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.
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.
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Van Wyk addresses Marion County Republicans
Sully businessman and current Clive resident Jon Michael Van Wyk addressed the Marion County Republican Central Committee Thursday night to discuss why he should be the party's nominee to represent Iowa House District 28 instead of current Representative, Greg Heartsill.
Candidate filing period begins
The filing period for the primary election of state and federal office candidates began yesterday, Feb. 24, and will run through March 14 at 5 p.m.
Grassley believes FCC policy violates First Amendment
Last may, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a program in which it would bring people into America's newsrooms. A field test for this program is scheduled to launch in South Carolina in the Spring, but Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley believes this is a violation of the First Amendment.
Central to host Political Science convention
Political Scientists from throughout the state will be coming to Marion County next weekend, as Central College hosts the Iowa Association of Political Scientists' annual convention and program.
Legislators, Raceway work on $2M sales tax rebate
Rep. Greg Heartsill (R-Columbia) has introduced a bill that would rebate $2 million, or no more than 25 percent of the costs, of improvements at the Knoxville Raceway.
Sinclair, Heartsill at forum Friday
Sen. Amy Sinclair and Rep. Greg Heartsill will take part in a public forum on Friday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. at Tasos'.
Heartsill introduces term limit legislation
Rep. Greg Heartsill has introduced House Joint Resolution 2002, to amend the Constitution of the State of Iowa to limit the number of terms served in the state legislature and governor's office.
No elected official salary discussions yet
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