Legislature

Eastern Iowa schools prepare for tight staffing, larger class sizes

Corridor schools, facing budget uncertainty about state funding, likely will see level or reduced staffing as well as larger class sizes in 2015-16 ... »

Iowa Senate passes expanded medical cannabis bill

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program for Iowans seeking relief from debilitati ... »

Iowa Senate Democrats seek same spending level as Branstad, but priorities differ

DES MOINES — Majority Senate Democrats on Tuesday issued a fiscal 2016 budget outline that calls for spending the same $7.341 billion propos ... »

Clinton council’s proposal to use gas tax funds for salaries criticized

DES MOINES — The Clinton City Council’s decision to consider spending more than $225,000 in new gas-tax revenue on salaries for new c ... »

Wiccan prayer at Iowa Legislature draws silent protest, boycott

DES MOINES — What would Jesus do?

If he were a member of the Iowa Legislature, Rep. Rob Taylor believes he would peacefully protest t ... »

Iowa Legislature’s school funding stalemate continues

DES MOINES — A weekslong legislative tussle over school funding levels drags on at the Capitol, where leaders remain locked in an ideologica ... »

Iowa House committee to look at state’s civil forfeiture laws

DES MOINES — A newspaper investigation into the seizure of nearly $43 million in cash and assets by Iowa law enforcement using state and fed ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

Branstad thinks anti-bullying bill will be approved

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said he remains confident the Iowa Legislature will approve and send to his desk legislation expanding the s ... »

Branstad says he would accept Iowa Legislature’s school start date compromise

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he would accept a compromise on the school-start date controversy, whereby K-12 school district ... »

Iowa House committee approves pair of eminent domain bills

DES MOINES — An Iowa House committee approved a pair of eminent domain bills that, according to their sponsor are “very simply protec ... »

Iowa Senate leader warns of change in Medicaid managed care

DES MOINES — House and Senate leaders are in agreement that the Legislature has an oversight role as the management of the state’s $4 ... »

Iowa House Republicans pass collective bargaining changes for school employees

DES MOINES — Following debate that spanned two days, Republicans in the Iowa House on Wednesday approved a measure that would change the col ... »