Latest Iowa state government News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 30, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Iowa court reverses precedent on Iowa pig farm lawsuits

Jun. 30, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a long-standing precedent that allowed landowners to sue for damages when a neighboring hog farm causes water pollution or odor problems that affect quality of life. The court concluded, 4-3, that a 2004 decision...

Iowa governor to pursue abortion restrictions in courts

Jun. 28, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will move to end most abortions in the state by turning to the courts and asking them to relax the legal standard used to evaluate restrictions and to reverse a decision that halted a ban as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. ...

Planned Parenthood won't change waiting period requirement

Jun. 22, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa attorney general's office said Wednesday that a state Supreme Court decision that requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion won't take effect until next month, but the organization that provides most abortion in the state says it will immediately...

Reynolds expands deer hunting with semi-automatic rifles

Jun. 21, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa hunters will be able to use semi-automatic weapons including AR-15 rifles to kill deer in more parts of the state during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Iowa lawmakers passed the bill in May and it...

Tuition rates appear headed up at Iowa public universities

Jun. 20, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students at Iowa's three public universities may be paying more for tuition starting in the fall. The Des Moines Register reports that proposed tuition rates were presented at a virtual meeting of Iowa's Board of Regents on Monday. The proposal includes a...

Bill puts two-year moratorium on new Iowa casino licenses

Jun. 18, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a measure that places a two-year moratorium on new casino licenses — a move the mayor of Cedar Rapids called “disappointing.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that an amendment to a larger gambling bill...

Iowa doors swing open for Republicans eyeing White House run

Jun. 18, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The polls were closed in Iowa for less than 48 hours when South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott was shaking hands and posing for pictures with eastern Iowa Republicans at a Cedar Rapids country club last week. Scott, one of the many Republicans testing their...

Iowa Supreme Court: Abortion not fundamental right in state

Jun. 17, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution. The court, now composed...

Democrat DeJear to run with county auditor Eric Van Lancker

Jun. 17, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic governor candidate Deidre DeJear announced Friday that she had chosen an eastern Iowa county auditor as her running mate. DeJear said she chose Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker as her lieutenant governor candidate because he is “not only...