Friday, June 23, 2017

Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

Significant changes to the regulation of guns in Iowa were enacted by the legislature this session. Major reforms w ...

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 hea ...

Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

The legislature made several changes to stop domestic abuse this session, including mandatory minimums for repeat o ...

Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

Significant criminal justice reform measures were passed by the legislature this year. Senate File 445 will bring t ...

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Veterans Programs Take Hit in GOP Budget

Veterans Programs Take Hit in GOP Budget

This year, the GOP-led Legislature reduced support for key programs used by Iowa veterans. One such area that saw a significant shortage is the Veterans Home Ownership program. The program received $2 million for FY 18, a reduction of $500,000. This ...

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K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

Iowa schools will get the 3rd lowest increase in basic state funding in Iowa’s history next year. That’s according to the plan approved by Republican lawmakers this session. The shortfall in school funding again next year means seven of the last eigh ...

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Inside the Iowa House: Iowa’s New Governor

Inside the Iowa House: Iowa’s New Governor

    At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, Iowa to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services.  My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder.  Afte ...

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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 and plants they sell. The nursery provides good-quality native plant m ...

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New Student Assessment Approval Process

New Student Assessment Approval Process

The Department of Education is required to issue a new bid process for the assessment that Iowa will use in public schools, and the State Board of Education will evaluate and make a decision on which test to implement. The new law approved this year ...

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Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

In a surprise ending, the Legislature passed language that will allow persons with a valid registration card to get cannabidiol with a THC level of not more than 3% in Iowa. This was done as a next step to Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, whic ...

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Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

Despite objections from thousands of Iowans, Republicans at the State Capitol unraveled 40 years of teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, and other working Iowans having a voice in their own workplace this year. Written behind closed doors without ...

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