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Iowa mothers urge reversal of state mask mandate prohibition

Iowa State Capitol
Posted at 1:44 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 14:44:53-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of Iowa mothers of young school-age children held a rally and sit-in at the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday pushing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue an executive order reversing a state law that prohibits school boards from implementing mask requirements in schools.

The parents were among about 150 people to attend the event along with some physicians expressing concern that children will attend classes at schools with little protection since masks cannot be required and children under 12 cannot get a vaccination.

Republican lawmakers passed a bill in May that prohibited school boards and other local officials from mandating mask wearing. Reynolds shows no signs of reconsidering. She continues to say she trusts Iowans to do the right thing.

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