Governor Signs SF 2367 Affecting Method for Distributing Sales Tax Revenues to School Districts

By Attorneys Beth Grob and James Wainwright On May 23, 2022, the Iowa General Assembly passed Senate File 2367 which Governor Reynolds signed on June 17, 2022. Among other changes, this new law affects the method by which the Iowa Department of Revenue will distribute sales tax revenues deposited into...
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New Limitation on Fees Charged for Open Records Requests – Effective July 1, 2022

By Attorneys Jenna Sabroske and Emily Kolbe The ability of public entities to recover costs incurred in responding to open records requests has been a topic of debate in recent legislative sessions. During the 2022 legislative session, the Iowa Legislature amended Iowa Code Chapter 22, Iowa’s Open Records Law, to...
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New Legislation on Fireworks Sales

New Limitations on City and County Regulation of Fireworks Sales - Effective Immediately Changes to Extraterritorial Zoning Administration - Effective July 1, 2022 By Attorneys Maria Brownell, Kristine Stone, and Logan Brundage On April 21, 2022, Governor Reynolds signed Senate File 2285 into law, which restricts city and county regulatory...
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CDC Updates Masking Guidance

On Friday, February 25, 2022 the CDC updated its masking guidance for public and private school systems. The CDC no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 community transmission. Order: Wearing of face masks while on conveyances...
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Budget Approval Process for Iowa’s Cities and Counties ~ 12-Step Checklist ~

By Attorney Jenna Bishop Sabroske As you work through your annual city or county budget approval process, attached is a 12-step checklist explaining key steps and deadlines in the budget process, originally prepared by Ahlers & Cooney following the Iowa Legislature’s enactment of changes to the budget process that went...
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Iowa’s Auditor of State Issues Best Practices Advisory to Governments Working with Non-Profits

By Attorneys Logan Brundage, Jason Comisky, Nathan Overberg, and Jenna H.B. Sabroske Iowa’s Auditor of State, Rob Sand, recently issued a ""Best Practices’ Advisory to Governments on Working with Non-Profits” that recommends approaches for ensuring a public purpose is served when directing public funds toward a private non-profit. The Auditor’s...
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