Bill killed that would have removed trans people from Iowa’s Civil Rights Act

Removing an entire class from a state civil rights statute has never happened in US history.

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Representative Steven Holt / Image Iowa House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Hours after a group of Republican lawmakers proposed a bill to amend the Iowa Civil Rights Act to remove protections against discrimination for transgender people a committee chairman declared the measure dead.

Gender identity was added to the state law in 2007 that already offered protections for race, color, religion and others. Nine Republican House members sponsored the bill introduced Wednesday morning to remove transgender protections.

However, hours later Republican Rep. Steven Holt, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said he will not assign it to a subcommittee, killing it.

He says it would have had many unintended consequences.

But the GOP is far from done.

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One Response to Bill killed that would have removed trans people from Iowa’s Civil Rights Act

  1. Helen Barton February 1, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    It would’ve been nice if the majority leader in the House had backed up his judiciary committee leader and told those lawmakers who initiated the bill to consider their futures in the Republican party as bigots are not welcome in the ranks. It would’ve been nice. I can dream can’t I???