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Laid-off workers sue Iowa company, claiming execs used pandemic to enrich themselves

BY: - March 8, 2021

A group of former Flexsteel employees is suing the Iowa-based company, alleging it used the pandemic to collect millions in federal aid while newly installed executives enriched themselves and denied severance pay to hundreds of laid-off, long-term workers. The six plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for their lawsuit, filed recently in U.S. District Court for […]

Black Caucus members call GOP agenda ‘retaliation’ after 2020’s racial equity gains

BY: - March 4, 2021

Members of the Iowa House Black Caucus called on Gov. Kim Reynolds Thursday to “veto for justice” any version of her “Back the Blue” legislation that passes without a ban on racial profiling by police and a requirement for implicit bias training. “Our state has a strong heritage of standing tall in difficult moments and […]

Sex offenders sue state after being denied leftovers from their Satanic feast

BY: - March 4, 2021

A group of convicted sex offenders is suing the state of Iowa, claiming their right to worship Lucifer with a weeklong feast of fried chicken, doughnuts and ice cream is being violated. Lawsuits filed by prison and jail inmates are commonplace, and many of them allege violations of constitutional rights related to religious practices. But […]

Policing bill, without a racial-profiling ban, moves through Iowa Senate

BY: - March 3, 2021

A version of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ controversial “Back the Blue” bill is moving through the Senate, but the ban on racial profiling that was part of the initial proposal is now gone. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday evening to advance Senate File 497, marking it safe ahead of Friday’s legislative deadline. The bill would […]

Iowa cop: After excessive-force probe, I resigned to ‘save my career’ in policing

BY: - March 2, 2021

A former Shenandoah police officer says that in an effort to land a job with another police agency, he quit his job last summer amid an excessive-force investigation related to his conduct. City officials say they didn’t inform the state police academy of that investigation. They now call it a confidential personnel matter despite a […]

Lawmakers consider reducing penalties for marijuana possession

BY: - March 2, 2021

Iowans arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana would face less severe penalties under a bill proposed in the Iowa Senate. Senate Study Bill 1226 would make possession of under 5 grams of marijuana a simple misdemeanor for a first offense. That would mean a maximum punishment of up to 30 days in jail […]

Lawmakers move narrower liability shield for trucking industry

BY: - March 2, 2021

Lawmakers in the Iowa House advanced a revamped bill dealing with trucking industry liability Tuesday after critics said the previous version, which applied to all employers, was overly broad and unfair to people who had been injured by a negligent driver in a motor vehicle accident. House Study Bill 259 would still shield the motor […]

COMMENTARY

Families take a back seat to big business in Iowa Legislature

BY: - March 1, 2021

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature like to proclaim they are pro-life and pro-family. Most of the time, they act that way, pushing bills that they believe support parents and families. But what happens when their pro-life, pro-family agenda gets in the way of another one of their priorities:  courting and catering to big business? Three […]

State’s appeal in Planned Parenthood case scheduled for Iowa Supreme Court

BY: - February 26, 2021

The state of Iowa and Planned Parenthood are preparing to square off in court again over a 2019 law that attempted to block the organization from receiving state funds for sex education programming. In May 2020, an Iowa district court struck down the controversial law, ruling that it was unconstitutional in that it violated Planned […]

Senate panels support liability shield for gun industry but not trucking firms

BY: - February 25, 2021

Two bills aimed at shielding certain industries from liability for injuries or deaths caused by their products or employees met different fates in the Iowa Senate Thursday. A three-member subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee declined Thursday to advance a bill that would have shielded employers from much of the liability for employees’ actions and […]

CR lawyer faces sanctions over ‘foreign scheme’ in which investors lost $700,000

BY: - February 24, 2021

A prominent Cedar Rapids attorney could be facing a second suspension of his law license for his role in an alleged high-risk foreign investment scheme that skirted federal regulations and resulted in investors losing $700,000. The Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa is recommending the court suspend the law license of Bruce Willey […]

Cities and counties voice opposition to Reynolds’ police-funding proposal

BY: - February 22, 2021

A key element of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ “Back the Blue” legislation ran into more opposition Monday, even as it advanced in the Iowa Senate. Senate Study Bill 1203 stipulates that a city or county would be ineligible to “receive any state funds” if it reduces the budget of its law enforcement agency, unless that budget […]