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September 27, 2012

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"Not a problem?," Sinclair questioned. "Yet there has been fraud charged. We need to do everything to do away with same day voter registration. It opens a can of worms for fraud. We need to tighten up the mess that is absentee voting."
 
"My concern is by cracking down on this, expansions in the Secretary of State's Office will need to happen," Schrad said. "What is the priority? If this is a widespread problem, then by all means, but I don't feel it is."
 
More specific and defined legislation is passed as a way to lessen power of the rule-writing process
 
"There are times legislature will need to be," Schrad said. "The bureaucrats can't make all the decisions. It's a problem, I realize that."
 
"Of course we need to be more specific," Sinclair said. "Less misunderstanding, the better. Frankly, if you don't make it specific, don't vote on it."
 
"There is enough instability in business already," Heartsill said.
 
"Many have the opportunity to weigh in on legislation," Suhr said. "The tightening up process takes place already."
 
Affordable energy concerns
 
"I would like to see more solar and wind energy," Suhr said. "Nuclear power has been put on hold."
 
"We need to expand the busload generation capacity," Heartsill said. "Government and regulations is effecting the ability to grow. Coal is the cheapest way and technology is there to use if efficiently."
 
"The costs will be there," Schrad said. "We need to find a positive way to use coal. I am for looking into natural gas options as well."
 
"I am all for using alternative energy for supplements," Sinclair said. "Solar, wind are not as damaging as coal. We should never make regulations at the state level more stringent than the federal government is requiring."

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