We will continue to monitor the new uses of drone technology to ensure that our citizen’s rights of privacy and protection from government intrusion are maintained.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials announced this week plans to consolidate its three departments into two units. Senate Republicans applaud Gov. Terry Branstad and DNR Director Chuck Gipp, and the department, for their commitment to reducing the size and scope of government. The governor has challenged department heads to reduce the size of their departments by 15 percent in order to decrease government spending.
By utilizing new technologies and shifting staff responsibilities, Director Gipp and the DNR have been able to eliminate its management services division. DNR officials announced this week the management services duties would be shifted to the conservation and recreation department, and to the environmental services division. With the DNR showing initiative and being creative in making the department more efficient and lean, I am hopeful other departments follow its lead.
Many other bills are being discussed in sub-committees and full committees in both chambers of the legislature. Please contact me if you have concerns regarding proposed legislation.
You may join me at one of our legislative forums coming up. On Feb. 22 I’ll be back in Oskaloosa at Eggs and Issues at Smokey Row at 8:30 a.m.
Sen. Ken Rozenboom