Latest Iowa State General Assembly News

Waterloo Democrat first to launch campaign for Iowa governor

Jun. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic state representative from eastern Iowa who chaired the Legislative Black Caucus and advocated for the safety of meatpacking plant workers early during the pandemic became the first person to announce a run for governor next year. ...

Iowa Senate official warned of payback over COVID-19 inquiry

Jun. 11, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The top administrator in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate threatened retribution against a GOP appointee who oversees workplace safety after inspectors said they would make public their concerns about COVID-19 hazards at the Capitol, records show. ...

Iowa House Democratic leader leaving role after 3 sessions

Jun. 02, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Iowa House said Wednesday he would leave the position after three legislative sessions. Rep. Todd Prichard said he decided to step aside after conversations with his family. "I know my caucus will...

'Past the point of no return'? Iowa Dems feel hopes fading

Jun. 01, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Democrats lost last year's election for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District by the narrowest margin in a House race in almost 40 years. After the six-vote heartbreaker, some expected Democrat Rita Hart to immediately declare a rematch in the southeast district long held by...

Iowa lawmakers end session noted for conservative new laws

May. 20, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature ended the 2021 session nearly three weeks later than expected after Republican lawmakers completed negotiations over a complex tax plan that they approved to add to a host of other conservative priorities they passed, ranging from restricting...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

May. 17, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. May 12, 2021. Editorial: Grassley/Ernst bills promote transparency in cost of college If you listen closely, you might make out the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” being rehearsed by area high school bands as students...

Iowa eliminates statute of limitations for child sex crimes

May. 13, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has joined more than a dozen other states in eliminating the statute of limitations for several child sex abuse crimes. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the measure into law on Wednesday. It eliminates the statute of limitations for sex crimes...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

May. 12, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. May 11, 2021. Editorial: Welcome progress in Madison Observers of Wisconsin politics could be forgiven for believing the state’s political culture was primarily focused on bickering. That is, after all, seemingly the...

Iowa to get $1.48B in federal coronavirus assistance money

May. 10, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will get $1.48 billion in aid under the federal government’s plan to help states hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new numbers released Monday. The U.S. Treasury Department announced a state-by-state funding breakdown for...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Apr. 26, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. April 22, 2021. Editorial: Manure from ag operations ruins waterways. When will Iowans get their fill of filthy water? If a toddler’s diaper leaks at a public swimming pool, parents get their kids out of the water. Teenagers...