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Notable Bills in Effect July 1, 2017

The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st.

Click here to see a PDF version of this list

Agriculture

House File 469 – SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS – changed prior law that only allows one soil conservation and water quality district commissioner to live in the same township to allow two commissions on such a board to live in the same township. Effective July, 1, 2017

House File 617 – IDALS BILL – made a number a number of Code clean-up and updates: name-changes, IDALS fee efficiency modifications, conforming with federal law provision alterations, changes in the ‘terms-of arts’; and explicit definition that replaced inferred definitions.  18 of the 57 sections deal with changing the state committee and local districts of ‘Soil Conservation’ to ‘Soil Conservation and Water Quality’ to conform with the name change of the IDALS Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality made in 2015 session.  13 of the 57 sections of the bill deal with transforming the length of numerous licenses IDALS issues from annual to biennial and doubling the fee so the amount that IDALS collects stays the same on an annualized basis but IDALS licensing cost are about one-half of what they were since the licenses are now for two year terms. labeling of motor fuel pumps dispensing certain ethanol blended gasoline, the use of scales, providing for penalties, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.  This legislation for the most part went into effect July 1, 2017, with the exception that fertilizer and soil conditioner product license length and fee changes go into effect June 1, 2018.  Parts of the bill are effective June 1, 2017 with the balance of the bill effective July, 1, 2017

Senate File 357 – ELECTRIC LICENSING EXEMPTIONS – changed Iowa law to explicitly exempt farmers/farms from electric licensing provisions applicable to electricians and electrical contractors if such facilities and operations are not commonly open to the public. Effective July, 1, 2017

Senate File 362 – CLAIMS AGAINST FAIRS – changes Iowa law to bar claims against county or district fairs for damages arising out of the transmission of pathogens from certain animals housed on the fairgrounds. Effective July, 1, 2017

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2017 First Funnel Survivors

Attached is a list and short description of bills that survived the first funnel.  The list DOES NOT include bills which failed to achieve committee approval.

2017 First Funnel Survivors

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2015 End of Session Report

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The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report:

2015 End of Session Wrap Up

*Note:  All information is current as of June 10, 2015

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 6

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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KGAN Story on Ft. Madison Prison Delays

Below is a detailed news story that KGAN News ran last week about the numerous construction delays at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison.  The prison was supposed to be up and operational nearly two years ago, but multiple issues has prevented it from opening.  Speaker Kraig Paulsen has tasked Government Oversight Committee Chairman Bobby Kaufmann to look into the delays and find out why taxpayers are on the hook for a prison that has yet to be opened.  Rep. Kaufmann is interviewed in this video as well.

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Rep. Koester’s Oversight Opening Comments

We’ve called this oversight meeting to better understand how Victim Assistance Grants program is functioning and to ensure there is appropriate transparency, and accountability when state dollars are being spent. Representatives have been reviewing the information provided by the Attorney General’s office and the Crime Victim Assistance Division. The main goal of this Oversight meeting is to understand the rules governing the Victim Assistance Grants Program and to ensure that the $6.7 million appropriated to the program is being used in accordance with state rules and being used to serve the best interest of the victims.  I would like to thank the Legislative Services Agency, the Attorney General’s Office and the Crime Victim Assistance Division for their help as we prepared for this meeting. This meeting is not a witch hunt, rather it is a chance for the department to explain some of their practices and for Representatives to ensure tax dollars are being spent in the best manner.

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Oversight Committee Announces Investigation Into Attorney General’s Office

(DES MOINES) — Today Rep. Kevin Koester (R-Ankeny), Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, announced an investigation into Attorney General Tom Miller’s office.  Specifically, the investigation will focus on administrative practices of the Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) and grants that are awarded to help the victims of violent crimes.

Victim Assistance Grants are designed to provide services to victims at the local level.  Through this review, the committee’s goal will be to determine if taxpayer money has been misspent or improperly documented.  The CVAD and these grants exist to ensure victims receive the assistance they desperately need and that the money given to these organizations is truly used to help victims.

“Our mission is twofold:  are taxpayers’ dollars being spent wisely and is that money getting to victims in need,” said Rep. Koester.

The committee will meet Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm to question staff from the Attorney General’s office.

Who:  House Government Oversight Committee

What: Investigation into Attorney General Tom Miller’s office

When:  Monday, September 8, 2014

1:00pm

Where:  Supreme Court Chamber, Iowa Capitol

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2014 End of Session Report

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The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report:

2014 End of Session Wrap-Up

*Note:  All information is current as of May 1, 2014

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The Register’s Editorial: Senate should go further on transparency

From the Des Moines Register

By the The Register’s Editorial Board

Democrats in the Iowa Senate want more transparency in state government, but only to a point. Transparency does not include revealing why public employees are disciplined or fired.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Monday, April 7

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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