April 30, 2019 •

Iowa Legislature Adjourns After Overhauling Disclosure and Filing Requirements

Iowa Capitol Building

The Iowa Legislature adjourned sine die April 27 after a 104 day session.

In addition to legalizing sports betting and instituting limits on local government property taxes, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill to modify disclosure requirements for gifts or bequests to the state.

House File 393 requires the governor and executive departments to file the gift report electronically with the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board if receiving a gift or bequest on behalf of the state of over $50.

The bill removes filing requirements with the General Assembly and for any gift less than $50.

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April 29, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – April 29, 20198

More ethics and campaign finance changes happening at the state level. Check out which states are making moves in today’s NYCU Video Digest!  

More ethics and campaign finance changes happening at the state level. Check out which states are making moves in today’s NYCU Video Digest!

 

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April 29, 2019 •

Iowa Senate Bill Concerning Lobbying by Political Subdivisions Introduced

On April 24, a bill relating to lobbying activities by political subdivisions was introduced into the Iowa Senate. Senate Bill 639 would enact new statutes concerning political subdivisions contracting with or otherwise compensating a person to lobby on behalf of […]

On April 24, a bill relating to lobbying activities by political subdivisions was introduced into the Iowa Senate.

Senate Bill 639 would enact new statutes concerning political subdivisions contracting with or otherwise compensating a person to lobby on behalf of the political subdivision.

The legislation requires authorities for a political subdivision to use requests for proposals to solicit lobbying services, limits the duration for lobbying contracts to five years, and prohibits renewals of contracts without new requests for proposals.

Additionally, the bill requires public disclosure of the lobbying contract.

The proposed legislation defines “political subdivision” as a county, city, township, community college, area education agency, or school district.

The legislation also defines “lobbying” as direct action to encourage the passage, defeat, approval, veto, or modification of legislation, a rule, or an executive order being considered by the general assembly, a state agency, or a statewide elected official.

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March 7, 2019 •

Special Election Called for Iowa Senate District 30

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 30. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Jeff Danielson. After serving 15 years with the Iowa Senate, Danielson has […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 30.

The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Jeff Danielson.

After serving 15 years with the Iowa Senate, Danielson has resigned to work with the American Wind Energy Association.

Reynolds has set the special election for March 19, 2019.

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November 7, 2018 •

Republicans Retain Control Over Iowa but Dems Take Two US House Seats

Republicans retained control of the Iowa House, Senate, and governor’s office in Tuesday’s election. However, Iowans flipped two U.S. House seats from Republican to Democrat. Democrats Abby Finkenauer defeated incumbent Rod Blum for the District 1 seat and Cindy Axne […]

Republicans retained control of the Iowa House, Senate, and governor’s office in Tuesday’s election.

However, Iowans flipped two U.S. House seats from Republican to Democrat.

Democrats Abby Finkenauer defeated incumbent Rod Blum for the District 1 seat and Cindy Axne narrowly defeated incumbent David Young for the District 3 seat.

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May 7, 2018 •

Iowa Session Adjourns Sine Die

The 2018 Iowa legislative session adjourned sine die May 5, 2018. The state budget passed both houses and a tax reform bill will cut income taxes by an average of 10 percent. Gov. Kim Reynolds will have 30 days to […]

The 2018 Iowa legislative session adjourned sine die May 5, 2018.

The state budget passed both houses and a tax reform bill will cut income taxes by an average of 10 percent.

Gov. Kim Reynolds will have 30 days to sign or veto the state budget.

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March 19, 2018 •

Special Election Called for Iowa Senate District 25

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 25. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Dix. Dix resigned after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 25.

The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Dix.

Dix resigned after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a lobbyist were posted online.

Reynolds has set the special election for April 10, 2018.

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March 13, 2018 •

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Resigns

The majority leader of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Bill Dix, resigned on Monday, March 12. Dix resigned from his Senate District 25 seat after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a lobbyist were posted on Iowa Starting Line, a left-leaning […]

The majority leader of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Bill Dix, resigned on Monday, March 12.

Dix resigned from his Senate District 25 seat after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a lobbyist were posted on Iowa Starting Line, a left-leaning website.

Dix was up for re-election this year and ran unopposed in 2014.  Gov. Kim Reynolds has yet to call a special election.

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November 2, 2017 •

Training Dates for Iowa’s New Lobbyist Reporting Application

The Iowa General Assembly has implemented a new lobbyist reporting application for the upcoming session. A training class for the new application is being offered on several different dates. Interested parties may reserve a seat by emailing helpdesk@legis.iowa.gov or by […]

The Iowa General Assembly has implemented a new lobbyist reporting application for the upcoming session.

A training class for the new application is being offered on several different dates. Interested parties may reserve a seat by emailing helpdesk@legis.iowa.gov or by calling the Help Desk at (515) 281-6506.

Training classes are available on November 9th at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., November 15 at 1:30 p.m., November 21 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., or November 29 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

All training classes will be held in the Miller Building, Room 300, 1112 E. Grand, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319.

The old system will remain in place until the new system is available on December 1, 2017.

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November 2, 2017 •

Special Election Set for Iowa Senate District 3

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 3. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Anderson. In September, Anderson accepted a job as the director of […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 3. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Anderson.

In September, Anderson accepted a job as the director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, but Reynolds had to wait until Anderson submitted his formal resignation to call the special election.

With a formal resignation date of November 1, 2017, Reynolds has set the special election for December 12, 2017.

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September 1, 2017 •

Budget Shortfalls May Bring Special Session for Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds stated she will decide whether to call a special session of the Iowa Legislature in September. A special session may be needed to fix state budgetary shortfalls. Reynolds has the authority to transfer money from the cash […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds stated she will decide whether to call a special session of the Iowa Legislature in September. A special session may be needed to fix state budgetary shortfalls.

Reynolds has the authority to transfer money from the cash reserve fund if the deficit is $50 million or below.

If the deficit exceeds $50 million the Legislature would need to be called back for a special session.

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June 26, 2017 •

Special Election Called for Iowa’s House District 82

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 82. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the passing of State Rep. Curt Hanson. Hanson was serving his fifth term when he lost his […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 82.

The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the passing of State Rep. Curt Hanson. Hanson was serving his fifth term when he lost his battle with cancer on June 16, 2017.

The special election has been set for August 8, 2017.

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May 30, 2017 •

Iowa Gets New Governor

Gov. Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor. Reynolds filled the vacancy left by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s ambassadorship to China. Reynolds will serve as governor through the end of 2018. Photo of Gov. Kim Reynolds from […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor.

Reynolds filled the vacancy left by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s ambassadorship to China.

Reynolds will serve as governor through the end of 2018.

Photo of Gov. Kim Reynolds from the Iowa Governors website.

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May 17, 2017 •

Gov. Terry Branstad Calls Special Election

Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election to fill the state House seat left vacant by the passing of state Rep. Greg Forristall. The special election will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The winner of the special election […]

Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election to fill the state House seat left vacant by the passing of state Rep. Greg Forristall.

The special election will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The winner of the special election will complete the remainder of Forristall’s term, serving through 2019.

Photo of Rep. Forristall from the Iowa House Republicans site.

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