Category: Government

Legislative update: Sen. Zach Whiting highlights E-Verify, religious liberty bills
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Legislative update: Sen. Zach Whiting highlights E-Verify, religious liberty bills

District 1 State Senator Zach Whiting has had a busy session up to this point of his first term. Whiting (R-Spirit Lake) sponsored and co-sponsored numerous bills and other pieces of legislation. Several of those survived last week’s legislative funnel that requires measures be reported out of committee if they are to be voted on...

Legislative update: Rep. Megan Jones’ bills on non-ag animal businesses, educational weighting funding survive funnel
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Legislative update: Rep. Megan Jones’ bills on non-ag animal businesses, educational weighting funding survive funnel

After giving birth a month ago to her third child, Rep. Megan Jones is back in Des Moines. She returned just in time for the first legislative deadline, known as the funnel, which requires all bills be reported out of committee if they are to be discussed on the House floor. Jones (R-Clay County) spoke...

City council establishing process for front yard parking construction permits
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City council establishing process for front yard parking construction permits

The Spencer City Council on Monday approved the first filing of an ordinance requiring Spencer residents to apply for at least one permit if they want to install surface areas so they can continue to park in their front yards. In December, the council approved an amendment to city code that restricts front yard parking...

Spencer City Council notes: February 18, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: February 18, 2019

Architect agreement for city hall remodeling and addition project approved The Spencer City Council on Monday approved an agreement pushing back the city’s possession date for its new city hall building and another agreement with the project’s architect. Spencer’s new city hall will be in the Northwest Bank building at 101 West Fifth Street. Northwest...

Jones supports $90 million funding increase for Iowa schools
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Jones supports $90 million funding increase for Iowa schools

Last Monday, Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids) voted to provide Iowa school districts with an additional $89.3 million in new funding for the 2019-20 school year.  The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday. Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to sign the education funding bill on Tuesday. The approved legislation included a significant increase in general state...

City Council: Nelson takes oath, murals now allowed
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City Council: Nelson takes oath, murals now allowed

Newly elected Ward 1 City Councilman Tom Nelson participated in his first meeting Monday. With fellow council member Steve Bomgaars filling in for Mayor Kevin Robinson, Nelson took the oath of office to assume the Ward 1 seat left vacant last year following the death of Frank Petska. Murals ordinance passes third, final filing After...

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