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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill last week that she said would relieve “onerous and burdensome” professional licensing laws that are among the most restrictive in the nation. more
Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, in a close race with Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield, staged a Zoom news conference Monday featuring agriculture leaders who accused Greenfield of being unprepared to represent Iowa farm interests. more
Scott County’s health department will consider implications of requiring face masks in county buildings, but most supervisors seem reluctant to mandate it. more
Scott County Supervisors want to get Park View residents’ feedback, then implement a new rental property ordinance for a year or so before charging landlords for it. more
Scott County supervisors continued juvenile offender transition and auto theft counseling programs intended to discourage repeat offenders. more
Supervisors approved purchases totaling $620,704 on road maintenance vehicles and equipment, which county engineer Angie Kersten said is a scaled back request because of lagging road tax revenues. more
Scott County will likely have a tax sale this year, but tax investors can expect some changes as the county balances health safety with the need to collect about $1 million in delinquent taxes. more
Scott County’s proposed Park View rental property ordinance requires background checks, written leases and inspections, but waives fees and on-site inspections until pandemic restrictions ease. more
Grand Haven Retirement Community owner Joel Callahan plans a $3 million, 50-unit expansion, including attached townhomes with garages he said are necessary to compete with tax-exempt senior campus developments under construction in Bettendorf and DeWitt. more
Long Grove Council members accepted clerk Rosina Guyer’s resignation, while dropping unsubtle hints they would welcome her back if her next job doesn’t work out. more
After nearly two years of discussions, council members set a target price and minimum bid to sell its old fire truck. more
Scott County will keep a front-lobby greeter to manage customers at the administration building, and add one to the County General Store through the  pandemic restrictions. more
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