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Felon Voting Rights Bill Dies in the Senate, Siouxland Public Media News, 4:04

04.04.19 4:04 

Republicans on an Iowa Senate committee declined to consider the governor’s proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore felon voting rights when a person completes their sentence. That effectively kills the proposal for this year.  

Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale says there wasn’t enough support among his fellow Republicans on the committee to pass it.

0404zaun1: 13  “There were no conditions. That was the biggest problem with moving this bill. There were no conditions in regards to probation or who would qualify based on whatever crime or whatever they were sentenced with.”

The House of Representatives had already passed the resolution 95 to 2, with the understanding they’d discuss adding restrictions next year.

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s “disappointed in today’s setback” but she’s still committed to getting this done. Zaun says the Senate could consider this again next year.

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen called the decision “shameful” and called on Reynolds to restore voting rights through an executive order.

Iowa’s two U.S. senators are working to expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster relief program to include stored grain.

farmers say that could help their losses because of flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries.

Senator Joni Ernst said she and Senator Chuck Grassley are working to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster program to cover stored grain, not just crops in the field.

Dustin Sheldon farms corn and soybeans in southwest Iowa’s Fremont County. He says flooding has broken some of his grain bins  He says relief for grain is critical for farmers in southwest Iowa. Iowa’s two U.S. senators are working to expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster relief program to include stored grain.

farmers say that could help their losses because of flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries.

Senator Joni Ernst said she and Senator Chuck Grassley are working to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster program to cover stored grain, not just crops in the field.

Dustin Sheldon farms corn and soybeans in southwest Iowa’s Fremont County. He says flooding has broken some of his grain bins  He says relief for grain is critical for farmers in southwest Iowa.

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