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Just Being Drunk in Public Shouldn’t be a Crime, Right?

Iowa House File 2023, which I filed, proposes the repeal of the criminal offense of “Intoxication and Simulated Intoxication in Public Places” (which crime was first enacted in 1928). As far as I can determine, Public Intoxication is the only … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Veto Senate File 385, Governor Branstad!

Last week, the Iowa Senate and Iowa House passed Senate File 385 unanimously.  It’s now sitting on the Governor’s desk, and assuming the Governor signs off on the bill, then beginning January 1st of next year a person who has … Continue reading

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Let’s expunge info on dismissals/not guilty verdicts, right?

This Friday (i.e., tomorrow) marks the end of this session’s “second funnel” – which means that (with quite a few exceptions) the only bills that remain viable are those bills that have passed out of either the House or the … Continue reading

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House File 527, the “Omnibus” Firearm Bill

So this week the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 527 (https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/Published/LGI/86/HF527.pdf),  a bill dealing with firearm issues. The bill has several provisions, some of which are clearly good and some of which are arguably problematic; however, it is … Continue reading

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We’re Done – Here’s What We Did …

The Iowa House adjourned earlier this morning (Thursday, May 1st) at about 4:30 a.m., after passing more bills in 12 hours than we had passed during the prior three months (ok, not really, but that’s sure how it seemed). It … Continue reading

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If you’re a teenager with a coaching authorization (or the parent of one) – YOU WANT TO READ THIS.

So last night the Iowa House unanimously passed House File 2474: An Act expanding the criminal offense of and related penalties for sexual exploitation to include persons issued a school coaching authorization. This is a leadership bill intended to address a specific … Continue reading

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Why I Voted No on the Kidnapping Bill (SF 2201)

So … yesterday the Iowa House passed Senate File 2201, An Act Relating to Kidnapping and Providing Penalties. I was one of three NO votes on the bill, and my mom told me I darn well better explain to everyone back home … Continue reading

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