Friday, June 23, 2017

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  • Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

    Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

    Significant changes to the regulation of guns in Iowa were enacted by the legislature this session. Major reforms were made to the purchasing, carrying, and use of firearms - speci ...

  • New Laws Taking Effect July 1

    New Laws Taking Effect July 1

    With the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, a host of new laws will take effect on July 1 relating to public health, workforce, and public safety. Lawmakers took action this ses ...

  • Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

    Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created...

    The legislature made several changes to stop domestic abuse this session, including mandatory minimums for repeat offenses of domestic abuse and better tracking and monitoring of a ...

  • Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

    Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

    Significant criminal justice reform measures were passed by the legislature this year. Senate File 445 will bring the penalties for crack cocaine offenses more in line with powder ...

New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

This year, the Legislature worked on many bills relating to Iowa’s natural resources. One piece of legislation gives the State Forest Nursery more flexibility in pricing the seeds ...

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Homeowners Affected Under New CAFO Law

Homeowners Affected Under New CAFO Law

Iowa homeowners whose quality of life or property values have been impacted by confined feeding operations (CAFOS) may now have even fewer options. Under a bill approved by the Re ...

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Republicans Slash Millions from Water Quality Plan Passed Just 3 Days Ago

Republicans Slash Millions from Water Quality Plan Passed Just 3 Days Ago

In a spending plan released by Republicans today, lawmakers learned efforts to improve water quality passed just three days ago would now be scaled back by $2 million next year. “ ...

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Tree Grants Available from the DNR

Tree Grants Available from the DNR

Two state programs are offering tree grants to communities to help with tree care, inventory, and pest management and provide hands on opportunities for kids to plant trees in the ...

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2014 Session Recap: Governor Vetoes $9 Million in Added Money to REAP

2014 Session Recap: Governor Vetoes $9 Million in Added Money to REAP

The Legislature ended the session with  $25 million for the Resource Enhancement and Protection Fund, often referred to as REAP, from annual funding sources this year. In their 20 ...

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2014 Session Recap: Renewable Energy Tax Credits Expanded

2014 Session Recap: Renewable Energy Tax Credits Expanded

Several bills passed this session will extend renewable energy efforts across the state. Senate File 2340 triples the amount of tax credits that are available to Iowans for instal ...

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Celebrating 25 Years of REAP

Celebrating 25 Years of REAP

The Iowa House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution this week commending all Iowans who have contributed their time, energy, and commitment to ensure the success of ...

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