While there are many differences between Iowa and our neighboring states, there are also many similarities. For example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill to allow the use of a cannabis extract for the treatment of seizures, while Minnesota's state legislature is still working on a similar proposal. In recent weeks, an effort to decriminalize the possession of cannabis oil has gained ground in the Iowa statehouse. In this week's legislative show, Host Clay Masters talks with statehouse reporters in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri to compare notes, and see
The predictions are out there that Iowa's legislative session will wrap up early this week. On Mondays we check in with IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell to make sense of everything going on up at the capitol.
Democrats in the Iowa Senate got the ball rolling on a bill that’s a dream come true for environmentalists and natural resource advocates. The bill raises the state sales tax for a natural resources trust fund that voters approved by constitutional amendment two years ago. Backers added a tax cut to the bill to soften the blow.
Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell about developments surrounding the confidential settlements within Governor Branstad's administration and the end of the legislative session.
Also, planting season is right around the corner. Iowa State University agronomist and ISU Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor discusses soil conditions throughout Iowa.