Legislature

State paid nearly $19.6 million to settle claims in fiscal 2015

DES MOINES — Efforts to resolve construction issues at the state's new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison caused a sizable spike in the ... »

Even with GOP support, Iowa Legislature won’t have special session

CEDAR RAPIDS — A handful of House Republicans have joined the call for a special session of the Iowa Legislature to override the governor&#x ... »

Despite no decision on eminent domain bills, sponsor calls 2015 ‘successful’ session

DES MOINES — It may not appear that he has much to show for it, but the Iowa Legislature’s most vocal champion of property rights, sa ... »

Iowa Democrats suggest special session to override funding vetoes for schools, mental health facilities

DES MOINES — Statehouse Democrats want to bring lawmakers back to the Iowa Capitol.

The response from Republicans was clear: It’ ... »

Iowa tops $8 billion in gross tax collections for first time

DES MOINES — State net tax receipts finished the 2015 fiscal year up $376.7 million from the previous year and above the projected annual gr ... »

Iowa lawmaker plans trade mission to Cuba

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Democratic state lawmaker is organizing a trade mission to Cuba this summer in hopes of tapping into that market if the emb ... »

Host of new Iowa laws taking effect Wednesday

DES MOINES — Iowa cities will have liability protection against sledding accidents on municipal property and Iowans who drink alcoholic beve ... »

Lawmakers urge Branstad to keep mental health facilities open

MOUNT PLEASANT — Two weeks away from the governor’s ... »

Get serious about tax reform, key Iowa lawmakers say

ANKENY — Key state lawmakers would like to find a way next year to lighten Iowans’ tax bills.

Tax reform did not get much of a ... »

Branstad begins review of Iowa Legislature's budget

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he's not ruling anything in or anything out, including a special legislative session, as he begi ... »

Branstad: Extended Iowa school funding increases would avoid budget ‘torture test’

DES MOINES — The split-control Legislature should set state education funding increases for the next two fiscal years before they adjourn th ... »

Iowa House, Senate agree on spirit of ‘direct communication,’ but disagree on details

DES MOINES — Iowa senators and representatives have approved legislation requiring elected officials, including themselves, to provide citiz ... »

Branstad: Iowa may need temporary spending authority to keep operating

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday he expects the split-control Legislature will have to approve temporary spending authority thi ... »

Iowa lawmakers hope to finalize $7.17 billion budget this week

DES MOINES — Lawmakers were finalizing details Monday of a budget deal that would spend $7.168 billion for the coming fiscal year and provid ... »

Iowa legislative negotiators hope for breakthrough on budget deal

DES MOINES — House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they were optimistic this 20th week of the 2015 legislative session would net a budge ... »