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APPENDIX

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

The Secretary of the Senate issued the following certificate of
recognition:

The Ely Volunteer Fire Department, Ely - For the dedication of your new fire
station. Senator Dvorsky (03/21/02).

BILLS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

A communication was received announcing that on March 21,
2002, the Governor approved and transmitted to the Secretary of
State the following bills:

S.F. 2141 - Authorizing sheriffs to appoint civil process servers.

S.F. 2212 - Relating to secured transactions, by providing for landlord liens.

GOVERNOR'S VETO MESSAGE

March 21, 2002

The Honorable Mary Kramer
President of the Senate
State Capitol Building
L O C A L

Dear President Kramer:

I hereby transmit Senate File 2048, an Act prohibiting disbursements of moneys
from the Vision Iowa fund to entities entering into certain labor-related agreements,
and providing an effective date.

I am unable to approve Senate File 2048. This bill would deny public entities that
receive funding from the Vision Iowa program the same tool private entities use
regularly to ensure quality work and timely completion on a project. Denying this tool
may result in taxpayers paying more for a project due to poor workmanship, incurring
cost overruns and repairs following the completion of a project. Poor workmanship can
also increase the likelihood of accidents and expose the public to additional liability.
Public entities should have the ability to use project labor agreements as a tool if
officials deem it to be in the citizensí best interest.

Furthermore, local governments are granted home rule power and authority under
the Iowa Constitution to determine local affairs. Senate File 2048 restricts local
governmentsí ability to enter into agreements even if such involvement benefits the
publicís interests. If project labor agreements were to be banned, public entities would


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