The Iowa Legislature approved a last-minute law to redefine coaches as school employees after the Iowa Supreme Court cleared a high school coach who had consensual sex with a 16-year-old student.
Some fear unintended consequences from rushing the legislation. The Iowa House approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, and the Iowa Senate approved it unanimously Thursday. It now awaits a signature from Gov. Terry Branstad.
The April 11 Iowa Supreme Court ruling raised eyebrows. The Court ordered sexual exploitation by a school employee charges dropped against Patrick Ryan Nicoletto, 36, a former high school basketball coach for the Davis County Community School District.