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Legislative Republicans Unveil Rules & Regulations Initiative and Statewide Listening Tour

By February 1, 2011Iowa
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January 31, 2011
Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley

Legislative Republicans Unveil Rules & Regulations Initiative and Statewide Listening Tour
Burdensome rules and regulations are the untold story of state government

DES MOINES Senate and House Republicans with involvement from the governor’s office today announced a major statewide rules and regulations tour. The ten city tour aims to collect specific input from Iowans across the state about the onerous rules and regulatory climate that is hurting job creation and keeping employers from locating or expanding in Iowa.

For the past several years, employers both small and large, entrepreneurs, farmers, city administrators and others have increasingly become subjected to overly burdensome rules and regulations that have been promulgated by government agencies such as the DNR and DPS.

The way some bureaucrats have been interpreting both federal and state law has created an unfair regulatory climate which is inconsistent with interpretations of federal law in other states. Many of these rules and regulations have significantly raised costs, and many employers are leaving Iowa or choosing to expand elsewhere as a result of the undue regulatory burdens imposed by the government.

Members of the Senate and House along with the governor’s office will be hosting open forums in ten locations, two in each of Iowa’s five congressional districts, during the next few weeks. The goal is to solicit specific instances where rules and regulations have become overly burdensome, costly or an impediment to job growth and ask for input on ways to correct the problem.

The tour, which begins on Saturday, February 12, will include stops in Ames, Newton, Oskaloosa, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Cresco, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Burlington.

The time, date and locations for each of the listening tour stops are below. We highly encourage you to pass this information along to your clients, and urge them to attend these forums with specific examples of regulatory burdens they have faced. Please let us know if you have clients in and around these towns that we can send personal invitations to. The information they provide will be used to raise awareness and promote the change of onerous rules and regulations.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

9:30 11:30 am
Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010

1 3 pm
Newton Manufacturing
1123 1st Ave East
Newton, IA 50208

4 6pm
100 Interpower Ave
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Friday, February 25, 2011

10:30 am 12:30pm
Sioux City
Morningside College
1501 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA

3 5pm
Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs Public Library
400 Willow Ave

Council Bluffs, IA

Saturday, February 26, 2011

CS Bank
111 North Elm S
Cresco, IA 52136

Cedar Falls
Hurst Center for Arts
304 W Seerley Blvd
Cedar Falls, IA

5 7pm
Best Western Conference Center
3100 Dodge St, Hwy 20 W
Dubuque, IA 52001

Saturday, March 12, 2011

9 11am
Cedar Rapids
CRST Internation
1332 Edgewood Road SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

3 5pm
Comfort Suites
1780 Stonegate Center Drive
Burlington, IA