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Gov. Reynolds signs law prohibiting schools, cities and counties from requiring masks

Reynolds March 24

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law early Thursday morning, preventing K-12 schools, cities and counties from mandating masks.

The law goes into effect immediately. It passed 53-35 in the House and 29-17 in the Senate.

“The state of Iowa is putting parents back in control of their child’s education and taking greater steps to protect the rights of all Iowans to make their own health care decisions,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I am proud to be a governor of a state that values personal responsibility and individual liberties. I want to thank the Iowa Legislature for their quick work in bringing this bill to my desk so that it can be signed into law.”  

This means schools cannot mandate face coverings for students and employees. City and county mask requirements for private businesses are also banned.

The legislation comes a week after the CDC released new mask and social distancing guidance for fully vaccinated people. Last week, the FDA also approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 and older.

READ MORE: IDPH updates COVID-19 guidance for schools; advises for optional masks and no quarantine for exposed kids

HF 847 contains several components of the Governor's 'Students First Act," which relates to educational programs, funding, tax credits and deductions, open enrollment and supplementary weighting. It also includes effective date, applicability and retroactive applicability provisions. 

You can read it in its entirety below.


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