Lawyers for the state of Iowa are arguing the state’s open-records law is not a “a well-recognized public policy” and does not give job protections to employees who fulfill public information requests.
Evictions are expected to increase in Iowa after the federal moratorium on them ends Saturday. Anne Bacon, whose nonprofit IMPACT Community Action Partnership is overseeing a rental assistance program in the Des Moines area, said the group is working to distribute aid quickly to help prevent homelessness. The state has set aside $195 million to help with outstanding rent, but so far only $7.6 million of that has been distributed. The separate program in the Des Moines area has already handed out $15.2 million in aid.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds defended her decision to send Iowa State Troopers to the Texas border while talking about their deployment on Wednesday. She described some of the responsibilities troopers fulfilled during their time at the border, and announced those deployed were back in Iowa.