DIGEST: Branstad son is named to state board; Santorum to visit Iowa

2013-04-08T17:55:00Z 2014-02-28T18:37:09Z DIGEST: Branstad son is named to state board; Santorum to visit IowaJOURNAL DES MOINES BUREAU Sioux City Journal
April 08, 2013 5:55 pm  • 

A roundup of legislative news for Monday: 

Senate confirmations: Gov. Terry Branstad’s son, Marcus, was among the 187 appointees to state boards and commissions that were confirmed by a unanimous 50-0 en bloc vote Monday. The younger Branstad was one of two people confirmed to begin serving May 1 on the state Natural Resources Commission. The other NRC appointee was Phyllis Reimer.

Other notable non-controversial confirmations included James Schipper as state banking superintendent, Tom Conley, Lawrence Cunningham, Lily Lijun Hou and Douglas Oelschlaeger to the Iowa State Civil Rights Commission, Rebecca Williams to the state Board of Corrections, Theodore Crosbie, Larry Den Herder and Delia Meier to the state Economic Development Authority’s board, Cindy Greiman, Robert Sinclair, Joanne Stockdale and Eugene Ver Steeg to the state Environmental Protection Commission, Arnold Honkamp, Guy Richardson and Kim Spading to the state Council on Human Services, James Felker and Sheila Wilson to the Iowa Board of Parole, Richard Bruner as chairman and member of the Iowa Telecommunications & Technology Commission, Libby Jacobs as chairwoman of the Iowa Utilities Board, and James Davidson, Mark Murphy and Carrie Tedore to the Vision Iowa Board. An affirmative vote of at least 34 senators is needed to meet the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation.

National chairman: Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville, has been named vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Budgets and Revenue Committee.

The Budgets and Revenue Committee is one of 10 standing committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The standing committees are responsible for developing policy directives that guide NCSL's states’ agenda on Capitol Hill and within the administration.

Dvorsky has served in the Iowa Senate since 1994, and is currently the chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

The NCSL is a bipartisan organization serving legislators and staffs. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

Santorum visit: Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will speak at the 13th Annual Spring Kick Off of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition at 5:30 p.m. April 15 Des Moines Christian School, 13007 Douglas Parkway, Urbandale.

Santorum's remarks will focus on the future of the Republican Party and what must be done to ensure our party's future viability. He will discuss how our economic and social priorities are uniquely interwoven, particularly how they both impact our country's future economic prosperity and our ability to restore the American dream for hardworking Americans and future generations.

Renewable fuel cost share: Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says retail and wholesale distributors of fuels interested in installing new equipment to handle the distribution of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel should consider applying for assistance through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. Applications must be received by April 30 to be considered at the May 14 meeting of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board, which approves all applications.

The program has cost-share funds available to cover up to 70 percent of the cost of converting old equipment, such as underground tanks or retail pumps, to new equipment designed to handle higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. Grants to retail distributors are limited to a maximum of $50,000 per project and retailers must commit to selling renewable fuels for at least five years. Smaller grants of $30,000 are available for those only making a three year commitment. Wholesale fuel distributors also are eligible for grants to offset the cost of new bulk storage and distribution equipment that can be used with higher blends of renewable fuels.

The grants are up to $100,000, but require a 50 percent match by company and a five-year commitment to handling renewable fuels. More information about the program is available at iowaagriculture.gov.

Reynolds grandson: Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was a no-show at Monday’s weekly Branstad administration news conference. Gov. Terry Branstad told reporters the lieutenant governor was granted an excused absence because her fifth grandchild was born at a Des Moines hospital about one-half hour before the Statehouse news conference was slated to begin. Reynolds’ daughter, Jennifer Fagen, and her husband, Jason, welcomed a baby boy, Kruz David Fagan, who weighed 9 pound and one ounce. “They’re doing fine and that’s where the lieutenant governor is and I don’t blame her.”

Broadband summit: Connect Iowa, a non-profit promoting broadband access in Iowa communities, will host the state’s first-ever broadband summit, Empowering Communities, in collaboration with the Iowa Economic Development Authority April 9.

The summit will bring together industry, community organization and government representatives to discuss and explore the value, potential, and successes of broadband across the state. The conversation can be followed via Twitter at https://twitter.com/connectiowa #IABroadband.

The summit will include interactive demonstrations and panels focusing on expanding broadband access, adoption, and use across the state, all which aim to send participants home with tools to empower their communities for future economic growth and success.

For more information visit: www.connectiowa.org.

Quote of the day: “I’ve seen a lot of things that they declared dead, resurrected and passed before it’s over.” – Gov. Terry Branstad talking about his Healthy Iowa Plan alternative to a Democratic proposal for Medicaid expansion.

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