The 14th week is one step closer to adjournment. I am anticipating the session to end by the end of next week.
The budgets are starting to come together as we see an end of session coming up fast.
Safety on college campuses is an important issue for all Iowans, but especially for students and their parents.
A 2017 University of Iowa survey found spikes in sexual misconduct during the first year on campus.
During the first 10 weeks on campus, 17% of female students reported unwanted sexual contact. These numbers are deeply concerning and the legislature has been looking at ways to help students protect themselves and end this violence.
Senate File 188 is a major step to ensuring persons on campus can decide how best to defend themselves.
SF 188 simply prohibits regents, universities and community colleges from banning stun guns on campus.
This bill, coupled with a code change from last year, will ensure people over the age of 18 can carry stun guns on campus without interference.
Under current law, and the proposed bill, the stun gun cannot have projectiles, meaning a person must touch their attacker with the stun gun.
House Republicans agreed to one Democrat amendment to clarify that convicted felons could not carry these stun guns on campus.
A stun gun is a simple and effective way to stop an attacker immediately.
Hoping everyone is nice is a poor defense strategy and isn’t realistic.