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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Anderson Report

Monday, May 9, 2011

The negotiations continue between the Governor, Senate Democrats and House Republicans. The progress is slow, and it remains unclear how long the session will last.

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The Senate took action on the renewable fuels bill on Monday, passing it with broad bipartisan support. This important legislation contains retail tax credits for ethanol and biodiesel as well as a production tax credit for biodiesel and provides retailers with resources for infrastructure. Another aspect of the bill is that it provides the renewable fuels industry with the ability to do long-range planning. I want to thank Senator Rob Hogg for his leadership on this important issue. He and a number of other individuals kept all the players at the table and provided legislation that satisfies industry needs.

We debated the wind energy bill on Tuesday, a piece of legislation that is important to Senate District 27. The bill provides additional tax credits for small wind projects (476C) and extends the credits which allows for long-range planning. It will also facilitate the clearing of the backlog of projects. This legislation is necessary to bring the "Wind Energy Program" to the Western Iowa Tech campus in Cherokee.

Senate Republicans filed a withdrawal petition relating to the 20 week abortion ban with the help of two Senate Democrats. The petition was turned in Tuesday morning in an attempt to bring the legislation to the floor for an up-or-down vote. Changing the code is vital in keeping Iowa from becoming a place where late-term abortions can be performed.

The final bill of the day was one I am extremely happy has come forward because I drafted a version of it at the beginning of the session. HF 652 provides an exemption from paying the individual state income tax for military servicemen and women who have participated in Operation New Dawn. Those who served in other military conflicts, such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, have been exempted from paying these taxes, so this is the right thing to do for those who protect our freedom.

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!