Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Iowa Democrats Claim Free Speech Bill Would Legalize Discrimination

Iowa Democrats Claim Free Speech Bill Would Legalize Discrimination

The website said the incident was recorded March 1. "After discussions with the Republican caucus this afternoon, an election to fill the position of Iowa Senate majority leader will be held on Wednesday".

"I believe he made the right decision for himself and for his district, but most importantly, I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family", Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) said in a released statement after receiving Dix's resignation letter.

"Senate Republicans will continue to move the policies Iowans elected us to pursue", Whitver added.

Sen. Bill Dix, the leader of Iowa's GOP-controlled state Senate, abruptly announced his resignation effective immediately after meeting with Republican colleagues around 1 p.m. He became majority leader after GOP lawmakers took control of the chamber following the 2016 election.

The website did not identify the woman shown in the video but described her "as a lobbyist for various municipality groups".

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Democrats in the Iowa Senate argue that a proposed campus free speech bill would create "legalized" discrimination and serve to limit, rather than encourage, free speech.

'Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation, ' she said in a statement. "Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution".

That website said the video came from an anonymous person who saw the two in a bar and recognized Sen. Dix.

Bill Dix making out video- screen shot.Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix: a history of sexual misconduct strife....

Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on November 14. He weathered further outrage and calls for him to step down when he refused to make public Senate Republicans' internal investigation into the matter.

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Dix is a third-generation farmer who was born and raised in Iowa. Over the summer, Iowa Senate Republicans lost a harassment lawsuit filed against them by former communications director Kirsten Anderson to the tune of $2.2 Million.

Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance.

The GOP majority recently hired a human resources manager to address sexual harassment complaints.

Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds told reporters Monday she planned to meet with Sen.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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