"Marcy's Law" amendment passes Iowa Senate committee

The Iowa Senate's a step closer to voting on a constitutional amendment adding victims' rights.  The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved a bill that is similar to "Marsy's Law," a nationwide movement to have victims be notified of all court procedings and have the right to privacy.

During the committee hearing Thursday, Democrats argued they were worried about adding the protections to the constitution. Sen. Kevin Kinney of Oxford says victim rights advocates say Iowa's current law is one of the best in the nation.

And they say Marsy's Law is not without problems.  South Dakota has alreday repealed its version of Marsy's Law due to unintended consequences.

The bill passed on a party line vote, with Republican approving the measure and Democrats opposed.  The vote clears it for full debate in the Iowa Senate.

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