Iowa Bill Regarding Access to Public Accommodations and Educational Institutions (HF 2164)
This law was last updated on Sep 6, 2018
HF 2164 would amend current law to protect businesses and schools that choose to limit transgender people’s access to restroom facilities.
The bill would amend portions of the Iowa Civil Rights Act regarding access to public accommodations and educational institutions to allow a religious institution to impose qualifications based on religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, even when such qualifications have no religious purpose.
Current law allows a religious institution to impose qualifications for access to such accommodations and educational institutions when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose. The bill would remove the requirement that the qualifications be related to a bona fide religious purpose.
The bill would also exclude an action to refuse or deny access to a toilet facility, locker room, living facility, or other area of a public accommodation designated for use by persons of one sex to a person of the opposite sex (despite their gender identity) from the activities which constitute unfair or discriminatory practices by a public accommodation.
The bill would amend the portion of the Iowa Civil Rights regarding education to specify that educational institutions are not required to allow access to toilet facilities, locker rooms, or living facilities designated for use by persons of one sex to a person of the other sex.
The bill would prohibit the civil rights commission from pursuing administrative or legal action against an educational institution that does not provide those rooms or facilities.