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Iowa lawmakers discuss traffic cameras, tenure and privatized medicaid in second week of session

The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday, January 13, 2015....
The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)(KCRG)
Published: Jan. 19, 2018 at 6:53 PM CST
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TENURE:

A Senate education subcommittee decided not to advance a bill to abolish tenure for professors at Iowa's three state colleges on Thursday. But according to the Des Moines Register, it caused a lengthy discussion and could come up in the full Senate education committee.

The bill's sponsor Senator Brad Zaun said tenure puts these professors in a special class and gives them too many special privileges. The Board of Regents said tenure is needed for Iowa colleges to stay competitive and draw in good professors.

TRAFFIC CAMERAS:

Two traffic camera bills have advanced in the Iowa legislature, but they work in opposite directions.

Thursday, a Senate subcommittee approved a study bill that would ban traffic cameras, forcing cities to remove any existing ones. Also Thursday, a House subcommittee supported another bill that would regulate the cameras, but not ban them.

PRIVATIZED MEDICAID:

A group of Democrats in the Iowa Senate have introduced a bill to end privatized Medicaid.

Medicaid provides healthcare to more than 560 thousand Iowans. The state privatized the program in April 2016.

Democrats say since then, Iowans have complained about the obstacles they face getting care and services. The bill is now in the Senate Human Resources committee.