Two Lawsuits Against Gov. Reynolds and the State, Levee Rebuilding, 4:32

May 15, 2019

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Current and past attorneys general from both major political parties from several states are asking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a measure that would force Iowa's attorney general to seek permission to file out-of-state lawsuits.

They think the move designed by Republicans to keep Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration violates basic checks and balances.

Iowa would be the only state with such limits on an attorney general.

A lawsuit challenging a new Iowa law that prohibits federal funding to be used by Planned Parenthood to teach sex education has been filed against Gov. Kim Reynolds and the state.

On the last day of the legislative session, Republican legislators pushed through language in a budget bill that banned Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving money from two federal grants that have been paying for youth sex education programs.

It was the latest effort by conservative lawmakers to end all streams of government funding for the organization, which as part of its family planning efforts also performs abortions.

Another one of the dozens of levee repair contracts expected along the Missouri River has been awarded to an Iowa company.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the $8.5 million contract to repair a levee in Mills County, Iowa, has been awarded to Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa.

The initial repairs to the breach in the levee northwest of Bartlett, Iowa, should be completed over the next 30 to 80 days.

This contract is one of the first handful of repair projects approved. The Corps is reviewing damage as floodwaters subside and making plans to repair 50 breaches that occurred during the March flooding.