Capitol Digest: Branstad backs DOT traffic camera rules

2014-02-11T06:00:00Z 2014-02-11T07:07:11Z Capitol Digest: Branstad backs DOT traffic camera rulesCourier Des Moines Bureau Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
February 11, 2014 6:00 am  • 

DES MOINES | Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he believes the Department of Transportation rules regulating traffic enforcement cameras along state highways will stand because he does not believe the Legislature will be able to pass a law to override the action.

At his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad applauded the DOT guidelines. The governor said lawmakers have been “all over the board” on bills dealing with traffic cameras in recent years and he was not anticipating any legislation making it to his desk this session.

Prostitutes as victims

A House Judiciary Subcommittee approved a bill giving county attorneys discretion in the prosecution of women younger than 18 who are believed to be engaged in prosecution. It would allow prosecutors to refer them to the Department of Human Services as a Child in Need of Assistance.

The bill also would increase the penalty for pimps trafficking in prostitutes younger than 18 from a Class D felony to a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The pimp also would have to register as a sex offender.

Raw milk

Public health experts warned against legislation that would allow for the sale of unpasteurized milk at the Capitol Monday morning.

The seven-member panel, gathered by Rep. Art Stead, D-Cedar Rapids, strongly opposed House Study Bill 131, which would allow for the sale of unpasteurized milk. Experts said drinking unpasteurized milk could be extremely harmful and deadly.

Experts said the idea of raw milk consumption has increased as natural-food enthusiasts claim raw milk holds more nutrients than pasteurized milk, which they went on to say is false. Dr. Ann Garvey, a deputy state epidemiologist, told lawmakers raw milk is 150 times more likely to cause food illness than pasteurized milk.

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