House File 159 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 159 BY J. TAYLOR and DE BOEF A BILL FOR An Act relating to issue advocacy by the department of cultural 1 affairs. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1958YH (2) 84 tw/nh
H.F. 159 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 303.2A Issue advocacy prohibited. 1 1. The department of cultural affairs shall not display or 2 promote a historical or cultural exhibit that promulgates an 3 ideological point of view unless such an exhibit gives equal 4 treatment to the primary countervailing ideological point of 5 view. 6 2. The department of management shall monitor the 7 department’s compliance with this section. If the department 8 of management determines that the department of cultural 9 affairs has not complied, the department of management shall 10 report such noncompliance to the governor and the general 11 assembly and recommend reduced funding levels for the 12 department’s next fiscal year. 13 EXPLANATION 14 This bill requires the department of cultural affairs to 15 give equal treatment to different ideological points of view 16 when displaying or promoting historical and cultural exhibits. 17 The department of management must monitor the department’s 18 compliance and, if it determines that the department of 19 cultural affairs is not in compliance, must report such 20 noncompliance to the governor and the general assembly and 21 recommend reduced funding levels for the department’s next 22 fiscal year. 23 -1- LSB 1958YH (2) 84 tw/nh 1/ 1