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Abortion, guns, red light cameras tops 'hot button' issues for Iowa Legislature


Abortion, guns, red light cameras tops 'hot button' issues for Iowa Legislature
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Social conservatives hope 2017 is the year the seeds theyâve been planting blossom into laws to restrict abortion, expand gun rights and support school choice.âBut only if pro-family Iowans are engaged in speaking our values to our government,â according to a recent Family Leader newsletter.House Minority Leader Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, is calling on defenders of the status quo to speak up, too.âWe will exercise every option available to us to show our opposition,â Smith said. âWeâll have to rely on the people to voice their opinions.âSome likely âhot buttonâ issues of the 2017 session are:âWe are a pro-life caucus,â House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, said. âThatâs who we are. So we will continue to do bills that advance the protection of life.âThat likely will include restrictions on abortion, perhaps banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy or if the fetus weighs at least 350 grams, and amending the state Constitution to specify there is no right to abortion.

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