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Proposals to ban gender-affirming care and change eligibility requirements for food assistance advance through lawmaker deadline

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

State lawmakers have worked through the first deadline of the 2023 legislative session.

On this Legislative Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with journalists Katarina Sostaric, Kathie Obradovich, and Katie Akin about the bills that made it through the first funnel week deadline. These include bills to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth, change public assistance eligibility, and put restrictions on eminent domain use for carbon capture pipelines.


  • Katarina Sostaric, IPR state government reporter
  • Kathie Obradovich, editor, Iowa Capitol Dispatch
  • Katie Akin, politics reporter, Des Moines Register
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.