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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 04:20 PM

Poorly-drafted law opened door to Iowa City mask order

Friday, Aug 20 2021
Laura Belin


Republican lawmakers intended to prohibit schools, cities, and counties from requiring masks when they amended an education bill on the final day of the legislature’s 2021 session. But House File 847, which Governor Kim Reynolds rushed to sign within hours of its passage, was not well crafted to accomplish that goal.

An apparent drafting error opened the door for the mask order Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague announced on August 19, with the full support of the city council.

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State Representative Dustin Hite (an attorney) offered the language banning mask mandates when the Iowa House debated an education bill on May 19. Introducing his amendment, Hite explained that schools would not be able to “require the wearing of masks” with a few exceptions, and “cities and counties cannot require masks on private businesses.”

Hite’s amendment was added to House File 847 as sections 28 through 31, with language allowing its provisions to take effect immediately after the governor signed the bill, rather than on July 1 like most legislation. Section 30 reads (emphasis added),

A city shall not adopt an ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment, or use any other means, that requires the owner of real property to implement a policy relating to the use of facial coverings that is more stringent than a policy imposed by the state.


Iowa City’s order does not require business owners to implement mask policies. It requires most individuals to wear face coverings in most public settings, including a wide array of businesses.

...https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2021/08/20/poorly-drafted-law-opened-door-to-iowa-city-mask-order

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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 04:53 PM

1. Many businesses lease their storefonrts and facilities

That means they are not real property owners and cities can then require masks for their customers and employees

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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 05:39 PM

2. Friends in IC were wondering how Teague pulled this off. They are really happy

and they really like Teague.

And leave it to Laura Belin to go deep in the weeds to ferret out the behind the scenes story.

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