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Reynolds creating bureau designed to avoid school shootings

Jan. 21, 2020 1:39 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will become the latest state to create an organization within state government designed to prevent school shootings under a plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds said she's creating a Governor's School Safety Bureau within the Iowa Department of Public Safety....

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Jan. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. January 16,2020 Another Medicaid insurer, another round of stiffing Iowa’s health care providers Iowa Total Care is one of the for-profit insurers hired by the state to participate in the fiasco known as privatized Medicaid. The company was not among Iowa’s first picks for a...

Jordanne Beach, of Urbandale, Iowa, speaks before a Senate subcommittee at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. She opposed a constitutional amendment that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Republicans introduce Iowa abortion constitutional amendment

Jan. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican legislative leaders Thursday introduced a resolution that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution, a move in the first week of the session guaranteed to prompt a heated debate. The proposed constitutional amendment comes in a...

Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins speaks during the Condition of the Judiciary at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Acting Iowa chief justice: Court independence a strength

Jan. 15, 2020 2:12 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins told the Legislature Wednesday that “the independence of the courts from the political branches is not a divide but our very strength as a state and as a nation.” Wiggins, delivering the yearly Condition of the...

Iowa governor calls for sales tax increase, other tax cuts

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds asked lawmakers on Tuesday to consider increasing the state sales taxes by 1 cent to raise money to boost funding for water quality, the environment and mental health care programs. A 1-cent sales tax increase is expected to generate about $540 million in new...

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley talks with his grandfather U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, after taking the oath of office during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa lawmakers begin 2020 session, name new House speaker

Jan. 13, 2020 3:04 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers convened the 2020 legislative session Monday with taxes, workforce and child care issues on their minds. With his family including his grandparents U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley and Barbara Grassley looking on, Republican Rep. Pat Grassley was elected by voice vote and...

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Jan. 13, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. January 10, 2020 If GOP lawmakers really want to grow Iowa's workforce, there is much they can do The Iowa Legislature convenes on Jan. 13. Its agenda — and the future of the state — is largely in the hands of Republicans who control the House, Senate and governor’s...

Iowa Legislature back to talk taxes, workers, child care

Jan. 12, 2020 11:25 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature convenes Monday with Republicans firmly in control and in a position to set the agenda for another session on topics ranging from tax policy and education funding to rural child care and mental health for children. Amid the state's nearly $300 million budget...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Iowa Supreme Court justice David Wiggins gestures in the Iowa Supreme Court chambers, in Des Moines, Iowa. Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Wiggins says he's retiring. The 69-year-old Wiggins says Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 he will retire March 13 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Wiggins to retire

Jan. 10, 2020 6:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins announced Friday he's retiring, giving Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds an opportunity to build an even more conservative court. Wiggins, 69, said he will retire March 13. He “feels that it is time to move on,” court...

Reynolds names interim director of Transportation Department

Jan. 10, 2020 11:16 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A civil engineer who has worked at the Iowa Department of Transportation for 28 years has been chosen as the agency's interim director, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. Stuart Anderson has begun his new duties and will lead the department until a permanent director is appointed,...