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​.

Ackley Fremont Oelwein
Adair Fruitland Ogden
Adel Galva Onawa
Afton Garner Orange City
Ainsworth Garrison Orient
Albion Garwin Osceola
Alden Geneva Oskaloosa
Alexander George Ossian
Algona Gilbert Otho
Allison Gilbertville Ottumwa
Alta Glenwood Oxford
Alton Glidden Panama
Altoona Goldfield Parkersburg
Andover Goose Lake Paullina
Anthon Gowrie Peosta
Aplington Graettinger Perry
Arthur Granville Plainfield
Ashton Gravity Plano
Atlantic Greene Pleasantville
Avoca Greenfield Pocahontas
Badger Grinnell Polk City
Baxter Griswold Postville
Beacon Guttenberg Prairieburg
Bellevue Hanlontown Preston
Belmond Harlan Primghar
Bennett Hartley Protivin
Bettendorf Haverhill Quasqueton
Blue Grass Hawkeye Rake
Bode Hazleton Randolph
Bondurant Hedrick Rathbun
Boone Holstein Readlyn
Brandon Hopkinton Red Oak
Breda Hudson Redfield
Brighton Humboldt Reinbeck
Britt Huxley Remsen
Burlington Ida Grove Rhodes
Calmar Independence Riverdale
Calumet Indianola Riverton
Carlisle Iowa City Robins
Carroll Ireton Roland
Carson Johnston Rolfe
Cascade Knoxville Rowan
Cedar Falls La Porte City Ruthven
Centerville Lake City Ryan
Central City Lake Mills Sabula
Charter Oak Lake Park Sac City
Cherokee Lake View Schleswig
Churdan Lakota Scranton
Clarence Lambs Grove Searsboro
Clarinda Lamont Sergeant Bluff
Clarion Larchwood Seymour
Clear Lake Larrabee Shambaugh
Clearfield Latimer Sharpsburg
Clinton Laurens Sheffield
Clive Lawton Sheldon
Coggon Le Mars Shenandoah
Colfax Ledyard Sibley
Columbus Junction Letts Sidney
Conrad Lineville Silver City
Coralville Lisbon Sioux Center
Corning Liscomb Sioux City
Correctionville Logan Sloan
Corydon Lohrville Spencer
Council Bluffs Lone Tree St Ansgar
Cresco Lovilia Stanhope
Creston Lowden Storm Lake
Crystal Lake Lu Verne Strawberry Point
Cylinder Luxemburg Swisher
Dallas Center Luzerne Templeton
Davenport Lynnville Tipton
Dayton Lytton Toledo
Decatur City Macedonia Tripoli
Decorah Maharishi Vedic City Underwood
Defiance Malvern Urbana
Delhi Manchester Urbandale
Denison Manning Vail
DeWitt Mapleton Van Meter
Dike Marcus Villisca
Dow City Marion Wahpeton
Dunkerton Marquette Walford
Durant Massena Walker
Dyersville Maxwell Walnut
Earlham Mechanicsville Washta
Earlville Mediapolis Waterloo
Eddyville Melbourne Waukee
Edgewood Melcher-Dallas Waverly
Elgin Milford Wayland
Elk Horn Mingo Webster City
Elliott Missouri Valley Wesley
Ely Monona West Bend
Emerson Monroe West Branch
Emmetsburg Monticello West Burlington
Epworth Moorland West Des Moines
Essex Moulton West Liberty
Estherville Mount Vernon West Okoboji
Evansdale Muscatine West Point
Everly Nashua Whiting
Fairfield Neola Williamsburg
Farley Nevada Wilton
Farnhamville New Hampton Windsor Heights
Fayette Newell Winthrop
Fenton Newton Woodbine
Fontanelle North Liberty Woodward
Forest City Northwood Wyoming
Fort Atkinson Norwalk
Fort Dodge Oakland