Thursday morning read: Funnel deadline approaching for lawmakers, debates over the cost of school choice, and state wrestling tournament week


Iowa lawmakers make hectic march toward funnel deadline: Friday marks the self-imposed “funnel” deadline for non-money legislation to receive the backing of a standing committee in the Iowa House or Senate to be eligible for further debate. On Wednesday alone, legislators held nearly 50 subcommittee meetings and passed 57 bills through 15 standing committees.

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As school choice movement grows, so does debate over cost: Proponents of school choice say it gives families more options for education, while critics say education savings grants -- more commonly known as vouchers -- take dollars away from public schools. As the issue is debated in the legislature, our Iowa Ideas project has an in-depth look at the issue. Read more >


Changes coming for women's health in Iowa? Parents would have no cause of action to sue a doctor who failed to inform them their child might be born with birth defects under a bill approved on a party-line vote Wednesday in the Iowa House Judiciary Committee. Meanwhile, the Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on a law passed last year that requires a woman wait up to 72 hours before getting an abortion at any stage in the pregnancy


Linn County joins growing statewide discussion on access centers: Linn County Supervisors have earmarked $3.5 million in levy funds for a crisis intervention facility — also known as an access center — to house mental health and substance abuse intervention services and ease burdens on local law enforcement and hospitals. However, it's unclear how statewide plans for regional access centers might impact the Linn County plans. Read more >


2018 state wrestling coverage: We have tons of photos, quick results, analysis and profiles as the state high school wrestling tournaments continue. Find it all here >



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