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Opponents call the governor's realignment bill a power grab

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Some see Gov. Kim Reynolds' 1,500-page government realignment bill as a long-needed revamp of the executive branch, reducing cabinet-level positions from 37 to 16. The Legislative Services Agency estimates $12 million in savings in the first year, mostly by eliminating unfilled positions.

However, the bill would also give Reynolds and Attorney General Brenna Bird expanded powers that opponents take issue with. On this River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by Des Moines Register's Stephen Gruber-Miller as well as advocates for and against the legislation.


  • Stephen Gruber-Miller, statehouse reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Scott Van Gorp, president, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
  • JD Davis, vice president of public policy, Iowa Association of Business and Industry
  • Tina Meth-Farrington, Calhoun County Attorney
  • Linda Murken, Story County Supervisor, 2nd Judicial District Department of Corrections Board chair
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.