Iowa Civil Rights Commission
April 11, 2002
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
211 East Maple Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1858
Commissioner David Leshtz, Chairperson, called the Commissionersí Meeting of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission to order.
Present were Commissioner Constance Gronstal via ICN, Commissioner Maria Waterman via ICN, Commissioner Alicia Claypool, Commissioner David Leshtz and Commissioner Tim Tutt. Commissioner Gilbert Solivan was not in attendance. Also present were Corlis Moody, Executive Director, Ron Pothast, Business Manager and Araceli Goode, Executive Secretary.
Motion was made by Commissioner Claypool and seconded by Commissioner Waterman to approve the February 8, 2002 Commissionersí Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
No Public or Press present.
Sexual Orientation Forum Committee
Members: Commissioner Claypool, Commissioner Waterman, Tom Anderson of the Dept. of Education, and Rich Eyhaner.
Planning meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2002, 1:30 PM at the ICRC office.
No new business was discussed
Executive Director Moody introduced the following staff members who gave short overview of their Unitís work: Pam Patton on the Mediation Unit,which has been successful in decreasing the Commisionís backlog of cases; Dawn Peterson on the Resource Services Unit formally called the Education Team, as well as on the Department of Justice and HUD Grants that have provided the funds for 24 workshops on Equal Rights for Immigrants in Employment and Housing to be conducted this summer; and, Rick Autry on the Eiler case he argued before the Iowa Court of Appeals, which was decided in favor of ICRC.
Executive Director Moody discussed the budget for the FY2003. It is possible that staff will be affected if cuts in funding increase. Ron Pothast, Business Administrator stated the budget for 2003 compared to 2001 will be 22.5 % less. The 2003 Budget was further reduced from the Final 2002 Budget by $112,000, making it a total of $270,000 less than the 2001 Budget. The Legislative Leadership will be making the final actions this week.
No old business to discuss.
Next meeting dates and locations:
††††††††††† May 9, 2002 - Ft. Dodge, Iowa, 10:00 AM
††††††††††† June 13, 2002 - Davenport, Iowa
The meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Minutes submitted by Araceli Goode, Executive Secretary