ADVISORY: Gov. Reynolds to hold a Press Conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow

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Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference from Iowa PBS at 11:00 am tomorrow. The event is open to credentialed members of the media and it will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.   
 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 
Gov. Reynolds to hold press conference 
Iowa PBS 
Des Moines, IA 
11:00 a.m.  

Gov. Reynolds orders flags to remain at half-staff in honor of the life and legacy of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings

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Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to remain at half-staff until midnight April 7, 2021, in honor and remembrance of Representative Alcee Hastings, a congressman from Florida and a prominent champion for civil rights. Representative Hastings passed away on April 6, 2021. The governor's order is issued in conjunction with President Joe Biden's Proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff for the same length of time. 
  
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. 
  
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time. 
 

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

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Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law:  
 
HF 756: An Act relating to the acquisition and possession of weapons and providing penalties.  
 
Gov. Reynolds released the following statement on HF 756:  
 
“Today I signed legislation that protects the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals. This law also takes greater steps to inform law enforcement about an individual’s mental illness helping ensure firearms don't end up in the wrong hands. We will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a gun, but what we can do is ensure law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe.” - Gov. Kim Reynolds  
 
HF 621: An act establishing which actions may be brought against firearm, firearm accessory, and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade association, sellers, or dealers.   
 
SF 230: An Act relating to wrecked or salvaged motor vehicles.  
 
HF 280: An Act authorizing the department of transportation to renew certain valid commercial driver’s licenses without examination, including by electronic renewal, and including effective date provisions.  
 
HF 382: An Act authorizing the department of transportation to issue special permits allowing the transportation of loads of relief supplies that exceed statutory weight limits during periods of national emergency.  
 
HF 389: An Act relating to chauffeurs and exempting certain persons from the requirement to be licensed as a chauffer. 
 

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans

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Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff  immediately until sunset on April 6, 2021 in honor of the service and sacrifice of the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on April 2, 2021. The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff for the same length of time.  

"We mourn the loss of Capitol Police Officer William 'Billy' Evans and I send my prayers and deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones who are left to grieve following this horrific act of violence,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The state of Iowa will never forget the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of law enforcement who willingly put themselves on the line to protect the innocent and uphold the rule of law.” 

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.  

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.  
 

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation

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Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID19 recovery. 
The proclamation continues to strongly encourage Iowans, businesses, and organizations to take reasonable public health measures consistent with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health. 
 
The proclamation also continues to extend the waiver on transportation restrictions for overweight loads. 
 
The proclamation can found online here.

ADVISORY: Gov. Reynolds to hold a Press Conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow

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Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference from Iowa PBS at 11:00 am tomorrow. The event is open to credentialed members of the media and it will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.   

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 
Gov. Reynolds to hold press conference 
Iowa PBS 
Des Moines, IA 
11:00 a.m.  

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff in honor of Anamosa State Penitentiary correctional employees Lorena Schulte and Robert McFarland

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Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff Monday, March 29, 2021 from sunrise to sunset in honor and remembrance of correctional employees Lorena Schulte and Robert McFarland who were killed in the line of duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary on March 23, 2021. Schulte was a nurse at the prison, and McFarland was a correctional officer. Both will be laid to rest on March 29, 2021. 
 
“Our state grieves the loss of two public servants who were attacked while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary,” said Gov. Reynolds. “My prayers and deepest condolences are with all of their loved ones and colleagues as they cope with this senseless tragedy. We will exhaust every available resource to deliver justice to those who committed this act and bring a sense of closure and peace to the victims’ families.”

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. 
 
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time. 
 

Gov. Reynolds appoints John Sandy as District Court Judge

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Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of John Sandy as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 3A. 
 
Sandy, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, currently practices law with the Sandy Law Firm, P.C., in Spirit Lake and serves as a Minnesota Assistant Public Defender. Sandy received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. 
 
Sandy fills the vacancy created by the retirement of District Court Judge David Lester. Judicial Election District 3A includes Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto counties. 
 

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release public schedule update

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Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg released a public schedule update for the week of Monday, March 22, 2021 – Sunday, March 28, 2021.  
 
The following events are open to credentialed members of the media: 
 
Friday March 26, 2021   
Gov. Reynolds tours Natural Shrimp Inc. 
2567 190th Street 
Blairsburg, IA 
7:30 a.m.  
 
Gov. Reynolds discussion with Iowa Falls Chamber of Commerce 
901 Washington Avenue  
Iowa Falls, IA 
8:30 a.m. 
 
Gov. Reynolds to visit Benton County Vaccine Clinic 
Iowa Juvenile Home 
701 S Church St, 
Toledo, IA 
10:35 a.m. 
 
Gov. Reynolds to visit Kirkwood Community College 
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW 
Cedar Rapids, IA 
12:00 p.m.  
 
Gov. Reynolds to Visit Benton County Vaccine Clinic  
Central Lutheran School 
310 3rd St W,  
Newhall, IA  
2:30 p.m.