Legislature

Budget deal still eluding Iowa lawmakers

DES MOINES — Closer, but still no budget deal.

That was the word Friday from leaders of the split-control Legislature working to hamme ... »

Fireworks bill still alive in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES — It’s too early to tell whether a debate over legalized fireworks in Iowa will flare or fizzle in the Iowa Senate as the ... »

Iowa legislative leaders, Branstad hoping for breakthrough in budget talks

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Thursday he is hoping there will be a breakthrough soon in budget talks with leaders of the split-cont ... »

Iowa legislators still sparring over education funding

DES MOINES — Education advocates pleaded unsuccessfully Wednesday with GOP legislators for increased state aid to K-12 schools, prompting an ... »

Concerns grow over bird flu: economic, job losses in Iowa

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday there is growing concern about economic and job losses that Iowa may incur due to ongoing proble ... »

Iowa lawmakers making push to finishing 2015 session

DES MOINES — Top lawmakers discussed state budget negotiations Thursday during a closed-door meeting with the goal of inching closer to comp ... »

Branstad questions Democrats’ estimate of Iowa Medicaid savings

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad took issue Thursday with provisions of a Senate-passed human services budget bill, saying majority Democrat ... »

Iowa Democrats say $977 million too little for education

DES MOINES — The Iowa House approved nearly $1 billion in education appropriations that called for a tuition freeze for the third year in a ... »

Iowa lawmakers advance state tax hike for outdoor improvements

DES MOINES — A Senate panel Thursday approved a state sales tax hike to generate money that would be earmarked for enhancing Iowa’s n ... »

Burned mac and cheese causes evacuation of Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES — A burned bowl of macaroni and cheese caused an evacuation of the Iowa Capitol on Monday morning.

At roughly 11 a.m., Capi ... »

Branstad signs law authorizing EpiPen use by Iowa school workers

DES MOINES — Students or staff members in schools across Iowa who have allergy-related health issues will be able to breathe easier next sch ... »

Fireworks bill moving again in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES — State lawmakers have re-lit the fuse on a proposal to legalize more consumer-grade fireworks in Iowa.

An Iowa Senate pane ... »

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 ... »