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DES MOINES — Speaking at Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day on Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said it’s important for the state to “do all we can to support home-school families.”

Passage of Senate File 2131 was a “big win” for home-schoolers because it gives them access to numerous online courses, she said.

In addition to hearing from the governor, members of Homeschool Iowa Network of Iowa Christian Educators met with lawmakers and had a prayer walk and a scavenger hunt before a late morning rally.

Aide resigns

Ed Failor, a senior aide in the Iowa Senate Majority Leader’s office since 2012, resigned Tuesday.

His resignation came a day after Bill Dix resigned as majority leader following the release of a video appearing to show him kissing a female lobbyist.

“It is in the best interest of the Senate Republican Caucus for me leave my position at this time,” Failor said. “I am proud of the broad and substantive conservative agenda this chamber has passed on behalf of Iowans.”

Failor, who said he’s leaving so the new majority leader can assemble his own team, plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

GOP senators are expected to choose a new majority leader today.

Digital anti-gun campaign

Giffords, the gun violence prevention group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has launched a digital campaign urging Iowans to tell legislators they don’t want gun rights legislation, including an amendment to the state Constitution, approved.

Their target is to stopp passage of HJR 2009, which would affirm the “right of the people to keep and bear arms … and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right.” Any and all restrictions of this right would be subject to “strict scrutiny.”

Iowa is one of six states without similar language in its constitution.


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