Posts Tagged:Iowa

Iowa religious freedom bill sets ‘highest standard’ for government, backers say

An effort to restore strong religious freedom protections in Iowa has the backing of the state Catholic conference and others who say there should be a high threshold for any state interference with the free exercise of religion. While the legislation does not mention LGBT issues, LGBT advocates have tried to portray it as harmful…Read More

Iowa lawmakers advance constitutional amendment to exclude ‘right to abortion’

Lawmakers in Iowa this week passed a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution which would exclude a “right to abortion” or to public funding for abortion. House Joint Resolution 5 would amend the Iowa state constitution to clarify that it “does not recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or require…Read More

Iowa Senate Passes Educational Choice Legislation

This evening, the Iowa State Senate passed SF 159 by a 26-21 vote. The legislation is a comprehensive education reform package which expands charter schools and public school open enrollment, doubles the tuition tax credit for parents, and creates an Education Savings Account program which will allow families to customize their child’s education. Statement from…Read More