IOWA 2016 LEGISLATURE SESSION GRADE IS D!

4-30-16

Greetings, Gazette Editorial Board, Legislators and All—

The 4-30-16 Cedar Rapids Gazette reported what the legislators did and didn’t do in the 2016 legislative session.  The Gazette said nothing about the integrity of the legislature’s actions or inactions, it listed.  Similarly, legislators said nothing about the value of integrity during the session, but many republicans did emphasize getting more value for reckless state spending.    Some even took issue with exceptionally reckless, sacred cow, school funding!!!

And all legislators will tour the state touting their ‘exceptionally’ good work—to a growing number of smart, non-listening ears, fed up with always increasing state spending and waste.  

Iowalive net workers prepared and provide the following tables, at no cost to anyone, to fill the glaring integrity void left by the Gazette and legislators. 

THE 2016 IA LEGISLATURE PASSED AS MANY EVIL ISSUES AS INTEGRITY ISSUES

2016 SESSION REPORT CARD GRADE IS D!

THE 2016 IOWA LEGISLATURE BYPASSED 2 MORE SIGNIFICANT INTEGRITY ISSUES THAN IT PASSED!  Source:  Iowalive  & C. R. Gazette  4-30-16

SUMMARY 2016 IOWA LEGISLATURE SCORECARD

15 SIGNIFICANT INTEGRITY ISSUES PASSED

17 SIGNIFICANT INTEGRITY ISSUES BYPASSED

15 EVIL ISSUES PASSED

22 EVIL ISSUES BYPASSED

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

 

THE 2016 LEGISLATURE PASSED AND WASTED FAR TOO MUCH TIME ON EVIL ISSUES IN RED

LAWS FOR SOME ISSUES WERE SO POORLY WRITTEN THEY LACKED INTEGRITY.   Source: C. R. Gazette & Iowalive  4-30-16

 

ISSUE NUMBER

2016 IOWA LEGISLATURE ISSUES PASSED AND BYPASSED

*ISSUE'S INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

COMMENT

 

ISSUES PASSED

 

 

1

End penny-per-gallon fee to finance cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks

860

 

2

Issue driver's license denoting veteran status

860

 

3

Modify probation, parole and work release provisions

860

 

4

Expand to 10 years statute of limitations for kidnapping/ human trafficking

860

 

5

Legalize possession/ transfer of firearm suppressors

750

 

6

Allow ATV/snowmobile operators to carry firearms

750

 

7

Require medical assessment of sports related concussions

700

 

8

Modify controlled substances list to include new synthetic drugs

600

 

9

Enact criminal justice/ sentencing reforms

550

 

10

Grant prescription authority to certain licensed psychologists

450

 

11

Strengthen efforts to collect delinquent court debt

450

 

12

Approve funding for statewide law enforcement communications network

405

 

13

Expand state oversight of private boarding schools

360

 

14

Toughen penalties for 'Peeping Tom' trespassing/ privacy violations

350

 

15

Couple federal income tax changes to state tax code

315

 

1

Enact 'right of assistance' local pre-emption on nuisance property calls

260

 

2

Create renewable chemical production tax credit

105

Poorly Written

 

3

Report inventory of untested rape kits

100

 

 

4

Beef up oversight for privatized Medicaid managed care

5

Poorly Written

 

5

Regulate transportation network companies

2

Poorly Written

 

6

Increase state aid to schools 2.25 percent for fiscal 2017

1

 

 

7

Require carbon monoxide alarms in multiunit dwellings

1

Poorly Written

 

8

Allow lottery ticket sales via self-service kiosks

1

 

 

9

Expand renewable energy tax credits

1

 

10

Increase penalty for littering/illegal dumping

1

 

11

Prohibit state from investing in companies boycotting Israel

1

 

12

Expunge public intoxication conviction after two years

1

 

13

Approve a sales tax rebate for Prospect Meadows development

1

 

14

Allow emergency responders to have opioid supply

1

Poorly Written

 

15

Allow partially consumed bottles of wine to be resealed

1

 

 

 

AVERAGE

320

 

 

ISSUES BYPASSED

ISSUE'S INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

 

 
 

1

Ban sale/donation of fetal body parts

890

 

 

2

Ban automated traffic enforcement cameras

890

 

3

Increase legal age to possess/use tobacco products to 21

880

 

4

Exempt retirement income from state income tax

880

 

5

Amend Iowa Constitution to specify no fundamental right to abortion

880

 

6

Require environmental impact assessment before pipeline permit

870

 

7

Adopt 'death with dignity act' for terminally ill

860

 

8

Exempt Iowans age 73 and older from jury duty

860

 

9

Expand medical cannabis access

850

 

10

Bar cities/counties from limiting immigration law enforcement

820

 

11

Legalize possession/use of consumer fireworks

800

 

12

Remove age restriction for possession of gun/revolver

800

 

13

Move school board elections from September to November

760

 

14

Bar public money to women's health clinics offering abortions

750

 

15

Create protective orders and criminal offense for dating relationships

750

 

16

Tie together water quality/ school infrastructure funding

450

 

17

Create 'right-to-try' experimental treatments for terminally ill

400

 

1

Establish topsoil requirements for residential construction sites

250

 

2

Raise sales tax to fund natural resources/water quality

1

 

3

Bar use of hand-held electronic devices while driving

1

 

4

Raise speed limit on Iowa highways

1

 

5

Increase minimum hourly wage incrementally to $12 by July 1, 2017

1

 

6

Legalize fantasy sports games

1

 

7

Amend Iowa Constitution to limit terms of elected officials

1

 

8

Ban tanning-bed access to minors under age 17

1

 

9

Add transgender to hate-crimes protections/ enhancements

1

 

10

Ban smoking on casino gambling floors

1

 

11

End discriminatory practices for public restroom accommodations

1

 

12

End privatized Medicaid managed care changeover

1

 

13

Prohibit all human cloning

1

 

14

Require certain peace officers to wear body cameras

1

Poorly Written

 

15

Set state aid to schools for fiscal 2018

1

 

 

16

Rewrite criminal asset forfeiture law to require felony conviction

1

 

17

Repeal Iowa's container deposit law

1

 

18

Repeal criminal offense of public intoxication

1

 

19

Conduct statewide collective bargaining for teachers

1

 

20

Direct UI/ISU athletics to transfer $4 million annually to UNI

1

 

21

Require reasonable employment accommodations for pregnant workers

1

Poorly Written

 

22

Set government nondiscrimination act for traditional marriage/religious beliefs

1

Poorly Written

 

 

AVERAGE

350

 

 

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

 

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

 

*Average on  a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300, evil is at 250 and below.  Grand larceny scores 40.

 

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them, Along With Derivation Methods Used.

 

Sincerely,

 

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