Iowa legislators are set to vote this week on a bill that would ban online advertising from companies like Facebook and Google.
The legislation, House Bill 1176, would also prohibit local governments from regulating companies like Amazon and Google, and would limit local governments to setting minimum advertising requirements and limits on the amount of advertising they can display on local television, radio and print.
It is unclear if the measure will pass the Senate.
It is also unclear whether the measure would make it through the Iowa House.
House Speaker Mike Gronstal told the Des Moines Register on Monday that he is not planning to vote for the bill, but that he does not want to pass legislation without the opportunity to review it.
“I’m not going to vote against this legislation,” Gronstal said.
“It’s the right thing to do.”
The bill would require local governments that have adopted local advertising codes to provide the same level of protection to Facebook and other online advertising platforms as they do to local governments.
It would also limit local government agencies from restricting the amount or types of advertisements that companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook can place on local government property.
The bill would prohibit localities from restricting how much advertising can be placed on local media.
The Iowa Association of Governments is sponsoring the bill.
Gronstal told The Register that the measure is meant to ensure that local governments have the same regulatory authority that the federal government has.
“We need to ensure the safety of our residents and property, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Gronst said.
“In this instance, our elected officials want to protect our residents, our property and our businesses from online advertising.”
In December, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a state law prohibiting local governments and their agencies from regulating online advertising was unconstitutional.
The court found that the state’s law violated the First Amendment rights of the companies.