Government + Politics

Do Iowa’s rest areas need a facelift?

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...

Lawmakers: Anti-discrimination housing ordinances threaten landlords’ rights

Iowa cities and counties would no longer be able to block discrimination against renters who are on public assistance under a bill advanced by...

Bill would end Iowa school districts’ voluntary diversity plans

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...

Bill would outlaw trespassing at food production facilities

People who trespass at a food production operation would be guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor under a bill approved by an Iowa legislative subcommittee...

Senators advance $250K cap in medical malpractice cases

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...

Ombudsman: Natalie Finn’s death followed ‘a tragedy of errors’ by state...

The death of teenager Natalie Finn followed a series of errors and missed opportunities within Iowa’s child-protection system, according to the state Office of...

Top Democrats: New state party chairman faces difficult task

Democratic state Rep. Mark Smith had some plans for when he retired from the Iowa Legislature. He was going travel, take some bicycle trips and...

State Rep. Mark Smith is the new Iowa Democratic Party chairman

State Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown, elected Saturday as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, said his first job would be to "restore the...

Policy group: Reynolds’ plan shortchanges voters on conservation, recreation

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to clean Iowa's waterways and boost outdoor recreation would provide far less money for the work than voters envisioned,...

State drops investigation into charity’s employment-tax debt

In return for $535, the state of Iowa dropped its investigation last year into taxes owed by a charity that stages publicly funded workshops...
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