Legislative Update 03/09/2017

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Quote of the Week

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.
~~Titus 1:16a

Legislative Update


Iowa Nice!

Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!  There are times in one’s life where we must consider the finer points in life.  These seven words weigh heavily on me after another week of disruptive protests and angry rhetoric.  These seven words are something nearly every one of us learns as children because they come from our Pledge of Allegiance.  I don’t think a single word in our “Pledge” is there by mistake.  So, let’s look at these words this week.

Indivisible:  impossible to divide or separate, not divisible

Liberty:  the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views

Justice:  the establishment or determination of rights per the rules of law or equity

Instead of being indivisible, some people have deemed it necessary to divide our country.  Iowans have been grouped as men and women, gay and straight, Caucasian, African-American, and Chinese-American, and other monikers that lump us into divided subgroups.  Let me state wholeheartedly, “We are Iowan’s”.  We are Americans.  Let’s be Indivisible.  If we truly believe in our Pledge of Allegiance, we should be Indivisible. 

We have had our liberty restricted by people who feel that their viewpoints are more valuable or important than others.  We have in our country a First Amendment, which states that a person has the right to free speech and to peaceably assemble.  Gone, for some, is the willingness to peacefully and respectfully listen to the voice of opposition. 

In some instances, the rule of law has even been ignored or disrupted by the unruly few.  These people have attacked those of the opposition and destroyed property, trespassed, or other illegal activities. 

As an Iowan, I find this disappointing.

Our country has survived for over 200 years in a peaceful manner even though for those 200 years many disagreements were dealt with and yet they were mostly dealt with in a peaceable manner. 

To sum it up, I believe we all know and understand these two great commandments:  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

As of the publication of this newsletter on 3/9/2016, two important bills were passed out of the House and sent to the Senate this week.  The first was the 2nd Amendment Protection Bill and the second was the Voter Integrity and Modernization Bill.

As always, I appreciate serving you, House District 1, and will continue to bring our Northwest Iowa values to the concrete of Des Moines.  Please let me know if you have any issues or thoughts.  I say again, Iowa Nice!  What does it mean to you? 

Representative John H. Wills

Legislative Priorities 


House Republicans are committed to these principles to produce a balanced and sustainable state budget:

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs; and
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers.
The House Republican position on government spending is reasonable, sustainable and based on simple common-sense budgeting principles.

2017 Legislative Forums

March 11 -- 9:00am - Eggs & Issues - Spencer City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer

March 11 – 11:30am – IGL Forum – Spirit Lake City Council Chamber, 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake
March 25 – 8:00am – Eggs & Issues – Forster Community Center, 404 Main St, Rock Rapids

News from Around the District

Area Businesses Warned About Fake $100 Bills Making The Rounds

Area businesses are being told to be on the lookout for some phony $100 bills. Spirit Lake police say they've had reports of the fake bills showing up at some businesses.

Police say the bills at first glance may appear to be real. However it does say on the bills that they are meant to be used as prop money only.

Anyone who gets such a bill is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Environmental Protection & Natural Resources

2016 Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 100,000

Deer hunters reported harvesting 101,397 deer during the 2016 Iowa deer hunting season, which is about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest.

"This harvest is consistent with our management goals and is indicative of a stable deer population in Iowa," said Tyler Harms, wildlife researcher with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  

Hunters participating in the early deer seasons battled unseasonably warm weather, a significant factor that likely contributed to the lower overall harvest. Hunters in the early muzzleloader season reported 600 fewer deer and youth hunters reported 400 fewer deer than the 2015 season.  

The Iowa DNR has a goal to manage for a deer population that can provide a harvest of between 100,000 and 120,000 deer each year, based on the recommendations agreed upon by the state deer task force.

In 2005, the DNR working in collective agreement with the Legislature and stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce the deer herd to the levels found in the middle 1990s. This state deer task force continues to meet annually prior to any deer season or license quota recommendations are proposed. 

"We will continue to monitor Iowa's deer population and may adjust management efforts locally in response to varying conditions in different areas of the state,” Harms said.


Tour of Our District

DeBoer Grocery Museum

320 3rd St., Ashton, IA / 712-724-6239
Hours of Operation:  Open by Appointment Only / Memorial Day - Labor Day

Historic grocery store has preserved equipment and memorabilia of the early 1900's. It features original shelving, fruit and vegetable counters, walk-in meat cooler, scales, cash register, and railroad memorabilia.

Adjacent to the DeBoer Grocery Museum is the Little House Museum. This historic home features furnishings from the early 1900's.

State of Iowa Fun Fact

In 2014, Iowa had 946 incorporated places.

  • There were 669 places with less than 1,000 residents.  
  • There were 113 places with between 1,000 and 1,999 residents.
  • There were 83 places with between 2,000 and 4,999 residents. 
  • There were 42 places with between 5,000 and 9,999 residents.
  • There were 28 places with between 10,000 and 49,999 residents.
  • There were 42 places with between 5,000 and 9,999 residents.
  • There were 11 places with greater than 50,000 residents.

Tour of The Iowa State Capitol

Map of the Week

The map can be found here

Visitors of the Week

Last week Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) and Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids) met with representatives of Northwest Bank. The group was visiting the Capitol to talk with legislators about various banking issues.
Pictured here are Megan Jones (Sioux Rapids), Alex Oponski (Spirit Lake), Jennifer Irvine (Spencer), Doug Benjamin (Spencer), Lynn Lundt (Spirit Lake), Rep. John Wills (Spirit Lake), Eric Van Der Heide (Spencer), Jason Warren (Spencer), Brent Coates (Spirit Lake).


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