Government + Politics

Grassley not yet ready to call it a career

BY: - February 19, 2020

CEDAR FALLS – U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he’s not yet ready to decide whether his current term of office will be his last. “You’ll have to ask me a year and a half from now,” the seven-term, 86-year-old senator said Tuesday after an appearance at the Cedar Falls Rotary Club. “Now if you’d asked […]

GOP senators try again on 72-hour abortion waiting period

BY: - February 18, 2020

Iowa Republicans are reintroducing a measure that would require pregnant women to wait 72 hours before undergoing an abortion, similar to a law that was struck down by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2018. Senate File 2215 requires women who want an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least three days before it’s performed. Republicans […]

Iowa restaurants cited for outdated food and unsanitary conditions

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Department of Inspections has reported the following alleged violations that stem from recent restaurant inspections in the Des Moines area. The department reminds the public that their reports are a “snapshot” in time and violations are often corrected on the spot before the inspector leaves the establishment. In addition to restaurants, this list […]

Senator: ‘I’m going for the gusto’ on medical cannabidiol update

BY: - February 18, 2020

State Sen. Brad Zaun said Tuesday it’s one of his top priorities to pass a “strong” update to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol law, despite continued divisions among Republicans over how strong the medicine should be. The main dispute remains the amount of THC that can be dispensed.  That’s the psychoactive compound in cannabis that is also […]

Scott Marler named Iowa DOT director

BY: - February 18, 2020

Iowa Department of Transportation veteran Scott Marler has been named director of the agency, Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced. He began the job Monday. Interim Director Stuart Anderson will return to his role as director of the Planning, Programming, & Modal Division. A 22-year veteran of the agency, Marler most recently directed the Operations Division. […]

Lawmakers propose $2,000 regulatory license for abortion clinics

BY: - February 18, 2020

Medical facilities that perform abortions would need to acquire a special $2,000 license under a bill moving forward in the Iowa House. House Study Bill 678 requires abortion clinics to apply for a license through the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and prove there is at least one licensed physician on staff. The department […]

Do Iowa’s rest areas need a facelift?

BY: - February 18, 2020

Iowa’s rest areas could be getting a mass remodeling.  A House subcommittee on Tuesday advanced a bill that calls for a study of the condition of the rest areas. The roadside stops with restrooms and vending machines have been popular with Iowans and motorists passing through on the interstate highways.  Over the years, there have […]

State agency’s financial reporting cited by state auditor

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Auditor of State has faulted Iowa Workforce Development for material weaknesses in its financial reporting. According to the auditor, IWD has developed a system to track the unemployment insurance contributions made by Iowa employers. That system generates information regarding delinquent accounts and money that that’s still owed to the state. But for the […]

Lawmakers: Anti-discrimination housing ordinances threaten landlords’ rights

BY: - February 17, 2020

Iowa cities and counties would no longer be able to block discrimination against renters who are on public assistance under a bill advanced by a Senate subcommittee Monday.  Des Moines, Iowa City and Marion County have all passed ordinances that would be repealed under the legislation.  Senate Study Bill 3178 was backed by Greater Iowa […]

Bill would end Iowa school districts’ voluntary diversity plans

BY: - February 17, 2020

An Iowa law aimed at desegregating schools by restricting wealthier students from leaving low-income districts may be eliminated in favor of giving more school choice for families. Senate File 119 would eliminate “voluntary diversity” plans that five low-income districts use to restrict higher-earning families from enrolling out students. Schools that qualify for a diversity plan […]

Bill would outlaw trespassing at food production facilities

BY: - February 17, 2020

People who trespass at a food production operation would be guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor under a bill approved by an Iowa legislative subcommittee Monday.  At least one lobbyist attending the subcommittee wondered if Senate Study Bill 3171 was a third attempt by lawmakers to pass an “ag gag” rule to fight protesters who infiltrate […]

Senators advance $250K cap in medical malpractice cases

BY: - February 17, 2020

Representatives of Iowa’s medical community blamed soaring awards in medical malpractice cases for the erosion of health-care access in rural Iowa Monday. They were arguing for legislation to put a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in lawsuits that arise from medical errors. But lawyers who litigate medical malpractice cases say claims against insurance carriers are […]