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Stories with organization: Iowa State General Assembly
  • Broadband bill advances but tower concerns remain 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:31 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A legislative panel has backed a plan meant to extend broadband access to rural Iowans, though an agreement hasn't been reached on language about the placement of new cell towers.

  • Iowa Senate approves disabled veterans tax credit 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:52 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill meant to further relieve the financial stress of disabled veterans in the state has won the unanimous support of the Iowa Senate.

  • Branstad: Action needed to protect Iowa students 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:40 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee under current law.

  • Iowa Senate approves preschool expansion plan 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:03 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A plan to enroll more 4-year-olds in preschool and incentivize the creation or expansion of programs has won the Iowa Senate's approval.

  • Legislature honors ISU men's basketball team 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:21 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers honored the Iowa State University men's basketball team for what they deemed a "brilliant" season.

  • Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for 1st time 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:19 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in Iowa law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across the state.

  • Senate sends underage drinking bill to Iowa gov 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:16 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill making it illegal for landowners to allow drinking by minors on their property has won the final approval of the Iowa Senate.

  • Southwest Iowa lawmaker returns to the Capitol 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 9:22 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A southwest Iowa lawmaker has returned to his job in the Iowa Capitol, where he hadn't voted on a measure since March 4.

  • Iowa House gives human trafficking bill final OK 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:46 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa House has granted final approval for a bill meant to crack down on prostitution and pimping including minors.

  • Senate rejects House's drunken driving proposal 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 2:50 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate has rejected amendments to a bill attempting to change Iowa's law dealing with drunken drivers.

  • Senate passes school radon bill to governor 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 2:05 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate is sending to Gov. Terry Branstad a bill that will survey schools in Iowa to determine whether they're testing for the presence of radon gas. The bill requires districts to report by the end of this year to the Iowa Department of Education and the agency to file a report with the Legislature by January.

  • DNA, video leads to trial in sisters' slayings 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 2:59 pm
  • PITTSBURGH - A city man may have to overcome extremely long odds - 13.7 quintillion-to-1 - when he stands trial on charges that he robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker.

  • Branstad signs military crime report bill into law 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:25 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill intended to give victims more power to report sexual abuse and other crimes involving state military personnel and increase transparency within the reporting system has been signed into law.

  • Branstad signs civil containment bill into law 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:22 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators has been signed into law.

  • Iowa panel OKs bill barring secret settlements 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:49 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill intended to codify Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's executive order prohibiting state agencies from signing confidential settlement agreements has won the support of a divided legislative panel.

  • Senate supports audits of settlement agreements 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:10 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate has passed a Democratic-sponsored amendment to a state spending bill that would require the state auditor to look into confidential settlement agreements with fired state workers during Gov. Terry Branstad's current term.

  • GOP Senate hopefuls unite in opposition to Braley 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 10:46 pm
  • AMES, Iowa - To call the gathering of Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Iowa on Wednesday a debate would be a stretch.

  • Iowa House protects DNR budget from settlement use 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:20 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers in the Iowa House say they want to further establish government transparency and openness in the light of secret settlement agreements between state agencies and fired employees.

  • Branstad signs Iowa Speedway tax break into law 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:08 pm
  • NEWTON, Iowa - The Iowa Speedway in Newton can continue collecting tax credits from sales made at the racetrack.

  • Iowa lawmaker wants end to Orascom tax credits 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 7:10 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa Senate Democrat has introduced legislation intended to halt the last transfer of state tax credits to a fertilizer plant in southeastern Iowa.

  • Lawmakers push campaign to curb distracted driving 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:26 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have taken a new route to address distracted driving across the state.

  • Nonprofit seeks state funds for child funerals 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:28 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A nonprofit group on Tuesday urged Iowa lawmakers to take action on a bill to provide financial assistance for low-income families who can't afford to bury their children.

  • Iowa Senate OKs renewable fuel tax break extension 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 1:19 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill to extend tax credits for renewable fuels has won the support of the Iowa Senate.

  • Iowa lawmakers seek to protect elders from abuse 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 10:44 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - As Iowa's population grows older, lawmakers are trying to determine the best policies and practices to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses.

  • Groups seek change in water quality program bill 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 3:50 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Environmental groups are sounding alarms that a Republican-led House subcommittee has inserted language into the budget bill for the Department of Agriculture that critics say would prevent the public from accessing information about water quality improvement practices funded partially with taxpayer dollars.