Iowa legislature en When Politics and Religion Meet <p>State money is helping to build a new Christian park in Sioux City. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a Satanic statue will be erected outside a courthouse, next to the Ten Commandments.<br /> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41594 at When Politics and Religion Meet Iowa Ranked Fourth Worst in U.S. Humane Society Puppy Mill Report <p>Iowa has the second largest number of large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities in the country. This hour, concerns about what are commonly known as puppy mills.</p><p>The U.S. Humane Society's 2014 report includes six problem puppy breeders in Iowa. Today, we talk about concerns over large-scale dog breeders with Mary LaHay, President of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. She says that Iowa has "over 15,000 adult dogs in Iowa puppy mills, and we can do better than this."</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:35:52 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40581 at Iowa Ranked Fourth Worst in U.S. Humane Society Puppy Mill Report Iowa Midterm Races Heating Up <p>Iowa's June primary election is heating up.&nbsp; Republican senatorial candidates have been debating, buying ads, and collecting big name endorsements.&nbsp; But, only one will be campaigning to take incumbent Democrat Tom Harkin's seat.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg talks with Kathie Obradovich, Political Columnist for the Des Moines Register and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about Iowa's primary races for Congress and U.S. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:36:11 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 39940 at Iowa Midterm Races Heating Up Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature <p>Views on medical marijuana appear to be shifting in the Iowa Senate and among the GOP.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what this may mean for cannabis in Iowa moving forward.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:48:23 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38376 at Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature Bullying Bill Moving Forward, Funding and Cyber-bullying are Sticking Points <p>Republican Governor Terry Branstad identified legislation to combat bullying as one of his top priorities for this legislative session.&nbsp; However, a bill has stalled in the Iowa House, bogged down by 17 amendments.&nbsp; Concerns have arisen in the Republican-controlled chamber over whether schools should be responsible for bullying that occurs online or off school grounds.&nbsp; In his weekly news conference Monday, Governor Branstad said he plans to talk with Iowa House members about moving the legislation forward.&nbsp; In the meantime, a bill is advancing in the Democratically-contr Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:26:11 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37343 at Bullying Bill Moving Forward, Funding and Cyber-bullying are Sticking Points Fireworks, Finding Exo-Planets, and More <p>On this News Buzz edition of the program, hear about a legislative shouting match, legalizing fireworks, the ACLU lawsuit against the Iowa Secretary of State, a survey of Iowans' thoughts on gay marriage, the Kepler mission, and a push to increase studying abroad.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative shouting match and and other legislative fireworks:</span></p><p>ACLU lawsuit:</p><p>Same-sex marriage opinions:</p><p>Finding exoplanets:</p><p>Studying abroad:</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:18:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 37225 at Fireworks, Finding Exo-Planets, and More Learning English in Iowa <p>Iowa schools are becoming more diverse, and English Language Learning services are in greater need. &nbsp;Districts are trying to adapt, and the Iowa legislature has&nbsp;some ideas for addressing the issue. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:13:31 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37018 at Learning English in Iowa Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? <p>Last week was "funnel week" at the statehouse.&nbsp; Now bills that couldn't make it through committee stand little chance of becoming law this session as lawmakers shift their focus to legislation that has more momentum to pass this year.&nbsp; However many of these issues might be revived in future legislative sessions.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:13:58 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36713 at Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? Compromise Sought on Juvenile Home <p>As the legal battle over whether Governor Terry Branstad had the authority to close the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo plays out in court, lawmakers are coming to agreement over what changes are needed to establish a place for the state's female juvenile delinquents.&nbsp; A bill in the Iowa Senate provides for a state run facility for girls, much like the one in Eldora that serves boys.&nbsp; But changes to state law are needed to ensure that girls will not again be held indefinitely in isolation cells, without access to education and services.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Jerry Foxhov Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:18:16 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36413 at Compromise Sought on Juvenile Home Plans to Provide Affordable Broadband Access to all Iowans <p>A large majority of Iowa households have broadband access, but less than half of Iowans have access to speeds at 50 Mbps or greater. This creates disparity among certain demographics and can be exceedingly expensive for the increasing number of people who work online from home.</p><p>Two proposals, from Governor Branstad and the Iowa Senate, aim to lower these gaps and provide affordable broadband access to all Iowans. Today on River to River, host Clay Masters sits down with representatives to find out more about rural broadband expansion plans being considered at the Iowa Capitol.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:52:12 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 36069 at Plans to Provide Affordable Broadband Access to all Iowans Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education <p>The state cost per student in Iowa’s K-12 public schools is over six thousand dollars per year - increasing steadily over the past couple decades.</p><p>The Iowa legislature is supposed to set the amount of state aid for K-12 school budgets more than a year in advance. Schools say they need the budget in advance so they can plan teacher salaries, but republican law makers are hesitant to plan the budget too far ahead.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:54:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Clay Masters 35739 at Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education Should Iowa Increase its Minimum Wage? <p>U.S. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:00:52 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 35444 at Should Iowa Increase its Minimum Wage? Shaping Our Galaxy: What the Milky Way Really Looks Like <p>Today we bring you four stories. First, the Iowa legislative session kicks off this week. IPR's Joyce Russell brings us inside the statehouse to give us an idea of what will and won't be worked on this year.</p><p>An otherwise healthy young boy died from the influenza virus. Patricia Quinlisk talks to host Ben Kieffer about why this flu season is different than previous years and how to limit spread of the virus.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:22:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 34998 at Shaping Our Galaxy: What the Milky Way Really Looks Like Condition of the State 2014 <p>Governor Terry Branstad outlined legislative and spending priorities in his annual Condition of the State address in the House chamber at the Iowa State Capitol.&nbsp; He is proposing measures to attract veterans, prevent bullying and expand broadband access in the state.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talked with Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa, IPR's Clay Masters and listeners about what was and was not included in the speech.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:41:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 34860 at Condition of the State 2014 Minimum Wage Increase and Income Tax Cuts hoped for in 2014 Session <p>Host Clay Masters sits down with legislative leaders on opening day of the 2014 session, to discuss priorities.&nbsp; Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, leads the only democratically-controlled chamber in Iowa's divided state government.&nbsp; Representative Linda Upmeyer is Majority Leader in the republican-controlled House.&nbsp; Each said lawmakers are not likely to tackle major issues this session, but also left open the possibility of taking up some big ideas.&nbsp; We've listed those ideas below.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:01:02 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 34808 at Minimum Wage Increase and Income Tax Cuts hoped for in 2014 Session Legislative Priorities and Roundabouts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This program includes &nbsp;hearing from one Iowa community that has incorporated new roundabouts aimed at easing traffic flow, and state lawmakers talk about what projects might be in store for the state, and how they might want to fund those projects. A House Republican and a Senate Democrat find agreement on one aspect of the issue: the gas tax.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:03:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 33319 at Legislative Priorities and Roundabouts Gronstal and Paulsen Praise Statehouse Compromises <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Lawmakers from both political&nbsp;parties are calling the 2013 legislative session successful. They were able to find compromise on three big issues: education reform, commercial property tax relief, and expanding health insurance coverage. Fri, 24 May 2013 19:11:43 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 21328 at Gronstal and Paulsen Praise Statehouse Compromises Legislative Preview: 05/20/13 <p>Iowa lawmakers are returning to Des Moines for a third week of overtime. The session was scheduled to wrap up May 3, but legislators continue to negotiate education reform, property taxes, Medicaid expansion, and other key issues.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:55:56 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 21046 at Legislative Preview: 05/20/13 Inside The Gold Dome <p>Lawmakers at the Statehouse have received their final payments, pages and interns have left for summer, but the legislative session continues into May. It’s legislative day today on River to River.</p><p>Host Clay Masters discusses two bills still up for discussion: a state online sales tax bill and a bill requiring DNA testing for certain convictions. Masters also takes a look at the day-to-day in the capitol, by talking with statehouse employees that work alongside Iowa’s representatives.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 20:09:57 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Clay Masters 20698 at Inside The Gold Dome Legislative Preview: 05/13/13 <p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 11:58:52 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 20661 at Legislative Preview: 05/13/13 Livestock Inspections and Teen Driving <p> Under an agreement with the EPA, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will have to inspect 1,600 livestock facilities each year, for the next five years.&nbsp; Debate at the Iowa Statehouse is centering around how many inspectors are needed to do the job.&nbsp; Then, <span class="userContent">Iowa was one of the first states to approve a graduated driver's license system for teens. Since then, the state has dropped to 49th</span><span class="userContent"> in rankings of teen driving safety.&nbsp; A new Iowa law puts more restrictions on the youngest and most inexperienced drivers. Mon, 06 May 2013 19:17:44 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Clay Masters 20325 at Livestock Inspections and Teen Driving Statehouse Sticking Points and Other Politics <p></p><p>Friday is the last day lawmakers are scheduled to be at the Iowa Statehouse, but adjournment seems unlikely.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks about the issues and the sticking points dragging out the 2013 session with Chris Larimer, University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, University of Iowa.&nbsp; They also discuss the President's renewed push to close the detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay and the likely Republican candidates for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's seat.</p><p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 20:51:35 +0000 Katherine Perkins 20097 at Statehouse Sticking Points and Other Politics Legislative Preview: 04/29/13 <p></p><p></p><p>IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on legislative news.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:59:19 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 19945 at Legislative Preview: 04/29/13 Legislative Preview: 04/15/13 <p></p><p></p><p>IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon and Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell look ahead to the upcoming week in the Iowa Capitol.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:07:33 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 19221 at Legislative Preview: 04/15/13 Legislative Leaders and Radon <p><span class="userContent">Bills awaiting approval during the 2013 legislative session faced another funnel deadline last week.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Speaker Kraig Paulsen about the proposals still standing.&nbsp; And, a plan to require schools to test for, and mitigate against, radon exposure stalled in a House subcommittee last week despite overwhelming support in the Iowa Senate.&nbsp; We hear from Des Moines Senator Matt McCoy, Gail Orcutt a radon-induced lung cancer survivor and Gaylen Howsare from the Iowa Association of Schoo Mon, 08 Apr 2013 18:17:31 +0000 Clay Masters 18876 at Legislative Leaders and Radon Commercial Property Tax Reform <p>It's spring, at the Iowa Statehouse and lawmakers are turning attention to one of the big priorities of the session - reforming commercial property taxes.&nbsp; Host Joyce Russell runs down the details of the competing plans, and talks with businesspeople, city leaders and taxpayers' rights representatives about how the differing bills would impact them, their businesses and their constituents.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:33:37 +0000 Joyce Russell 18573 at Commercial Property Tax Reform Instructional Hours and Regents Nominees <p>There were some fireworks last week at the State Capitol as two of Governor Terry Branstad’s nominees to serve on the Iowa Board of Regents came before the Senate Education Committee.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Senator Herman Quirmbach, Chair of the Senate Education Committee about lawmakers’ concerns.&nbsp; And a discussion of whether the time students spend in school should be counted in days or hours.&nbsp; A proposal making its way through the legislature would count instructional time in hours.</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:18:48 +0000 Clay Masters 18226 at Instructional Hours and Regents Nominees Quality Healthcare & Workforce Development <p>Every Iowan should be able to get quality healthcare and find a job, but getting there is the battle. Today on River to River, Governor Branstad and the Democratic controlled Iowa Senate are sparring over how best to insure Iowans. We talk with the Governor’s top healthcare policy advisor about the governor’s recently unveiled Healthy Iowa plan. In the second half we talk with an economist about job creation in Iowa and hear from a Republican and Democratic lawmaker on bills that could create more jobs.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:09:56 +0000 Clay Masters 17846 at Quality Healthcare & Workforce Development Juvenile Sentencing <p>Bills making their way through the legislative process would set sentencing options for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.&nbsp; The debate comes after a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled juvenile offenders can not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.&nbsp; But, how much time is enough?&nbsp; 40, 50 or even 60 years?&nbsp; Today on River to River, we talk about the legislation and how the courts have ruled on the treatment of juvenile offenders.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:23:47 +0000 Clay Masters 17523 at Juvenile Sentencing Legislative Preview: 03/11/13 <p></p><p>Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon for a preview of this week's Iowa legislative news.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:04:44 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 17498 at Legislative Preview: 03/11/13