As the leading civil rights organization in our state, we at the ACLU of Iowa believe it is our duty to keep the public informed about the state of their civil liberties. The work we do at the legislature, in the courts, and in our communities is important, but there is no better defender of civil rights than a public that is informed and engaged.

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Key Civil Liberties Issues in the 2020 Iowa Legislative Session

Each year, hundreds of pieces of legislation are introduced in the Iowa Legislature. Last year alone, we monitored approximately 150 bills, demonstrating the vast impact that civil liberties have in our state.

Here are some of the key issues we're facing in the 2020 session.

January 9, 2020

Iowa is the Only State with Lifetime Felony Disenfranchisement

With the change in Kentucky's felony disenfranchisement law, Iowa now is the only state left in the country that permanently strips people with a felony conviction of their right to vote. It is the most harsh and destructive such law in the country.

December 17, 2019

Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction of Iowa’s Ag Gag 2.0 Law

Today the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa issued a preliminary injunction, preventing enforcement of the so-called “Ag Gag 2.0” law while the lawsuit that seeks to permanently block it proceeds. The court also denied the state's attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed.

December 3, 2019