The Iowa legislative session began on Monday, January 8th, and changes are already coming to the state. Representative Taylor Collins, District 95, Mediapolis, made headlines when he introduced House File 2077, along with Austin Harris.
HF 2077 would ensure that students who have endorsed or promoted terrorism, or the actions of a foreign terrorist organization be barred from receiving state aid to help pay for their higher education. In addition, the bill also orders that student organizations at any public institution of higher education in Iowa who have endorsed or promoted terrorism, or the actions of a foreign terrorist organization, be decertified.
In a statement, Collins said, “To ask Iowans to give their hard-earned money to people who support our enemies and want death to America, and our allies, is an egregious request,” said Collins. “We’ve made promises to our constituents to be responsible with their tax dollars, and this bill will deliver on that promise by sending a clear message to anyone in Iowa who supports our enemies.”
HF 2077 was introduced to the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday, January 18th, and referred to the Education committee.