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At The Capitol

Monday, March 19, 2012


This past week the Senate approved internet gambling. The bill that passed would allow Iowa's casinos to create a platform where a person could get a password from the casino and play online at their home or business.

The online gaming bill was packaged as a way to create safeguards and protocols to make online gaming safer for those who play it. Online gaming is an illegal activity in every state in the nation.

The approval of online gaming would make IOWA again, the first in the nation for approving something that is morally questionable. Creating safeguards could also be justified in approving prostitution, cocaine, and meth use.

Approving internet gambling is simply another money grab by the state. The state will take in $14 million the first year and $38 million once it gets established. I am passionately against this bill!!

School Nutrition Going Too Far!

We have several schools in NW Iowa that have parents angered by the nutritional requirements that must be followed under state and federal law. These regulations have caused students to dump their food in the trash rather than eating the sugarless brownies or non-salt meat and vegetables.

The government requires all these parameters for children to have good nutrition. Yet, it becomes a failure if the child dumps it all in the trash. (Could the next step be eating requirements)?

Nuclear Plant Bill

The building of a nuclear facility is still alive after concessions were made by MidAmerican Energy. Provisions that offer protection to ratepayers were added. The provision calls for MidAmerican to have financing in place before beginning construction. It also requires the consumer advocate to give approval of any new rates. Mid-American would also be required to carry out construction once state regulators approve a new plant.

Although the bill passed out of committee, this is still a very poor bill and I highly doubt it will pass the Senate. However, I am trying to work and make it better for "we" the ratepayers. MidAmerican shareholders must be responsible for all the financial risk.

As a State Senator, I am your voice in Des Moines and encourage your input. Please feel free to contact me at randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov. If you would like to read my comments on a daily basis, you may visit my website at www.newgenerationrepublican.com.