IA Legislature Surviving Bills: School Reform, Nuclear Power


March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bills that may still make it through this year’s legislative session would give the state more control over local schools, permit a utility company to pursue building a nuclear power plant, and shut down traffic enforcement cameras. Those are among a few of measures that made it past the Legislature’s self-imposed funnel deadline this week. The education reform bill is one of Gov. Terry Branstad’s priorities. It passed the House on Wednesday. The Democratic-controlled Senate has its own version and the two must be reconciled. A bill that sets new procedures for permitting a nuclear power plant in the state is up before the Senate next and one that would shut down traffic cameras used in seven communities could still emerge from the stack of active proposals.