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Aug. 11, 2020Des Moines, Iowa |  By: AP

Local control dispute brewing over Iowa mask mandates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The refusal of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to impose their own local ordinances to address the coronavirus outbreak.

It's setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose the mandates.

Local government control also has become an issue as a few school boards have said they may refuse to abide by Reynolds' demands to open schools if they feel it's unsafe.