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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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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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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 24

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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 – Tuesday, February 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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Veteran’s Day 2014

Vets Day

Click here to see a list of Veteran’s Day events across Iowa.

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Policy Spotlight: Disable Veteran Homestead Credit

Policy Spotlight

Increase in Disabled Veteran Homestead Credit

Last session House Republicans voted unanimously for Senate File 2352 to expand the disabled veterans homestead tax credit for Iowa’s most disabled heroes.

A disabled veteran tax credit already existed under Iowa Code 425.15. That code section provided a property tax credit on the homestead of an eligible veteran (who received special adaptive housing because of a service-connected disability) equal to the entire amount of property tax levied. Senate File 2352 modified the qualifications for this total property tax credit by adding the following as qualified recipients:

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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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Gustafson Attends Home Base Iowa Bill Signing Ceremony

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(Des Moines) – Monday, the Governor officially signed a package of legislation designed to attract veterans back to Iowa and ensure they have the opportunities they need to be successful when they return.

Rep. Stan Gustafson (R- Cumming) was a leader on the Home Base Iowa Act and managed several original pieces of the bill through subcommittee, committee, and on the House floor.

“Our veterans deserve our greatest appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Rep. Gustafson.  “It was an honor to work on legislation this year that would ensure these men and women have the opportunities to put their outstanding skills and training to good use right here in Iowa.”

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