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Database: Lobbying Function Reports – 2015


Read the Story: Iowa Flunks Integrity Test When Keeping Tabs On Special Interests
Iowa’s practices to ensure transparency in lobbying earned an F in a recently released State Integrity Investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. The survey examined various measures of transparency and accountability in state government. IowaWatch was involved in conducting the survey of Iowa government agencies. Read more. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Suicide Data In Charts, Graphics

Suicide prevention is getting attention in Iowa from several approaches. For example, the Legislature in 2014 directed the Iowa Department of Public Health and Department of Education to collaborate on advancing suicide prevention efforts. But some health care professionals worry that elderly suicide prevention does not get enough attention. The following graphics and charts, compiled at the end of 2014, provide illustrations and raw data for those interested in delving more into this public matter. Read an IowaWatch story that digs into this matter here. Continue Reading →

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Iowa’s Texting-While-Driving Ban Not Reducing Crashes, Hard To Enforce


Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Crash history reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation show that since the Iowa Legislature enacted it in July 2011, the law has not decreased cell-phone related crashes. Continue Reading →

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Raw Data: April 2014 Survey About College Debt, Job Prospects

IowaWatch survey of students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa about college debt and concerns about getting a job after graduation. Scroll down the document to see the raw data. The overall survey's margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. Margins of error increase for questions that fewer than 671 participants answered. RETURN TO MAIN STORY
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