Capital Dispatch files open-records complaint against agency

BY: - January 23, 2020

Iowa Capital Dispatch has filed a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board about a state agency’s public-access policies. Iowa Workforce Development requires individuals who request a document to submit their request in writing and to send it through an online portal that warns them various records are confidential and obtainable only with a subpoena […]

Iowa officials: Reynolds’ environmental plan may hit speed bumps

BY: - January 22, 2020

Members of Iowa’s two key environmental panels got several doses of reality Wednesday about whether Gov. Kim Reynolds’ endorsement of a special sales tax would be a big boost to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ previously shrinking coffers.  The governor-appointed Environmental Protection Commission and its sister panel, the Natural Resource Commission, held their annual […]

Iowa sees spikes in complaints about mobile home park rent increases, conditions

BY: - January 22, 2020

The Iowa Attorney General’s office saw a spike in complaints last year from mobile-home owners, some of whom faced drastic increases in their rent. In 2019, the attorney general received 23 such complaints, compared to 10 in 2018, said Lynn Hicks, spokesman for the office. The increase in complaints might be the result of new […]

Environmental group sees increase in Iowa livestock operations

BY: - January 22, 2020

The national Environmental Working Group this week reported that the number of large animal feeding operations in Iowa is up nearly five times since 1990, based on a new analysis of state mapping data Highlights of the nonprofit’s report: Since 1990, the number of large animal feeding operations grew to 3,936 from 789. Some 94% […]

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‘It’s a real loss for survivors.’ Domestic violence law stalled in U.S. Senate

BY: - January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — For decades, the Violence Against Women Act was an issue that could transcend partisan politics on Capitol Hill.  Not anymore.  The landmark law — first passed in 1994 to protect victims of domestic crimes — funds programs like rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse.  But after several […]

Bill allows Iowa college athletes to earn money from sponsorships

BY: - January 21, 2020

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Iowa Legislature Tuesday would upend a longstanding National Collegiate Athletic Association rule that prevented college athletes nationwide from earning money off their name, face and likeness. Senate File 3058, introduced by Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, and Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, prohibits Iowa universities and colleges from penalizing student […]

Trump impeachment trial gets personal

BY: - January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy.  U.S. House Democrats and Trump’s lawyers sparred for hours Tuesday over the parameters for the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, offering a preview of their substantive arguments and setting the tone for […]

Rally on Thursday to oppose new livestock confinements

BY: - January 21, 2020

Iowa Citizens for Community improvement plans a rally Thursday at the Wallace State Office Building in favor of a moratorium on construction or expansion of livestock confinements. More than 100 people are expected to attend. The nonprofit consumer/environmental group has long contended that large-scale confinements are making neighbors sick, are a major source of water […]

Bill would let EMTs carry firearms in high-risk situations

BY: - January 21, 2020

A new bill going through the Iowa Legislature would allow Emergency Medical Technicians to carry a firearm if they are a part of a police tactical team. Senate File 2006, introduced by Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, would allow emergency medical professionals to obtain a professional permit to carry weapons if they train with a […]

Senate panel advances bill to ban public vaping

BY: - January 21, 2020

Legislation to outlaw vaping in Iowa’s public places passed a three-member Senate subcommittee Tuesday, over objections from vape shop owners who said it would damage their businesses. Vaping industry representatives and business owners argued there isn’t enough scientific evidence on the effects of second-hand vapor to justify the harm to businesses and to people who […]

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces new bureau aimed at mitigating classroom violence

BY: - January 21, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at identifying and mitigating violence at schools, particularly as districts nationwide grapple with how to stay safe from potential shootings. Reynolds said during a news conference that she is launching a new bureau within the Iowa Department of Public Safety that will train Iowa school […]

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Governor calls education increase ‘historic,’ but is it enough?

BY: - January 21, 2020

During her Condition of the State address, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed what she called a “historic” investment in K-12 education — a 2.5% increase in per-pupil funding, equating to around $95.7 million to maintain “the best teachers and classrooms in the world,” she said.  Reynolds’ proposal would make the state’s total appropriation for education […]