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2014-2015 Legislative Agenda

 

Education Committee

Topics: High School Dropout Age, Student Evaluation Reform

Committee members are advocating for an increase in the high school dropout age. Members are urging legislators to revise Iowa Code 299.1A to increase Iowa's legal school dropout age from the current 16 to 18 to empower students to stay in school, graduate, and positively change their futures.

Committee members are urging the federal government to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act in order to reform the measurement and calculation scores on standardized tests in Iowa by using the statistical evaluative mechanism called Individual Yearly Improvemet in order to calculate Adequate Yearly Progression.

Education committee

 

Human Rights Committee

Topics: Gay Conversion Therapy, Human Trafficking, 'Yes Means Yes'

Committe members are advocating for the ban of sexual orientation conversion therapy in Iowa. Members are urging legislators to protect minors in Iowa from mental practictioners violating a youth's basic human rights by attempting to change their sexuality or gender identity through psychological or physical means.

Committee members are advocating for survivors of human trafficking to recieve better treatment and services. Members are urging legislators to enhance the treament of human trafficking survivors by providing them with the necessary treatment to live a healthy and safe lifestyle outside the realm of human trafficking, rather than criminalizing them for enduring a horrific act of injustice against their will.

Committee members are partnering with the Iowa Youth Congress to develop legislation aimed at preventing sexual assaults on college campuses. Members are urging legislators to redefine consent as active, rather than implied, and withdraw educational licensing from institutions violating this policy.

 

Mental Health Committee meeting Representative Bruce Hunter

Health Committee

Topics: Tanning Restrictions, Suicide Prevention, Cyberbullying

Committee members are advocating for the implementation of suicide prevention training in Iowa schools. Members are urging legislators to sponsor a bill that would require teachers to receive suicide prevention training to obtain or renew their license.

Committee members are advocating to place restrictions on tanning facilities. Members are urging legislators to sponsor a bill that would ban youth under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities that emit ultraviolet radiation, require tanning businesses to increase posted warnings about the dangers of tanning throughout the facilities.

Health Committee meeting with Team Nutrition