Controversy Regarding An End-of-Session Law Affecting Iowa Hospitals

From the Des Moines Register:

Iowa lawmakers quietly passed a bill in the final hours of the 2008 legislative session that would allow most of the state’s hospitals to bypass public approval for the construction of new facilities.

The bill eliminates a requirement for Iowa’s 82 small, rural hospitals to submit to public hearings and obtain state approval before relocating to newly constructed replacement hospitals.