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The Gazette | Taking away local choice and control, again

March 9, 2021

by David Osterberg

State legislators have a message for local leaders concerned about their community’s carbon footprint: It’s not your business. It’s business’ business.

Companion bills in the Iowa Senate and House (SF 455 and HF 555) would prohibit cities and counties from regulating the sale of natural gas or propane. They are among the latest examples of how state government has taken a heavy hand in curtailing policy choices by local elected officials. Read on. 

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