DES MOINES | The Iowa House voted 98-0 Wednesday night to expand the criminal offense of sexual exploitation of a student to include persons issued a coaching authorization.

Lawmakers and Gov. Terry Branstad said the law needed to be modified in light of an Iowa Supreme Court ruling April 11 that state law protecting students from sexual exploitation from school employees doesn’t apply to coaches because coaches aren’t “licensed professionals” like an administrator or teacher.

HF 2474, a bill offered by House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, expands the definition to include a person issued a coaching authorization by the Board of Educational Examiners.

Although the vote was unanimous, some lawmaker said the change would upset some coach-student relationships involving coaches who are students or recently graduated from high school.

The Senate has a companion bill, SF 2357.

-- Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau

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