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Iowa Senate

Following is a list of ABATE of Iowa districts
 with the senate districts 
within their borders, the switchboard number
 for the Iowa Senate is (515) 281-3371.  
Write to your senator in care of: 
Capitol Bldg Des Moines, IA 50307

ABATE   
District 2:  28,49,50.
District 3:  26,29.
District 4:  24,30,31,32,33,34,35,37.
District 5:  15,16,17,18,19,20.
District 6:  20,22,38
District 7:  4,5,6.
District 8:  3,26,27
District 9:  20,21,36,38.
District 10: 4,5,25.
District 11:  29,37,48,49.
District 12:  36,47,48.
District 14:  36,38,45,46,47.
District 15:  41,42,43.
District 16:  9,10,11,12.
District 17:  6,7,8,9.
District 18:  44,46.
District 19:  26,27,28
District 20:  1,2,3,27.
District 21:  13,42.
District 22:  8,12,14,16.
District 23:  8,9.
District 24:  39,40,44,45,46.
District 25:  5,23,24.

Iowa House

Following is a listing of ABATE of Iowa Districts
 followed by a listing of 
state house districts, the contact number
 for the Iowa House of 
Representatives is (515) 281-3221.  
Write to your representative in care of:
Capitol Bldg
Des Moines, IA 50307
ABATE 
District 2:  56,57,97,98,99,100.
District 3:  51,57,58.
District 4:  42,47,60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,73,74.
District 5:  29,31,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,79.
District 6:  40,43,44,76.
District 7:  7,8,9,11,12,13.
District 8:  5,6,52,53,
District 9:  41,42,71,75,76.
District 10:  7,8,9,12,49,50
District 11:  58,73,95,96,97
District 12:  72,94,95.
District 14:  72,75,76,89,90,93.
District 15:  8,82,83,84,85,86.
District 16:  17,18,19,20,21,22,23.
District 17:  11,12,13,14.
District 18:  87,91,92.
District 19:  52,53,55,56.
District 20:  1,2,3,4,5,53,54.
District 21:  25,26,83.
District 22:  16,24,27,28,31,32.
District 23:  15,16,18,24.
District 24:  30,77,78,80,87,88,89.
District 25:  10,45,46,47,48,49,50.

Activate Calling Trees, .08 Blackmail

At the state meeting of 1-12-03 I called for activation of the calling tree. We all need to call or write our legislators in Des Moines on the 08 BAC issue. The 80th General Assembly went into session today, 1-13-03, and the leadership has said they feel this issue will be brought up soon.

ABATE of Iowa is not in opposition to this because of the lower .08 standard. This bill is bad for Iowa because it is blackmail from the central (read federal) government to get Iowans to tow the line. The boys inside the beltway (Congress) have decided that they will withhold your tax money from the state if you do not do what you are told. This tactic has been used many times against us in the past on helmet mandates and we can't and won't lay down and take abuse of the Constitution anymore.

Iowa has seen a 60% decrease in alcohol related fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in the period of 1982 2001 (1.29 to 0.52) according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That puts Iowa below the national average of 0.63, lower than 39 other states.

Here is what Iowa will lose if it does not pass .08,

"In October 2000, the Department of Transportation's 2001 Appropriations Act (HR4475) was passed by both chambers of the U.S. Congress and signed by President Clinton. The Act provides that states must pass a .08 per se law by 2004 or begin losing federal highway construction funds. States that do not implement .08 BAC by 2004 will lose 2 percent of their highway money, with the penalty increasing by 2 percent each year, until it reaches 8 percent beginning in FY2007. States that adopt the .08 limit by 2007 will get back all of the funds lost in previous years. NHTSA, Final Report, Legislative History of .08 Per Se Laws

Numbers from the press have Iowa losing $47.2 million in highway construction monies from 2004 2007. That is 2% of the federal help Iowa gets in 2004, 4% in 2005, 6% in 2006, and 8% in 2007. 8% is the highest it can go. I can't verify the figures myself so I have to take their word for it. I have heard Highway construction cost estimates from $1 2 million dollars a mile. Can you put up without 25 miles of new highway to protect the Constitution? I can.

So, get on your calling tree and call you members, family, friends and acquaintances. The message is simple.

"I don't agree with the federal blackmail being used to force .08 BAC on Iowa. Iowans should decide what is best for Iowa. Vote no on .08. Your name Your address

Use that message if you wish, or another of your own choosing. Keep it simple, light, polite.

For a map of the Senate districts go to 
www.legis.state.ia.us/Redist/senate-color.pdf
For a map of the House districts go to 
www.legis.state.ia.us/Redist/house-color.pdf
For other contact info go to 
www.legis.state.ia.us/Legislators.html

Jim West, State Legislative Officer
ABATE of Iowa, Inc.