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June 25, 2013

Sheets running for second term

Iowa state Rep. Larry Sheets Friday said he plans to run for a second term in office in 2014 in district 80.

Sheets, a Republican from Moulton, still has one more year to serve in his first term and wants to push legislation addressing Rural Improvement Zones and mandatory state prison term reductions when the Iowa Legislature convenes in January of 2014.

Sheets said RIZ’s are “taxation with representation” because it forces others outside the RIZ to pay taxes to subsidize the children inside the RIZ to attend public schools. Also, county supervisors do not have a say if a RIZ happens and RIZ’s do not have a sunset.

Sheets called his first RIZ bill “sharp and harsh” but it did make it through subcommittee and committee and had bipartisan support but House leadership said they were not going to run the bill this year.

“So I’ve got to do some more work on it next year,” Sheets said.

The other issue Sheets wants to address is mandatory state prison sentence reductions. Sheets said defendants convicted and sentenced, especially for capital crimes, should be required to serve the entire prison sentence, not a portion of it.

“I have a problem with mandatory jail term reductions for (defendants) who commit capital crimes, like murder, rape, insect, child abuse,” Sheets said.

Sheets said jail term reductions shouldn’t be automatic but require a special dispensation by the executive branch of government. He would like to see the 1/3 rule eliminated.

Sheets said he expects to encounter opposition from Democrats to modify the amount of time criminals have to spend in state prison.

Another item Sheets said he wants to address is economic development with Debi Durham to bring jobs to Appanoose County and the district. Sheets praised Durham, who is the director of Iowa Department of Economic Development, for her work bringing fertilizer plants to southeast Iowa.

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