Capitol Notebook: Pate is a finalist for the National IDEAS Award | News

ACCESS FOR VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is a finalist for the National Association of Secretaries of State’s IDEAS Award for his initiative to improve voter access for Iowans with disabilities.

Pate worked with Disability Rights Iowa to produce the Voting Accessibility Quick Check Guide and distribute one to every polling place in the state. The booklet is a tool for precinct election officials to ensure that polling places meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act and to quickly recognize and resolve any accessibility issues that may arise on Election Day.

RADON TEST: The House approved House Docket 2412 requiring schools to establish a plan for at least one radon test at every attendance center by July 2027 on a 93-2 vote.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas produced by the natural breakdown of uranium, which is found in soil and rock across the United States. Radon travels through the ground and enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation.

All 99 counties in Iowa are in the Environmental Protection Agency’s category for the highest average indoor radon potential. Iowa has the highest average indoor radon concentration in the United States — more than six times the national average, according to Rep. Ray Sorenson, R-Greenfield, and about 400 Iowans die each year from radon. radon exposure.

According to the Legislative Services Agency, the initial cost of radon testing in schools would range from $220,000 to $330,000. School districts may choose to use district employees trained in radon testing. The initial measurement specialist certification for radon testing is $275. The initial mitigation specialist certification for radon testing is $175. Training for an individual to receive both certifications costs $400.

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