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Category: State Government

Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case
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Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case

Southside Grill may soon learn whether or not its liquor license will be renewed. City Attorney Don Hemphill told the Spencer City Council last week that he expects a decision from the state soon on the gentlemen’s steakhouse’s license. “I expect a decision probably before your next meeting,” Hemphill said. The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s...

Spencer City Council opposes property tax legislation
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Spencer City Council opposes property tax legislation

The Spencer City Council approved a resolution Monday stating the city’s opposition to proposed state legislation that would limit cities’ and counties’ increase in property tax revenue to 2% per year. At the Eggs and Issues form Sunday, area state legislators defended their support of the legislation. Many Republican state representatives, including Megan Jones of...

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...

Rep. Megan Jones named chair of Administrative Rules Review Committee
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Rep. Megan Jones named chair of Administrative Rules Review Committee

Rep. Megan Jones has been appointed by House Speaker Linda Upmeyer to serve as chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee in the upcoming legislative session. The committee is a bipartisan, joint body with representatives and senators that meets once a month during and in between sessions. It reviews administrative rules put forth by the...

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