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Iowa House Republicans serving on the subcommittee for a bill that would’ve required Iowa classrooms to have cameras accessible in live time to parents killed the bill without even holding a subcommittee.

The Democrat member of the subcommittee, Rep. Ras Smith, was unable to attend. Republican Representatives Tom Moore and Bubba Sorensen could’ve moved the bill regardless, but instead, the decision was made to simply kill the bill without even holding the conversation.


“We weren’t planning on putting it out anyway,” Sorensen said. “I wanted to hold the sub to publicly let everybody explain what their problems were with the bill and I also wanted to give Rep. Mommsen a chance to explain his intent on the bill.”

Sorensen said he was “never” in support of the bill and said it needs “better fencing” if the legislature will do something like it. He said there needs to be “a lot more time” to hear from the public.

One of his major concerns was the cost of efforts to implement the bill.

“I think it would have been great to have held this sub and let everybody voice their opinions, but without the Democrat here, and then rescheduling with so many bills and funnel week coming up, it just became a scheduling problem,” Sorensen said. “We’ve got, you know, next year and this campaign year to visit about this bill, whether the public likes it or not. And they can continue to give us their feedback.”

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