DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate want to crack down on texting while driving, but some legislators worry the bill doesn't do enough to address the larger issue of distracted driving. Texting while driving is now prohibited, but it is only enforced if a driver is pulled over for a different violation. Under the bill, officers could pull drivers over specifically for this offense. The measure now goes to the House.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are attempting to change the state's law dealing with drunken drivers. The Senate approved a measure that would change current law, particularly dealing with devices that require drivers to show they haven't had alcohol before their vehicle ignition will unlock. Under the bill, offenders could begin driving more quickly than under current law if they install an ignition lock device.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ruled in favor of an Iowa inmate who argued the state violated his religion by serving him food prepared with cookware that had previously touched meat. The ruling means the state Department of Corrections will give 46-year-old Mahendrakumar Patel prepackaged food. The state also must pay $12,000 for Patel's attorney fees.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says more than 15,000 Iowans have signed up for private health insurance plans using the federal enrollment website. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Tuesday that in the first five months of enrollment under the health care law, 15,346 people in Iowa signed up for private health insurance between Oct. 1 and March 1. That is a 30 percent increase in the total number of people who have selected an insurance plan during February.
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