Latest Iowa state government News

Iowa law lets police arrest migrants. The federal government and civil rights groups are suing

May. 09, 2024 17:23 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sued Iowa on Thursday over its new law that would give the state the authority to arrest and deport some migrants, making it the second lawsuit filed in a single day that seeks to block legislation passed earlier this year by state lawmakers. ...

Two shootings, two different responses — Maine restricts guns while Iowa arms teachers

Apr. 18, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

Six months after a deadly mass shooting by an Army reservist, Maine lawmakers this week passed a wide-ranging package of new gun restrictions. Three months after a fatal school shooting, Iowa lawmakers this week passed legislation allowing trained teachers and staff to carry guns on...

Arizona just revived an 1864 law criminalizing abortion. Here's what's happening in other states

Apr. 12, 2024 14:59 PM EDT

Developments this week in Arizona underscored something that was already apparent about the 2024 elections in the United States: Abortion is going to loom large as an issue in state and federal elections — including the presidential race — and directly in the form of referendums in some states....

Iowa asks state Supreme Court to let its restrictive abortion law go into effect

Apr. 11, 2024 18:30 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to let its blocked abortion law go into effect and uphold it altogether, disputing abortion providers’ claims it infringes on women's rights to exercise bodily autonomy. The law, which bans most abortions...

Iowa attorney general not finished with audit that's holding up contraception money for rape victims

Mar. 27, 2024 13:43 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa attorney general’s office said it is still working on an audit of its victim services that has held up emergency contraception funding for victims of sexual assault. Attorney General Brenna Bird, a Republican, paused the funding while awaiting the...