Legislature

Senate passes 4 percent school funding increase for fiscal 2018

DES MOINES - Democrats who control the Iowa Senate voted 26-24 Tuesday to approve across-the-board and categorical increases of 4 percent in funding t ...

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Attempt to delay Medicaid management rules fails

DES MOINES - The state will proceed with planning for private management of Iowa's $5 billion Medicaid program after a legislative rule-making panel o ...

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Iowa Senate Education Committee approved 4 percent school aid hike

DES MOINES - The anticipated annual showdown on school funding moved a step closer Tuesday when the Democratic-majority Senate Education Committee vot ...

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Iowa House looks to change firearms law

DES MOINES - Iowans with gun permits would be allowed to carry a loaded weapon while operating a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) - something c ...

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Iowa lawmakers again consider legalized fireworks

DES MOINES - State lawmakers launched a new effort Wednesday to legalize consumer fireworks in Iowa.The revised bill that cleared a Senate subcommitte ...

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Senate Democrats release budget targets

DES MOINES - Majority Senate Democrats plan to stick to their guns in pushing for a 4 percent increase in state aid to K-12 school districts next year ...

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Iowa lawmakers skeptical of Medicaid transition

DES MOINES - State officials insist they are taking necessary steps to improve the transition to private management of Iowa's $5 billion Medicaid prog ...

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Iowa House passes 2 percent increase for public schools next year

DES MOINES - Gov. Terry Branstad urged legislators Monday to balance their funding expectations with budgetary realities as they begin the process of ...

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Grant will increase access to ethanol blends

ALTOONA - Iowa will begin to distribute $2.49 million to assist in the installation of new blender pumps and eight underground storage tanks that will ...

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Schools warn of larger classes, fewer education options

DES MOINES - Legislative Democrats say K-12 schools will be forced to increase class sizes, leave education positions unfilled and delay technology an ...

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Farmers need a new marketing plan, Vilsack tells renewable fuels producers

DES MOINES - Complaining about taxes, regulations and hard work isn't the best marketing plan for farmers hoping to encourage a younger generation to ...

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Iowa governor’s water quality proposal gets lukewarm response from lawmakers

DES MOINES - Republican leaders said they will keep an open mind when considering Gov. Terry Branstad's proposal to share future school infrastructure ...

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Iowa lawmakers will investigate gay youth conference on smaller scale

DES MOINES - A legislative oversight panel will take a bipartisan approach to investigating a conference for gay and transgender youth, the panel's ch ...

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Support builds in Iowa Legislature for tackling justice reform

DES MOINES - It wasn't lost on Iowa lawmakers that Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady doubled up on a call for crimina ...

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Iowa lawmakers talk education funding, but gap remain

DES MOINES - Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Legislature are moving ahead on their promise to quickly pass a school aid funding increase for K-1 ...

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