Government

Sled away! Branstad signs bill providing cities with liability protection for ‘recreational activities’

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday signed a bill into law that protects cities and other governmental entities from liability for ... »

Johnson County supervisors to vote on travel ban to states with ‘religious freedom’ laws

JOHNSON COUNTY — A member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors says the board plans to put a “travel ban” on county trav ... »

Iowa lawmakers focus on gun rights

DES MOINES — Heading toward a deadline for keeping legislation alive, lawmakers appear to be reaching consensus on curbing bad and dangerous ... »

Stage set for another Newport Road development debate

IOWA CITY — The surveyor representing the applicants of a controversial Newport Road rezoning request predicts county supervisors will overtu ... »

Johnson County considering local engineers for courthouse entrance project

IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Board of Supervisors plan to reach out to local structural engineers to finalize plans to add a secure entran ... »

Cedar Rapids closes in on final flood control lines

CEDAR RAPIDS — Engineering and design consultants Tuesday unveiled a proposed near-final alignment of the city's coming flood control system, ... »

School districts exploring propane as eco-friendly bus option

With emission standards and budgets tightening, more school districts are shifting from diesels to what they call cleaner, greener, and cheaper pro ... »

Aug. 23 Iowa school start date bill heading to governor

DES MOINES — Legislation barring K-12 schools from starting fall classes before Aug. 23 is on its way to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk f ... »

Departing Elgin's era spanned Sewergate to flood control

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dave Elgin still is standing tall.

City engineer for 21 years — the last nearly eight of which he also has been ... »

Anti-bullying bill passes Iowa Senate with broad support

DES MOINES — A package of measures designed to address bullying in Iowa schools passed the Iowa Senate with broad bipartisan support Tuesday ... »

Iowa House inaction on minimum wage blamed on ‘terrible trio’

DES MOINES — A coalition supporting a Senate-passed hike in Iowa’s minimum wage to $8.75 an hour is taking its campaign to the hometo ... »

Iowa Senate approves bike safety rules

DES MOINES — Bicycle operators would be required to have a light mounted on the rear of their bikes when riding on roadways in Iowa between ... »

Iowa City offers TelePharm parking incentive

IOWA CITY — City officials have provided half-priced parking spaces to Iowa City’s TelePharm in order to keep employees downtown as t ... »

Uber supports proposed state regulations, eyes Iowa expansion

DES MOINES — Ride-sharing companies such as Uber, which operates in the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines metro areas and is eyeing the Quad Citie ... »

Newstrack: Legislature could adjourn without bottle bill debate

BACKGROUND

The Iowa Legislature passed a bottle and can recycling law on April Fools’ Day 1978.

The bill entered the world with ... »