Senate Republicans believe our priority should be to discuss Voter ID. Asking those who cast a ballot to show a picture ID ensures Iowans our elections are efficient, effective and free of fraudulent practices. This is the conversation a majority of Iowans want us to debate at the Statehouse. Please be assured that we are eager to discuss Voter ID if voting rights comes to the Senate floor for debate.
It’s always great to have visitors from Senate District 40 show up at the Capitol. Several leaders from local county Farm Bureaus have stopped by recently encouraging us to find a way to increase funding for roads and bridges. I am somewhat optimistic we can find a compromise solution to increasing road formula funding while limiting taxpayer liability. There are some leaders of both parties from the Senate transportation committee trying to find an agreement that better funds our transportation requirements.
Also, several civic and business leaders from Oskaloosa were at the Capitol on Tuesday to advocate for our local citizens. Rep. Guy Vander Linden and I arranged for them to meet with leadership from both the House and the Senate so those local leaders could make the case for our transportation and infrastructure needs in the future.
And we were delighted to have the Oskaloosa High School Stringed Ensemble on Tuesday to play “America the Beautiful” to open the sessions of both the House and the Senate. They also played for an extended period of time in the Rotunda, and the music can be heard by many. This is always a highlight of the session, not just for Rep. Vander Linden and me, but for the entire legislature. We hear many glowing comments from legislators, staff and lobbyists.
I had the pleasure with meeting with students from Indian Hills in Centerville and Central College in Pella. Also, on Wednesday, Albia 11th grader Jordan Pope met with Rep. Larry Sheets and me to discuss state government. It’s always a treat to visit with young people as they learn valuable lessons about our legislative process.
Sen. Ken Rozenboom