Senate passes legislation to protect services for all Lee County residents

Written by Theresa Rose on March 11, 2015

‘That is the true meaning of local control’

With the support of State Senator Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant, the Iowa Senate has approved legislation that could help maintain the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk. Senate File 165 was approved by the Iowa Senate on March 10, 2015.

“I believe this legislation will also help maintain services at the South Lee County Court House in Keokuk for thousands of Lee County taxpayers,” Taylor said.

Senate File 165, if approved by the Iowa House and signed by the Governor, would make it clear that only the residents of a county can change the location of the county seat. After a petition calling for a vote, a county seat can be changed after the proposal wins a county-wide vote by a margin of at least 60 percent.

“I believe that this legislation gives the power back to the citizens by a county to petition and vote on the location of their county seat,” said Taylor. “That is the true meaning of local control.”

For more information on this initiative, contact Senator Taylor at (319) 931-1568 or email him at Rich.Taylor@legis.iowa.gov.