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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.

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A Democratic Eastern Iowa senator Monday accused his GOP counterparts of voting to “defund police” by approving legislation that would ban most traffic enforcement cameras, cutting ticket revenue that cities use to fund public safety.

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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.

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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.