In the legislature

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Senator Jerry Behn

April 5, 2019

This was the 12th week of the 2019 legislative session and budget bills have started moving in both chambers. The first budget bill passed off the floor of the Senate this week. Senate Republicans have proposed a budget for the next fiscal year that is sustainable, responsible, and conservative. It is a budget that supports our pro-growth agenda and also funds the priorities of Iowans, such as health care, education, and public safety. Continue reading In the legislature

Curtailing anger

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

In a discussion about anger in children and how to stop them from raging, striking out, hitting back and growing up angry, ticked off, ready to hurt themselves or others, I learned how the Inuit* do it. Over millennia they have taught their toddlers, through playacting, to deal with the inborn frustration of being human.

Their pre-school training, which is when it needs to happen, works. Continue reading Curtailing anger

Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

Letter to the editor,

Congratulations to the Greene County attorney and sheriff’s offices for a new approach to help low level criminals help themselves back into society to become useful and respected citizens and get their pride back.

I believe almost every business and farm operator in Greene County is looking for employees with little or no experience and willing to train people with desire to do a good job, and at the same time, be there to help them with getting their lives back together and getting their pride back and moving up to better employment. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

Candidate John Delaney follows 15-minute stump speech with hour-long conversation

Congressman John Delaney showed himself to be a presidential candidate worth a second or third look when he spent the evening with Greene County Democrats March 15 in Churdan.

About 50 persons attended the Irish Soup Supper in the new Churdan Community Room. The St Patrick’s Day-themed event was coordinated with the Delaney campaign as a fundraiser for the local Democrats. As he did last summer, touring the state creating roundtables and events that also included Democrats in the mid-year elections, he graciously supported local efforts. His visit last week was his 254th visit in Iowa. Continue reading Candidate John Delaney follows 15-minute stump speech with hour-long conversation

The Behn Report

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Senator Jerry Behn

March 21, 2019

This week the Senate passed Senate Resolution 11 recognizing the 100th anniversary of the creation of the American Legion in Iowa. We had several American Legion members on the Senate floor with us as we passed the resolution. It was an honor to be able to meet these incredible individuals and thank them for all they have done in service to their country and other veterans across the state. Continue reading The Behn Report

Spring keeps springing

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Today is the first day of spring.

How this happened so early this year is the wonder.

But by now the surprise is that I’m surprised by the swiftness of time as it marches on; I am merely old enough that time speeds up as my speed dwindles, and I should be used to it by now. Continue reading Spring keeps springing

The Behn Report

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Senator Jerry Behn

March 14, 2019

Week nine in the Iowa Senate included some of the first major debate of this year. Just this week, we passed over 30 bills out of the Senate chamber.

One of the bills the Senate passed this week was Senate File 274, protecting the freedom of speech on college campuses in Iowa. This bill, which passed the Senate 35-11, provides common-sense, proactive protections and safeguards, for belief-based student organizations in Iowa. This was an important bill to pass as a number of universities, not just in our state, but across the country, have been stifling free speech and the discussion of differing ideas on their campuses. Continue reading The Behn Report

Capitol update

Rural Iowa big winner under House GOP budget plan
Phil Thompson

~by  Rep Phil Thompson

March 15, 2019

Growing and supporting rural Iowa is a primary focus of the 2019 session. House Republicans have been working on several fronts to give our communities the opportunity to grow and thrive in the 21st century. The FY20 budget reflects that in two key areas – health care and education.

HEALTH CARE – Access to health care is a critical issue for our state. For rural communities, the challenge of maintaining that access is even more challenging. To address this, my colleagues and I are moving forward with the following initiatives: Continue reading Capitol update

Capitol update

Phil Thompson

March 11, 2019

FIRST FUNNEL

This past week was the first “funnel” of the legislative session. The funnel is an important step in the legislative process because it’s the last opportunity for committees to consider house bills. If a bill didn’t pass through a committee by last Thursday, it can’t be discussed again until next year. More than 200 bills advanced out of committee and will continue through the legislative process. Here are some highlights of bills that survived the first funnel: Continue reading Capitol update