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 Forest City Orange City
Afton Fort Dodge Osceola
Allison Garner Oskaloosa
Alta Garrison Otho
Alton George Ottumwa
Anthon Gilbertville Oxford
Aplington Glenwood Parkersburg
Atlantic Glidden Perry
Badger Goldfield Plainfield
Baxter Goose Lake Prairieburg
Bettendorf Gowrie Preston
Bondurant Greenfield Primghar
Boone Guttenberg Protivin
Burlington Harlan Quasqueton
Calmar Hartley Randolph
Carlisle Hawkeye Red Oak
Carroll Hazleton Redfield
Carson Holstein Reinbeck
Cascade Hudson Remsen
Cedar Falls Huxley Riverdale
Central City Ida Grove Robins
Charter Oak Independence Rolfe
Churdan Indianola Scranton
Clarence Iowa City Sergeant Bluff
Clarinda Ireton Shenandoah
Clarion Johnston Silver City
Clinton Lake Mills Sloan
Clive Lake Park St Ansgar
Coggon Lamont Stanhope
Colfax Lisbon Storm Lake
Conrad Lohrville Strawberry Point
Coralville Lowden Swisher
Corning Luzerne Templeton
Correctionville Maharishi Vedic City Tipton
Corydon Malvern Toledo
Council Bluffs Manchester Tripoli
Creston Manning Urbana
Dallas Center Mapleton Urbandale
Davenport Marcus Vail
Dayton Marion Van Meter
Decorah Massena Villisca
Defiance Mediapolis Wahpeton
Delhi Melbourne Walker
DeWitt Milford Walnut
Dow City Mingo Waukee
Dyersville Missouri Valley Wayland
Earlham Monroe Webster City
Elliott Monticello Wesley
Ely Moorland West Branch
Emerson Moulton West Burlington
Emmetsburg Mount Vernon West Des Moines
Essex Nashua West Point
Estherville Neola Williamsburg
Evansdale Nevada Wilton
Fairfield New Hampton Windsor Heights
Farley North Liberty Winthrop
Farnhamville Northwood Woodward
Fayette Norwalk Wyoming
Fenton Oakland
Fontanelle Ogden