STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH ON REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON LGBTQ YOUTH & PUBLIC SCHOOLS

lgbt“This is another shameful Republican attack on LGBTQ youth and our public schools.  Rep. Kaufmann and Republican Leaders Upmeyer and Hagenow are simply looking for a phony excuse to kill the anti-bullying bill and shortchange funding for public schools again next year.  The Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ is privately funded and no state dollars were used at the event.

I’m terribly disappointed that Republicans insist on picking on LGBTQ youth instead of providing any legislative oversight on issues where Branstad has overstepped his authority, including: made-up numbers to privatize Medicaid, using bureaucrats to enact a tax cut, and closing health care facilities without approval from the Legislature.”

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