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With one week in the books at our beloved State Capitol, The Iowa Standard wanted to highlight some of the “interesting” bills that were filed during Week 1. Among them, House File 2039 sponsored by State Rep. Chad Ingels.

The bill would require an institution participating in intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the NCAA to schedule games against each other institution of higher education under the board’s control that participates in intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the NCAA at least one time each year in each sport the NCAA sanctions and that both institutions participate.

The bill also requires an institution to “prioritize” competitions against private in-state colleges and universities over competitions against out-of-state colleges and universities when making schedules or making contractual obligations that affect schedules for the institution’s NCAA athletics if both the institution and in-state college or university compete in the same NCAA division.

The bill also requires when competing institutions are not in the same NCAA division or subdivision that the competition take place at the athletic facility of the institution considered to be in the higher division or subdivision.

The bill was referred to the House Education Committee. No groups have registered on the bill.

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Author: Jacob Hall

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