Perhaps the biggest bill to make it through funnel week, which originated in the House State Government Committee, is one that requires photo identification at the polls. Committee Chair Rep. Guy VanderLinden (R-Oskaloosa) is happy to see the bill moving on. The bill, crafted by Secretary of State Matt Schultz, addresses key concerns Democrats raised about the issue last session. VanderLinden believes the Democrats will still push back on the issue. "They'll find all kinds of reasons to oppose it," VanderLinden said. The bill was expected to receive more attention on the House floor on Monday. Another bill he sought to move forward addressed straight-ticket voting. Both chambers have passed versions of education reform, but there are differences between the House Republicans' proposal and the Senate Democrats' proposal. VanderLinden said he is unsure how the bill will look after the conference committee works it out. Dependent upon how other bills flush out, and their costs are known, he believes that funding increases for schools should stand at 2 percent."I voted for 2 percent," VanderLinden said. "I did that because that's what we can afford." If more money becomes available to raise the increase, he will consider supporting it.
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Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision
The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison.
- Lake Red Rock Programs for July 18-20 There’s always something happening at Lake Red Rock! Check out these upcoming activities:July 18 - Iowa History: Just Dig It! - 10:00 a.m.-Playscape (meet at North Overlook Beach at north end of parking lot)Learn about the history of Iowa! From glaci
- Abstract Party for Collegiate Historic District homeowners On July 8, residents of the Collegiate Historic District in Pella were invited to an Abstract Party hosted by the Historic Pella Trust. The Abstract Party was held in the Fireside Room of Second Reformed ChurchLeading the event was Will Page, Public
- Board proceeds with Lincoln plans During a special school board meeting, the Pella board approved a motion to proceed with the completion of the construction documents, including selected alternatives, and to advertise for bids based on the current design of the new Lincoln Elementar
- Antique Appraisal Party at Vriendschap Village Retirement Community It’s time to raid your basement and dust off the collectibles because Vriendschap Village retirement community of Pella will host an Antique Appraisal Party on Thursday, July 24, 1 – 3 p.m.Marie Vander Wert of Pella Thrift Store will help community m
- Balloon Fest a success, even with weather hurdles Crazy, unpredictable weather was the story of this year’s Balloon Fest at Lake Red Rock.Matt Kissinger, event committeeman, said that even with the bad weather the event still brought a lot of excitement to the area. He deemed it an overall success.“
- Regulations increase college costs “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” -President Ronald ReaganThe good intentions of the government at all levels can sometimes bring with them hidden costs. Colleges and other institution
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- 4th of July celebration goes off successfully Perfect weather, large crowds and lots to do made for a memorable 4th of July celebration in Pella on Friday.“We had perfect weather,” Paul Kingma, who served as organizer of Pella’s 4th of July celebration, said. “Kids were already standing in line
- Celebrating 35 years of hot rods The last 35 years has gone by quick. This weekend, July 11-12, the 35th Annual Bologna Nationals Classic Car Show, hosted by Resurrected Tin, will be held in Pella.Resurrected Tin is a local classic car organization.“It was started by a group of hot
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