ H~ P'~rty Today : Full menu - OR - Ctb--tom wlenu * Company ! 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In 2004 the Iowa legislature passed several bills to encourage founda- tion building and commu- nity based philanthropy. Among these measures was H.F. 20132 which pro- vided that non- ambling counties, initiating a county-wide community foundation would be eli- gible to receive one half of one percent of the state's gross gambling tax re- ceipts. Twenty-one grant ap- plications were received and nine organizations across Warren County shared in the funding. YMCA Thi s year's Tom Guessford Memorial Bas- ketball Tournament is be- ing held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21, at South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Rd. Entry fee is $175 and is open to boys and girls, grades 4th-8th. Each player will receive a tour- nament t-shirt and medals will be awarded to cham- pionship and runner-up teams in each division. There is a three-game guarantee. Games will be officiated by certified ref- erees. News South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Rd.; Champions Sports Center, 4600 Park Ave.; and Lin- coln South, 1000 Porter Ave. Contact robby.beyer @dmymca. Tournament sites are Betty Lester Betty Lester's Jewelry at O'Leary Gift Shop Betty Lester, who makes unique jewelry us- ing the art of wire wrap- ping specializing in pol- ished natural stones, now has her product on sale and on display at O'Leary's Flowers for Ev- ery Occasion and Gift Shop located at 1020 Main St. She welcomes custom orders. The flower and gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and anytime by appoint- ment. Area residents are fa- miliar with Baubles and Bangles by Betty because they were formerly on dis- play and sold at Eclectic Artisans, prior to its clos- ing. Some of her creations have been shown at lapi- dary shows throughout the area. 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