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Proposal adds "so help me God" to oath

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A Republican member of the Iowa Legislature is proposing lawmakers be required to say "so help me God" when being sworn into office.

The resolution by Mount Auburn Representative Dawn Pettengill would change the Iowa constitution.

Free-speech advocates say the proposal is against the First Amendment.

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy says he will talk with both parties to see if there's any more interest in pursuing the change.

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