House Resolution 33 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 33 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 A Resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1 Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965. 2 WHEREAS, in the early 1960s, University of Iowa 3 College of Law Professor Arthur Bonfield worked to 4 persuade Iowa lawmakers that new, comprehensive state 5 civil rights legislation was necessary and drafted a 6 civil rights bill in December 1964 for introduction in 7 the Iowa General Assembly the following year; and 8 WHEREAS, the bill was transmitted to Donald Boles, a 9 member of the Governor’s Commission on Human Relations, 10 who successfully enlisted the support of Governor 11 Harold Hughes, who was instrumental in having the bill 12 introduced in the legislature; and 13 WHEREAS, under the leadership of Senator John Ely 14 and Representative Roy Gillette, the Iowa General 15 Assembly passed unanimously the Iowa Civil Rights Act 16 of 1965, which Governor Hughes signed into law on April 17 29, 1965; and 18 WHEREAS, effective May 6, 1965, the Iowa Civil 19 Rights Act of 1965 prohibited discrimination in the 20 -1- LSB 2641HH (4) 86 tr/rj 1/ 3
H.R. 33 areas of employment and public accommodations on the 1 basis of several protected personal characteristics 2 including race, color, national origin, creed, or 3 religion, as well as retaliation against those who 4 sought to enforce their rights or aided others in doing 5 so; and 6 WHEREAS, the Iowa General Assembly and the Governor, 7 by enacting the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965, 8 created and empowered the Iowa Civil Rights Commission 9 to enforce the Act’s provisions and eliminate 10 discrimination in the State of Iowa; and 11 WHEREAS, the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 has been 12 amended to prohibit discrimination in the areas of 13 housing, credit, and education and to add age, sex, 14 sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, 15 familial status, and disability as protected personal 16 characteristics; and 17 WHEREAS, the 50th anniversary of the Iowa Civil 18 Rights Act of 1965 truly represents 50 years of a 19 higher quality of life through equality in the State 20 of Iowa; and 21 WHEREAS, great strides have been made in eliminating 22 discrimination in Iowa, but more work and even greater 23 strides must be made to ensure that all workplaces, 24 educational settings, and places of accommodation and 25 housing are free of unlawful discrimination; and 26 WHEREAS, the House of Representatives should 27 celebrate and inform all Iowans of the history of 28 the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 and reinvigorate 29 Iowans to continue to fight to end discrimination; NOW 30 -2- LSB 2641HH (4) 86 tr/rj 2/ 3
H.R. 33 THEREFORE, 1 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 2 the House of Representatives honors and recognizes the 3 importance of the adoption of the Iowa Civil Rights Act 4 of 1965 in ensuring equality and freedom in this state 5 and recognizes and commends all of those individuals 6 who made that possible. 7 -3- LSB 2641HH (4) 86 tr/rj 3/ 3