What are the qualities you expect of a state representative and how do you reflect those?

I think a State Representative first and foremost, should be honest, work diligently to discern those things that are in the best interest of their constituents, and should be available, accessible, and responsive.

Scott Ourth 2019

State Representative Scott Ourth

Voters have a right to expect that their representative will remain close and will listen very carefully to their concerns, their ideas, and their suggestions. It goes without saying that a good representative will do the requisite homework on the issues that will come to a vote before the House.

A good representative will cast votes in the House that reflect a healthy mix of their constituents' collective voice and the sound judgement they were elected to use. I personally believe that neither party has a corner on the “good idea” market. If it’s good for Warren County, I’m going with it. I couldn’t care less which party the idea came from.

How will you support access to registered/licensed child care for working families? How do you make it affordable?

First of all, I have always supported community-based child care. I think every parent with children should have access to reliable, safe, and affordable child care without the current stress and worry that so many families face.

I would propose tax incentives for both child care providers and working families to help offset the cost of child care. I would also propose a private/public partnership that would couple private investment with general fund dollars.

I would suggest that the model for financing affordable community-based child care include a sliding scale funding approach based on a family’s ability to pay.

The Legislature left the management of the coronavirus pandemic largely to Gov. Kim Reynolds. Was that the right decision? Is there anything you would have liked to see done differently? If so what?

Under the auspices of the State Constitution, emergency powers are vested with the executive branch. The legislative branch is empowered to pass contingency budgets and to make certain state government remains solvent.

The separation of powers makes it very clear that emergencies will not be governed by committee as would be the case if the legislature had to make every decision regarding emergency management. I have agreed with the Governor on some things and have disagreed with her on others.

Pursuant to the separation of powers enumerated in the Constitution, my job as a Legislator during a state emergency is to advise the Governor; the Governor’s job is to execute. This is not a decision that I got to make, the Constitution makes this distinction clear.

I do not think it is helpful to politicize this tragic pandemic. I don’t think Monday morning quarterbacking is the right approach. Any of us could easily say things we would have done differently. Until I sit in the Governor’s seat and understand the scope of information and pressures to which the Governor is exposed, I choose not to second-guess.

If you could dictate one thing that should happen in the state of Iowa, what would you order and how would you order it?

There are so many important issues facing Iowans today it’s extremely difficult to choose just one. Water quality, education, good jobs, affordable health care, public safety just to name a few.

But if I could dictate one thing as your question suggests, I would make certain that the State of Iowa offered the most affordable, comprehensive, professional mental health supports and services in the nation. I would work to make sure that Iowa stood as a beacon to the rest of the country for what mental health treatment should be in the 21st century. Too many families have to leave our state to gain access to appropriate affordable health care. This is simply unacceptable.

I look forward to the day when the legislature and the Governor finally come together and commit the resources necessary to end Iowa’s mental health crisis.

(6) comments

Bohlken1

Scott Ourth has lost touch with his constituents. Disrespect for the law is too widespread in these times of riots. Ourth exemplifies this disrespect by his drunk driving record. I used to hear OWI cases. For the vast majority, one OWI is enough. The knowledge that you endangered your life and others; the shame associated with the OWI conviction; losing one's driver's license; the legal expense; and the time in jail is enough to deter the average person from ever drinking and driving again. On rare occasion, a person with a severe alcoholism problem will offend again. But Scott Ourth has been convicted THREE times of OWI, the last conviction in February of this year. Enough is enough.

Jennie D

Hasn’t our current governor had more than one OWI?

Bohlken1

Governor Reynolds had two OWIs, twenty years ago, before she took office. Unlike Ourth, she never had an OWI while in office. She has reformed. Ourth has not.

Indresident

Scott has done a great job of representing and caring for the residents of House District 26. With all confidence that he will continue in the same fashion, I will cast my vote for Scott Ourth!

Wezel

Scott has made a commitment to serve House District 26 and his track record speaks to his dedication to upholding his obligation to his constituents. He has both Republican and Democrat supporters to that point. Scott has been forthright and transparent about his OWI convictions. He has taken responsibility and is on track now. I will proudly support Scott Ourth, again. I thank him for his service and support his recovery.

Bohlken1

You would have said that Scott Ourth was "on track now" after his first and second OWI convictions and undoubtedly will after his fourth.

But, look at his radical voting record: 1. against HF516 the voter ID law, which makes it easy to vote, but hard to cheat;; 2. against HJ560, guaranteeing free speech at Iowa’s public universities and community colleges; 3. against a right to keep and bear arms amendment to the Iowa Constitution; 4. against HF2502 which kept local governments from enacting a hodgepodge of local gun laws to harass gun owners; 5. against SF481, which required (a) that law enforcement agencies comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for illegal aliens in their custody and (b) prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing policies that prohibit or discourage the enforcement of federal immigration laws; 6. against HF2329 prohibiting the sale of aborted baby body parts; 7. against SF471, a measure prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks (the tiniest surviving baby on U. of Iowa Hospitals Tiny Baby Registry was 23 weeks old); 8. bust the budget votes for approximately $3 billion in additional spending since 2011.

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