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The Anderson report

Monday, March 28, 2011

There was floor action in the Senate most of the week, and we passed a number of bills. I was pleased to see Senate File 397 debated. The bill would criminalize the act of falsely claiming the receipt of military medals for monetary gain. This action is despicable; the bill protects those who have sacrificed for our nation. I proudly cast a yes vote for this worthy legislation. Another bill, Senate File 506, provides a small employer health insurance tax credit. Small businesses are vital to turning our economy around, and this bill will help keep them strong.

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As I mentioned last week, a subcommittee was held to discuss the future of nuclear energy in Iowa, and to answer questions regarding the technology. Senate File 390 is a bill that would streamline the process of building nuclear plants in Iowa. Despite the crisis in Japan, it is important to remember that we must keep all our options on the table. Many of Japan's reactors are over 30 years old; new technology has radically improved the safety of reactors. Nuclear energy offers one of the most efficient, and overall safe, methods of energy alternatives.

In the United States, only twenty percent of our energy comes from nuclear, compared to more than seventy percent in countries such as France. In fact, there is only one nuclear power plant in all of Iowa. This clean energy source must be allowed to become a larger piece of the energy pie.

Since the beginning of session, Senate Republicans have taken steps to address the Voter ID issue, an effort that has been blocked. House File 95, passed by the House in late January, would require every Iowan to present a form of photo identification before casting their vote at the polls. It is a common sense idea that would increase the integrity of our election process, but the majority party has been unwilling to even take the bill up. I sponsored the Senate version of the bill, and we have attempted to attach it as an amendment to a county auditor bill. However, with the amendment included, the bill was withdrawn.

Senate Republicans continue to travel across the state conducting our "Re-open Iowa for Business" rules and regulations tour. The purpose of the tour is to hear the concerns of Iowans who have had to combat restrictive bureaucratic rules. Turnout at these events has been great, including the stop in Sioux City a few weeks ago. Restrictive regulations depress economic growth. Legislative Republicans are committed to addressing these issues.

I look forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming town hall meetings in April. We have had good turnout at the forums, so let's continue that trend. It's important that I hear from you and keep my finger on the pulse of District 27. These meetings are a great opportunity to discuss issues that are important to you.

It is an honor serving as your state senator, so please 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.