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Jason Clayworth and Jason Noble report for the Des Moines Register that Democratic legislators have fled–literally run away– from today’s legislative session to an undisclosed location.Iowa Democrats were surprised that Republican pulled out a gun-rights bill for consideration, and left the state capitol rather than debate it on the spot.
Republican majority had planned to debate today that critics contend would make the state part of the “Wild, Wild West.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused House Leader Linda Upmeyer of failing to properly inform legislators about planned debate today on the bills. The short notice hindered Democrats from offering amendments to improve the bills, McCarthy said.
Iowa House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says that Republicans told his side that the laws would not come up for debate in today’s legislative session, so Democrats caught completely flat-footed.
Republicans can still debate the bill on their own, as they have 60 members in the 100-seat legislature. They argue that any bill on the docket is eligible for debate and that Democrats are just making a scene.
The proposed legislation would write a gun-rights clause into the Iowa State Constitution, and another bill would allow Iowans to use deadly force if they had reason to believe their life was threatened or to prevent a felony.
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