Briefs

Iowa ethanol lobby to EPA’s Wheeler: Uphold Trump promise

BY: - January 29, 2020

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s long fight against federal moves that could cut the amount of ethanol blended into fuels resurfaced Wednesday with a terse letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The letter came out of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. The association contended that Wheeler’s proposed rules on the Renewable Fuel […]

Industry report: Municipal utilities a $1 billion business

BY: - January 29, 2020

Iowa’s municipal utilities boost Iowa’s gross regional product by $1 billion a year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.  Other key findings include: The utilities serve 69% of Iowans. An estimated 3,274 people work for the utilities, which support another 5,000 jobs indirectly.  Combined assets of the utilities […]

Lawmaker: ‘KKK’ or ‘Nazi’ flag could fly after transgender flag allowed

BY: - January 27, 2020

The Iowa Senate is considering a bill that limits the flags that are allowed to fly at the state’s public buildings and schools to three options: The U.S., Iowa and Prisoner of War flags. Legislators brought up the bill after a flag representing the transgender community was flown at the Iowa Capitol last year on […]

Proposed bill requires lights on bikes, not the riders

BY: - January 27, 2020

Bicycle riders would need lights on the front and rear of their bikes at night and in inclement weather under legislation approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday. The committee sent several bills to the full Senate Monday, including a constituent’s bicycle safety bill, Senate File 51, that prompted a brief discussion of safe […]

Constitutional amendment on abortion moves forward in the Iowa Senate

BY: - January 23, 2020

An Iowa Senate committee on Thursday advanced a constitutional amendment stating abortions are not a right under the Iowa Constitution. The amendment aims to nullify the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2018 that struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions and strengthened abortion laws.  It states that Iowa’s Constitution does […]

Iowa sees spikes in complaints about mobile home park rent increases, conditions

BY: - January 22, 2020

The Iowa Attorney General’s office saw a spike in complaints last year from mobile-home owners, some of whom faced drastic increases in their rent. In 2019, the attorney general received 23 such complaints, compared to 10 in 2018, said Lynn Hicks, spokesman for the office. The increase in complaints might be the result of new […]

Environmental group sees increase in Iowa livestock operations

BY: - January 22, 2020

The national Environmental Working Group this week reported that the number of large animal feeding operations in Iowa is up nearly five times since 1990, based on a new analysis of state mapping data Highlights of the nonprofit’s report: Since 1990, the number of large animal feeding operations grew to 3,936 from 789. Some 94% […]

Bill allows Iowa college athletes to earn money from sponsorships

BY: - January 21, 2020

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Iowa Legislature Tuesday would upend a longstanding National Collegiate Athletic Association rule that prevented college athletes nationwide from earning money off their name, face and likeness. Senate File 3058, introduced by Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, and Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, prohibits Iowa universities and colleges from penalizing student […]

Rally on Thursday to oppose new livestock confinements

BY: - January 21, 2020

Iowa Citizens for Community improvement plans a rally Thursday at the Wallace State Office Building in favor of a moratorium on construction or expansion of livestock confinements. More than 100 people are expected to attend. The nonprofit consumer/environmental group has long contended that large-scale confinements are making neighbors sick, are a major source of water […]

Bill would let EMTs carry firearms in high-risk situations

BY: - January 21, 2020

A new bill going through the Iowa Legislature would allow Emergency Medical Technicians to carry a firearm if they are a part of a police tactical team. Senate File 2006, introduced by Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, would allow emergency medical professionals to obtain a professional permit to carry weapons if they train with a […]

Senate panel advances bill to ban public vaping

BY: - January 21, 2020

Legislation to outlaw vaping in Iowa’s public places passed a three-member Senate subcommittee Tuesday, over objections from vape shop owners who said it would damage their businesses. Vaping industry representatives and business owners argued there isn’t enough scientific evidence on the effects of second-hand vapor to justify the harm to businesses and to people who […]

Langston named to lead FuelIowa

BY: - January 17, 2020

Ronald Langston has been named president and CEO of FuelIowa, effective Jan. 20. He succeeds 25-year organization veteran Dawn Carlson, who will leave in February to focus on her family and her equestrian business, River Heights Ranch. FuelIowa is an industry group aiding and promoting business in gasoline, diesel, propane, ethanol, biodiesel and other liquid […]