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Latest Articles by Erin Murphy
State Government Feb. 14, 2022 9:36 am
The state education board would be required adopt standards for a public high school course on the Bible, which schools would then have the option to offer as a social studies elective, under legislation advanced Wednesday by two Iowa House Republicans.
State Government Feb. 4, 2022 5:58 pm
The U.S. defense secretary said in a letter to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds the federal defense department has the authority to require all service members --including those in the Iowa National Guard -- to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
State Government Feb. 4, 2022 5:06 pm
Eight Iowa school districts are violating a judicial order by not reinstating face mask requirements, says a letter sent Friday from the ACLU’s state chapter to those district.
State Government Feb. 3, 2022 1:38 pm
Against the backdrop of debates over billions of dollars being planned for tax cuts for Iowa workers and businesses, state lawmakers are now beginning their work on setting state funding for K-12 public schools for the next school year.
State Government Feb. 1, 2022 7:04 pm
The feedback from various business groups, conservative tax policy organizations, and water quality and environmental advocates was not unanimous, but certainly largely in support of Republican state legislators’ varied proposals to lower the state tax on income to a single rate; reduce the state tax on businesses; and create a shift in taxes that provides funding for the long-starved state fund for conservation and water quality projects.
State Government Jan. 31, 2022 7:21 pm
Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and three years of work experience would have a faster route to a teacher’s license under a proposal introduced by Republicans in the Iowa House.
State Government Jan. 28, 2022 7:30 am
Republican leaders in both the Senate and House have said they expect to move quickly on the legislative process for their respective plans, likely starting each next week.
State Government Jan. 26, 2022 6:06 pm
Jack Whitver, the Republican Senate majority leader from Ankeny, said he believes the proposal aligns with the tax plan that Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposed earlier this month.