Kapucian’s Corner by State Senator Tim Kapucian
Greetings From Under The Golden Dome
At the beginning of each Legislative session we spend a lot of time meeting with different groups, associations and individuals to listen to their recommendations and desires for the current session. That doesn’t end at 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon.
Many associations, which represent people, host receptions in the evening. These play key roles in bringing individuals to the Capitol City to meet with us directly. This might sound like the fun part of the job. It does provide more one-on-one time with constituents, but when we have a shortened session these receptions overlap. Last night was one of those evenings, five receptions in one night. You basically come in say hi, get in your car and move on. I enjoy the chance to meet with as many of my constituents as possible. If you are planning on attending one of these receptions of a group or organization you belong to, please give me a heads up so I can look for you before I move down the road.
Have you ever been driving down a two-lane road and have an oncoming vehicle take a dive at you? Or have you followed an erratic driver on the interstate and decided to either drop way back or take a chance and pass them to put distance between you? I have and it seems far too common these days. Nine times out of 10 when you get close enough, you find out they are using an electronic device – usually texting. Texting has become one of the most dangerous activities on our roadways. We are currently having these discussions in the Senate Transportation Committee.
Texting while driving is against the law. However, it is a secondary offense which means you cannot be stopped solely for texting. You have to be exhibiting some other offense like speeding or weaving. We need to address this issue or more lives will be lost on our highways.
On a positive note, the wheels are in motion to stop taxing military pensions in Iowa. We want to do what we can to bring the skills and training of the men and women, who so honorably served our country, to Iowa, whether they are a native of this state or from another. I am proud to support those who served and gladly welcome them to Iowa.
See you out and about the district!