Inclusion on this list means the bill either directly targets LGBTQ Iowans, will have a primary impact on LGBTQ Iowans, or was created as a response to misinformation about LGBTQ Iowans. These are not the only bills we work on, but we consider them the most dangerous.

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Note: Newer bills appear at the end of the list. Bills introduced in 2023 are still eligible for debate in 2024.

Last updated: 2/16/2024

Bill Number Context Status Sponsor(s) Threat Level Year Introduced
SF83 “Don’t say trans” style legislation that would ban mention of gender identity from K-8 Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline J.TAYLOR, GUTH, LOFGREN, GARRETT, WESTRICH, ROWLEY, ZAUN, SALMON, ROZENBOOM, GREEN, EVANS, DEWITT, ALONS, SWEENEY, REICHMAN, and COURNOYER Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
SF85 Prevents basically all data collection for statistical purposes within schools including data on the basis of sexual orientation/gender identity Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
SF110 Bans medically necessary care for transgender youth Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON, EVANS, ALONS, GREEN, WESTRICH, J.TAYLOR, GUTH, DEWITT, and ROWLEY Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF538) 2023
SF129 Bans medically necessary care for transgender youth, provides legal protections for conversion therapy Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF538) 2023
HF190 Removes gender identity as a class from the Iowa Civil Rights Act, stripping transgender Iowans of critical protections in the areas of housing, employment, education, public accomodations, and credit practices. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline FISHER, HAYES, M.THOMPSON, GOLDING, DIEKEN, HENDERSON, CARLSON, STOLTENBERG, WHEELER, GERHOLD, SHERMAN, and SHIPLEY Unknown 2023
SF159 Don’t Say Gay / Don’t Say Trans K-8 ban. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
HF290 Prevents transgender Iowans from changing gender markers on legal documents Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline FISHER Unknown 2023
HF325 Says that you can’t have a gender identity until you’re 18 and then states that cisgender people will win any civil rights dispute between a cisgender and transgender person Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SHIPLEY Unknown 2023
SF305/HF361 Replaces word “obscenity” with “hardcore pornography”. Creates statewide list to ban books the sponsors find objectionable. Gives authority to parents, county attorneys, and the Attorney General to sue districts. Districts would be fined at minimum $20k for having a banned book in their library. Directs all school administrators to ignore the guidance of the American Library Association. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON, ALONS, WESTRICH, GREEN, EVANS, DEWITT, GUTH, and LOFGREN Unknown 2023
SSB1164 RFRA w/ preemption. Allows people to pick and choose which laws they will follow based on their stated religious beliefs,also preempts local and county governments from passing any statute that would violate anyones religious beliefs. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline Senate State Government Committee Elevated 2023
HF229 RFRA. Allows people to pick and choose which laws they will follow based on their state religious beliefs Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SHIPLEY Elevated 2023
SF212 Prevents state from requiring that foster and adoption placement agencies take all qualified parents. Allows placement agencies to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline GREEN Unknown 2023
SF348 Drag ban. Prevents any performance where someone is expressing a gender identity different from their sex assigned at birth in the presence of children. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Unknown 2023
HF508 Attempts to roll back marriage equality in Iowa Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SHERMAN, CISNEROS, STOLTENBERG, M.THOMPSON, DIEKEN, OSMUNDSON, GERHOLD, and THOMSON Low 2023
HF482 School bathroom bill. Restricts students from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline HAYES Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
HJR8 Constitutional amendment that attempts to roll back marriage equality in Iowa Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SHERMAN, STOLTENBERG, CISNEROS, HAYES, DIEKEN, WHEELER, M.THOMPSON, and GERHOLD Low 2023
HF 486 Defines parental rights as nearly absolute, would prevent (among many other things) child abuse investigations from being successful Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline ANDREWS Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
HF616 Bars state colleges and universities from expending any money on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline House Education Committee High 2023
SF 297 Allows healthcare providers and institutions to refuse care on the basis of “sincerely held beliefs” Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline J.TAYLOR High 2023
HF620 Allows teachers and staff to misgender students without consequences Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline STONE Unknown 2023
HF 182 Chills speech on college campuses by creating a list of 51 different phrases that colleges have to report on if they teach classes containing the listed phrases Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline WHEELER, HOLT, STONE, FISHER, DUNWELL, MOMMSEN, COLLINS, MOORE, KNIFF MCCULLA, WULF, MEGGERS, BRADLEY, WILLS, JOHNSON, BODEN, NORDMAN, YOUNG,HENDERSON, GUSTOFF, WOOD, GRABER, WINDSCHITL, BOSSMAN, GRASSLEY, and GERHOLD Unknown 2023
HF 180 Forcibly outs transgender students if faculty or staff learn that a student is trans Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline WHEELER, HOLT, STONE, GUSTOFF, COLLINS, MOORE, JENEARY, CARLSON, VONDRAN, GOLDING, STOLTENBERG, FISHER, DUNWELL, KNIFF MCCULLA, MEGGERS, WULF, SHIPLEY, SHERMAN, BRADLEY, JOHNSON, GRABER, DEYOE, NORDMAN, WILLS, GUSTAFSON, P.THOMPSON, BODEN, GEHLBACH, KAUFMANN, FRY, ANDREWS, YOUNG, THOMSON, HENDERSON, HORA, OSMUNDSON, WINDSCHITL, GRASSLEY, and GERHOLD Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
HF597 Prevents materials with any description of sex acts, effectively banning multiple works of classic literature Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline PROPOSED COMMITTEEON EDUCATION BILL BY CHAIRPERSON WHEELER Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
HF 348 “Don’t say gay” style legislation which bans any mention of gender identity or sexual orientation from grades K-6 Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline WHEELER, HOLT, STONE, DUNWELL, MOMMSEN, COLLINS, FISHER, GUSTOFF, JENEARY, VONDRAN, WULF, BRADLEY, MEGGERS, KNIFF MCCULLA, GOLDING, DEYOE,GRABER, P.THOMPSON, WILLS, GUSTAFSON, JOHNSON, BODEN, HARRIS, KAUFMANN, FRY, NORDMAN, YOUNG, HENDERSON, HORA, WOOD, OSMUNDSON, WINDSCHITL, GRASSLEY, and GERHOLD Low (unlikely to advance due to passage of SF496) 2023
SF 2286 Religious exemptions for healthcare providers and insurers. Allows insurers to say a procedure violates their conscience and refuse to pay. Allows healthcare providers to refuse any kind of non-emergency care. Passed Senate State Government Committee, now eligible for debate in full Senate Senate Judiciary Committee High 2024
SF 2037 Prevents cities and counties from restricting conversion therapy Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Elevated 2024
HF 2060 Prevents gender neutral langauge from being taught in certain world language courses Passed House Education Committee, now eligible for debate in full House GUSTOFF Elevated 2024
SF 2055 Statewide bathroom bill. Prevents transgender Iowans from using the appropriate restrooms. Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Elevated 2024
HF 2068 Social studies course requirements that spell out a requirement to lie to students about gender-affirming care Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SHIPLEY Unknown 2024
SF 2263 Forces transgender detainees into unsafe living situations Passed Senate Judiciary Committee, eligible for debate in full Senate Senate Judiciary Committee Elevated 2024
SSB 3094 / HF 2409 Legally prevents investors from favoring companies that engage in responsible corporate governance (including being good environmental stewards, caring about diversity, providing employees with appropriate healthcare benefits, etc.) All versions eliminated by funnel deadline Senate Judiciary Committee Elevated 2024
HSB 588 Narrowly constructs the term “woman” to attempt to exclude transgender, intersex, and other women that they assume do not fit in their vague definition Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline House Education Committee High 2024
HF 2082 Removes gender identity as a class from the Iowa Civil Rights Act, stripping transgender Iowans of critical protections in the areas of housing, employment, education, public accomodations, and credit practices. Defeated in subcommittee on 1/31/24 SHIPLEY Low 2024
SF 2095/HSB 614 Religous exemptions – lets people pick and choose which laws they will follow Passed both committees, now eligible for debate in both chambers SCHULTZ High 2024
HF 2396 Allows staff to misgender students without consequences Passed House Education Committee, now eligible for debate in full House STONE High 2024
SF 2129 Attempts to annul same sex marriage at the federal level Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Low 2024
SF 2176 Allows parents to file lawsuits alleging obscenity, supporters point to LGBTQ events Ineligible for debate due to funnel deadline SALMON Low
HF 2389 LGBTQ Erasure Act. Issues specia birth certificates to transgender Iowans that indicate their transgender status. Defines terms in ways that will create complications for same sex parents. Writes transgender people out of the law. Passed House Education Committee, now eligible for debate in full House GOVERNOR REYNOLDS High 2024
HSB 678 / SSB 3166/ SSB 3168 Origins in Pella library controversy over LGBTQ books. Allows city councils to take control of local library boards. All versions eliminated by funnel deadline GREEN High 2024
HF 2327 Bans DEI initiatives at public universities, adds two legislators to the Board of Regents Passed House Education Committee, now eligible for debate in full House GRASSLEY, COLLINS,NORDMAN, WHEELER, HORA, GEHLBACH, HOLT, KAUFMANN,BODEN,BOSSMAN, HAYES,THOMSON,GERHOLD,JOHNSON,STOLTENBERG,KNIFF, MCCULLA,DUNWELL,GUSTOFF,FISHER,OSMUNDSON,DETERMANN,RINKER,STONE,WULF,CARLSON,SHIPLEY,BEST,BRADLEY, P.THOMPSON, MEGGERS, WILLS, HENDERSON, , MOMMSEN, and JENEARY High 2024