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Iowa Senate passes bill to outlaw certain diversity training

Iowa State Capitol Building in the capital city of Des Moines

DES MOINES (KWWL) - The Iowa Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban diversity training which implies certain people are inherently racist or sexist from birth.

The bill would apply to all state agencies and local governments. The bill says agencies cannot do trainings that force people to apologize for their race or sex, or cause people to feel guilty because of their race or sex.

The bill also states that the United States of America and the State of Iowa are not "fundamentally or systemically racist or sexist."

The bill does say it should not be misconstrued to prohibit the teaching of slavery, racial oppression or sexism in public schools. But State Senator Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, told our sister station KWWL over the phone he finds it troubling the bill even had to say that, and this is a dangerous path to go down.

The bill passed 30-18 Wednesday, firmly along party lines. Since the bill was amended in the senate, it will need to go back to the house for final approval before heading to the governor's desk.

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