June 24, 2018-
Since winning control of both legislative chambers two years ago, Iowa Republicans have moved aggressively to block city and county government actions, leaving local officials frustrated but matching a trend seen in other states with single-party control. Legislators in Iowa last year overturned already-enacted minimum wage increases in three counties, and this year they passed a sweeping immigration enforcement law threatening local governments with the loss of funding if they refuse to comply with the new requirements.
Traffic cameras, plastic shopping bags, minimum paid time off regulations and county election maps are among other areas targeted by efforts that resulted in a loss of local control since Republicans took over state government. Iowa has plenty of company in so-called pre-emption laws, according to a study by the National League of Cities earlier this year that concludes state legislatures across the U.S. have become more “aggressive” in restricting local control.