House File 340 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 340 BY SHIPLEY A BILL FOR An Act relating to the construction of the Iowa civil rights 1 Act of 1965 regarding sex and gender identity. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1543YH (2) 89 cm/jh
H.F. 340 Section 1. Section 216.18, Code 2021, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 3. This chapter shall not be construed such 3 that a right afforded to a person under this chapter based on 4 the person’s gender identity interferes with a right afforded 5 under this chapter based on a person’s sex, particularly if the 6 person claiming a right based on sex is a woman. “Woman” for 7 purposes of this subsection means a person born with female 8 genitalia and reproductive organs. 9 EXPLANATION 10 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 11 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 12 This bill provides that, if in conflict, rights provided 13 on the basis of sex under the Iowa civil rights Act of 1965 14 have priority over the rights afforded to a person under the 15 Iowa civil rights Act of 1965 based on the person’s gender 16 identity, particularly if the right provided on the basis of 17 sex is claimed by a woman. The bill defines “woman” as a person 18 born with female genitalia and reproductive organs. Current 19 law defines “gender identity” as the gender-related identity of 20 a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth. 21 -1- LSB 1543YH (2) 89 cm/jh 1/ 1