Home Rule 50th Anniversary

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Cities across the state will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Home Rule Amendment to Iowa’s State Constitution during 2018.

In 1968 the Home Rule Amendment was passed by the citizens of Iowa and constitutionalized local control in the state of Iowa. 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.

In addition to celebrations at Iowa League of Cities events throughout 2018, the League will publish monthly articles talking about Home Rule in its Cityscape magazine. The League is also encouraging each city in Iowa to pass 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.”


Thank you to all the cities that have passed a proclamation! 

If you have a proclamation and aren't on this list, let us know at mailbox@iowaleague.org​.

Adel Maharishi Vedic City
Afton Malvern
Alta Manchester
Alton Manning
Anthon Marion
Aplington Massena
Atlantic Mediapolis
Baxter Melbourne
Bettendorf Milford
Boone Mingo
Burlington Missouri Valley
Carlisle Monroe
Cascade Monticello
Cedar Falls Moulton
Central City Mount Vernon
Clarence Nashua
Clarinda Neola
Clinton Nevada
Clive New Hampton
Coggon North Liberty
Colfax Northwood
Coralville Oakland
Corning Ogden
Correctionville Orange City
Corydon Osceola
Council Bluffs Otho
Creston Ottumwa
Dallas Center Perry
Davenport Plainfield
Decorah Prairieburg
Defiance Primghar
Delhi Protivin
DeWitt Quasqueton
Dow City Red Oak
Dyersville Reinbeck
Elliott Remsen
Ely Riverdale
Emerson Robins
Emmetsburg Rolfe
Essex Scranton
Estherville Sergeant Bluff
Evansdale Shenandoah
Fairfield St Ansgar
Farnhamville Stanhope
Fayette Templeton
Forest City Toledo
Garrison Tripoli
George Urbana
Gilbertville Urbandale
Glenwood Vail
Greenfield Van Meter
Harlan Wahpeton
Hawkeye Walker
Hazleton Walnut
Holstein Waukee
Hudson Wayland
Ida Grove Webster City
Independence West Burlington
Indianola West Des Moines
Iowa City West Point
Ireton Williamsburg
Johnston Wilton
Lake Park Windsor Heights
Lamont Winthrop
Lowden Woodward
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