Latest Iowa State General Assembly News

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

Apr. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature want to make what he did a crime...

Iowa lawmakers pass bill seeking to stop farm investigations

Apr. 13, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers for the fourth time have approved restrictions aimed at stopping animal welfare activists from documenting animal abuse at livestock farms. The Iowa House passed the latest bill Monday night and the state Senate approved it last...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Apr. 12, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. April 9, 2021. Editorial: Proposed ethanol bill good for Iowa economy, environment Area lawmakers working on changes to rules regarding ethanol in gasoline have gone about penning new legislation in the right way: By bringing...

Iowa Supreme Court says it's ready to handle redistricting

Apr. 08, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn't able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census. Iowa lawmakers...

Union leader blames underfunding for Iowa prison killings

Apr. 06, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The leader of the union representing Iowa prison workers on Tuesday blamed Republican state political leaders and Iowa Department of Corrections officials for the death of two Anamosa State Prison workers two weeks ago, contending the state for years has underfunded...

Iowa virus cases up as young adults see increased infections

Apr. 02, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coronavirus-related hospitalizations increased to over 200 again Friday as the state reported another 616 confirmed cases with much of the increase due to infections of young people. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 204 people...

Iowa Democrat drops bid for House seat she lost by 6 votes

Mar. 31, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defeated Democrat abruptly dropped her bid Wednesday to overturn her six-vote loss for a House seat from Iowa, abandoning what loomed as a long legal and political battle in the face of shaky support from her own party. In a statement, Rita Hart...

Some Iowa vaccine locations open appointments for all

Mar. 29, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A week before Gov. Kim Reynolds officially makes all adult Iowans eligible for coronavirus vaccinations, public health officials acknowledged Monday that some counties have already started providing the shots to everyone over age 16. “IDPH is...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Mar. 29, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. March 25, 2021. Editorial: Iowa Republican lawmakers make a stand for freedom — well, one freedom (to get and carry guns) No legislative session would be complete without Republicans trying to make it easier for Iowans to buy...

Republicans send bill loosening gun laws to Gov. Reynolds

Mar. 22, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — People could buy firearms and carry a concealed handgun without first obtaining a state permit in the state under a bill the Iowa Senate approved Monday and sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds. The bill was approved with only Republican support, and last...