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Chapter 76 1A - Commission for the Blind

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      The information regarding the establishment of the Commission for the Blind is from the Commission Board Meeting minutes.


      Page1CHAPTER 76 1 A

      AN ACT to create a commission for the blind, to define its powers and to make an appropriation therefore.

      Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:


      MEMBERSHIP. The Iowa commission for the blind is hereby created.  Said commission shall consist of the superintendent of the state school for the blind, and two other members to be appointed by the governor.

      SECTION 2
      APPOINTMENT.  On the taking effect of this chapter, the governor shall appoint two members of said board. Said appointees shall forthwith qualify as provided by law and shall serve until July 1, 1926, and 1927, the tenure of each appointee to be determined by the governor.

      SECTION 3
      TENURE.  Prior to July 1 of each year, commencing with 1926, the governor shall appoint a member of said board to succeed the member whose term of office expires on said date. All such appointees shall serve for a period of two years from July 1 of the year of appointment.

      Page 2SECTION 4
      OFFICERS--ASSISTANTS. The commission shall elect its own officers and shall employ such assistants as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this act, and hold such meetings as it may determine.

      SECTION 5
      EXPENSES.  The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be entitled to receive their traveling and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the commission.

      SECTION 6
      BUREAU OF INFORMATION.  The commission for the blind shall act as a bureau of information and industrial aid for the blind, such as assisting the blind in finding employment, teaching them industries; giving them such assistance as may be necessary or advisable in helping the adult blind in marketing their products.

      SECTION 7
      DUTIES. The commission shall:
      1.  Prepare and maintain a complete register of the blind of the state which shall describe the condition, cause of blindness, capacity for education and industrial training, and such other facts as the commission deems of value.

      Page 32.  Assist in marketing of products of blind workers of the state.

      3. Ameliorate the condition of the blind by promoting visits to them in their homes for the purpose of instruction and by such other method as the commission deems expedient.

      4. Make inquiries concerning the causes of blindness to ascertain what portion of such cases are preventable and cooperate with the other organized agents of the state in the adoption and enforcement of proper preventive measures.

      5.  Provide for suitable vocational training whenever the commission shall deem it advisable and necessary. The commission may establish workshops for the employment of the blind, paying suitable wages for work under such employment. The commission may provide or pay for, during their training period, the temporary lodging and support of persons receiving vocational training. The commission shall have authority as provided in this chapter to use any receipts or earnings that accrue from the operation of workshops, but a detailed statement of receipts of earnings and expenditures shall be made monthly to the auditor of state.

      6.  Discourage begging, either directly or indirectly, on the part of the blind within the limits of the state.

      Page 47.  Make an annual report to the governor of its proceedings for each fiscal year. It shall embody therein a properly classified and tabulated statement of its estimates for the ensuing year with its own opinion of the necessity or expediency of appropriations in accordance with such estimates. Such annual report shall also present a concise review of the work of the commission for the preceding  year with such suggestions and recommendations for improving the condition of the blind as may be expedient.

      8. Perform all other duties required of it by law.

      SECTION 8
      APPROPRIATION. There is hereby appropriated from any funds in the state treasury not otherwise appropriated the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) or such part of that amount as may be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this chapter, but no expenditures of appropriations shall be in excess of the appropriation.

      Approved April 1, A. D. 1925.

      1945 Senate  file 224