Several Proposals Die Before Deadline in Iowa Legislature


DES MOINES, IA - A number of proposals in the Iowa legislature will not move forward after a deadline Friday for further action.

Among the measures not advancing is a Republican bill that would ban health care providers from using the practice of "conversion therapy" on LGBTQ children.

But Republican Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton says he's determined to bring his proposal back next year.

Conversion therapy tries to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual.

It's been outlawed in 19 states, including Utah, which banned the practice last month.

In 2015 the Iowa State Senate approved a similar bill, but it failed in the State House.

Meanwhile, an effort to protect mobile home community members from sudden large rent increases has died in the Senate.

Democrat Zach Wahls of Coralville had 30 Republican and Democrats backing his bill.

The legislation would require landlords to have a specific reason for evicting tenants and would call for a 180 day notice of rent increases.

The bill would further limit rent hikes in mobile home communities to one per year and give the state attorney general authority to enforce the new law.

It would also gives the same protections to mobile home communities that apartment renters have.

Republicans, while control the legislature, say the proposal would infringe on free market business and force mobile home parks to close.

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association was also strongly opposed to the bill


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