industrial hemp

State lawmakers are heading back to the Iowa Capitol next week for the 2020 legislative session, scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 13. This session will mark the fourth consecutive year with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the governor’s office

Some of the top issues include mental health funding, voting rights for felons, child care, tax policy, Medicaid oversight and medical cannabis. .



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Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld was in Sioux City today touring the Siouxland Community Health Center. 

Weld told reporters he offers an economic conservative alternative to President Donald Trump. 

I’d blow away the trillion-dollar deficit, so I’d be much more engaged with the world and with our allies, as people who are force multipliers and could help us to keep the peace and keep free trade an option for everybody.

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Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't veto legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state. Noem announced that she won't veto a hemp bill provided it contains four “guardrails" she provided to lawmakers. In an interview with KELO, Noem made it clear she wants the crop to be tightly regulated, with government agencies providing licenses and inspections. She also wants legislators to come up with a way to pay for the hemp program. The Legislature convenes next week.

The field is set for the Sioux City Council Election next month.

The candidates getting the most votes are Rhonda Capron and Julie Sc hoenherr (Shane-er).  

Capron, who is the incumbent, received almost half of the votes in the primary with 2,173 or 49%.

Schoenherr, the owner of SOHO on Historic 4th Street, came in second with 28% or 1,257 votes.

If you add up the votes of the final three candidates they received less than 1,000 votes; Michael O’Conner and Rosario Perez Jr. with 7% each and Michael Bayala with 6%.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that allows Iowa farmers to legally grow industrial hemp.

The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature with overwhelming support last month.