State lawmakers debate university funding model

DES MOINES — The intended and unintended consequences of a new proposal for funding Iowa’s public universities came under review by lawmakers Monday during a legislative fiscal committee meeting.

Some lawmakers praised the Boar [...]

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Iowa Democrats pass proposed government reforms

DES MOINES — On a party-line vote, an Iowa Senate panel Tuesday approved a wide-ranging list of proposed government reforms intended to bolster accountability and transparency in the wake of allegations brought against the Branstad administ [...]

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Supporters urge streamlined regulations for marijuana oil

DES MOINES — Life as a parent of a child with epilepsy is hectic enough, Kim Novy says. On Tuesday, she asked the state for a little help.

Novy encouraged the Iowa Department of Public Health and a state rule-making committee to make [...]

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Partisan sparks fly at Senate hearing for Dept. of Administrative Services

DES MOINES — A partisan dust-up erupted Tuesday over a legislative report focusing on the size of state government and spending by a state agency.

At issue was an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency of the state De [...]

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Branstad’s cabinet officials knew about secret settlements, former attorney says

Former Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll repeated Wednesday he did not know about money paid to terminated employees in exchange for confidentiality, despite contradictory testimony from the agency’s former attorne [...]

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Oversight committee to interview current, former Iowa officials Wednesday

The Iowa Senate Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday at the State Capitol to interview former and current officials with a state agency that paid secret settlements as part of a 2011 reorganization.

The committee subpoenaed Mike Carroll, [...]

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Senate Oversight reconvening under new subpoena power

DES MOINES — Members of the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee, armed with new subpoena power, will convene a hearing Monday at the Statehouse focusing on issues at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

Committee members are [...]

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State tax collections take drastic plunge

Note: Monthly General Fund Revenue Receipts Through May 31, 2014, can be found here

By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES — A drastic [...]

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Documents show big divide between anti-bullying camps

Just before 9 a.m. on Feb. 5, state Rep. Quentin Stanerson fired off a one-sentence email to Adam Gregg.

“Office of harassment and antibullying policies?????? Holy Cow,” he wrote.

Stanerson, R-Center Point, was the floor [...]

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Branstad signs cannabis oil, HIV transmission bills

DES MOINES – A small army of never-say-die parents and children – many in wheelchairs – impacted by epilepsy flooded the Capitol rotunda Friday to watch Gov. Terry Branstad sign a law giving them access to relief-providing can [...]

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New HIV transmission law makes Iowa model for nation

By Alison Gowans, The Gazette

If Gov. Terry Branstad signs Senate File 2297 on Friday as planned, Iowa will become the first state in the country to repeal and [...]

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Iowa Legislature continues trend of passing fewer bills

DES MOINES — The split-control Legislature continued its trend of slowing the growth of the Iowa Code this year.

For the fourth straight year, Iowa lawmakers passed fewer than 150 measures during the session that ended after 108 calen [...]

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E-cigarette ban among bills Gov. Branstad signs

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad signed 11 bills into law Friday, including a ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to minors in Iowa and a separate measure designed to create parameters for the use of dron [...]

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Legislative panel approves agency rule changes

DES MOINES — A small group of lawmakers on Tuesday vetted new nutritional standards for school vending machines, specifications for animal feedlots and rules governing operations at the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The 10-memb [...]

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Iowa’s clean water rules put under the public microscope

DES MOINES — An overflow crowd turned out Friday to debate the merits and shortcomings of Iowa’s proposed clean water rules.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials are conducting hearings to solicit public comments on p [...]

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