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Past articles by Amanda:

Iowa House passes bill that would ban minors from receiving 'gender transition procedures'

The bill passed in a 57-39 vote. → Read More

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand opposes using taxpayer money for Iowa football discrimination settlement

State Auditor Rob Sand is opposed to using taxpayer money to pay the settlement and is potentially calling for the removal of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta. → Read More

First Funnel Week ends at the Statehouse

Lawmakers wrapped up the first Funnel Week at the Statehouse on Friday morning. During Funnel Week, all plans that lawmakers have must get through the committee in order to stay eligible this session. → Read More

Iowa Republicans consider banning ‘gender transition procedures’ for kids

HSB 214 and SSB 1197 would make it illegal for Iowa doctors to provide “puberty blockers", hormone replacement therapy, and "gender affirming" surgical interventions to minors. → Read More

Iowa Republicans push to restrict bathroom access for transgender students

SF 335 and HSB 208 would require students only use bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate. → Read More

First funnel deadline approaches at the Iowa Statehouse

The Iowa legislature faces an important deadline this week. → Read More

Iowan seriously hurt in semi-truck crash advocates against bill that would limit crash victim compensation

The Senate passed the bill last week, with some lawmakers arguing the plan is necessary to recruit and keep truck drivers in our state. → Read More

Senate committee moves Reynolds' state government bill forward

On a 12-6 vote, the Senate State Government Committee moved SSB 1123 forward. The bill would reshape Iowa's government and includes a variety of mergers and oversight changes. → Read More

Iowa lawmakers considering gun training for k-12 students

House Republicans and Democrats are moving forward with a bill that would give all Iowa schools resources to teach kids about gun safety. → Read More

Ames proposes property tax hike after state government mistake

A new law corrects a mistake that would have over-collected at least $127 million from Iowans in property taxes. Now, cities are scrambling with a lot less revenue than they were expecting. → Read More

Big Acai Bowls loses all its cash after employees fall prey to scam

Scammers convinced two Big Acai Bowl employees in Pella and West Des Moines to empty all cash from the drawer and safe, drive to the store and purchase Moneypak cards. → Read More

Gov. Reynolds signs medical malpractice bill into law in Iowa

The law places a limit on the financial awards medical malpractice victims get for pain and suffering at $2 million for hospitals and $1 million for other healthcare providers. → Read More

Iowa bill to reinstate the death penalty clears first hurdle

SF 14 would reinstate the death penalty in Iowa for perpetrators who kidnap, sexually abuse and murder a child. Supporters argue it would save lives. Opponents argue it's morally wrong. → Read More

Restructuring bill would decrease number of Iowa state agencies

If passed, a bill to make Iowa's government smaller could have widespread impact on the state services residents of the state depend on. → Read More

A look at sports betting in Iowa

Sports betting became legal in Iowa in 2019. Recently, there has been a decline in sports betting in the state. → Read More

Senate subcommittee moves plan forward to restrict LGBTQ concepts in schools

On Thursday, Iowa Senators moved a bill forward that would restrict LGBTQ topics in schools. The bill is more expansive than the other plans seen so far this session. It would also create harsher penalties for school districts. → Read More

Banning books and LGBTQ topics: Reynolds introduces 'parental rights' bill

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposes a wide range of changes for schools including restrictions on LGBTQ topics, new history class requirements and a process to restrict access to certain books. → Read More

State lawmakers pass $2M cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice

After hours of emotional debate, House and Senate lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to limit how much medical malpractice victims can receive for pain and suffering. → Read More

Paralyzed veteran advocates against malpractice cap

After a medical mistake left a retired marine paralyzed, he flew across the country to beg Iowa lawmakers not to limit how much victims can receive for their pain and suffering. → Read More

Iowa's new public school funding law increases 'school choice' price tag

Families who switch from public to private school will now receive $7,635 each year to pay private school costs instead of $7,598. → Read More