voter id

Jessica Wheeler

It was a busy week at the state capitol in Des Moines. Four hearings were held on issues including minimum wage and worker’s compensation, as well as a voter ID bill and a plan to do away with a local water authority in Des Moines.  Hundreds of constituents showed up the hearings, mostly to voice their opposition.

House File 516 would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls. It would also change some of the voter registration requirements.

Nebraska Voter ID Bill Faces Opposition

Mar 2, 2017

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While Iowa legislators ponder a voter ID bill, a similar measure is drawing criticism in Nebraska.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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The Lincoln Star Journal reports that the new proposal is in the form of a constitutional amendment that would be submitted to Nebraska voters in 2018.  If voters approved the amendment, the Legislature would determine the voter ID requirements. 

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 executive order barring immigrants from seven countries has directly impacted people in our community.