Kim Reynolds

Des Moines Register

Governor Kim Reynolds doesn't think her coronavirus restrictions are too little too late.  On Tuesday Reynolds said the state had to put more restrictions in place because of rising coronavirus hospitalizations in Iowa.  Reynolds says more restrictions may be necessary if numbers continue to get worse. Meanwhile, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he had tested positive for Covid. Grassley says he went into quarantine Tuesday after finding out he was exposed to the virus.  He also says he's feeling good and will keep working from home. 

Sioux City Journal

Gov. Pete Ricketts is standing firm in his opposition to a statewide mask mandate despite a recent surge in coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm Nebraska’s hospitals. Ricketts urged residents to voluntarily wear a mask, saying it’s one step of many to slow the pandemic. The Republican governor has focused heavily on getting voluntary compliance from residents, with campaigns urging people to avoid crowds, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they feel sick or show symptoms of the virus.

Iowa Gov's Pandemic Response Sinks Her Approval Rating

Aug 3, 2020

Doctors across Iowa are urging Governor Kim Reynolds to enact a statewide face mask mandate.  WHO-TV reports dozens of medical professionals gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Saturday and presented data they say proves masks can slow the spread of coronavirus.  Iowa is one of only three states in the country that don't have some sort of mask mandate.

Associated Press

Law enforcement across Iowa have the ok to crack down on people not practicing social distancing.  On Monday Governor Kim Reynolds approved penalties against Iowans for gathering in large groups.  Des Moines police say charging people for gathering in groups of ten or more will be a last resort.

Reynolds Proclaims Statewide Emergency

Mar 18, 2020
Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is issuing a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation implements temporary measures to reduce access to restaurants and bars to drive through or carry out only. It closes fitness centers, theaters, casinos, senior citizen centers, and day cares, and cancels or postpones any mass gatherings of more than ten people. It will allow state agencies additional flexibility to respond to COVID-19 in the state to support the work of public health. The proclamation is effective immediately and expires on April 16th.

Governor Reynolds Appoints New Iowa Supreme Court Justice

Jan 30, 2020

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Cedar Rapids attorney Dana Oxley is the new chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. Governor Reynolds appointed Oxley yesterday to fill the position after the death of Chief Justice Mark Cady last November.  Oxley is Governor Reynolds' third Supreme Court appointment.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines lawyer is suing Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials, claiming a new law that gave the governor more power over the commission that selects supreme court and appeals court judges is unconstitutional.  It's the second such lawsuit filed in state court challenging the change that Reynolds signed into law in May.

The new case was filed Sept. 11 by Thomas Duff, a trial lawyer for 30 years who interviewed to be an Iowa Court of Appeals judge but wasn't chosen as a finalist by the State Judicial Nominating Commission.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa appeals court has rejected a Des Moines attorney's challenge to Gov. Kim Reynold's use of a businessman's private airplane, upholding previous rulings that Reynold's use of the flights did no real harm and were allowed by Iowa law.

The Iowa Court of Appeals said in a ruling filed Wednesday that a state court judge was right to dismiss the lawsuit filed by attorney Gary Dickey.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas health and human services official has been named the new director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Thursday she appointed Kelly Kennedy Garcia to head the department that oversees the state's Medicaid program, mental health centers and child welfare services.

Garcia is now the deputy executive commissioner at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She oversees programs with more than 700 employees and a $1.4 billion budget.

Iowa DHS has more than 4,000 employees and a $7 billion budget.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds' 2000 arrest for drunk driving, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information.  The records contained the governor's Social Security number, driver's license number and other sensitive information that should not have been made public under court rules.

After an inquiry from The Associated Press last week, the court system removed public access to the files.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa could be headed toward a law eliminating the use of cellphones while driving.

A hands-free bill didn't advance this year but could come back again next year, and Reynolds says she supports the idea if lawmakers send it to her.

She signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring this "end distracted driving week" in Iowa.

Industrial Hemp Bill Signed By Reynolds

May 14, 2019

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Growing industrial hemp will be allowed in Iowa once the federal government approves the state's plan.  Governor Kim Reynolds has started the process by signing a bill legalizing industrial hemp production, but she issued a lengthy statement reminding Iowans what they can't do.  Those restrictions include not selling or manufacturing CBD.  Reynolds did say she signed the bill to open up a new market for Iowans.

Stun guns will be allowed on Regents university and community college campuses after action Thursday by Governor Kim Reynolds.  She signed a measure into law that legalizes the possession of stun guns at schools like Iowa State University.  However, the weapons wouldn't be allowed at football stadiums in addition to hospital and clinic grounds.