The Chairs of the Iowa Senate and House Transportation Committees say they're still hopeful two key proposals can win approval in the final days of the legislative session. A bill approved by the Iowa Senate would've made texting while driving a primary offense. In other words, an officer could stop and ticket a driver for texting while driving, without the driver committing another moving violation. That bill failed to win approval before a funnel deadline in the House, but Senator Tod Bowman, a Maquoketa Democrat, says the bill will likely come up again in future sessions and Represent
Governor Terry Branstad ordered the closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo last month. It was after an investigation uncovered some girls were held in isolation cells. Last week Senate Democrats unveiled a bill to reopen the home under a new program. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Statehouse Correspondent about the juvenile home as well as the likelihood of lawmakers raising the state's gas tax.
Crumbling roads and bridges are fueling renewed debate over raising the gas tax in Iowa. That’s despite polling that shows a majority of Iowans do not support an increase. Hear the pros and cons and why some who would pay the most are the ones pushing for the increase.