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A legislative year in review: bills affecting the University of Iowa to watch for next session

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

May 11, 2018

As Iowa lawmakers return home for the summer holiday, The Daily Iowan took a look at the status of bills either rejected or passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature that kept university communities in mind. Some experienced sharp partisan divide, while others received unanimous support. May 5 ma...

Reynolds signs bill regarding changes to energy efficiency efforts

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Julia Shanahan, [email protected]

May 9, 2018

Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill that will change the way the Iowa Board of Utilities regulates natural-gas-expansion projects, jurisdiction over municipal utilities, and its regulatory process. The bill, SF 2311, which was signed last week, will provide transparency so ratepayers can see how m...

Who’s who in the 2018 gubernatorial race

Gubernatorial candidate John Norris speaks during the Johnson County Democrats BBQ at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Multiple gubernatorial candidates spoke at the event as well as guest speaker Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa). (Ben Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Isabella Senno, Emily Wangen and Sarah Watson, [email protected]

May 7, 2018

Early voting and absentee ballot-casting began Monday for the June primaries, and Iowa City high school students ensured at least a few more people will be able to cast their votes in this off-year election. In February, Students Against School Shootings, a gun control activist organization compris...

Session adjourns after tax bill finalized

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during her first Condition of the State address in the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on January 9, 2018.

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

May 7, 2018

Eighteen days after the tentatively scheduled end of the state’s legislative session, Iowa lawmakers passed a tax package that has been a snagging point for the Iowa House and Senate before they could wipe their hands of the session. The Legislature adjourned on the evening of May 5 after passin...

Iowa redistricting model efficiently reduces bias

The Capitol building in Des Moines is pictured on April 29, 2019.

Isabella Senno, [email protected]

May 6, 2018

The Supreme Court has heard arguments for a case that is meant to determine if legislative redistricting in Texas were drawn in a discriminatory fashion. The April 24 case marks the third gerrymandering case the high court has heard this term, the two others coming from Wisconsin and Maryland. Gerrymandering...

Reynolds signs ‘heartbeat bill’ into law

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during her first Condition of the State address in the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Reynolds took over the governor office in May of 2017. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

Emily Wangen, [email protected]

May 5, 2018

Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 4 signed into law a controversial bill that has been called the most restrictive abortion measure in the nation. Senate File 359is informally known as the “Heartbeat Bill”; it would ban physicians from performing abortions once fetal heartbeats are detected. There are s...

Reynolds set to sign fetal-heartbeat bill

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks while a portrait of President Donald Trump hangs above her during her first Condition of the State address in the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Reynolds took over the governor office in May of 2017.

May 4, 2018

Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign the fetal heartbeat bill, Senate File 359 at 3 p.m. May 4 in the Governor’s Office in Des Moines, according to a press release from the office. The bill passed early on the morning of May 2 in the Senate on a 29-17 vote and in the 51-46 vote in the House. It would re...

New set of policies to address sexual harassment in Des Moines

RVAP is pictured on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Julia Shanahan, [email protected]

May 3, 2018

On the last official day of the Iowa Legislature, a set of policies made to address sexual harassment in the state Capitol was sent from the Ethics Committee to be voted on by the whole Senate. In a press release provided to the *DI* from Ron Parker, the director of the Senate Democratic Staff,...

Fetal-heartbeat bill heads to Reynolds’ desk — what happens next?

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during her first Condition of the State address in the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Reynolds took over the governor office in May of 2017. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

May 2, 2018

A bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected was headed to the desk of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds early on May 2. If she signs it, the bill will likely head to court, where its fate remains uncertain. The Senate passed the amended bill in the early hours of the morning on a ...

Iowa prepares for midterm elections

The Capitol building in Des Moines is pictured on April 29, 2019.

Emily Wangen, [email protected]

May 2, 2018

While the midterm elections are in six months, the race for seats in the state Capitol has been underway for months. The Iowa Senate comprises 20 Democrats, 29 Republicans, and one independent. The state House of Representatives has 41 Democrats and 59 Republicans. At the end of the 2016 legislativ...

With primaries approaching, gubernatorial hopefuls step on the gas in TV advertising campaigns

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

April 30, 2018

With June 5 primaries a little more than a month away, nearly all the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls have appeared in campaign ads on the television airways. This is especially true in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids markets, whose TV broadcasts sprawl across most of central and eastern Iowa. The Daily Iowan sifted through the last f...

Ernst supports more funding for sexual assault prevention, accountability

Joni Ernst meets with RVAP staff at their offices in Iowa City on Friday, April 27, 2018. Ernst and RVAP staff discussed legislative solutions to RVAP funding shortfalls and legal issues facing victims of sexual violence. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Emily Wangen and Sarah Watson, [email protected]

April 28, 2018

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month draws to a close, Rape Victim Advocacy Program leaders called on Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, to advocate for more predictable funding, prevention policies, and action to support survivors of sexual assault. Ernst, who stopped by Iowa City as part of her 99-county...