The Iowa Senate voted 26-24 on SF 2282, a bill that would require a concurrence of at least five justices on the Iowa Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional.
Sandy Salmon: Recognizing wrongful birth claims drives up the cost of prenatal care and encourages abortion as doctors seek to avoid liability.
On Caffeinated Thoughts Radio, Shane Vander Hart discussed the Senate reform bill with Chris Jacobs, and then discussed a big decision in the Supreme Court.
The Iowa Supreme Court’s ban on guns in Iowa’s courthouses is in conflict with HF 517 and positions counties to not be in compliance with the new state law.
John Hendirckson: Iowa taxpayers should be protected by a constitutional amendment that requires tax and fee increases to pass the Legislature with a supermajority.
John Hendrickson: Based on the opinion of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals collective bargaining is not a right.
State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Chariton) introduced HF 279, a life at conception bill, into the Iowa House of Representatives, that is co-sponored by 22 lawmakers.
Tom Richards: Perhaps after a 2nd round of “no” votes on judicial retention, the legislature will be emboldened to undo the ill effects of the Varnum decision.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate: Despite what you might have read or heard recently, felons are not permanently barred from voting in Iowa.
Paul Pate: Our elected representatives, not judges, should determine what constitutes an “infamous crime” that constitutionally bars offenders from voting.
Iowa State Senator Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) explains why he decided to take a pass on Chief Justice Mark S. Cady’s Condition of the Judiciary address.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled to strike down a ban on “webcam” abortions, where women are given abortion-inducing drugs without an exam by a physician.
Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers talk to 2012 Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum and Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life on Caffeinated Thoughts Radio.
There are three organizations supporting Planned Parenthood in a Friend of the Court Brief to the Iowa Supreme Court that you should be aware of.
Some studies cited in Friend of the Court brief submitted to Iowa Supreme Court include chilling quotes that are not very friendly to Planned Parenthood.
Iowa House Republicans introduced two bills addressing the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision that ruled Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.