Iowa House Republicans have blocked anti-bulling legislation for the past six years. It is overwhelmingly supported by Iowans, even by Governor Branstad, and has overwhelmingly passed the Iowa Senate.
In the 2015 session, Republicans objected that parents wouldn’t always be notified if a student was bullied. Who could disagree? Well, the bill required parental notification, but allowed school officials to make an exception if they believe the child would be abused or threatened at home as a result. Such as, for example, if the child is being bullied for being gay, and the parents might join in the bullying. Republicans are apparently OK with that. Certainly Matt Windschitl is OK with bullying gay kids, he wanted to exclude gay kids from the protections enjoyed by straight kids.