Republicans in the Iowa House have drafted a 154-million dollar budget plan for the state’s court system, and Representative Dwayne Alons from Hull is being singled out for his conservative views. Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, says the G-O-P plan for the courts provides the same amount of money next year that the courts have been operating with this year.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capaustere1.mp3|titles=capaustere1]
Representative Todd Taylor, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says the G-O-P plan is too austere.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capaustere21.mp3|titles=capaustere2]
The state’s chief justice has asked legislators to provide 10-million more dollars to the court system in the coming year. While most Republicans in the House voted to provide the courts a “status quo” budget, a handful of House Republicans voted against providing the court any money at all. Representative Dwayne Alons, a Republican from Hull, objects to the court’s 2009 ruling on gay marriage.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capaustere3.mp3|titles=capaustere3]
The Iowa Supreme Court has seven justices. Three justices who joined the court’s unanimous gay marriage ruling were voted off the court in 2010. Four others who signed off on the ruling, including the justice who authored the opinion, are still on the court.
By Scott Van Aartsen