Food workers to get shots this week

2,300 J&J doses bound for Tyson, Rembrandt employees

Employees at area food processing plants are expected to receive up to 2,300 doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of this week, which could bring the county’s inoculation rate up to a quarter of its Census population. Buena Vista County Public Health Administrator Julie Sather told The Storm Lake Times in an email Sunday night employees Rembrandt Foods in […]

Bill would remove mandate for permits to acquire, carry firearms

Republican lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would allow Iowans to purchase and carry firearms without a permit. Under current law, Iowans must obtain a permit to acquire a pistol or revolver, and then apply for a second permit to carry that weapon in public. House Study Bill 254 proposes that Iowans could purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer […]

Traffic camera ban advances in Iowa Senate

A bill that would ban most traffic cameras in Iowa cleared a Senate committee on Monday. Senate Study Bill 1176, introduced by Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, would ban future traffic-enforcement cameras everywhere except Cedar Rapids’ S-curve along Interstate Highway 80. It would require cities to turn off and remove cameras already in place. Zaun said he sees the cameras as […]

Bill would provide an extra $3 million a year for state parks projects

A revived plan to spend $3 million a year on state park improvements cleared a legislative subcommittee Monday.  House File 647, introduced by Rep. Brent Siegrist, R-Council Bluffs, is modeled after 1997 legislation that provided an annual appropriation of $3 million from gambling revenues and later from tobacco settlement funds. Along the way, the Restore the Outdoors program was line-item […]

Auditor: Local governments could save combined $375M with average solar installations

If every Iowa county seat, school district and county government installed an average solar energy system, taxpayers would save $375 million over the life of the equipment, Auditor Rob Sand noted in a new report. in the state’s first analysis of its kind, Sand asked local governments and school districts and the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association for information on […]

Bill would give Iowa nursing homes notice of residents’ surveillance cameras

Iowa legislators are considering a bill that would require the families of nursing home residents to notify the facility before installing a surveillance-type camera in their loved one’s room. Use of the cameras has grown nationwide in recent years and have been used by families to document abuse and neglect by facility caregivers. The Iowa bill, Senate File 378, states […]