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DES MOINES -- The Iowa Public Information Board wants to give government agencies clear directions of what information they need to provide about fired or demoted employees to comply with a new law. At a meeting Thursday in Des Moines, the board asked its director to revise an advisory opinion ...
According to the associations, golf contributes $817 million of direct, indirect and induced economic output, 11,435 jobs, $280 million in compensation and $72 million in state and local tax revenue. Iowa golf facilities hosted charity events that raised almost $29 million. Gold courses are responsible users ... taxes

"Over the past years, I've had the privilege of serving three Iowa governors while achieving some significant milestones at the lottery, helping with projects to address some of the state's biggest challenges, and driving meaningful increases in the vital state proceeds generated by the lottery," Rich said in ...
Rich Ponesse, senior director of trade finance for CVS Caremark, appeared before the Iowa House Government Oversight Committee to explain the difference between what his company pays retail pharmacies and what it charges health plans, a practice known as "spread pricing." Most people know ...
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On Friday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds nominated seven Census tracts in Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City for the program, sending her selections to the U.S. Treasury Department. The tracts include focus areas of development for the cities, such as downtown and the New Bohemia district in ...
Responding to AP's findings, Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board director Megan Tooker said she planned to speak with Pate to learn more about his role with PRG Group and whether it should have been disclosed. The form requires hundreds of top Iowa government officials to list "each ...
Iowa is following the lead of several other states that have passed similar legislation banning staff from throwing away meals that were already served or publicly identifying students whose parents owe money. Iowa schools are encouraged, but not required, to provide meals to students who can't pay ...
DES MOINES -- On the 99th day of a scheduled 100-day legislative session, the House Appropriations Committee on Monday released its $7.489 billion proposal for the fiscal 2019 budget that envisions a 3.2 percent spending increase. The House Republican plan comes as talks continue on closing ... GOP
... and government-to-government relations at the University of Oregon; Jeffrey Burnette, director of the Native American Future Stewards Program at Rochester Institute of Technology; Leah Slick-Driscoll, teacher at Meskwaki Settlement School; Lance Foster, tribal historic preservation officer, Iowa Tribe of ... GOP
Iowa does not charge highway tolls, and any change in that policy would require approval from the federal government and the Iowa Legislature. SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday designating this week as severe weather awareness week in Iowa. GOP
Kim Reynolds, at the podium, and Dave Jamison, executive director of the Iowa Finance Authority, on Monday mark the 49th anniversary of the Fair ... other complaints against Jamison, who she has known since they were county treasurers, as well as through GOP politics and serving in state government. GOP
NEW PLATES: “City and Country Reboot” is the name of the design chosen for Iowa's new license plates, now in production at Iowa Prison Industries in Anamosa. Starting sometime in the next three weeks, they should be assigned to new vehicles and will replace lost or damaged plates and ones older ... GOP
PODCAST: On Iowa Politics talks 2018 elections ... On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcast which aims to re-create the conversations that happen when Iowa's political reporters get together ... This week's show includes discussion on the recent ranking that named Iowa the #1 state, Sec. GOP
MedPharm Iowa in Des Moines recently received the state's only license to grow and process medical cannabidiol. MedPharm will have products ... DES MOINES — Iowa's first licensed medical marijuana manufacturing facility is a far cry from a basement grow operation. MedPharm Iowa has spent more ... GOP
For a moment, drinkers across the political spectrum were united for limited government.” I'm happy to report the Iowa Legislature has heard our cries. Senate File 2347 would permit Iowans to bring small amounts of beer and wine across state lines, allowing four-and-a-half gallons of beer or nine liters of ... GOP

“I have loved government since I was a small child and when my mom told me about Boys State I wanted to go so badly." So back in September, the Center Point-Urbana High School junior sent out an application. After an interview with the local American Legion Post, Emmet received the good news he ... GOP
The University of Iowa Student Government exists to advocate on behalf of students — advocate to faculty, administration, the Iowa City community, and every level of government. For the past three years, we believe it has done a good job. But imagine if, instead of advocating for students, UISG began ... GOP
DES MOINES — State lawmakers want Iowa voters to decide whether they want to strengthen their gun rights. ... House Joint Resolution 2009, a one-page document that proposes a constitutional amendment providing that the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by government. GOP
The directors of the Iowa Departments of Education, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Human Services and Public Safety “look at what we're doing, how we're communicating and coordinating, look at where the gaps are at and how we can move forward,” Reynolds said Wednesday. GOP
MORE BOTTLE BILL TALK: The leader of a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee Wednesday said he is interested in finding a workable way yet this session to maintain the state's popular deposit law for cans and bottles while removing the empty containers from grocery stores and food establishments. GOP
The goal of the Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit, which will be April 3 at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, is to bring together leaders from business and industry, education and nonprofit, along with elected officials, students and others to amplify the public ... GOP
Candidates for state boards subject to Senate confirmation and people seeking executive-branch employment would be required to disclose to Iowa officials if they were registered as an agent for a foreign government under SF 2323, which was approved by the House 95-0. Under the bill, the governor's ... GOP
The governor's Future Ready Iowa legislation has unanimously passed the House and Senate and heads to her desk. .... the tour, Trump and Reynolds led a roundtable discussion on workforce training and high-tech education with students, faculty, administrators, business people and government officials. GOP
Iowa businesses started the year by gaining 900 jobs in January, lifting total nonfarm employment up to 1,583,500 jobs. Although the increase was small, the monthly gain is the fifth consecutive stretching back to September. Private sectors saw little overall movement this month, while government gained ... GOP
Last week, the Iowa Senate approved Senate File 2282, which requires the State Supreme Court to have a minimum of five opinions concur to declare a ... in the executive branch of the state agreeing via signature to infringe upon the authority of the independent judicial branch of the state's government. GOP
SIOUX CITY -- State party chairman Troy Price will discuss the 2018 election landscape in a Woodbury County Democratic Party event Tuesday night. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 310 Virginia St., also will feature Jason Kander, a former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri. GOP
The woman was identified as a lobbyist for Iowa League of Cities, an organization that seeks to sway legislation at the state Capitol. She did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the organization, said in ... GOP
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The ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis said the organization has brought more than 100 free-speech cases since its founding in 1935 and such cases are at the heart of protecting civil liberties. She said government officials at every level, even small Iowa cities, exist to protect the rights of the people ... GOP
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has approved energy-policy changes that will alter energy efficiency programs and reshape the Iowa Utility Board's ... This is the reason why they distrust government — you hide a fee from them,” said Chapman, who noted the “scam” hits low-income renters who pay ... GOP
DRUG TAKE-BACK: Legislators turned in 40 pounds of over-the-counter and prescription drugs as part of a take-back offered by the Iowa Department of ... TICKET TO PRISON: Iowa Department of Corrections officials say tickets are now on sale for the public to tour the former Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort ... GOP
Dix and others who supported the bill seem to believe “that when they are taxing a credit union, they are taxing a building or they're taxing an ATM machine or a vault or a mobile app,” said Nussle, who represented Eastern Iowa from 1991-2007 and was President George W. Bush's director of the Office of ... GOP
An international trade war would be a “rolling disaster” for Iowa, two economists and an international business expert said this week. “Iowa is a net loser in terms of ... But now, you have a federal government who is not cooperating, who is making things more difficult for us,” he said. The European Union ... GOP
Pam Jochum, who serves on the Senate State Government Committee that could soon take up the bill, said she values transparency and wants the bill to get major revisions. Yet the Dubuque Democrat also understands a desire to keep some records private, particularly those involving children. GOP
DES MOINES — A day after declining to endorse his successor while still Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said Tuesday he's backing Mike Naig's election to the post. ... Tuesday morning, private citizen Northey weighed in, tweeting that “I heartily endorse Mike Naig as our next Iowa Ag Secy.”. GOP
DES MOINES — The Iowa House on Tuesday approved a bill crafted in response to Linn County supervisors' use of a lease-purchase agreement on a ... House File 2253 would require cities, counties and state government, including the Board of Regents, to use a competitive bidding process to award ... GOP
The family moved to Iowa City in 2010. By then, Carlos had returned to Mexico and gotten a visa to live and work legally in the United States, Kavir Ramos said. Likewise, Maria Ramos is here with a visa and the family has a comfortable house on Iowa City's west side. Siblings Carlos, 11, Marely, 10, and ... GOP
Cyndi Hanson, Republican candidate for Iowa's 4th Congressional District seat, is shown Jan. 19 at the College Center in South Sioux City, where she serves as executive director. The Sioux City woman is attempting to unseat incumbent Iowa 4th District Rep. Steve King in the June 5 GOP primary election. GOP
Other attendees included the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the University of Iowa's Children's Health Specialty Clinics. “Eighteen months ago, there was a revelation that Iowa did not have a really concise mental health system for youth,” said Emily Blomme, executive director of ... GOP
HEAD IN THE CLOUD: State government agencies in Iowa generate about 17 million emails each month, which the state's open records law and regulations require be retained. David Roederer, director of the state Department of Management, says the data was previously stored on servers the state would ... GOP
DES MOINES — Legislation that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion in Iowa once a fetal heartbeat is detected won initial support ... Burch of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said the bill “intentionally goes too far” and “inserts the government into the personal lives of Iowa women.”. GOP
DES MOINES — Legislation to create what is believed to be the largest single investment in education in Iowa's history moved forward in the Iowa House on ... It would go even further, said Emily Piper of the Iowa Association of School Boards, if instead of using the statewide average property tax levy, the ... GOP
Meanwhile, Iowa's state-run title insurance agency, Iowa Title Guaranty, provides the same service for a flat rate of $110 for mortgages up to $500,000 in a market where the median home price is $131,600, according to Zillow. Iowa also has the lowest claim rate of any state, in some years falling below 1 ... GOP
DES MOINES — The Iowa House unanimously backed legislation that will expand and improve Iowans' mental health and substance abuse disorder services and send a ... It will build on Iowa's community-based mental health system and decrease fragmentation of services to improve care, Lundgren said. GOP
Iowa's economic opportunity and “access to high-quality health care” helped push the state to the top, U.S. News said in a news release. ... “Every Iowan contributes to the success of their community and our state, and we celebrate this honor knowing that our work to build a better Iowa will never be finished ... GOP
(FILE PHOTO) Traffic flows along the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 as workers install speed cameras on a road sign north of the H Avenue NE interchange on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette). 2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION STORIES. 05:14PM | Fri ... GOP
Bills enforcing competitive bidding for universities and local governments still alive in Iowa Statehouse. A look ... Dead or Alive: What measures did - and didn't - clear Iowa Legislature hurdle? .... Jake Highfill, R-Johnston, chairman of the House Local Government Committee, who authored both bills. GOP
Iowa City area officials still were learning about the proposal on Thursday. “That is still a priority for us to get done, so this would be a concern,” said Ryan Sempf, director of government relations and public policy for the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. The Iowa Department of Transportation had ... GOP


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