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Governor Orders End to Speeding
DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Governor Terry Branstad addressed concerns regarding speeding by troopers transporting him and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.
It all stems from a report of an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed in northern Iowa back in April. When a state trooper approached the vehicle, it had unregistered plates and was not stopped. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds were in that SUV which was driven by a state trooper.
Thursday, the Governor reiterated that no one is above the law, and today ordered his security detail to obey all traffic laws with the exception of an emergency situation.
Governor Branstad also called on the Attorney General to request the attorney for fired Special Agent Larry Hedlund released the full report into his dismissal. Hedlund was placed on administrative leave shortly after reporting the speeding vehicle carrying the Governor and was later terminated.
Hedlund's attorney claims his client was wrongfully terminated. But the Governor says if the entire report was made public, it would show that the incident in April had nothing to do with Hedlund's termination.
Governor Branstad also called for a review of the thousands of license plates issued in Iowa that are not registered. Those plates go to vehicles for a variety of state agencies. Branstad said the current number of plates is unacceptable and should only be permitted in appropriate cases.