Taking Measures to Protect Iowa’s Children

Parents go to great lengths to protect their children. Unfortunately, as the Kathlynn Shepard case taught us, our children are vulnerable to tragic crimes. Shepard of Dayton was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013, after getting off a school bus. Kathlynn’s parents urged lawmakers to increase penalties and oversight for sex offenders who attack children. […]

Enhanced Penalties for Kidnapping a Child

Michael and Denise Shepard of Dayton have urged legislators to enhance penalties for those who kidnap children. They are the parents of Kathlynn Shepard, who was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013 after getting off a school bus. I support this legislation in the hope to help prevent similar crimes from occurring in the future. […]

Constitutional Authority Must Be Addressed

Catching up with constituents during the interim is always very rewarding. The past seven months were spent traveling across the district engaging in conversations with neighbors, friends and many concerned Iowans. Whether it was at their dining room table, a summer gathering or at parades, these conversations proved very valuable as a lawmaker embarking on […]

Improving Government Transparency in Iowa Senate

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In the Iowa Senate legislation was filed last week that took a step toward greater government accountability by making the lawmaking process more transparent to Iowans. The first bill requires a statement of Constitutional authority on all legislation filed by the General Assembly, while a complementary bill charges legislators with providing a statement of legislative […]

Iowa’s Drought Preparations

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As we have been clearing snow from the recent snow storms there is a silver lining, much needed moisture! Clean water is a precious commodity throughout the world and Iowa is fortunate to have an ample supply in most years. Iowans recognize the vital role that water plays in growing the economy and feeding the […]