Gazette Des Moines Bureau
BEAR ARMS: The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-8 along party lines to approve what floor manager Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, called a “straightforward and simple” resolution calling for an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that “affirms and recognizes the fundamental right of the people to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer and use arms for all legitimate purposes. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”
Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, objected to the “strict scrutiny” language, calling such a directive to the Iowa Supreme Court “both rude and also could lead to unfortunate and problematic consequences.”
Windschitl defended the language, saying it is a baseline.
“We’re telling Iowans and the Supreme Court we mean it,” he said. “This is where we are. We’re not going backward” on gun rights.
DPS, DOT COORDINATION: Legislation to extend the coordination of enforcement activities between the state Transportation and Public Safety departments won subcommittee approval Tuesday.
The coordination was approved by the Legislature last year, but for just one year. HSB 639 would extend it indefinitely.
There was broad support for the extension from the departments as well as local law enforcement who see Iowa State Patrol troopers and DOT commercial vehicle enforcement officers as providing valuable backup in emergencies.
However, Vern Foughty, president of the Retired Iowa State Patrol, didn’t like the arrangement.
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“Two state agencies trying to do the same thing on same highway causes problems,” he said. “Someone has to be in charge.”
The consensus was the coordination is working and the subcommittee forwarded the bill to the full Transportation Committee for consideration Wednesday.
PLAIN WHITE EGGS: Legislation approved by the House Agriculture Committee will