May 24, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some thought the idea should have been
dead on arrival.
But the Iowa House today approved a bill changing the name of
the Department of Elder Affairs.
If it's signed by Gov. Chet Culver the agency will be known as
the Department of Aging - DOA.
Some, such as State Rep. David Heaton, weren't pleased. The
Republican says he's offended by the acronym for an agency that
helps elderly Iowans.
State Rep. Janet Petersen says the name change was meant to
comply with terminology used by the federal government. She
suggested not using an acronym.
The Senate has approved the change, so it's up to Culver whether
the proposal lives or dies.
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