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Iowa Legislature

Posted by Eleanore Taft | Mar 20, 2017

A bill that would change workers' compensation laws in Iowa passed the Iowa house 55-88 Thursday, March 16, and is expected to be sent to the senate early next week....

Posted by Eleanore Taft | Mar 7, 2017

An overflow crowd packed a meeting room and hallway Monday morning at the Iowa State Capitol Building for a public hearing on a contentious water utilities bill that would impact...

Posted by Letters | Mar 3, 2017

By Saffin Parrish-Sams Business and insurance interests are trying to wipe out insurance benefits that cover every working Iowan. Workers’ compensation is a required employee benefit. It covers medical treatment,...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Mar 2, 2017

The Iowa Legislature will hold three public hearings in Des Moines on Monday to discuss legislation that would impact independent water utilities (namely the Des Moines Water Works), preempt county...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Mar 1, 2017

The University of Iowa reinstated legacy scholarships for current students and students entering in Fall 2017, according to a Wednesday news release. The university had previously decided to cut the...

A voter ID law and other election-related bills put forward by Republican lawmakers pose a major threat to Iowans’ voting rights. Voter ID requirements, restrictions on identification documents, eliminating same-day...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Feb 16, 2017

Both the Iowa House and Senate passed an overhaul of Iowa's collective bargaining measures on Thursday, sending the controversial bill on to Gov. Terry Branstad to be signed into law....

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Feb 15, 2017

Photo by Paul Narvaez via Flickr Three times as many Iowans were diagnosed with the hepatitis C liver infection in 2015 than in 2000, according to a report from the...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Feb 14, 2017

With protesters filling the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol Monday night, speakers at a packed public hearing for collective bargaining legislation overwhelmingly voiced their opposition to proposals that would strip...

Posted by Christine Hawes | Feb 13, 2017

Grad students gathered outside UI President Bruce Harreld's office Monday to press him for more support. "I have snacks!" announced Ruth Bryant as she and about eight other University of...

Posted by Christine Hawes | Feb 9, 2017

Iowa Policy Project: Facts & Alternatives Old Brick Church -- Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Supporters of a higher minimum wage for all workers, including those under age 18,...

Posted by Christine Hawes | Feb 6, 2017

Brittany Borghi is a graduate student in the University of Iowa's non-fiction program and a member of the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) who is concerned about the proposed...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Feb 3, 2017

Individuals participate in early, in-person absentee voting at the Johnson County Administration Building in Iowa City on Oct. 26, 2016. -- photo by Zak Neumann The end of election day...

Posted by Christine Hawes | Jan 31, 2017

Photo by Martin aka Maha Some University of Iowa graduate students are joining union leaders for a rally at the State Capitol tomorrow as part of a multi-pronged effort to...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Jan 30, 2017

The Iowa Capitol shown on the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Jan. 9, 2017. -- photo by Lauren Shotwell Today, perhaps as early as 1 p.m., the Iowa House...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Jan 10, 2017

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) took the oath of office after being re-elected as house speaker. -- photo by Lauren Shotwell As the Iowa Legislature opened for business on Monday,...