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HIV sentencing reform bill passes Iowa Senate

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - A bill introduced into the Iowa Senate to reform Iowa's HIV criminalization law which previously passed a Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Iowa Senate Thursday with unanimous support.

The new bill seeks to reform the current 709c law by introducing a tiered sentencing system, rather than the current "one size fits all" system, as well as no longer being specific to HIV.

"This is a historic move by the Iowa Senate," says Tami Haught, Community Organizer with Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network (CHAIN). "We commend Senator Hogg for his tireless efforts to push this important bill forward. Further, we would like to thank Senators Matt McCoy, Charles Schneider and Steve Sodders for working with Senator Hogg and community members to bring public attention to this issue."

The bill now moves to the Iowa House.

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