State legislators have decided to eliminate mask mandates in school across Iowa. A was approved Wednesday by the Iowa House and Senate to not allow schools to issue those requirements going forward. The bill also says that city and county governments can only have mandates, that are the same level of stringency that the state puts in place for private businesses. Once the bill is signed school superintendents and administrators won’t be able to dictate mask policies.
The legislators in favor of the bill say that it’s about freedom and that their constituents have been clamoring for a bill like this. Those legislators who oppose the bill say that individual districts and county governments should govern their own mandates.
The Governor can still issue emergency proclamations that would super-cede the bill.