Category Governmental Relations

Sanctions Related to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladamir Putin recognized the independence and sovereignty of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). Russian military forces mobilized to the DPR and LPR.  The same day, February 21, 2022, President Biden issued Executive Order... Read More

2021 Iowa Legislative Session - Week One Summary

  The legislature convened for the 89th General Assembly Monday, welcoming 26 newly-elected lawmakers to the statehouse. With Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate and expanding it in the House, the GOP will continue driving the state’s policy agenda for the next two years. In his opening remarks, House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New... Read More

Governor Reynolds Extends Emergency Proclamation

  On Thursday, June 25th, Governor Reynolds extended Iowa’s Emergency Proclamation. The Proclamation enacts certain requirements, restrictions, and/or relief in the following areas due to COVID-19 concerns: Protection of Vulnerable Iowans Reopening of Businesses and Establishments Mass Gatherings Nonessential or Elective Surgeries and Procedures... Read More

2020 Legislative Session-Week 1

The first week of the 2020 Iowa legislative sessionstarted Monday with the swearing-in of a new House Republican leadership team. Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) was officially named Speaker of the House, while Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley) was sworn in as Majority Leader. Grassley listed workforce-related issues as his top concerns,... Read More

BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2020 "Best Law Firms" List

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings[i]. The tenth edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® released the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings on November 1, 2019. Firms included in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently... Read More

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 14

House and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement on the budget for next fiscal year (FY20). Under the joint plan, the state will spend $7.64 billion from the general fund.  That’s a 0.2 percent increase from last year.  Although lawmakers can legally spend 99 percent of ongoing revenues, the GOP proposal uses just north of 97 percent. ... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 13

House and Senate Republicans are continuing to hash-out next year’s budget (FY20), but have yet to agree on the final figures.  Those so-called “joint budget targets” lay out how much both chambers are willing to spend on big-ticket appropriations, like education, economic development, and health and human services.  In the absence of joint... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 12

Lawmakers raced bills through committee this week, scrambling to beat the second legislative “Funnel.”  Most policy measures that didn’t pass out of the House or Senate, and a full committee in the opposite chamber by Friday are dead for the remainder of session.  Tax, spending, government oversight, and leadership bills are largely exempt from... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 10

Governor Kim Reynolds has shifted her focus toward disaster relief following catastrophic floods across Iowa.  Yesterday, she requested that President Donald Trump issue an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 57 counties.  That move would immediately free up federal recovery resources, including FEMA funding.  So far, the floods... Read More