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Private scholarships, drug changes, and a ban becomes law

John Pemble / IPR
The gold on the dome of Iowa's capitol shines with the bright afternoon sun.

Two of the governor’s priorities advance at the Capitol. First, a bill creating scholarships for private schools advances from a committee. It also requires teachers to publish online everything that will be used in the classroom. And, the Senate passes a bill banning transgender girls from playing on female sports teams at K-12 schools, colleges and universities in Iowa. The governor signs the bill into law. In the House, two drug-related bills pass. One is about experimental treatments for people on ventilators. It would allow for drugs like ivermectin to be used during treatment. And the other increases penalties for having smaller amounts of heroin. It targets drug dealers but opponents say it doesn’t help drug addicts.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR