Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, invite you to today’s caucus and include a couple news items. With our next session beginning on Jan. 9 we will again be busy in Des Moines and regular newsletters will resume.
Seeking Re-election —Just in case you have not heard, I have announced that I will seek re-election next fall. With new district lines having been drawn due to the 2000 census, our district boundaries will change and the number changes from District 25 to District 58. The new district, which goes into effect with the 2012 election, still includes all of Jackson County, but changes in parts of Dubuque County, drops parts of Clinton County and adds parts of Jones County. With many new legislators in the House, one of my goals is to continue to emphasize bipartisanship and reduce the bickering between parties. Even though the philosophies of the two parties are different, they are both genuine. We need to place the needs of the people before the desires of the parties.
Temp Iowa Work Force Development Office — This summer I worked with Governor Branstad and was able to get a temporary Work Force development office reopened, one day per week, in Maquoketa. It has now been open nine weeks and averages about three people coming in each week.
Caylee’s Legislation —Representative Taylor and I will be taking the lead on a bill making it a felony for failure to report a missing child or for failure to report the death of a child to law enforcement. The bill is still being developed but will be ready when our next session resumes. This is in response to the death of Caylee Anthony in Florida last summer and the failure to convict her mother, Casey, of murder in her death. Many of you have emailed me asking me for such legislation.
Iowa Association of Business and Industry — The Iowa Association of Business and Industry has published their ratings on legislators’ votes on bills and amendments that impact Iowa’s business climate.
I am proud to report that I have a 100 percent voting record for supporting policies that promote job growth.
There were a total of ten votes scored ranging from key issues such as property tax reform, regulatory reforms and initiatives to improve Iowa’s job climate.
With all the rules and regulations that are being proposed, it is important for us to allow small businesses to grow so they can hire more Iowans. I will continue to support efforts to reduce government intervention and make our state more attractive for businesses to flourish. If you should want to see how other legislators voted, visit the www.Iowaprosperity.com website and select “Click Here for 2011 Voting Records.”
This is your chance to have a voice in who Iowa will recommend as the next President of the United States. It may take a little longer than a primary vote but you can hear from candidate representatives and ask questions. The Iowa caucuses mark the first step in the national presidential nomination process for both the Republicans and Democrats. Most states have primaries but both processes end up in selecting delegates for county, then district and then state conventions. Eventually national convention delegates are selected. Ironically, Iowa is one of the last states to choose its national delegates. Instead of going to polls, Iowa’s 1,784 precincts gather at locations such as schools, libraries, churches and even people’s houses to cast ballots. Republicans and Democrats each hold their own caucuses but not at the same locations. Participants must be registered with that party and can change their registration at the caucus location. Additionally, 17-year-olds can participate if they will be 18 by the date of the general election which is Nov. 6. Observers such as media, campaign staff, volunteers and interested parties can attend but cannot be actively involved. Republicans can start signing in at 5:30 p.m. with proceedings beginning at 7 p.m.
If you need to register, please be there by 6:45 p.m. Democrats can start signing in at 6:30 p.m. with proceedings beginning at 7 p.m. If you should need more information, let me know and I will try to get it for you.
Brian Moore, a Republican from Zwingle, represents Iowa House District 25 in the Iowa Legislature.