Taylor And Jeneary Eminent Domain Bill Dies In Committee
(Des Moines) — A bill that was introduced by Republican State Senator Jeff Taylor of Sioux Center calling for the Iowa Utilities Board not to grant eminent domain rights to private companies wanting to install pipelines across Iowa to transport carbon dioxide from ethanol plants has failed to move out of the Senate Commerce Committee. Taylor explains the purpose behind the his bill.
A subcommittee held a hearing on Taylor’s bill earlier this week, and the hearing garnered a lot of attention with several farmers and landowners testifying in favor of the bill and against the pipeline companies from using eminent domain powers.
Taylor says he was disappointed the bill couldn’t garner enough support from other Republican state senators. He tells of why the bill was pulled from the Commerce committee agenda.
Taylor says he knows a lot of people is disappointed, frustrated, and outright angry with how the bill was handled.
State House Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars had introduced a companion bill of similar language as the bill introduced by Senator Taylor. Like the bill in the Senate, the eminent domain bill introduced in the House did not get pass the funnel deadline.
Jeneary says his and Senator Taylor’s bill could be referred to as being in a coma, but Jeneary says he has learned of additional information that may not make the bill completely dead.
Jeaneay says he has received hundreds of phone calls, and email messages from people across the state saying they are opposed to the Iowa Utilities Board granting eminent domain powers to a private company. Jeneary says he has even heard from people that are not directly affected by the proposed pipelines, but still have concerns.
Today, Friday, February 18th is the first “funnel” deadline for the Iowa legislature, meaning any introduced legislation to be considered had to have moved through the committee level before today’s date.
School Board To Hold Special Meeting
(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community Board of Education will hold a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at the Education Service Center. The school board will present their initial bargaining position proposal to the Le Mars Education Association. Earlier this week, the teachers, through their chief negotiator, Tracey Wingert, submitted a proposal calling for a 4.04 percent increase, or an increase of $1600 in the base salary pay. If approved, the base salary would be at $41,215. The Le Mars Education Association is also seeking at least 200 minutes each week for preparation time.
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