Partnership vows to fight return of bills that aren’t ‘welcoming’

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership on Thursday vowed to continue its fight against Iowa legislative proposals the business group considers unwelcoming. Andrea Woodard, the Partnership’s senior vice president of government relations, said the goal is “ensuring that Iowa remains a welcoming state that is open for business.”  Someone attending the Partnership’s virtual forum Thursday asked […]

U.S. Senate panel advances nomination of transgender doctor for HHS post

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Dr. Rachel Levine of Pennsylvania moved one step closer on Wednesday to becoming the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the federal government. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to advance Levine’s nomination to serve as assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for a vote by the full Senate. […]

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Advocates: School choice bill could shut out LGBTQ students

BY: - March 3, 2021

Governor Kim Reynolds’ school choice bill would provide funding for some public school students to attend private schools, but critics have questioned whether the proposal would be equitable for LGBTQ students. The bill, Senate File 159, passed the Senate in full in January. Now, pieces of the legislation are advancing separately in the House just […]

Transgender school bathroom restrictions advance in Iowa Senate

BY: - February 10, 2021

Liz Lundberg’s voice shook as she considered the possibility that her young, transgender daughter might have to use the boys’ restroom in school. “Callie, my 5-year-old girl, in kindergarten, would face harassment, bullying and possibly assault if she used the boys’ bathroom,” Lundberg said. “But she would be breaking the law and could get in […]