Legislative roundup


After four years of work, legislation to protect student-athletes from concussions has been signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds.

House File 2442, a requirement that a student immediately be removed from an interscholastic activity if the coach, an official or a licensed health care provider observes any symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury, was one of three bills the governor signed Thursday.

It was approved 96-2 in the House and 47-0 in the Senate.

A student would be unable to return to a sport or activity until receiving written clearance from a licensed health care professional.

Reynolds also signed HF 648 relating to career and technical education programs and partnerships and SF 2389 authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to establish certain fees at state parks and recreation areas.



On a 57-39 party-line vote, the House on Thursday approved a $40 million general-fund appropriation for economic development. That represents a $2 million increase after the midyear deappropriation.

It also appropriates $29 million from other funds, an increase of nearly $11 million.

Amendments to require legislative approval before Workforce Development offices could be closed and limiting state agency spending on marketing campaigns were rejected.

Democrats in the Iowa House sought to reverse a $17 million decision by the executive branch to relocate the Iowa Finance Authority?s offices. That attempt was rejected.



It was another up week for retail gasoline prices in Iowa.

The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reported prices averaged 6 cents a gallon higher at $2.65, according to AAA.

Nationally, prices rose by 5 cents to $2.78 per gallon.

One year ago, gas prices in Iowa were 31 cents lower that the current statewide average.

Meanwhile, retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa rose 2 cents from last week?s price with a statewide average of $2.99 a gallon, which was 50 cents higher than a year ago.

Nationally, the average price for diesel is $3.04 per gallon.

For heating fuels, propane prices were 5 cents lower than last month?s prices for a statewide average of $1.32 per gallon. Home heating oil rose 11 cents from last month?s figures, ending with a statewide average of $2.57 a gallon, while natural gas prices fell 6 cents and ended the week at $2.77/MMBtu.