The Judicial Nominating Commission

 

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A House panel has tabled a bill that would ban Iowa health care providers from trying to change a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Committee Chair Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican, says he wants to keep working on legislation to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. 

The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected two cases challenging a law that restructured the state judicial nominating commission. 

  

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 states are now reporting high flu activity. 

That is an increase from 25 states last week.  Iowa and Nebraska are two of the 34 states experiencing high flu activity. 

In Iowa, the Department of Public Health lists influenza as "widespread" throughout the state.  The IDPH says this season there's been over 6,000 Iowans hospitalized for the flu and 11 people have reportedly died due to flu-related symptoms. 

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The state is asking a Polk County judge to dismiss a second lawsuit challenging recent changes to the process for selecting Iowa Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges.

Attorney Bob Rush argues this challenge is different from the first. His client Thomas Duff applied to be an appeals court judge, but the nominating commission in its new form didn’t choose Duff as a finalist.

Assistant Attorney General David Rantsch (RANCH) says that doesn’t prove Duff is adversely affected by the law.