Knoxville — "Things are starting to make it out of committee now," Rep. Greg Heartsill said. Though he has not filed any bills yet, Heartsill is working on two key bills. The first is intended to reverse a controversial court decision regarding eminent domain. The decision allowed cities and counties to condemn property to take it from an owner to give to another. This is done in the interest of economic development and greater tax revenue. Heartsill's bill would restrict the ability to condemn for these reasons. The other bill Heartsill is crafting would allow parents to teach their children Driver's Education. Heartsill said waiting lists get too long for some students, especially in rural areas. Private instruction can be cost prohibitive. The bill would provide parents a curriculum and require twice the instruction time than traditional drivers' ed classes. Heartsill is a cosponsor of HF 138, the "personhood" bill. "This is something I campaigned on," Heartsill said. Heartsill also supports using the $600-plus billion surplus for road improvements, over any gas tax increase. Next week, the big issues will be Medicaid expansion and education reform. Heartsill will have a forum in Knoxville at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m.
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Supervisors looking for new management team
The Marion County Board of Supervisors met in closed session Friday morning to discuss the future management of the Marion County Care Facility.
Rider's motion granted
Judge John Lloyd has granted a motion filed by Troy Neil Rider's defense, to limit extrajudicial comment by witnesses regarding the sexual abuse case against Rider.
- Soccer wins vs. Carlisle, Grinnell There was no time to rest for the Knoxville Panther soccer team once the season opened. The Panthers opened with their first three contests at home. Monday, April 7, they hosted the Carlisle Wildcats in historic Ken Locke Stadium. The Panthers whitew
Raceway Rebate passes the House
Rep. Greg Heartsill reports that the bill to provide up to $2 million in sales tax rebates to the Knoxville Raceway has passed out of the Iowa House of Representatives, 78-15.
Marion County building permits on the rise
It's expected to be a busy construction season around Marion County. According to County Zoning Administrator Missy Poffenbarger, her office has issued 17 building permits since March 18.
State responds to gag order request
Marion County Attorney Ed Bull has filed a resistance, on behalf of the State of Iowa, to a motion made by Troy Neil Rider's defense attorney to restrict law enforcement's ability to comment on the pending case.
Pleasantville Greenhouse Plant Sales Begin Soon
The Pleasantville High School Greenhouse will begin its annual greenhouse sales Saturday, April 19, and will continue through Saturday, May 24.
Burn ban to be lifted at 11 a.m.
Marion County's burn ban will be lifted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14.
Bussey pair facing several charges
Two Bussey residents are charged in a pair of thefts in Otley and Pella on April 5 and April 11.
Video: Loebsack tours Knoxville Fire Department
Knoxville Fire Chief Jim Mitchell welcomed Congressman Dave Loebsack and wife, Terry, to the fire station Saturday afternoon, April 12.
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