DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa lawmakers are roughly one-third of the way through their scheduled legislative session. Governor Terry Branstad Monday offered insight into where he stands on some key issues.
Issue 1: Raising the gas tax a dime per gallon to 31 cents
"I never make a final decision on bills until I receive them," Branstad said. Although, just moments before when asked whether he would sign a 10 cent increase if the house and senate passed a bill, he replied, "yes."
Issue 2: Raising the speed limit on rural highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour
"I want to look at the impact on the public safety and fatalities on the roads."
Issue 3: Accessing Cannabis Oil for Iowans with Severe Forms of Epilepsy
"There might be a possibility that we can work something out with a neighboring state in dealing with this."
The governor was referring to Illinois, which is considering a plan to allow a company to manufacture cannabis oil. However, there could still be logistical issues with transporting that oil across state lines to help get it to Iowans who want it.