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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Republican National Committee/Getty Images

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against the state of Iowa over a law that allows Medicaid to deny payments for gender transition surgery.

Why it matters: The suit is the latest volley in nationwide fight over transgender rights, ranging from access to medical care to the ability to compete on sports teams.

Details: The ACLU plans to argue that denying the surgery to transgender people violates equal protection rights, the Associated Press reports.

  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed the law in 2019.

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North Dakota governor vetoes transgender sports bill

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed to prevent transgender students from taking part in K-12 school sports.

Why it matters: The bill was one of over 50 in 28 states introduced this year to exclude transgender youth from playing sports on teams that align with their gender identity.

Apr 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate confirms Vanita Gupta as No. 3 Justice Department official

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The Senate voted 51-49 on Wednesday to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, the third-highest ranking official at the Justice Department.

Why it matters: Most Republicans strongly opposed her nomination, which faced procedural hurdles after the Senate Judiciary Committee split 11-11 along party lines on whether to approve her.

Apr 20, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Chauvin verdict renews attention on Iowa police protection bills

People react after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Iowa progressive groups said that while they're heartened a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd, more work needs to be done to ensure this never happens again.

State of play: A jury on Tuesday found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, write Axios Twin Cities' Torey Van Oot and Nick Halter.