Capitol Digest: Lawmakers Tackle Political Ideology, Cursive Script, and More | Govt. & Politics


Representative Brian Lohse, R-Bondurant, said based on his experience in hiring employees, drug test fraud is so common that his company has stopped using the tests due to the number of people “passing” under false pretenses.

D. Jo Oldson, D-Des Moines, was reluctant to create a crime based on “hypothetical or word of mouth stories”.

The bill was approved 14-7.


A proposal from Gov. Kim Reynolds to make birth control available in pharmacies for adult women was brought forward by a House human resources subcommittee despite opposition from anti-abortion groups.

HSB 121 would make self-administered hormonal birth control available in pharmacies without a prescription.

Lobbyists for anti-abortion groups told the panel that over-the-counter birth control is dangerous and unreliable, and can induce abortion.

Although she understood the concept they were presenting, Representative Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge, a registered nurse, presented the bill to Committee of the Whole.

“If we want to prevent abortion, we have to avoid unplanned pregnancies and that’s one way to solve this problem,” Meyer said.

Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, echoed comments from pharmacies and health care-related groups, saying the bill would increase access to birth control. It’s more important now because the state has cut ties with Planned Parenthood’s family planning services, she said.


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