Illinois’ Democratic State Central Committee elected U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly as its new chair Wednesday night on a razor thin margin.
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Measures seeking to bolster gun rights, provide tougher “back the blue” law enforcement protections and lower the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana passed under the wire Wednesday in advance of a bill-killing legislative “funnel” deadline.
A roundup of legislative and state government news items of interest:
DES MOINES — Legislation that would withdraw tax incentives to Big Tech companies found to have censored online speech advanced in the Iowa Legislature, but lawmakers acknowledged the bill needs work, and Gov. Kim Reynolds stopped short of endorsing their efforts.
DES MOINES — Members of a Senate committee clashed Thursday over legislation that would delay and reduce government benefits paid to unemployed Iowans — with backers saying the changes would still keep Iowa’s program among the nation’s most generous while critics called them “cruel” and ill-timed during a pandemic that’s idled many workers.