The week in Iowa | Politics and elections
IN THE NEWS
SCHOOL BILLS ARE HEARING
A flurry of education-related bills were heard in the Iowa Capitol this week. They include tuition assistance at private schools, the creation of a so-called Parents’ Bill of Rights to ensure parents have access to the curriculum, and a ban on requiring any student to s engages in instruction or activity involving obscene content as defined by state law. The bills also provide for an accelerated path to a teacher’s license; and allowing districts to use their funds to create a student loan forgiveness program for new teachers.
MORE E15: The Iowa House has advanced a bill that would require more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers to offer E15 on at least one pump.
PRESERVATION GRANTS: The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded $118,626 in grants to 14 historic preservation projects last week.
PIPELINE PLANS: Summit Carbon Solutions wants to use eminent domain to build a carbon dioxide pipeline through 30 Iowa counties in northern and western Iowa, according to a permit application filed with the Iowa Utilities Board.
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THEY SAID …
“We have a great story to tell (about Iowa). So if I can get competitive (tax) rates, watch out.
— Governor Kim Reynolds on her tax cut program.
“I’m going to focus not on the man or the woman, (or) the race. I’m going to focus on the qualification, in particular…that we want someone who is going to interpret the law and not make the law. “
— Senator Chuck Grassley, on the nomination process to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court
FAMILY FIRST: Since becoming the 11th state to adopt an approved family-first prevention plan, Iowa has reduced the number of youth in group care by 48 percent.
INMATE DIES: Kenneth David Fransen, 74, died Jan. 31 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. He was serving a maximum sentence of five years for operating while intoxicated, a third or subsequent offense in Osceola County.
ALDEN WANTS CHANGE AT LEE: Alden Global Capital is proposing to Lee Enterprises shareholders to elect two directors who are not on Lee’s slate, saying the change can deliver significant shareholder value.
THE WATER COOLER
GIVE A CIGAR TO THE MAN: A Davenport man faces up to 25 years in prison after wielding a gun to steal a $1.79 Swisher Sweet cigar from a Kwik Star.
WORD GIVEN: A man in the service of a 25 years in prison for rigging computers to win lottery jackpots for himself, his friends and family will be released from an Iowa prison after serving nearly five years.
OPEN TO CONVERSATION: The Muscatine School Board is launching a new monthly public session called “School Board Community Conversations” to hear more feedback from parents.
IN THE NEWS
TEENS ROLLING IN DOUGH
Casey’s, the Iowa-based gas and convenience store company, has proposed legislation that would make it legal for 16- and 17-year-old workers to use pizza dough rollers to tackle labor shortages work.
HUNTING SUIT: The city of Davenport is being sued by the family of a woman who died following a high-speed police chase in 2019.
CORRECTIVE COSTS: The average cost of housing an inmate in the Iowa Department of Corrections facilities system ranged from $23,325 at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City to $63,143 at the Medical and Classification Center. of Iowa in Oakdale for the year ended June 30, 2020, according to a report from the Iowa Auditor’s Office. General fund expenditures for the nine correctional facilities were $287 million.
JACCEPT: Iowa Lottery added $99 million to Iowa’s general fund in fiscal year 2021 based on $452 million in ticket sales, CEO Matt Strawn told subcommittee of House Administration and Regulatory Appropriations last week.