(Le Mars) — The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to go back to work and begin a new general session on Monday. Newly elected State House Representative, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars says he is looking forward to starting his new job and representing the people of the State House District 5 which involves most of Plymouth County and the northern tier of Woodbury County. Jeneary, a retired dentist and former member of the State Dental Board, says he is already watching with interest a bill that is likely to be introduced.
Jeneary will serve as the vice-chairman of the Natural Resources Committee.
He is also a member of the House Public Safety Committee, Veterans Affairs, and is also a member of the Budget Sub-Committee for Health and Human Services. Jeneary says he is looking forward to serving on the Natural Resources Committee as it relates to his hobbies of hunting and fishing.
The new lawmaker explains the general responsibilities of his other assigned committees.
In past sessions, Iowa’s Public Safety has had to either have budget reductions, or a freeze on the allocated funding. Officials say the public safety has been compromised since additional Iowa State Patrol troopers are needed to enforce the rules of our state’s roads and highways. In addition, some officials say more funding is needed to educate people about drug abuse,
intoxicated driving, driving while texting, seat belt usage, fire safety and investigations, and other programs that fall under the category of public safety. Jeneary says it may be time for the legislature to step up and allocate additional funding for Iowa’s Public Safety services.
Check back to read Jeneary’s comments regarding possible legislative issues that are likely to be discussed during this legislative session.