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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Supreme Court denies Cobbins request
The Iowa Supreme Court has denied convicted murderer Terry Cobbins' application for further review.
Chances of Raceway rebate still alive
Though the original bill proposed to provide up to $2 million in rebates to the Knoxville Raceway (HF 2281) is technically dead, the idea is still alive and will likely find new life in another bill.
Supreme Court arguments made in Edouard case
Arguments were made before the Iowa Supreme Court Monday, March10, in the ongoing appeal of former Pella Pastor Patrick Edouard.
Rider facing count in Warren County
On Friday, March 7, the Carlisle Police Department filed a criminal complaint charging Knoxville High School Head Football Coach/PE Teacher Troy Neil Rider with sexual exploitation by a school employee.
Senior Center offers make and take class
The Knoxville Senior Center will host a Make and Take Craft event, beginning March 12 at 10 a.m.
Accused arsonists to be in court April 9
The two 13-year-old suspects charged with setting a fire at the Knoxville Walmart are scheduled to be in court for a pretrial conference on April 9.
Video: KHC studies improvement plans further
Last week, the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics set up cardboard work stations, based upon designs for the hospital's renovation, at Dyer-Hudson Hall to get another perspective on how the remodeled hospital will work.
Record on Rider case sealed
The criminal complaint and the record of Troy Neal Rider's initial appearance this morning have been sealed.
Updated: Pleasantville Board to respond to union's offer
The Pleasantville School Board will meet Tuesday, March 11, at 4 p.m., in an open meeting to present its initial offer to the teachers' union, the Pleasantville Education Association, regarding the next contract. The PEA presented its initial proposal on Tuesday.
Football coach Rider charged
The Knoxville Police Department issued a press release indicating that head football coach Troy Rider has been charged with sexual abuse and has turned himself in to the authorities.
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