The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


February 22, 2014

Several bills work way through Legislature

The ATV bill, chaired House Study Bill (HSB-662) is passed through our committee. I’ve also been watching its companion bill, Senate Study Bill (SSB-3192) allowing ATVs to travel on county roads.

Three changes were made to our House bill, those being: allowing counties to opt-out of this program, eliminating the need for license fees and reducing the maximum speed from 45 mph to 35 mph. The House study bill now moves to the House floor.

• Transportation Committee – Lemon Law Revision was passed on the House floor. Formerly HF2051 is now HF2181. This raises the upper limit to 15,000 lbs on vehicles that fall under Iowa’s lemon law.

• Agriculture Committee — Spay & Neuter bill, chaired HF-2123 which provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners for spay and neuter veterinary services.

Financial assistance will be administered by a three-member board that will be made up of the State veterinarian, a member of the Iowa veterinary medical association and a member of the animal rescue league of Iowa.

• Economic Growth Committee — A clean-up bill, chaired subcommittee and passed it through the full committee.

HSB618 which “cleans up” code provisions relating to the Iowa finance authority, revising and eliminating programs, including the beginning farm loan program, providing for existing tax credits, providing for the powers and duties of the authority and more.

• Natural Resources Committee — Volunteer Program on State Lands; This bill, HSB658, requires the department of natural resources to establish a state lands volunteer program to authorize nonprofit organizations to provide volunteer services for the benefit of state lands.

This legislation, which passed through subcommittee, was written to allow volunteers to work on state lands and be covered with liability insurance. This was proposed to cover volunteers at the Maquoketa Caves as well as other state properties.

Brian Moore, a Republican from Zwingle, represents Iowa House District 58 in the Iowa Legislature, which covers Jackson County.

Text Only
  • 'Case Day' inspires students to aim high There's an MRCTV video circulating on the Internet that features a man with a microphone asking college students in Washington, D.C., to name just one member of the United States Senate. At least half a dozen are stumped. When he asks how many senato

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-15-14 13-Photo, Masters Bubba more than local hero? AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and -- in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts --Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend. A

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Leonard Pitts mug ...and this is Overkill News Network Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane. Yes, we all wonder what happened to it. Yes, our hearts go out to the families seeking resolution. But really, CNN ... enough. Put your hands up and step away

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • If I can do it... If I can do this, you can also do this. What I would like to tell you about is being a volunteer driver for the Veterans Administration. I am retired from the electrical trade. I worked as an electrician for 36 years. When I took my retirement some t

    April 15, 2014

  • Allie Kibler mugshot YWCA camp offers fun for kids Each month YWCA members and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they're a part of. This month, YWCA Youth Director, Allie Kibler shares information on this summer's YWCA Fun in the Sun Summer Camp program. T

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Could LBJ do as much today? Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine the enactment of the Civil Rights Act by today's polarized Congress. Maybe, as the old saying goes, today's fighting is so vicious because the stakes are so small. We Americans fight less among ourselves when w

    April 14, 2014

  • Retiring CCC instructors praise college's growth, direction After more than 35 years of service to Clinton Community College, we would like to offer some pre-retirement observations about the college: its past, its present and its future. When we arrived at the college in 1976, it had already been transforme

    April 14, 2014

  • School funding still an ongoing topic The budget still has several hurdles to jump before it is finalized. Now the House has to reach a consensus and then if the House and Senate cannot agree, a conference committee would have to merge the two versions. Finally, the governor has to sign

    April 12, 2014

  • Meier Take a survey, win a cruise; not going to happen A Clinton woman called me last week to report on a phone call she received. She first received a call from a young woman, who asked her to take a short survey. It sounded innocent enough, so she agreed, and answered a few questions, none of which so

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Economic plan invests in Iowans Our work at the statehouse this week has been spent on the last few major budget bills. Since I serve as vice-chairwoman of the Economic Development Budget subcommittee, I have been focused on House File 2460. This bill funds small business developm

    April 12, 2014


Should the city of Clinton appeal the open records violation ruling that will cost taxpayers $40,600?

     View Results