SF 494 Narrowly Passes House Appropriations Committee

This morning, SF 494 narrowly passed the Iowa House Appropriations Committee on a 13-11-1 vote. Three Republicans (Rep. Michael Bergan, Rep. Brian Lohse, and Rep. David Young) joined Democrats in voting “No” on SF 494. One Democrat was absent, Rep. Tracy Ehlert, who had previously opposed the measure in subcommittee and is assumed would have cast a “No” vote as well, which would have brought the vote total to 13-12.

It was also announced at today’s House Appropriations Committee that there will be a public hearing on SF 494 before it can be brought to the House floor for a vote. The public hearing will happen sometime next week, though we do not have a date or time for it yet. We will receive at least 24 hour notice, and will be sure to get the word out as soon as it’s scheduled!

All in all, today could have gone at lot worse, and right now, we’re feeling really energized and hopeful. The public hearing next week will be absolutely crucial in stopping this bill. If the House were to pass SF 494 as written, it would head to the Governor’s desk for signature.

We need to have a strong showing at the public hearing, so please start spreading the word and preparing comments and testimony. We’ll let you know as soon as the hearing is scheduled.

Thank you for your ongoing advocacy!

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