Iowa lawmakers consider asset testing for food assistance

BY: - January 26, 2022

Iowans would need to undergo an asset test to receive food assistance and other state benefits under a proposal moving in the Iowa House.  Under House Study Bill 508, the Department of Human Services would be required to conduct an “asset test” on applicants to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The department would consider […]

West Des Moines green lights regional water talks

BY: - January 26, 2022

A proposed regional utility to govern the Des Moines metro area’s water supply got a third nod of approval Wednesday from West Des Moines. The five trustees of West Des Moines Water Works voted unanimously to start negotiations in earnest with utilities in Des Moines and Urbandale to form Central Iowa Water Works, which could […]

Former wrestling coach Jim Gibbons urges lawmakers to strip Iowa PBS copyright

BY: - January 26, 2022

Following a dispute over a wrestling documentary, former Iowa State University wrestling coach Jim Gibbons is pushing to classify the state’s public television content as public record. But Iowa PBS says passage of the bill would lead to legal action against the state. In 2020, Iowa PBS was working with a California production company to […]

COVID deaths rise as infections plateau

BY: - January 26, 2022

State health officials reported 184 new deaths of people who were infected by the coronavirus on Wednesday, the most for a one-week period during the latest COVID-19 surge. That report came amid an apparent wane in the virus’ spread in Iowa. The most recent state data show weekly infection rates peaked about two weeks ago […]

House, Senate advance bills requiring hands-free phones for drivers

BY: - January 26, 2022

Iowa lawmakers and public safety advocates who have been working for years to ban the use of handheld phones and other devices behind the wheel expressed hope Wednesday that this is the year to get a bill to the governor’s desk. Both the Iowa House and Senate are working on bills that would prohibit any […]

Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5

BY: - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents hoping to vaccinate their young children against COVID-19 will need to be patient, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Wednesday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses, he couldn’t provide a timeline on when the […]

Bill would allow 16-year-olds to provide child care without supervision

BY: - January 26, 2022

Teenagers as young as 16 would be able to provide child care without adult supervision under a bill moving through the Iowa House.  House Study Bill 539 would change Department of Human Services rules to set 16 as the minimum age of an unsupervised child care provider. That would allow 16-year-olds to provide care at […]

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

BY: , and - January 26, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, though the […]

Governor’s bill would make E15 dominant fuel in state

BY: - January 25, 2022

A new proposal by Gov. Kim Reynolds would require at least half of all gasoline pumps in the state to dispense fuel that contains 15% ethanol — a blend commonly called E15 — by 2026. The governor’s bill was filed Monday in the Iowa House. It is a modified version of a similar proposal last […]

Bill would end licensing-board penalties for controversial COVID-19 treatments

BY: - January 25, 2022

An Iowa senator is backing legislation that seeks to prohibit state licensing officials from disciplining physicians who prescribe ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19. The bill, Senate File 2031, was introduced by Sen. Jim Carlin, an attorney and a Republican from Sioux City. Carlin said he introduced the bill after hearing that doctors […]

Rick Santorum calls for convention of states to limit federal power

BY: - January 25, 2022

Former Sen. Rick Santorum rallied with over 100 Iowans at the State Capitol on Tuesday, calling for a convention of states to limit the power of the federal government. “Washington is not gonna fix Washington,” Santorum said. “Iowa is gonna fix Washington.” Santorum said both parties in the U.S. had become too comfortable in power, […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this […]