House OKs Ban on Names for Public Buildings

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, gestures during a hearing on the human health impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


By James Steward

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a resolution saying state buildings should not be named after elected officials while they're in office.

The resolution is aimed at the Iowa Board of Regents, which in April approved plans to name a public policy center at Iowa State University after Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy would house Harkin's papers and be a resource and information center. Supporters are raising $10 million as an endowment.

Republicans protested the plan when it was went before the regents. The House on Tuesday approved the resolution on a 55-39 vote.

Harkin, an Iowa State alumnus, was elected to the U.S. House in 1974 and U.S Senate in 1984. He is now in his fifth term in the Senate.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG