Latest Iowa state government News

Iowa governor blocks bill aimed at stopping anti-Trump suits

May. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a measure Wednesday intended to stop the state's Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's policies, but she did so only after gaining an assurance the state's participation in such actions would...

Another county wants moratorium on livestock feeding farms

May. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors added its voice to those calling for a moratorium on new livestock feeding operations. The board voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution that asks Gov. Kim Reynolds and state legislators to bar construction of new concentrated animal...

Paul Trombino tapped as interim director of Iowa's HR agency

May. 21, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Paul Trombino to temporarily lead Iowa's human resources agency after its previous director failed to win Senate confirmation. Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said Tuesday that the governor has installed Trombino as interim director of the Department...

Increased road patrols planned in Iowa around Memorial Day

May. 18, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety says motorists in Iowa can expect to see stepped up enforcement on roads next week for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The increased focus on seat belt enforcement is part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign taking place from May 20...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

May. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-based...

Iowa joins other states in suing drug maker over OxyContin

May. 16, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is joining four other states in suing a drug company and its former president over actions related to the marketing of the drug OxyContin. Attorney General Tom Miller announced Thursday that Iowa had filed a lawsuit in Polk County District Court against Purdue Pharma and...

2020 hopeful Bullock gets endorsed by Iowa attorney general

May. 16, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he's been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa's attorney general. It makes him the first 2020 candidate to receive the endorsement of a statewide elected official in Iowa. Attorney General Tom Miller says, "For 10 years...

Reynolds dropped from suit filed over alleged discrimination

May. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging that her predecessor and others in his administration singled out a former state official for a pay cut because of his political party or sexual orientation. The long-running lawsuit filed by former Workers'...

Planned Parenthood sues state over sex education fund denial

May. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a new Iowa law that prohibits federal funding to be used by Planned Parenthood to teach sex education has been filed against Gov. Kim Reynolds and the state. On the last day of the legislative session, Republican legislators pushed through language in a budget...