William George Witt Papers, 1993-2003

Collection Overview

Title: William George Witt Papers, 1993-2003

Record Series: MsC-53

Record Group:

Manuscripts

Creator: Witt, William George

Date: 1993-2003

Extent: 17 boxes (21.25 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

From Wikipedia:

William G. Witt (born February 2, 1950) is an American politician in the state of Iowa.

Witt was born in Elkader, Iowa, and attended University of Northern Iowa. A Democrat, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003 (23rd district). Witt specialized in the policy areas of long-term care of the elderly and persons with disabilities and natural resource conservation and environmental protection. He led an eight-year-long, ultimately successful, campaign to reform Iowa's Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care facilities.

Writing and photographing under the byline "Bill Witt," he published numerous freelance magazine articles, as well as two books from the University of Iowa Press: "Enchanted By Prairie" (2009) and "A Field Guide to Iowa's Native Orchids" (2006). He won International Regional Magazine Awards (IRMA) for feature writing (1997) and photography (2000).

Scope and Content

William (Bill) Witt served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993-2003.  A majority of this collection consists of the legislative bills and issues Mr. Witt worked on during his time in the House.

Inventory

BOX 1

Folder 1: Three legal pads

Folder 2: Correspondence

Folder 3: Question—Bill

Folder 4: Washburn Lagoon

Folder 5: Snowmobile meeting, February 26

Folder 6: Witt-Sponsor

Folder 7: News releases, Witt third term

Folder 8: HF 2144 (PA’s) HR 2120

Folder 9: HF 2182

Folder 10: HF 2183

Folder 11: HF 2264, Low level radioactive waste

Folder 12: HF 2245 IPERS

Folder 13: HF 2302 ICN

Folder 14: 1995-1996 Constituent

Folder 15: Acknowledgements 1995-1996

Folder 16: A-Z correspondence including HSB 711—credit unions and Log SF 2245, IPERS

BOX 2

Folder 1: 1993-1994 Senate

Folder 2: 1993-1994 House

Folder 3: Energy efficiency

Folder 4: Energy and environmental protection

Folder 5: Health Care Working Group

Folder 6: Committees

Folder 7: Mandatory Rider Education

Folder 8: Research information

Folder 9: Materials / review

Folder 10: SF 2319

Folder 11: Newspapers

Folder 12: Voter surveys: crime and juvenile justice, economic development

Folder 13: Talking points

Folder 14: Special Education

Folder 15: Press releases—newsletters and releases, 1994

BOX 3 - Back drawer files

Folder 1: Health care

Folder 2: Greyhound issue

Folder 3: Helmut law

Folder 4: Judiciary

Folder 5: Energy and environment

Folder 6: Corrections—prison, parole, etc. (empty)

Folder 7: Banking—savings and loans (empty)

Folder 8: Budget (empty)

Folder 9: Rules—election laws, 1993

Folder 10: Long-term care

Folder 11: Friends of Capitol Hill

Folder 12: Welfare reform

Folder 13: Human resources (empty)

Folder 14: Death penalty (empty)

Folder 15: Abuse (empty)

Folder 16: Health care (empty)

Folder 17: Energy and environment (empty)

Folder 18: Education (empty)

Folder 19: Abortion and capital punishment

Folder 20: Transfer of development rights

Folder 21: Cartoons

Folder 22: Choice—notification, etc.

Folder 23: ICN

Folder 24: Franchise—Pro and anti- 2369

Folder 25: IPSCO

Folder 26: HF 266, HF 584

BOX 4 - Desk files

Folder 1: Constituent correspondence, 1994

Folder 2: Team Education Handbook and Presentation, December 10, 1993

Folder 3: Unlabeled folder

Folder 4: Special education (See JT drawer for proposed rules)

Folder 5: Debate calendar for today

Folder 6: Juvenile justice

Folder 7: IWRC

Folder 8: Cedar Falls Utilities EPA appeal

Folder 9: AMI

Folder 10: Cedar Falls city government

Folder 11: State Board of Regents fiscal year 1995 budget requests and statistical information

Folder 12: State Board of Regents—budget

Folder 13: HSB 524.1—franchising, HF 2369

BOX 5 - Work in progress (Legislature), items sponsored, etc. Health / long-term

Folder 1: CARE

Folder 2: Iowa Code Supplement 1995

Folder 3: SF 142 Helmet Law stuff

Folder 4: PAS and IFSI—HF 2302, PAS HF 2123

Folder 5: Systems change

Folder 6: SF 69 property tax / MHR

Folder 7: HSB 655, SF 2222 Health care reform, 1994

Folder 8: HF 2431

Folder 9: Position papers, 1994 Legislative session

Folder 10: Health care reform, 1995

BOX 6 - Material from 1998

Folder 1: Education Subcommittee

Folder 2: References for summer, Bill’s desk (take home)

Folder 3: Caucus publications, etc.—“Statehouse News,” “Talking Points,” “Democrats,” “Session Brief,” newsletter

Folder 4: HF 2533, Educational appropriation

Folder 5: HCR 8, HF 174, HF 691, HF 2054

Folder 6: HF 2506, Mussels

Folder 7: SF 2410, Department of Human Services appropriations

Folder 8: SF 2415, Value added agri-futures

Folder 9: SF 2333, Hearing loss

Folder 10: SF 2345 Juvenile justice in foster care, parental rights and adoption

Folder 11: SF 2360, Tax administration

Folder 12: SF 2363, Child abuse information

Folder 13: SF 2366, School reform

Folder 14: SF 2366, School reform—Governor’s memo of April 16, 1998

Folder 15: SF 2320, Gambling

Folder 16: SF 2291, Removes Title VII, subtitle 1—Minority and women educators

Folder 17: SF 2296, Economic development appropriations

Folder 18: SF 2295, Agriculture and natural resources appropriations

Folder 19: SF 58, HF 224, English language bill

Folder 20: HJR 2005, SJR 2004, Constitutional amendment limiting spending

Folder 21: UNI appropriations, capital plans and maintenance

Folders 22-39: Bills to take home, 1998

  • Folder 22: HF 2513, Tax cut
  • Folder 23: Appropriations
  • Folder 24: Internet instructions vote
  • Folder 25: Calendar (daily)
  • Folder 26: HF 2514, Hazardous waste transport
  • Folder 27: HF 2348, Human services
  • Folder 28: HF 697, Campaign disclosure and ethics
  • Folder 29: HF 2538
  • Folder 30: SF 2161
  • Folder 31: SF 2312
  • Folder 32: SF 2391
  • Folder 33: Mary Krumdieck (DHS)
  • Folder 34: HSB 37, Same sex marriages
  • Folder 35: UST’s (transfer to Bill’s file)
  • Folder 36: SF 128, Abortion—statistics reporting
  • Folder 37: HF 612, Child support (HSB 183)
  • Folder 38: HF 121, 1997 parental notification
  • Folder 39: SF 2073, Partial birth abortion

BOX 7

Folder 1: HF 2387, Elections—voter registration

Folder 2: Amendments

Folder 3: HF 166 (takings)

Folders 4-6: Education Subcommittee

Folder 7: Education Subcommittee, educational appropriations

Folder 8: Supplemental needs trust

Folder 9: Human resources

BOX 8

Folder 1: HF 681, Environmental Audit Bill—sent, self-audits

Folder 2: HF 681, Environmental Audit Bill

Folder 3: Auditor, nursing homes

Folder 4: Long-term health care—direct care reimbursement, Houser memo

Folder 5: Long-term health care

Folder 6: Long-term health care—reform 1995 (includes ombudsman reports)

BOX 9

Folder 1: Blufflands, meeting February 12

Folder 2: Brownfields, 1997

Folder 3: Legislative publications, sample news releases

Folder 4: Environmental protection

Folder 5: HF 388, Tax bill

Folder 6: Newsletters

  • “Democrats”
  • “Talking Points”
  • “Statehouse News”

Folder 7: HF 299, Drug testing

Folders 8-23: Bills 1998

  • Folder 8: HSB 2424, miscellaneous notes
  • Folder 9: HF 382
  • Folder 10: HF 2120
  • Folder 11: HF 2166, Food establishments
  • Folder 12: HF 2424, Drivers licenses (counties)
  • Folder 13: HSB 638
  • Folder 14: HF 2490, UST insurance fund
  • Folder 15: HF 2496, Public employees retirement system
  • Folder 16: HF 2499, Transportation appropriations bill
  • Folder 17: SG 2368, Hog lots
  • Folder 18: HF 2494, Ag animal feeding
  • Folder 19: SF 473
  • Folder 20: HF 2494
  • Folder 21: HSB 661, Hog confinements
  • Folder 22: Stanley HSB 571 688
  • Folder 23: HJR 14, Taxpayers Rights Amendment

Folder 24: Stalker legislation, proposed 1997

Folder 25: Warranty law, Nancy Witt, systems change

Folder 26: SNT-SST

Folder 27: SF 233, Education budget

Folder 28: 1993 Budget issues, votes, comparisons

Folder 29: Black Hawk County MI-MR-DD

BOX 10

Folder 1: Lemon law, 1997

Folder 2: HF 2154

Folder 3: SF 2327

Folder 4: Black Hawk County economic development (Waterloo Airport)

Folder 5: HR 2491, Medicaid / Medigrant

Folder 6: HF 2, Capital punishment

Folder 7: Capital punishment, Public hearing at Hawkeye Community College, February 4

Folder 8: Capital punishment, “Reason and Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty”

Folder 9: SF 13, Parental notification

Folder 10: SF 413, HF 508—Underground storage tanks

Folder 11: Underground storage tanks

Folder 12: Underground storage tanks bill

Folder 13: Underground storage tanks, quantitative risk assessment, groundwater services

Folder 14: Newspaper clippings to review

Folder 15: Friends of Capitol Hill

Folder 16: Public Leadership Institute, 1995

Folder 17: Rules, House, General Assembly, etc.

Folder 18: Dental amalgam

BOX 11

Folder 1: Taking on the Challenge of Climate Change, Iowa Division, United Nations

Folder 2: Association, USA 1999

Folder 3: Catherine Inman visit

Folder 4: Spaulding child support case

Folder 5: Vivk Van Hauen, Prison, 2001

Folder 6: Nursing home reimbursement, 2001

Folder 7: Energy, 2001

Folder 8: Elizabeth Plaskett, CEEE, 2001

Folders 9-15: Educational Appropriations Committee, 2001

  • Folder 9: Notes and minutes
  • Folder10: Community colleges
  • Folder 11: Cultural affairs
  • Folder 12: Educational examiners
  • Folder 13: Funding sources
  • Folder 14: Libraries
  • Folder 15: Regents

Folder 16: Educational appropriation, SF 535

Folder 17: Constituent correspondence, 1999-2000

Folders 18-28: Material from 2001

  • Folder 18: Newsletter
  • Folder 19: News releases
  • Folder 20: Democratic Caucus memos
  • Folder 21: Lobbyists
  • Folder 22: Helpful information
  • Folder 23: UNI anniversary resolution
  • Folder 24: Farm Bureau
  • Folder 25: Mental health
  • Folder 26: Career employment options
  • Folder 27: Environmental protection, Welch Products
  • Folder 28: Ethanol
  • Folder 29: Elections finance reform
  • Folder 30: Gambling
  • Folder 31: Human Services
  • Folder 32: Iowa native plants
  • Folder 33: Long-term care
  • Folder 34: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 35: Personal assistance services
  • Folder 36: Senior prescription drugs
  • Folder 37: Minimum wage—Rights to work
  • Folder 38: Tobacco

Folder 39: Telephone message and logs, 1995-1999

Folder 40: .08 Blood alcohol contents

Folder 41: Jobs for Tibetans

Folder 42: Child care

Folder 43: IPERS

Folder 44: Judiciary

Folder 45: Taxes

Folder 46: Correspondence review

BOX 12

Folders 1-12: Material from 1999

  • Folder 1: Bills sponsored by Witt
  • Folder 2: Sullivan Brothers Museum Project
  • Folder 3: Education appropriations
  • Folder 4: Sales tax exemption for communications
  • Folder 5: Portable water devices
  • Folder 6: Infrastructure and REAP
  • Folder 7: Income tax
  • Folder 8: Gubernatorial appointments
  • Folder 9: Foster parents
  • Folder 10: National Teacher Board certification
  • Folder 11: Eminent domain / condemnation
  • Folder 12: Internet filtering

Folders 13-41: Material from 2000

  • Folder 13: Underground storage tank insurance
  • Folder 14: Loess Hill
  • Folder 15: Iowa energy plan
  • Folder 16: Tax cuts
  • Folder 17: Air toxins
  • Folder 18: Agrichemical remediation
  • Folder 19: Tobacco use, prevention and control
  • Folder 20: Tax bill clean-up
  • Folder 21: Abortion
  • Folder 22: Eddyville dunes
  • Folder 23: Sales tax exemptions for environment labs
  • Folder 24: Midwives
  • Folder 25: Drinking ban in dormitories
  • Folder 26: Hogs
  • Folder 27: Effigy Mounds Monument
  • Folder 28: Iowa native plants
  • Folder 29: Truck regulation, Curt Hollis
  • Folder 30: Ethanol
  • Folder 31: Infrastructure, tourism development
  • Folder 32: Gambling, lottery
  • Folder 33: Information technology
  • Folder 34: Pseudorabies
  • Folder 35: Executive orders
  • Folder 36: Dolpa meetings
  • Folder 37: Senior living program
  • Folder 38: IPERS
  • Folder 39: De-appropriation
  • Folder 40: Budget
  • Folder 41: Mailing list and survey

Folder 42: Email log, 1997-2000

Folder 43: Education

Folder 44: Agricultural cooperatives, 1999-2000

Folder 45: Domestic drug abuse no contact order

Folder 46: Mailing list, 1995-1996

Folder 47: ISEA list

Folder 48: Telephone deregulation, 1998

Folder 49: Newsletters, 1999-2000

Folders 50-57: Restricted material

  • Folder 50: Eckoff, child support
  • Folder 51: McGee matter
  • Folder 52: Buseman complaint
  • Folder 53: Einsweiler, drivers license
  • Folder 54: Maja Rater, child support (non-payment)
  • Folder 55: Donna Small
  • Folder 56: Van Hauen, DPS
  • Folder 57: Teri S. Tyler, abuse matter

BOX 13

Folders 1-15: Material from 2000

  • Folder 1: HF 2084, Body piercing
  • Folder 2: HF 2562, Sales tax exemption, e-commerce
  • Folder 3: HF 2555, Tobacco
  • Folder 4: HF 2080, Mental health parity
  • Folder 5: Environment
  • Folder 6: Sturgis Falls celebration
  • Folder 7: SF 37, Doves
  • Folder 8: HF 2462, Clean elections
  • Folder 9: Human resources Committee
  • Folder 10: Environmental Protection Committee
  • Folder 11: Economic Development Committee
  • Folder 12: SF 2453, Infrastructure
  • Folder 13: SF2452, Standings, including Phase III
  • Folder 14: HF 2423, Brownfields
  • Folder 15: Electrical utility deregulation

Folder 16: Gambling, 1999-200

Folder 17: SJR 1, HJR 1, Constitutional amendment relation to tax and expenditures, 1999

Folder 18: SF 449, English language, 1999

Folder 19: SF 422, Blood alcohol content, 1999-2000

Folders 20-28: Education appropriations

  • Folder 20: 2000
  • Folder 21: 1999
  • Folder 22: Agenda, rules, minutes, 1999-2000
  • Folder 23: Department of Education, 2000
  • Folder 24: Community colleges, 2000
  • Folder 25: Regents, 2000
  • Folder 26: UNI, 2000
  • Folder 27: Libraries, 2000
  • Folder 28: Cultural affairs, 2000

Folders 29-31: Water quality, 2000

  • Folder 29: Data
  • Folder 30: EPA letter
  • Folder 31: Amendments

BOX 14

Folders 1-6: Material from 1995

  • Folder 1: Personal assistance services
  • Folder 2: SF 454, Assisted living
  • Folder 3: Property tax hearing
  • Folder 4: Property tax
  • Folder 5: Property tax, machinery and equipment
  • Folder 6: Alternate energy

Folders 7-10: Material from 1997

  • Folder 7: Capitol Columns
  • Folder 8: Alternate energy
  • Folder 9: Hudson High School letters
  • Folder 10: Bill's desk

Folders 11-15: Material from 1998

  • Folder 11: Nursing homes
  • Folder 12: Candidacy announcement
  • Folder 13: Environmental protection
  • Folder 14: Death penalty
  • Folder 15: Recreation summit

Folders 16-22: Material from 1999

  • Folder 16: Long-term care, Washington
  • Folder 17: HF 760, DHS appropriation
  • Folder 18: Long-term care in Iowa
  • Folder 19: Certified nurse assistant survey
  • Folder 20: Eminent domain
  • Folder 21: Cedar Falls Utilities
  • Folder 22: Municipal telecommunications services

Folder 23: Nursing homes

Folder 24: Appropriations bills, 1994

Folder 25: Silos and Smokestacks

Folder 26: Bills sponsored by Witt, 1998-1999

Folder 27: Miscellaneous issues

Folder 28: Waste tires

Folder 29: Blufflands

BOX 15

Folders 1-10: Hog lots, 2002

  • Folder 1: Environmental protection
  • Folder 2: Hearings
  • Folder 3: Manure and heavy metals
  • Folder 4: Manure
  • Folder 5: Correspondence
  • Folder 6: Maps
  • Folder 7: Meetings, notes, amendments
  • Folder 8: Email, factory farms
  • Folder 9: Email, general
  • Folder 10: Email, livestock

Folder 11: Walkerton water contamination

Folders 12-21: Material from 2002

  • Folder 12: Brownfields
  • Folder 13: HF2541, Nursing home peer review
  • Folder 14: Constituent correspondence and distribution list
  • Folder 15: HF 2578, Medical assistance
  • Folder 16: HF 2245, Medicaid
  • Folder 17: Death penalty
  • Folder 18: Mental health
  • Folder 19: SF 2308, Utility replacement tax
  • Folder 20: Sales tax
  • Folder 21: Property tax

Folder 22: Bills sponsored by Witt, 2001-2002

Folder 23: Energy Policy Working Group, 2001

Folder 24: Personal—RESTRICTED

BOX 16

Folder 1: Brushy Creek, 1993

Folder 2: Powering the Midwest, Union of Concerned Scientists, 1993

Folders 3-5: Alternate energy 1996

  • Folder 3: Energy plan update
  • Folder 4: Bills, SF 2188, SF 2221
  • Folder 5: Bills, HF 2447, HF 2370

Folder 6: Iowa Recreation Summit, 1997

Folder 7: Southeast Texas town meeting on electricity issues, 1998

Folder 8: Eddyville bypass, environmental impact statement, 1998

Folder 9: Utility restructuring, 1999

Folder 10: Cedar Falls Utilities, Center for Energy & Environmental Education grant application, 1999

Folder 11: HF 740, Utility restructuring, 1999

Folder 12: Utility re-regulation, 1999

Folder 13: SF 2416, Property tax replacement, gas and electricity

Folder 14: Cedar Falls Utilities and UNI, Energy Leadership Award

Folder 15: Electric Choice and Competition Act

Folders 16-18: Utility restructuring, 2000

  • Folder 16: HF 2530 and SF 2361
  • Folder 17: HF 740
  • Folder 18: SF 2361

Folder 19: Brownfields, 2000

Folder 20: HF 2129, 2992 Risk-based analysis

BOX 17

Folder 1: Agricultural questionnaire for candidates, 21998

Folder 2: Campaign, 2000

Folder 3: Campaign finance reform

Folder 4: Capitol Planning Commission

Folder 5: Cedar Falls HUD housing

Folder 6: Cedar Falls Mennonite Church

Folder 7: Decision not to run—Scott Cawelti

Folder 8: Democracy and the Natural Environment, Robert Waller, 1989

Folder 9: Department of Natural Resources Energy Plan, 2000

Folder 10: Disability information

Folder 11: Ethics at work, 1992 (includes an essay by Bill Witt)

Folder 12: Humor and inspiration

Folder 13: Iowa Natural Heritage, Winter 2000 (includes an article by Bill Witt)

Folder 14: Iowa Ticket to Work

Folder 15: Iowa tourism research

Folder 16: Iowan, January-February, 2001

Folder 17: Loess Hills Alliance, 2001

Folder 18: Long-term care in Iowa, 1999

Folder 19: Medicaid buy-in

Folder 20: Nursing home reimbursement

Folder 21: Orchids and other native plants

Folder 22: Personal assistance services

Folder 23: Personal assistance service, 2000

Folder 24: Transfer of developmental rights—a new concept in land use management

Folder 25: Correspondence, undated

Folders 26-27: Restricted correspondence

  • Folder 26: 1997-2000
  • Folder 27: 1997-2002

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Assistant Susan A. Basye, December 1997.  Boxes 6-10 given to Special Collections in January 1999 and added to the finding aid in June 1999. Boxes 11-15 were processed by Archivist Gerald L. Peterson in April 2004 and added to the finding aid in October 2005 by Library Assistant Gail Briddle. Boxes 16-17 were processed in October 2005 by Gerald Peterson and added to the finding aid by Gail Briddle.  Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.