Iowa Legislature

  • House slaps down minimum wage

    by - Mar 27, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu A bill in the Iowa legislature may lower the minimum wages in four different counties across the state. The bill, House File 295, passed 29-21 Monday evening in the Iowa legislature...
  • Some Medicaid waivers may disappear

    by - Feb 28, 2017
    If Senate File 2 passes, UIHC could lose Medicaid waivers for family-planning services. By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu The UI Hospitals & Clinics could lose its Medicaid family-planning funding under Senate File 2, a bill recently proposed in...
  • Fewer Iowans running for state or federal offices

    by - Mar 19, 2016
    A total of 249 Iowans will run for state or federal office in 2016.  By Quentin Misiag | quentin-misiag@uiowa.edu Fewer Iowans chose to pursue elected office at the state and federal level in the 2016 election year,...
  • Former Rep. Latham diagnosed with lymphoma

    by - Jan 6, 2016
    Retired U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer that targets cells of the immune system, he said Jan. 6. Latham, 67, a nearly 20-year lawmaker, outlined the condition of...
  • Budget deal might spell the end for Iowa legislative session

    by - Jun 1, 2015
    In the midst of an overtime session and after rumblings of a shutdown, an agreement unveiled Monday has legislators hoping that end is near. Both houses, the Republican controlled House and the Democratic controlled Senate, billed...
  • Iowa Senate OKs spending bill

    by - May 14, 2015
    A hefty $6 billion appropriations bill set over two years narrowly slid through approval in the Iowa Senate on Thursday, packed with provisions for long-debated K-12 funding, language to help better investigate instances of bullying and...
  • Freshman class learns the Statehouse

    by - May 13, 2015
    The Daily Iowan asked some of the first-year representatives and new state senators to recap their first year as they work toward a final week in the Iowa Legislature.   From education-funding disputes and the state’s first...
  • Medicaid plan in Iowa draws fire

    by - May 10, 2015
    As Iowa transitions to a privatized Medicaid system, Democrats are demanding government oversight and limited profits for insurance companies. Gov. Terry Branstad unilaterally made the change earlier this year, and Senate Democrats voted last week to...
  • Johnson County lawmakers talk school funding, bird flu

    by - May 9, 2015
    State lawmakers met with Johnson County residents Saturday to discuss a number of developments in the state legislature. The forum consisted of Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City; Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville; Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City;...
  • Iowa officials laud Safe at Home Act

    by - May 8, 2015
    Survivors of abuse are never entirely out of harm’s way, but lawmakers believe that many will soon feel a sense of security closing their doors at night with the Safe at Home Act, which Gov. Terry...