Vilsack is back.
Iowa governor Tom Vilsack in the last week of March issued another executive order designed to protect state employees from discrimination. An order he issued in 1999, which specifically banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, was challenged by Republican legislators and eventually overturned by a court decision. Vilsack said his new order is designed to provide the same protections as the previous one but does so by not outlining any protected classes. The new order reaffirms the Vilsack administration's commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It also creates a state workforce diversity program and a task force for equal opportunity in employment.