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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.

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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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Rebalancing Iowa’s Outdated Collective Bargaining Law

Rep. Steve Holt gives his closing comments on House File 291, which will rebalance Iowa’s outdated law on collective bargaining:

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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2015

Several bills passed during the 2015 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Attached is a list with several notable bills.

2015 Notable Bills Effective July 1

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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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Positive Feedback on the Passage of House File 549

Last week the House passed House File 549, which makes a few minor tweaks to the way binding arbitration works for school districts and Area Education Agencies.  Below are just a few responses received from House Republican Representatives showing support for the bill.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 17

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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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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, March 12

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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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Policy Spotlight: Voluntary Shared Work

Policy Spotlight

House File 2199 – Voluntary Shared Work Program

During the 2014 legislative session House Republicans unanimously passed House File 2199 bringing Iowa into compliance with federal law for the Voluntary Shared Work (VSW) Program.  The bill effectively re-authorizes the program which gives employers an alternative to laying off workers during difficult times.

Specifically the bill made several technical changes to the way the program operates.

VSW allows laid off workers to continue working and retain their employer-provided health insurance and benefits, while being paid a percentage of unemployment compensation.  This ensures that workers will not lose skills that they’ve learned at work, and also allows businesses to continue operating at full potential.  Once the economy improves, businesses can then hire back these employees easily and won’t have to worry about re-training them.  Additionally, workers hours are reduced so that they can easily participate in workforce training programs that help them improve upon their existing skills.

This bill ensured that Iowa businesses would continue to receive federal unemployment insurance tax credits totaling over half a billion dollars.

HF 2199 Bill Analysis

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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2014

Several bills passed during the 2014 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Attached is a list with several notable bills.

2014 Notable Bills Effective July 1

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