From Rep. Dean Fisher’s newsletter:
HF 272, HF 100, & HF 182 (Homeschool restrictions) – All three of these bills were proposed by Democrats, and pertain to homeschooling and private education in Iowa. HF 182 completely eliminates all private instruction in the state of Iowa while the other bills unnecessarily intrude on a parent’s right to choose the educational setting that works best for their children. We should be giving parents more education options, not limiting them.
HF 96 (Single-Payer Healthcare) – Like the Democrats in Washington D.C, Democrats here in the Iowa House have jumped on the bandwagon of government-run socialized healthcare. The proposed legislation by several House Democrats would implement a government-run healthcare system and ban private health insurance options across the state. This bill also contains language that would allow individuals who work in Iowa and live in a different state to also receive the state provided insurance. I will not support any version of this bill as it is far too costly for Iowa families and businesses, and creates far too many restrictions on our freedoms.
Restricting Second Amendment Rights – House Democrats have long been hostile towards Iowan’s Second Amendment rights and this year was no exception. There were many bills filed infringing on our rights, one in particular, House File 83, would have criminalized the simple act of loaning your shotgun or any other firearm to a friend or even a family member while hunting or target shooting unless you had proof of a federal background check beforehand. House Republicans will continue to make sure these bills never see the light of day.
These are just a few of the bills that we have seen this year. We will oppose bills which have a negative impact on Iowa taxpayers, or significantly restrict our freedoms and liberties. The House Republicans will continue to focus on expanding freedom and opportunities for Iowans.
We will begin debating bills on the Floor of the House in earnest on Monday, March 11, focusing on sending House bills to the Senate, and our House committees will begin reviewing bills sent over from the Senate as they pass bills over to the House.