House Resolution 33 - Introduced

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                    HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.    
          BY  H. MILLER, MEYER, MOMMSEN, GUSTAFSON, STAED,
           BRANHAGEN, HANSON, WINCKLER, STUTSMAN, DUNKEL,
         ISENHART, THEDE, MASCHER, RUNNING=MARQUARDT, WOLFE,
         LENSING, GASKILL, SMITH, STECKMAN, PRICHARD, OURTH,
           HEDDENS, BEARINGER, KEARNS, ANDERSON, BENNETT,
           McCONKEY, DAWSON, FORBES, BROWN=POWERS, GAINES,
       KELLEY, COHOON, LYKAM, HUNTER, OLSON, OLDSON, KRESSIG,
       DRAKE, BERRY, JACOBY, ABDUL=SAMAD, MAXWELL, and HANUSA
  1  1 A Resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the
  1  2    Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965.
  1  3    WHEREAS, in the early 1960s, University of Iowa
  1  4 College of Law Professor Arthur Bonfield worked to
  1  5 persuade Iowa lawmakers that new, comprehensive state
  1  6 civil rights legislation was necessary and drafted a
  1  7 civil rights bill in December 1964 for introduction in
  1  8 the Iowa General Assembly the following year; and
  1  9    WHEREAS, the bill was transmitted to Donald Boles, a
  1 10 member of the Governor's Commission on Human Relations,
  1 11 who successfully enlisted the support of Governor
  1 12 Harold Hughes, who was instrumental in having the bill
  1 13 introduced in the legislature; and
  1 14    WHEREAS, under the leadership of Senator John Ely
  1 15 and Representative Roy Gillette, the Iowa General
  1 16 Assembly passed unanimously the Iowa Civil Rights Act
  1 17 of 1965, which Governor Hughes signed into law on April
  1 18 29, 1965; and
  1 19    WHEREAS, effective May 6, 1965, the Iowa Civil
  1 20 Rights Act of 1965 prohibited discrimination in the
  2  1 areas of employment and public accommodations on the
  2  2 basis of several protected personal characteristics
  2  3 including race, color, national origin, creed, or
  2  4 religion, as well as retaliation against those who
  2  5 sought to enforce their rights or aided others in doing
  2  6 so; and
  2  7    WHEREAS, the Iowa General Assembly and the Governor,
  2  8 by enacting the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965,
  2  9 created and empowered the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  2 10 to enforce the Act's provisions and eliminate
  2 11 discrimination in the State of Iowa; and
  2 12    WHEREAS, the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 has been
  2 13 amended to prohibit discrimination in the areas of
  2 14 housing, credit, and education and to add age, sex,
  2 15 sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status,
  2 16 familial status, and disability as protected personal
  2 17 characteristics; and
  2 18    WHEREAS, the 50th anniversary of the Iowa Civil
  2 19 Rights Act of 1965 truly represents 50 years of a
  2 20 higher quality of life through equality in the State
  2 21 of Iowa; and
  2 22    WHEREAS, great strides have been made in eliminating
  2 23 discrimination in Iowa, but more work and even greater
  2 24 strides must be made to ensure that all workplaces,
  2 25 educational settings, and places of accommodation and
  2 26 housing are free of unlawful discrimination; and
  2 27    WHEREAS, the House of Representatives should
  2 28 celebrate and inform all Iowans of the history of
  2 29 the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 and reinvigorate
  2 30 Iowans to continue to fight to end discrimination; NOW
  3  1 THEREFORE,
  3  2    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That
  3  3 the House of Representatives honors and recognizes the
  3  4 importance of the adoption of the Iowa Civil Rights Act
  3  5 of 1965 in ensuring equality and freedom in this state
  3  6 and recognizes and commends all of those individuals
  3  7 who made that possible.
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