As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, the redistricting maps were released on Thursday, March 31st by the Legislative Services Agency. There were some significant changes made to the area I would be representing should this first set of maps be signed into law. As many of you know, I currently represent all of Cherokee County with portions of Plymouth and Woodbury Counties. The new map is different in that I would no longer represent Cherokee County and pick up the majority of Plymouth County and additional rural townships in Woodbury County. There are still a number of hurdles this proposal must clear before it is adopted.
The congressional maps paired two sets of congressmen together in the same districts. The 2010 Census resulted in Iowa losing a congressional seat following the 2012 elections taking us from five to four.Congressmen Steve King and Tom Latham were thrown into the new Fourth District, and Congressmen Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack in the new First District.Congressman Leonard Boswell is in the new Third District, leaving an open seat in the Second District, which covers Southeast Iowa.It will be interesting to see if some representatives decide to move or, instead, choose to face primaries. I will keep you posted as the process moves forward.
I managed a second bill in the Senate this week. On Wednesday, I presented House File 404, a bill for an act relating to payments for prepaid cemetery and funeral services. I appreciate the majority party allowing me the opportunity to manage two bills.These experiences are invaluable, particularly if the Republicans take the majority in 2012.
It was great to see the Senate pass a bill this week that will bring peace of mind to Iowa's military families.The bill, House File 195, allows assignment of visitation rights to a family member while the military personnel is deployed, thus keeping a family connection.Our men and women in uniform have made tremendous sacrifices to serve their country, so it is important we continue to do what we can to make their positions more comfortable.
I want to thank you all again for giving me the honor of serving as your state senator.Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments and ideas. You may reach me at 712-898-2505 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.