Iowa’s Gender Balance Law On Government Boards To Be Repealed

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa House has given final legislative approval a bill that gets rid of the gender balance requirement for Iowa boards and commissions.

Republican Representative Jane Bloomingdale of Northwood says it’s an antiquated law.

The bill passed on a 62 to 33 vote. The 33 nos came from Democrats, like Representative Elinor Levin of Iowa City.

The bill passed the Senate this week and is headed to Reynolds, who says it lets people with a passion for service fill slots on boards and commissions at the state and local level.

The governor made that comment during an interview with Radio Iowa in 2023. Gender balance has been required on all boards and commissions in state government since 1987. In 2009, the legislature passed a law to require the policy in local government. This bill repeals both laws.


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