Here’s the latest State News from Radio Iowa:

Officials say a “super weed” is invading the state and the Iowa House has voted to classify the invasive plant as a “noxious” weed. “We’re talking about a weed that can devastate Iowa agriculture,” says Representative Mike Sexton, a farmer from Rockwell City. Sexton says Palmer amaranth has spread to as many as 82 of the […]
A proposed ban on abortions if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat is scheduled for debate this afternoon in a House committee. “We ran on pro-life issues and I think our voters, our constituents are looking to us to make a very bold statement this year,” Representative Shannon Lundgren, a Republican from Peosta, said during an […]
Tonight, Governor Terry Branstad formally presented legislators with his plan to ensure the current year’s state budget does not slip into a deficit. A three-member panel of experts threw the current year’s spending plan into disarray by reducing the “official” estimate of state tax revenue by $131 million. Branstad, as expected, has formally told lawmakers it’s time […]
Republicans on a committee in the Iowa House appear to be poised to pass a ban abortions if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. “Life is an important topic to Iowans,” House Speaker Linda Upmeyer told reporters late this afternoon. “We hear that at the doors, at forums, so this is another opportunity to pass a bill, […]
Legislation designed to address the growing number of opioid overdoses has passed the Iowa House, but it doesn’t go as far as some advocates hoped. The bill would require all doctors to register with the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program. The system tracks prescriptions for controlled substances like codeine, OxyContin and Vicodin. Representative Shannon Lundgren, a Republican […]