Monday, October 23, 2017

State Officials Raise Legal Questions on Reynolds Borrowing Plan

Des Moines, Iowa – In a letter sent to lawmakers and the Governor today, State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald raised new ...

Lawmaker Calls for Special Audit of FY 2017

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Chris Hall (D-Sioux City), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commi ...

Memo to Reporters: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

MEMO To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: Se ...

Dr. Phil Miller Takes Seat in the Iowa House

Dr. Phil Miller of Fairfield was officially sworn in to the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon in ...

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New Changes for Voting Iowans

New Changes for Voting Iowans

Voters in Iowa will have more hurdles and less time to vote after Republican lawmakers approved new changes to Iowa’s elections this legislative session. The changes include shortening the voting window and requiring a photo ID to vote. The legislati ...

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Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

Local governments ability to screen contractors and control costs on large projects are now banned after action taken by Republican lawmakers this year. After the new law, government entities are no longer allowed to have bidders for public contracts ...

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Iowa Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

Iowa Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

Iowa has joined the majority of other states in the country that have stricter laws for drivers who text and drive. Previously, Iowans could not be pulled over for only texting while driving, unless they committed another offense for the purpose of t ...

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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 Republican-led Legislature, if a CAFO moves next to your property and rui ...

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Changes to Alcohol Policy Could Spur Economic Development

Changes to Alcohol Policy Could Spur Economic Development

The Legislature has approved sweeping changes to Iowa’s alcohol policy intended to encourage economic development and tourism across the state. Some of the main changes will allow for breweries to now sell wine by the glass and small native distiller ...

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GOP Turns Budget Surplus to Deficit

GOP Turns Budget Surplus to Deficit

Lawmakers closed the 2017 legislative session putting the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2018 budget as well as addressing a $131 million state budget deficit in fiscal year 2017. While the state had a $900 million surplus just a few years ago, ...

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Bills Allow Iowa Schools Flexibility in Funding

Bills Allow Iowa Schools Flexibility in Funding

Two bills have been sent to the Governor that allow school districts flexibility in using funds after they have met the obligations of their intended purpose. This would allow school districts to fill in some gaps in educational programming. Democrat ...

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