I'm Dan Kelley, a long-time resident of Jasper County. I serve in the Iowa House representing the 29th District. I am commited to being your voice in the Statehouse!

Iowans advised to seek legal advice before signing contracts for pipeline

Jasper County residents are encouraged to seek legal assistance or contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Office prior to entering into any type of legal agreement with an out of state company for a proposed pipeline that may go through Jasper County.

“It is important for farmers and landowners not rush into any agreements with the pipeline developers,” Rep. Dan Kelley said. “I encourage those who are approached to seek legal advice or contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Office prior to entering into any type of agreement with an out of state company for a proposed pipeline that may go through Jasper County.”

Energy Transfer Partners L.P., a Texas based company wants to build a pipeline connecting its gulf coast oil terminal to oil fields in North Dakota. The proposed Bakken Pipeline would go through 17 Iowa counties, including Jasper County.

“In addition to studying this proposal, I am focused on helping expand permanent renewable energy jobs in Jasper County,” Kelley said. “We’ve taken advantage of the opportunities offered by wind and biodiesel. The current expansion at REG Newton biodiesel plant is evidence our efforts are working.”

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Iowa State Rep. Dan Kelley, Iowa Speedway Pres. Jimmy Small, et al, at bill signingby Gov. Terry Brandstad in Jasper County, 2014NASCAR Iowa Speedway bill signed into law at Newton Manufacturing

Gov. Terry Branstad signed the Iowa Speedway bill into law at Newton Manufacturing during a Jasper County town hall meeting as part of a 99-county “Iowa Is Working” tour. The Iowa House had approved of the bill by a strong vote of 82-14.

Read the article in the Newton Daily News. (Photo by Zach Johnson.)

Dan Kelley, Iowa Speedway, NASCAR, Newton, Democratic State Representative - 2014 tax incentiveIowa House approves tax incentive for NASCAR

The Iowa Speedway Bill passed the House 82-14 on March 26! It now goes to the Governor's desk.


It’s now up to the governor to decide whether to extend a state sales tax rebate to NASCAR, the new owner of the Iowa Speedway in Newton. The Senate endorsed the idea Monday and the House on Wednesday voted 82-14 to send the bill to the governor.

Representative Dan Kelley, a Democrat from Newton, said “NASCAR ownership is a game-changer.... It is a vast departure from the status quo. They plan to transform the Speedway into a popular regional attraction and make it an even more powerful economic engine for the state.”

Current state law extends a sales tax rebate on goods and services sold at the track, but only if the track is at least partly owned by Iowans. NASCAR bought the track last fall and, if the bill becomes law, NASCAR will be able to get up to $9 million in sales tax rebates from the state between now and 2026.

“A significant step to make ensure NASCAR’s long-term vision for the Iowa Speedway becomes reality,” Kelley said.

I'm excited to announce my campaign for a third term in the Iowa House of Representatives. Thanks for your support.

Kelley announces re-election bid. Newton Daily News.

"We have made progress building Iowa’s skilled workforce, expanding access to affordable health care, and lowering property taxes for our local businesses," Kelley said. "We can take pride in the work that is being done in Jasper County with the development of biodiesel and wind energy. I look forward to working with industries to expand and create additional local jobs.”

Kelley is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House and is ranking member of the Administration and Regulation Budget Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Environment Protection, State Government, International Relations and Ways and Means committees. Additionally, he serves on the Iowa Park Foundation Trust Board and the Iowa Capitol Planning Commission.

“It is a great honor serving the people of Jasper County in the Iowa House and I look forward to another productive year,” he said. “My top priority is growing Iowa’s middle class and guaranteeing that every child gets a quality education and graduates with the skills necessary to land a good-paying job.”

Kelley is a small business owner and realtor in Newton and a graduate of Newton Senior High School and the University of Iowa. He and his family are longtime Newton residents.

REG groundbreaking, Newton, Iowa, with Iowa State Rep. Dan KelleyRenewable Energy Group Breaks Ground on $13.2 Million Upgrade to Newton Biorefinery

Via WSJ Online: Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) broke ground Tuesday on a $13.2 million improvement project at its Newton biodiesel refinery that will increase the plant's ability to produce an even higher purity biodiesel from a wider array of raw materials.

REG leaders were joined by state and local officials, as well as community members and project partners, in a groundbreaking ceremony that featured Iowa Rep. Dan Kelley as the keynote speaker.
"This is a great investment for Newton," Rep. Kelley said. "I couldn't be more pleased with the commitment that REG is showing our community. Biodiesel production is important to Iowa. By making biodiesel here in Newton, REG is providing quality jobs while contributing to energy security."

Read the REG release on the Wall Street Journal online.

Photo: REG’s executive team, along with Rep. Dan Kelley, help break ground for the facility’s planned upgrade.

REG expansion project is good for everyone

The expansion of the REG Newton bio-diesel plant represents an over- $13-million investment in Newton. Much of this money will come back into the local economy in construction and engineering jobs. It also will increase the value of the local plant by making an even better biodiesel. That’s not only good for the folks at REG and a quality labor-force, that’s also good for farmers who supply the plant with a quality feedstock.

Read the rest of my update here.

Newton now a Main Street Community

Newton Daily News. Zach Johnson.

[Iowa Gov.] Branstad welcomed Newton as one of the three newest Main Street Iowa communities. State Rep. Dan Kelley and State Sen. Dennis Black were in attendance at the State Capitol and had a chance to join Newton in the celebration.

“This is very positive for Newton, and there’s a tremendous history to our main street. It’s clear that the entire state recognizes that with our recognition today as a Main Street Community,” Kelley said. “This can only mean great things for our future and maintaining the high quality of life in our community.”

Photo: Newton Mayor Mike Hansen, Newton Director of Planning and Zoning Erin Chambers and Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darrell Sarmento and others with Gov. Terry Branstand and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Rep. Dan Kelley speaking at REG ground-breaking in Newton, Iowa, 2014Kelley: "Newton refused to give up."

REG breaks ground on planned upgrades to its Newton facility. Newton Daily News. Ty Rushing.

February 4th's Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at the REG biodiesel plant in Newton showcased the company’s continued belief in its Newton facility and that the city’s new industrial base is still a growing commodity.

“As many of you may remember, a little more than six years ago, Maytag closed its doors in Newton,” Rep. Dan Kelley said in a speech during the event....“We could have simply given up. Turned off our lights, shut our doors and moved away,” he continued. “But Newton refused to give up. To be sure, it’s been tough, but from that struggle we have seen new businesses develop … they are great examples of the success that can flow form hard work, commitment and perseverance — a lot of perseverance.”

REG’s groundbreaking was to celebrate its upcoming $13.2 million upgrade to its Newton facility. REG said the expansion was going to create 75 full-time construction jobs and allow the Newton plant to produce a higher quality biodiesel product and enable it to distill even more source materials.
REG’s Newton plant, located at 3426 E. 28th St. N., has 27 employees and is capable of producing up to 30 million gallons of biodiesel annually. Kelley also commended the company for its role in producing a green energy and for its continued support of Newton and Jasper County.

Kelley asks for public input on river, waterway protection

Newton Daily News: State Rep. Dan Kelley of Newton is calling on residents to supply input on restoring the quality of Iowa’s rivers and waterways.

A legislative Rivers and Waterways Study Committee has been charged with developing recommendations to prioritize river and waterway projects and provide defined goals and measurable improvements for Iowa’s rivers.

“This is a great opportunity for those interested to weigh in on options for the preservation and improvement of Iowa’s water quality,” Kelley said. “While water pollution will be one of the issues under consideration, the committee can also look at a broad range of river-related issues, depending on the public input received.”

The committee has been asked to consult with interested parties in considering options for restoring the quality of Iowa’s rivers and waterways. Here are some questions that may help guide your input:

1. What goals should guide Iowa’s planning and investment related to rivers and waterways?

2. What kind of river and waterway projects should the state consider supporting?

3. How should projects be prioritized?

4. What improvements to Iowa’s rivers and waterways should be measured?

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Kelley introduces measure to require cities to have emergency warning systems

Newton Independent: Rep. Dan Kelley, D-Newton, was interviewed for a news story that aired on WHO-TV about the city of Melbourne's lack of a tornado siren and Kelley's legislation that would establish a state fund to assist all communities in Iowa to provide emergency early warning systems for their residents.

Earlier this month, Kelley introduced House File 408, an act that would require each city in the state to have an operable emergency warning system and sets up a state grant fund to which cities could apply to finance the installation or upgrade of their systems.

The bill, which will not be acted upon this legislative session after it failed to pass out of committee prior to the funnel deadline, would require that all cities, at a minimum, have an operable tornado siren in place by July 1, 2018.

The measure also appropriates a total of $15 million to the Iowa Homeland Security department to establish a grant program for cities to apply for funding the installation or update of emergency warning systems.

Kelley said he was uncertain how many communities in the state do not have emergency warning sirens. The measure also calls for a study on the city emergency warning system needs of the state.


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