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On Wednesday, the dove bill “flew” in unexpectedly and “flew” out the same day, with Governor Branstad promising to sign the bill. However, it still has to gain approval by the Natural Resources Commission. |(From Rep. Sharon Steckman)

On Wednesday, the dove bill “flew” in unexpectedly and “flew” out the same day, with Governor Branstad promising to sign the bill. However, it still has to gain approval by the Natural Resources Commission. I want to thank all those who left messages on the House phone or emailed. There was quite a lively discussion on my Facebook page as well. For the record, I voted “no”.

Next week on March 31st, we will see the first map drawn by the non-partisan redistricting committee. At 8:15 a.m., we will all leave the chamber, the doors will be locked and the maps will be placed on each representative’s desk. Four hearings are scheduled so that the public can offer its comments on the plan that will redraw congressional and statehouse districts which will be in effect for the next ten years. For information on the public hearings, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Most of the debate this past week has been on non-controversial bills while budget committees continue to meet trying to resolve differences on the 2012 budget. Next week’s bills that are scheduled for debate cover such topics as abortion, guns, nuclear power and the re-organization of the Department of Economic Growth. At this point, we do not know exactly what form these bills will take.

Unfortunately, we still have not yet seen any job creation bills, nor has school funding been approved. The Senate has passed a bill that will help small businesses pay for health care coverage. As of this date, we have not taken it up. You can find more information on the bill in the following article.

On April 2, at 10:00 a.m., there will be a Pre-school Demonstration in the Mason City Room at the public library. Teachers and students will participate, along with parents and administrators, in presenting lessons and programs currently used in preschools. Senator Ragan and I are sponsoring this event and we hope that you will attend.

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