Natural resources panel eyes water quality, parks, dams

BY: - January 28, 2020

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission is pushing a major new conservation and recreation plan and continued support for existing programs, as Iowa celebrates the centennial of the state park system.  The governor-appointed panel is calling for:   — Approval of a sales tax increase to fund the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. That […]

Lawmaker: ‘KKK’ or ‘Nazi’ flag could fly after transgender flag allowed

BY: - January 27, 2020

The Iowa Senate is considering a bill that limits the flags that are allowed to fly at the state’s public buildings and schools to three options: The U.S., Iowa and Prisoner of War flags. Legislators brought up the bill after a flag representing the transgender community was flown at the Iowa Capitol last year on […]

Iowa’s major medical groups continue to oppose state licensing for midwives

BY: - January 27, 2020

Hayli Netterlund’s first home birth went well. The 27-year-old mom from Reinbeck wanted to use a midwife, rather than go to a hospital to give birth, after she saw the U.S. ranking when it came to maternal mortality, which has increased substantially, according to the Center for Disease Control. Death rates have grown in the […]

Proposed bill requires lights on bikes, not the riders

BY: - January 27, 2020

Bicycle riders would need lights on the front and rear of their bikes at night and in inclement weather under legislation approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday. The committee sent several bills to the full Senate Monday, including a constituent’s bicycle safety bill, Senate File 51, that prompted a brief discussion of safe […]

Panelists: Renewable energy could be an economic boon to rural Iowa

BY: - January 27, 2020

Renewable energy promises to be a powerful economic development tool for rural Iowa, an American Wind Energy Association-sponsored panel of renewable energy supporters said Monday at Drake University. It only took panelists a few moments to cast aside President Trump’s widely discredited claim that wind turbines cause cancer and to suggest that bird-kill concerns are […]

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Vehicle scams top list of consumer complaints

BY: - January 27, 2020

Vehicle issues top the list for consumer complaints filed by Iowa residents in 2019, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Complaints regarding the automotive industry grew nearly 15%, up to 535 reports. Reports from Iowans increased regarding fraudulent auto warranty plans and services, particularly as scammers call and promise renewals on a policy. It’s […]

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Iowa Farmers Union takes aim at climate change

BY: - January 24, 2020

The Iowa Farmers Union has launched a farm by farm attack on climate change, hoping to persuade its members to plant crops that can help sweep heat-trapping carbon from the air.  IFU President Aaron Heley Lehman said the federal government’s failure to set up a system that would allow farmers to sell pollution-fighting credits to […]

Poll: Most Iowa women age 50-plus plan to caucus

BY: - January 24, 2020

Women voters age 50-plus focused on health care

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Bill aims to eliminate legal fees for accessing public documents

BY: - January 23, 2020

The Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that would prevent governmental agencies from charging citizens a fee to determine whether they’re entitled to see documents in the agency’s possession. The fees have been the subject of controversy for years. Under the current law, anyone who requests a government document from a public entity may be […]

Iowa senators consider allowing guns on school, business properties

BY: - January 23, 2020

Employers who don’t want guns on their property may not have a choice under a new bill that moved forward in the Iowa Senate on Thursday. It would require employers to allow permit-carrying employees to keep a concealed weapon in their locked vehicles. The bill states that an employer cannot ban a permit-carrying employee from […]

State senator: Water trails should wait for livestock confinement moratorium

BY: - January 23, 2020

Iowa State Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, on Thursday said a proposed moratorium on construction of animal confinements in Iowa should be in place before Des Moines and other communities install whitewater courses and other recreational attractions in the state’s heavily polluted rivers. Celsi appeared at a rally in the Statehouse rotunda organized by […]

Constitutional amendment on abortion moves forward in the Iowa Senate

BY: - January 23, 2020

An Iowa Senate committee on Thursday advanced a constitutional amendment stating abortions are not a right under the Iowa Constitution. The amendment aims to nullify the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2018 that struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions and strengthened abortion laws.  It states that Iowa’s Constitution does […]