We all know that the Federal Government and the Bureaucrats that run DC are out of touch with everyday Americans like you and me and our founding fathers gave us a tool in our US Constitution to fight overreach and an out of control government. It’s called Article V. In recent decades, our federal government rarely operates under the constitution and Iowa’s are fed up. Government has become less limited and our liberties have become less secure. Please visit https://conventionofstates.com to learn more about How calling a Convention of States (COS) can reign in the Federal Government and give the power back to us, the people!
This week the Iowa COS held a rally at the Capito, several hundred Iowan’s braved the cold temperatures to support returning the power to the people. Former Senator Rick Santorum made the trip to Iowa to share the importance of this process. Representative Wills, Senator Greene, Representative Kaumfmann and I all spoke to the crowd urging them to call on their own legislators to ask them to help us support legislation that will restore our rights. Our Convention of States Bill is HF2061 and we also have a second bill that refers to the Executive Orders of the president of the United States HF2012. I will serve as the Floor Manager for both bills and you can follow that process by clicking on the bill number above.
In other news, We are still talking about Iowa Bottle Laws! This broken and antiquated system has been in place since the 70’s and we are now one of 11 states that do bottle redemption. At this point, there is not a single business in the system, in my opinion that is not breaking our laws. First, the retailers (Grocery, Retail & Convienence Stores) do not want to take them back, so we are limited to Redemption Centers to return them. Redemption Centers are not making enough money (they get 1 cent per can) to keep the required business hours and are forced in some situations to give you less than you nickle back) and the wholesalers (Beer, Liquor and Pop Distributors) in some cases are refusing to pick up bottles and cans from the redemption centers or even the retail locations in a timely manner. Do you know what happens to your 5 cents when you recycle your bottles and cans? The wholesalers and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division get to keep your money! I have filed a bill that will repeal the Iowa Bottle Bill, and it is gaining momentum. As much as I dislike this law, I have been willing to help fix it and invested a significant amount of time working on a bill last year, to no avail. It is time to repeal it or fix it! No ands, ifs or butts about it!