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Bettendorf Passes Proclamation Marking 50th Anniversary of Home Rule

Posted: April 12, 2018


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City of Bettendorf Passes Proclamation Marking 50th Anniversary of Home Rule in Iowa

Historic Home Rule Constitutional Amendment Granted Local Control to Cities in Iowa

City of Bettendorf joined cities from across the State of Iowa to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Home Rule Amendment to Iowa's State Constitution by passing a proclamation stating, "Home Rule is essential to effective and responsive municipal governance in all cities in Iowa," and that local control "continues to be vital to the health and prosperity of all cities in Iowa."

In 1968, the Home Rule Amendment was passed by the citizens of Iowa and constitutionalized local control in the state. This transitioned Iowa from a Dillon's Rule state, where local government powers are derived exclusively from the state legislature, to a Home Rule state where local government powers are derived from the State Constitution.

2nd Ward Alderman Scott Naumann adds, “The old adage that government is best when it is closest to the people being represented is true. Most city governments actively engage with citizens in an effort to understand issues or challenges on the way to providing the best oversight and regulation for residents. Home Rules allows each city the ability to customize legislation, based upon the specific need. Home Rule is incredibly valuable to the city of Bettendorf, because it allows any and all local variables to be considered before laws or regulations are crafted.”

"Local Control is what gives citizens a voice in their local communities. Home Rule, or local control, truly empowers residents and leaders at the city level to make the decisions that best fit their community," explains Alan Kemp, executive director of the Iowa League of Cities.

The proclamation was unanimously passed and read aloud at the City Council meeting on March 20, 2018.

The Iowa League of Cities will also mark the 50th Anniversary of this historic constitutional amendment at events throughout 2018.