House Study Bill 162 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1providing that public postsecondary institutions
2are prohibited from requiring students or employees to
3wear face masks or social distance off campus and only
4accredited private institutions that do not require students
5or employees to wear face masks or social distance off
6campus can qualify for the Iowa tuition grant program, and
7including effective date provisions.
8BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 260C.14, Code 2021, is amended by adding
2the following new subsection:
3   NEW SUBSECTION.  25.  Prohibit the community college from
4requiring a student or employee who is off campus to wear
5a face mask to cover the nose and mouth for the purpose of
6blocking or reducing the spread of respiratory droplets or to
7social distance by maintaining a physical distance of at least
8six feet from any other individual to prevent the spread of
9COVID-19 or any other infectious disease.
10   Sec. 2.  Section 261.9, subsection 1, unnumbered paragraph
111, Code 2021, is amended to read as follows:
   12“Accredited private institution” means an institution of
13higher learning located in Iowa which is operated privately
14and not controlled or administered by any state agency or
15any subdivision of the state and which meets the criteria in
16paragraphs “a” and “b” and all of the criteria in paragraphs “d”
17through “i” “j”, except that institutions defined in paragraph
18“c” of this subsection are exempt from the requirements of
19paragraphs “a” and “b”:
20   Sec. 3.  Section 261.9, subsection 1, Code 2021, is amended
21by adding the following new paragraph:
22   NEW PARAGRAPH.  j.  Does not require a student or employee
23who is off campus to wear a face mask to cover the nose and
24mouth for the purpose of blocking or reducing the spread of
25respiratory droplets or to social distance by maintaining
26a physical distance of at least six feet from any other
27individual to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other
28infectious disease.
29   Sec. 4.  Section 262.9, Code 2021, is amended by adding the
30following new subsection:
31   NEW SUBSECTION.  39.  Prohibit an institution of higher
32learning under its control from requiring a student or employee
33who is off campus to wear a face mask to cover the nose and
34mouth for the purpose of blocking or reducing the spread of
35respiratory droplets or to social distance by maintaining
-1-1a physical distance of at least six feet from any other
2individual to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other
3infectious disease.
4   Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of immediate
5importance, takes effect upon enactment.
6EXPLANATION
7The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
8the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   9This bill relates to face mask and social distance
10requirements imposed by community colleges, accredited private
11institutions, or regents universities on students and employees
12who are off campus.
   13The bill directs the state board of regents to prohibit
14the universities under its control, and directs the board of
15directors of a community college to prohibit the community
16college, from requiring a student or employee who is off campus
17to wear a face mask for the purpose of blocking or reducing
18respiratory droplets or to social distance by maintaining
19a physical distance of at least six feet from any other
20individual to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other
21infectious disease.
   22The bill amends the definition of “accredited private
23institution” to add to the criteria an institution must meet
24in order for its students to qualify for an Iowa tuition
25grant awarded by the college student aid commission. Under
26the new criterion, only accredited private institutions that
27do not require a student or employee who is off campus to
28wear a face mask to cover the nose and mouth for the purpose
29of blocking or reducing the spread of respiratory droplets
30or to social distance by maintaining a physical distance of
31at least six feet from any other individual to prevent the
32spread of COVID-19 or any other infectious disease can meet the
33definition.
   34The bill takes effect upon enactment.
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