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There is plenty of work that remains to be done by Republicans in the Iowa legislature. But it is also interesting to note some of the bills proposed by Democrat legislators so Iowans know what the alternative is to GOP control.

Democrat State Sen. Rob Hogg introduced a bill — Senate File 148 — in January of this year.

The bill requires a parent, guardian or legal custodian who places a child in independent private instruction or private instruction to submit the same report to the school district of residence that is required for a child placed in competent private instruction if the governor proclaims a state of public health disaster emergency in the county in which the instruction is provided.

Information would be required to be furnished as soon as “reasonably possible” and would have to include the name and age of the child, the period of time during which the child has been or will be under private instruction for the year, an outline of the course of study and the name and address of the instructor.

Evidence the child has had immunizations required under Code Section 139A.8 would also be required the first time such a report is filed. If the child is elementary age, a blood lead test would be required as well.

Hogg’s legislation seeks subjects covered, lesson plans and time spent on the areas of study in terms of obtaining an “outline of course of study.”

The bill, of course, has no chance at passing the GOP-controlled Iowa Senate.