House Resolution 107 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 107 BY LUNDGREN , WILLS , KAUFMANN , BLOOMINGDALE , and JUDGE A Resolution designating February 23, annually, as 1 Utility Worker Appreciation Day. 2 WHEREAS, the profession of utility workers is 3 steeped in personal, family, and professional 4 tradition; and 5 WHEREAS, utility workers are often first responders 6 during storms and other catastrophic events, working 7 to make the scene safe for their fellow public safety 8 heroes; and 9 WHEREAS, utility workers work with thousands of 10 volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours per 11 day, 365 days a year; and 12 WHEREAS, utility workers keep electricity flowing by 13 working in deep trenches, welding gas lines to seal or 14 make repairs, performing leak detection, and ensuring 15 pipeline integrity to safely deliver natural gas to 16 customers; and 17 WHEREAS, utility workers ensure that our water 18 supply is safe and reliable and that our wastewater is 19 cleaned before re-entering Iowa’s waterways; and 20 WHEREAS, utility workers such as wind turbine 21 technicians, power plant operators, line clearance tree 22 trimmers, distributors, and dispatchers work around the 23 clock to keep our generation plants, wind turbines, and 24 solar energy sites operating efficiently and ensuring 25 the flow of energy to businesses, homes, and factories 26 even during the worst disasters; and 27 WHEREAS, utility workers must often work under 28 -1- LSB 6230YH (4) 89 es/rn 1/ 2
H.R. 107 dangerous conditions far from their families to 1 construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the 2 state of Iowa, especially during the Iowa derecho in 3 August 2020 and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and 4 utility workers have continued to maintain the state 5 infrastructure despite all the obstacles with which 6 they are confronted; and 7 WHEREAS, utility workers put their lives on the line 8 every day with little recognition from the community 9 regarding the danger of their work; NOW THEREFORE, 10 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 11 the House of Representatives designates February 23, 12 annually, as Utility Worker Appreciation Day, and calls 13 upon the people of Iowa to be particularly mindful of 14 the dangerous work done under extreme conditions day in 15 and day out by these dedicated public safety workers 16 and show their appreciation at every opportunity. 17 -2- LSB 6230YH (4) 89 es/rn 2/ 2