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Iowa one of four states considering constitutional convention
Of the 74 ballot measures being put before voters across the country this fall, four will allow residents to call a constitutional convention — including Iowa.
Every 10 years, Iowa voters get a chance to remake the state’s government through the constitutional convention. This year, the Hawkeye State is joined by Maryland, Michigan and Montana, according to research compiled by Stateline.org.
In 2000, the last time Iowans voted on whether the state should convene a constitutional convention, only about 32 percent supported it. However, following last year’s Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, many conservatives began openly advocating for a convention to be called as a quick method to reverse the ruling. Many Republicans, however, weren’t sold on the idea, pointing out that if Democrats retain control of the legislature they would set the terms of the convention.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, even dared the GOP to support the convention, saying, “There’s a lot of good, progressive issues that we could pursue: a woman’s right to choose, guaranteed health care for all Iowa citizens, workers’ rights — so if there are people that want to help us get to a constitutional convention, that’s kind of my dream world.”