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Welcome to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.  

For the third year in a row, the Iowa House on Tuesday took up water quality legislation, and by noon the bill finally passed on a mostly partisan vote.    The legislation which is now on its way to the governor spends millions of dollars for water quality improvement projects over the next decade.       But the final version pitted farm groups against environmentalists and there was bitter debate.   

The Exchange 072617

Jul 28, 2017

Educator and activist Jean Carlson talks about this weekend's statewide healthcare discussions; one of them is in Sioux City Saturday morning, Woodbury County Democratic Party leader Jeremy Dumkrieger talks about encouraging grassroots organizing, John Giorgio of Siouxland Hospice talks about a camp for bereaved youth that's coming up in September, one-time Sioux City Journal reporter Bill Zahren talks about his new novel, John Wills describes an upcoming Prairie Lakes Conference in Okoboji and we hear from Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford of We Are Not a Monolith.

Alex Waters

The state legislature has been in session seven weeks and a lot has happened.  Lawmakers passed the controversial Chapter 20 measure that largely ended collective bargaining for public employees in Iowa, changing the way their healthcare will be managed and might eventually affect their pension system.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union is suing  the state in reaction to passage last week of House File 291.  The bill basically ended most collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees in Iowa.  Lawmakers debated the bill all through the night, with some emotional pleas from house and senate Democrats.

We talked with state rep.s Chris Hall and John Wills.