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The Anderson Report

Monday, March 14, 2011

The ninth week of this year's legislative session has been the most productive so far. In the Senate, we passed a number of non-controversial bills, many of which garnered unanimous support.

With last week being funnel week, much of the committee work has ended, and we are now beginning floor action on those bills that passed out of committee. We have taken more votes in the last four days than in the previous eight weeks. I'm happy to say we are getting down to the people's business; there remains a great deal of work to do.

Bill Anderson
Senate Republicans offered a number of amendments to many of the bills passed this week. I offered an amendment regarding the continuing education requirements for electricians, and I am happy to say my amendment was adopted. The amendment grants electricians a one-time extension on obtaining their continuing education credits. Currently they have until June 30, 2011; my amendment extends the deadline to Dec. 31, 2011. It seems like a small thing, but I have been approached by a number of electricians who have found this process difficult. In many cases they have signed up for classes only to see the class cancelled, leaving them with few options. Most operate small shops or are independent. In the days ahead I will continue to pursue avenues that assist Iowa's small business owners.

I managed my first bill on the Senate floor this week. As I've mentioned in past newsletters, SF 418 (formerly SSB 1098) deals with reportable repairs to a new vehicle. Having run the bill through both subcommittee and standing committee I was well prepared for Wednesday's debate. The bill passed unanimously, but I can assure you that will not always be the case.

Governor Branstad signed HF 45, the Taxpayer's First Act, into law this week. While the bill does contain numerous reductions in the cost of state government, many of the substantial savings were removed in the Senate version. Still, HF 45 is a good first step in reducing the size and scope of state government, and I applaud the Governor's decision to sign it.

I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve as your senator. Feel free to contact me with questions, comments and ideas. You may reach me at 712-898-2505 or send an email to bill.anderson@legis.state.ia.us. Please forward my newsletter on to your family and friends. If you would like to be added to my email list send me your contact information. Until next time, have a great week!

Saturday, March 12

Larrabee Town Hall, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Fire station, 106 N. Main

Cherokee Town Hall, 11 a.m. to noon, Western Iowa Tech, 200 Victory Dr.

Quimby Town Hall, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, 101 E. 2nd