Waterloo, IA – According to the statement, the House Education Committee voted 14 to 7 in favor of the bill.
Supporters say this bill is intended to prevent discrimination by protecting girls sports.
According to the state officials, House File 2309 would require public and private schools K-12 to ban transgender athletes from competing in a sport outside of the gender the individual had at birth.
With the bill taking another step forward, it’s not eligible to be debated on the House floor.
State Rep. of Iowa City, Mary Mascher, released the following statement:
“The state of Iowa should never discriminate against a child or a group of children. We are better than that. If we’re not, we should be.
Transgender children are 40% more likely to try and commit suicide. It is not because of who they are, it is because of how they are treated.”
This story will be updated.