Iowa lawmakers consider contingency plan for continuity of government
| 12.27.2006 | 07:14:03 | Views: 2733 | ID:
December 27 '06: According to the Des Moines Register state lawmakers are floating plans which address ways to keep the state government running in the event of a large-scale disaster, pandemic or terrorist attack.
Currently, the state's governor has the authority to move the Legislature. "But there are no detailed plans for setting up the Legislature in, say, Ames or Iowa City," the Des Moines Register reported.The Register continued, "There are also some sobering 'what if' questions that need answers. What if some legislators are killed or incapacitated? Would there be enough lawmakers to satisfy voting requirements? Do those requirements need to be changed?" The questions posed will be addressed in the upcoming 2007 session beginning January 8. Jack Kibbie, a Democrat who serves on the Continuity of Government planning committee told the Register, "We need to be prepared." And State Senator Larry McKibben said, "One never knows when a catastrophe happens at the Capitol." Already, California has similar plans to keep the state's government running in times of crisis. Iowan lawmakers are looking to California's example to help prepare the state in case a disaster should strike, the Register reported.
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