Government + Politics

Public information board warns against document-request restrictions

BY: - February 13, 2020

The Iowa Public Information Board is asking all state agencies to refrain from requiring that information requests be put in writing and submitted through an online portal. Last month, the Iowa Capital Dispatch filed a complaint with IPIB about the public-access policies of Iowa Workforce Development. Like other state agencies, IWD now requires individuals who […]

Troy Price resigns as Iowa Democratic Party chairman

BY: - February 12, 2020

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price will resigned his position Saturday in the wake of the party’s failure to deliver timely results of the Feb. 3 caucuses. Price’s resignation will be effective after an emergency meeting Saturday of the party’s state central committee, which will elect a new chair. “While it is my desire to […]

Should Iowa’s Hospital Licensing Board be eliminated?

BY: - February 12, 2020

The Iowa Hospital Licensing Board, which has long been accused of being a tool of the hospital industry, would be eliminated under a bill now being considered by state lawmakers. The board is controlled largely by active and retired hospital executives. Although its name suggests it’s responsible for the licensing of hospitals, it actually is […]

Constitutional amendment denying abortion rights clears House panel

BY: - February 12, 2020

A resolution calling for a constitutional amendment that would specify that Iowans have no right to an abortion passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday on a party-line 11-9 vote.  The legislation, House Study Bill 577 also would specify that Iowans have no right to public funding for an abortion. Democrats requested a public hearing […]

Evening sunshine, more shopping cited as benefits of year-around Daylight Saving Time

BY: - February 12, 2020

Sen. Jason Schultz summed up his constituents’ reaction to the idea of having Iowa on Daylight Saving Time year-around: “I don’t care what you gotta do, but I want it light at night,” the Republican from Schleswig said. An Iowa Senate subcommittee voted unanimously Wednesday to advance legislation that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent. […]

‘We are bare bones’: Iowa school districts plan cuts as lawmakers debate funding

BY: - February 12, 2020

When fights broke out in Kalyn Cody’s middle school math class, he would pick up the phone and call the school office for help. Cody, a former Des Moines school teacher, tried to quell disruptive behavior in his classroom at Goodrell Middle School, but he said he didn’t have enough staff to help maintain the […]

Reynolds launches town-hall tour to promote Invest in Iowa Act

BY: - February 12, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds launched a town-hall tour on Wednesday to promote her proposed Invest in Iowa Act. House Study Bill 657 would raise the state sales tax to generate an estimated $540 million for environmental programs, mental health resources and income-tax relief. “I’m going to go out there and drive this,” Reynolds said during her […]

DOT doles out $9 million for city buses

BY: - February 12, 2020

A state panel has cleared the way for 21 Iowa transit agencies to replace a 107 vans and buses. The Iowa Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to provide $9 million in federal funds for the replacement vehicles. In some cases, local agencies are experimenting with buses using natural gas or batteries for power. There was a […]

Regents: Let NCAA act on payment to college athletes

BY: - February 11, 2020

A high-profile bill that would allow Iowa college and university athletes to make money from their image advanced in the Iowa Legislature Tuesday, but not before a state lawmaker and a Board of Regents representative gave very different views of the legislation. Keith Saunders, state relations officer for the Board of Regents, which runs the […]

Iowa moves a step closer to accepting other states’ professional licenses

BY: - February 11, 2020

Iowa would recognize professional licenses and certifications from other states, potentially making it easier for Iowa employers to hire workers in a tight labor market, under a bill approved by a legislative subcommittee Tuesday.  Senate File 2114, introduced by Sen. Waylon Brown, R-Osage, drew mostly favorable comments in a subcommittee meeting Tuesday before Brown announced […]

Iowa lawmakers work to salvage medical cannabis program update

BY: - February 11, 2020

State lawmakers on Tuesday began the work of trying to salvage an update to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program after a veto last year from Gov. Kim Reynolds. The fighting issue in House Study Bill 653, and the one that led to the governor’s veto, was the cap on THC. That’s the psychoactive compound in cannabis […]

Panel OKs sales tax ‘holiday’ for guns, ammo

BY: - February 11, 2020

Gun and ammo buyers wouldn’t have to pay state sales tax during the Fourth of July weekend under a bill that passed a House subcommittee Tuesday.  Supporters say the bill could encourage hunters to buy their guns months before the fall hunting seasons, giving them a chance to get used to the new equipment, a […]