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The Iowa House convenes during the first day of the 90th Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The house swore in Pat Grassley as speaker of the house.

This week in Iowa politics | Senate passes 3 percent increase in state funding for schools, house expected to vote next week

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 2, 2023

The Iowa Senate passed a bill to increase the state’s allowable budget growth for school funding to 3 percent, half-a-percent more than Gov. Kim Reynolds budget recommendation. Iowa Senate Democrats...

Gov. Kim Reynolds high fives House Speaker Pro Tempore John H. Wills, R-District 10 before she signs the House File 68 in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

School choice becomes nationwide conservative priority

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 31, 2023

Iowa is one of the first GOP-led states in the U.S. to expand access to private K-12 education with state taxpayer funds after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law “school choice” legislation on Jan....

Canned goods are seen on the shelves at the Food Pantry in the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (Cody Blissett/The Daily Iowan)

Bill to change SNAP benefits moves to committee vote

Emily Delgado, Politics Reporter January 29, 2023

Iowans could see fewer food options eligible for food stamp benefits if a bill proposed by Iowa House Republicans is enacted into law. An Iowa House committee is discussing legislation that...

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, speaks to supporters during a watch party for the 2022 Iowa midterm elections at Spare Time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Hinson is up for reelection for her seat in the house against state Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha. Because of redistricting, Hinson is now battling for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, previously she held the seat for the 1st Congressional District. Hinson announced her victory after Mathis conceded.

This week in Iowa politics | Hinson appointed bipartisan committee investigating China’s influence in the U.S.

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 26, 2023

Rep. Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, was appointed to the Bipartisan Select Committee investigating competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party. Hinson...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 2023 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. This marked the 90th time the Iowa Legislature has convened.

Iowa lawmakers consider regents funding increase in budget debate this week

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 24, 2023

Iowa House and Senate lawmakers started state budget negotiations for the state’s next budget this week — including a 2.5 percent increase for Iowa’s public universities. Gov. Kim Reynolds...

Gov. Kim Reynolds walks into the Iowa State Capitol rotunda to sign the House File 68 on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

Reynolds signed her $345 million school choice bill into law Tuesday morning

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 24, 2023

Students in Iowa attending private schools will now receive $7,600 in state tax dollars after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the Students First Act, her largest legislative priority, Tuesday. The state-funded...

Rep. Elinor Levin, D-Iowa City, watches other representatives pick seats during the first day of the 90th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Rep. Adam Zabner, D-90, will also serve his first term in the house.

New faces representing Johnson County in Iowa statehouse

Lauren White, Politics Reporter January 22, 2023

Following the 2022 election, five new delegates represent Johnson County in the Iowa Legislature. While most are in the minority party, they jumped right into focusing on education, fentanyl precautions,...

The Iowa House convenes during the first day of the 90th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

The Cloakroom | ‘Students First Act’ blazes through Senate Appropriations Committee

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 19, 2023

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ school choice program known as the ‘Students First Act’ passed a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday morning, only one day after it was referred to the committee. The...

Speaker of the House, Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, takes the floor during the first day of the 90th Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Grassley was sworn in to be the 26th speaker of the house.

‘Students First Act’ passed, committee votes on party lines

Lauren White, Politics Reporter January 18, 2023

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposed “Students First Act” will advance to the House floor for debate early next week after the House Education Reform committee voted to pass the bill out of committee...

Sen. Ken Rozenboom leads the Education Committee meeting at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Jan. 11. The meeting was attended by several Iowans who oppose Gov. Kim Reynolds private school voucher bill.

Gov. Reynolds revived school voucher bill rapidly advancing

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 17, 2023

Republican leadership in the Iowa House and Senate are rapidly advancing the private school voucher legislation to a floor vote after it was introduced by Gov. Kim Reynolds early last week. The...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 90th Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

The Cloakroom | Iowa House GOP introduce ‘don’t say gay bill,’ legislation requiring schools to reveal students’ gender identity to parents

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 17, 2023

A coalition of 34 Republican representatives, including House Speaker Pat Grassley and Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, introduced legislation prohibiting instruction on sexual orientation and gender...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen smiles during the 2023 State of the Judiciary at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. In Christensen’s speech, she addressed moving some in-person trials to over remote formats. “If covid has taught us anything, it is that we can and we should be using remote technology more than we have in the past to conduct routine uncontested matters,” Christensen said.

Iowa Chief Justice Susan Christensen looks to include Iowans in judicial reform

Emily Delgado , Politics Reporter January 11, 2023

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen highlighted the shortage of court reporters and contract attorneys as the main problems the Iowa Judicial Branch is facing during her third State...

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