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Legislative

The Iowa General Assembly convened on January 9, 2017. The Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
 
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Iowa Legislative Guide

 

2017 House Bill Introductions

HF 42: An Act relating to the property tax exemption for the value added by certain geothermal heating or cooling systems and including applicability provisions.
Status: Introduced 1/18/2017; referred to Ways and Means. Subcommittee: Pettengill, Bloomingdale, and McConkey 1/25/2017. Committee report recommending amendment and passage 2/28/2017.

HF 64: An Act relating to utility cost disclosures in connection with rental properties, providing penalties, and including applicability provisions. 
Status: Introduced 1/23/2017; referred to Commerce 1/23/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 100: An Act regarding the nullification of regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in this state and including effective date provisions.
Status: Introduced 1/24/2017; referred to Natural Resources 1/24/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.  

HF 122: An Act creating a geothermal tax credit available against the corporate income tax and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. See also Companion Bill SF 386.
Status: Introduced 1/26/2017; referred to Ways and Means. Assigned to Subcommittee: Vander Linden, McConkey, and Windschitl 2/7/2017.

HF 123: An Act creating a geothermal tax credit available against the franchise tax and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. See also Companion Bill SF 387.
Status: Introduced 1/26/2017; referred to Ways and Means. Assigned to Subcommittee: Vander Linden, McConkey, and Windschitl 2/7/2017.

HF 176: An Act modifying membership, salary and other requirements applicable to the Iowa Utilities Board.
Status: Introduced 2/1/2017; referred to State Government 2/1/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 291: An Act relating to employment matters involving public employees including collective bargaining, educator employment matters, personnel records and settlement agreements, city civil service requirements, and health insurance matters, making penalties applicable and including effective date, applicable and transition provisions.
Status: Introduced as HSB 84; referred to Labor. Subcommittee passed 2/9/2017; renumbered HF 291. Passed full House (53-47). Substituted for SF 213. Passed full Senate (29-21). Sent to Governor 2/16/2017. Signed by Governor 2/20/2017.

HF 310: Formerly HSB 13: An Act restricting the regulatory authority of the Iowa Utilities Board with regard to municipal utility disconnection of service requirements. See also Companion Bill SF 355.
Status: Introduced as HSB 13 1/18/2017; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee passed 1/24/2017. Passed full Commerce committee passed 2/8/2017 (22-0); renumbered HF 310. Introduced and placed on calendar 2/14/2017. Amendment 2/15/2017. Amendment 3/22/2017. Amendment 3/29/2017. Withdrawn in favor of SF 355 4/3/2017.

HF 314: Formerly HSB 10: A bill requiring drivers to slow and maneuver around utility vehicles. Drivers must approach utility maintenance vehicles with caution.
Status: Introduced as HSB 10 1/17/2017; referred to Transportation 1/17/2017. Assigned to Subcommittee: R. Taylor, Hager, and R. Smith 1/17/2017. Subcommittee reassigned: R. Taylor, Hager, and Ourth 2/1/2017. Committee report, recommending amendment and passage 2/7/2017. Renumbered HF 314 2/23/2017. Referred to Transportation 2/23/2017. Assigned to Subcommittee: Smith, Anderson, and Lykam 2/27/2017. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/8/2017. Committee report, recommending passage (13-0) 3/22/2017. Amended 4/5/2017. Passed Senate (50-0) 4/5/2017. Message to House 4/5/2017. House concurred in Senate amendment 4/10/2017. Passed House (96-0) 4/10/2017. Returned to Senate 4/11/2017. Enrolled and signed by the Speaker and President 4/18/2017. Sent to Governor 4/18/2017. Signed by the Governor 4/20/2017.

HF 336: A bill allowing cities to establish energy efficiency districts and allow tax districts to assess property for payment of energy efficiency investments. (PACE Program)
Status: Introduced 2/15/2017; referred to Commerce 2/15/2017. Failed to meet Second Funnel Deadline.

HF 380:  An Act relating to the siting of small wireless facilities and authorization of joint financing of telecommunications facilities. See also Companion Bill SF 431.
Status: Introduced 2/21/2017; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Mohr, Hall, and Wills 2/22/2017. Committee report recommending passage 2/28/2017. Withdrawn in favor of SF 431 4/13/2017.

HF 442: Formally HSB 24: A bill that allows non-regulated utilities to submit their federal reports on energy efficiency to the Iowa Utilities Board and eliminate redundancy. See also Companion bill SF 331.
Status: Introduced as HSB 24 1/23/2017; referred to Commerce: Landon Chair, Mohr, G., and Ourth. Subcommittee meeting 1/25/2017. Subcommittee meeting passed (22-0) 2/13/2017. Introduced and placed on calendar 2/17/2017. Renumbered as HF 442. Withdrawn in favor of SF 331 3/13/2017.

HF 445: Formally HSB 76: A bill by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that seeks to increase Cyber-security and clarify the security of data held by the IUB, Homeland Security and Emergency Management. See also Companion Bill SF 417.
Status: Introduced as HSB 76 2/1/2017; referred to Commerce: Landon chair, Hohr, G., and Ourth. Subcommittee meeting 2/8/2017. Passed subcommittee. Introduced, placed on calendar 2/27/2017. Renumbered as HF 445. Passed the House (95-0) 3/13/2017. Messaged from House to Senate 3/14/2017. Substituted for SF 417 3/21/2017. Passed the Senate (49-0) 3/21/2017. Sent to Governor 3/28/2017. Signed by the Governor 3/31/2017.

HF 589: Formally HSB 88: An Act relating to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and providing penalties. 
Status: Introduced and recorded 2/7/2017. Referred to Public Safety: Klein Chair, Wheeler, and Wessel-Kroeschell 2/7/2017. Subcommittee meeting 2/9/2017. Subcommittee recommends passage (20-1) 3/1/2017. Renumbered as HF 589 3/9/2017. Introduced, placed on calendar 3/9/2017. Re- referred to Public Safety 4/5/2017.

HF 601:
Formerly HSB 185: An act to increase the confidentiality of cyber security and critical infrastructure information developed and maintained by a government body. 
Status: Introduced 3/9/2017; referred to Government Oversight. Subcommittee: Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Heaton, and Finkenauer 3/9/2017. Committee report recommending passage 3/15/2017. Renumbered HF 601, introduced and placed on calendar 3/21/2017. Passed House (98-0) 3/27/2017. Messaged to the Senate 3/27/2017. Read first time, referred to State Government 3/27/2017. Subcommittee: Chapman, Dawson, and Peterson 3/28/2017. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 3/30/2017. Committee report, recommending amendment and passage 3/31/2017. Passed Senate (50-0) 4/5/2017. Messaged back to House 4/5/2017. House concurred in Senate amendment 4/13/2017. Passed House (93-0). Messaged back to Senate 4/14/2017. Reported correctly enrolled, signed by the Speaker and President 4/25/2017. Sent to the Governor 4/25/2017. Signed by Governor 5/11/2017.

HF 603: Formerly HSB 184: A bill to restrict the use of eminent domain in the construction/siting of merchant transmission lines.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2017; referred to Government Oversight. Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Heartsill, and Lensing 3/9/2017. Subcommittee meeting 3/14/2017. Committee report recommending amendment and passage 3/16/2017. Renumbered HF 603, introduced and placed on calendar 3/21/2017. Passed House (93-0) 3/28/2017. Messaged to Senate 3/29/2017. Read first time, referred to Judiciary 3/29/2017. Assigned to Subcommittee: Schultz, Edler, and Kinney 3/29/2017. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 3/30/2017. Committee report, recommending passage 3/31/2017.

HSB 47: An Act relating to the use of state and local public resources for certain lobbying activities and providing penalties.
Status: Introduced 1/26/2017; Referred to State Government. Subcommittee: Kaufmann Chair, Bergan, and Winckler. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HSB 91:  An Act relating to the designation of certain county and city activities as essential purposes or general purposes for bonding purposes. 
Status: Introduced 2/7/2017; referred to Local Government: Landon Chair, Carlson, and Nielsen. Subcommittee meeting 2/23/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HSB 141: An Act relating to Lobbying activities of certain state and local employees and their use of public resources and providing penalties.
Status: Introduced 2/21/2017; referred to State Government. Subcommittee: Sexton, Pettengill, and Steckman. Failed to meet Second Funnel Deadline.

 

2017 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 97: An Act increasing the amount of solar energy systems tax credits that may be claimed annually and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.
Status: Introduced 1/17/2017; referred to Ways and Means. Assigned to Subcommittee: Feenstra, Bolkcom, and Dawson 1/18/2017.

SF 99: An act relating to the establishment of Energy Districts.
Status: Introduced 1/18/2017; referred to Commerce. Assigned to Subcommittee: Bertrand, Breitbach, and McCoy 1/23/2017. Failed to meet Second Funnel Deadline.

SF 149: This bill relates to the review of administrative rules and the rule-making process. It empowers the administrative rules coordinator to create citizens committees, conduct hearing, and develop analysis of rules and workforce impacts.
Status: Introduced 1/26/2017; referred to State Government. Subcommittee: Zaun, Dawson, and Horn 1/31/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SF 158: An Act requiring the electronic publication of certain public notices by governmental bodies and officers and including date provisions.
Status: Introduced 1/30/2017; referred to Local Government. Assigned to Subcommittee: Chelgren, Dvorsky, and Lofgren 2/6/2017. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 2/23/2017. Failed to meet Second Funnel Deadline.

SF 164: An act authorizing city utilities to provide a reduced rate to certain persons based on age.
Status: Introduced 1/30/2017; referred to Local Government. Assigned to Subcommittee: Guth, Allen, and Greene 2/1/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SF 224: A bill to increase the current board members of the Iowa Utilities Board without increasing the annual budget.
Status: Introduced 2/9/2017; referred to State Government. Subcommittee: Chapman, Bisignano, and Feenstra 2/16/2017. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SF 331: Formally SF 109: An Act authorizing certain gas and electric utilities to submit certain federally required forms or reports to the Iowa Utilities Board in lieu of existing reporting requirements. See also Companion bill HF 442.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1044 1/19/2017; referred to Commerce. Assigned to Subcommittee: Anderson, Lykam, and Zaun 1/26/2017. Introduced and placed on calendar 2/23/2017. Committee report approving bill 2/23/2017. Renumbered as SF 331. Passed Senate (48-0) 3/9/2017. Passed House (95-0) 3/13/2017. Sent to Governor 3/21/2017. Signed by Governor 3/22/2017.

SF 355: Formerly SSB 1004: An Act restricting the regulatory authority of the Iowa Utilities Board with regard to municipal utility disconnection of service requirements. See also Companion bill HF 310.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1004 1/12/17; referred to Commerce: Johnson, C. Chair, Guth, and Allen. Subcommittee meeting 2/1/2017. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 2/1/17. Introduced, placed on calendar 2/23/2017. Committee report approving bill 2/23/2017. Renumbered as SF 355. Passed Senate (48-0) 3/9/2017. Placed on calendar under unfinished business 3/10/2017. Passed House, (96-0) 4/3/2017. Messaged to Senate 4/4/2017. Sent to the Governor 4/11/2017. Signed by the Governor 4/13/2017.

SF 386: Formally SSB 1121: An Act creating a geothermal tax credit available against the corporate income tax and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. See also Companion bill HF 122.
Status: Introduced 2/16/2017; referred to Commerce. Assigned to Subcommittee: Sinclair, C. Johnson, and Peterson 2/16/2017. Passed Subcommittee (14-0) 2/28/2017. Referred to Ways and Means 3/3/2017. Fiscal note 3/6/2017. Subcommittee: Feenstra, Quirmbach, and Smith 3/7/2017. Renumbered as SF 386

SF 387: Formally SSB 1120: An Act creating a geothermal tax credit available against the franchise tax and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. See also Companion bill HF 123.
Status: Introduced 2/16/2017; referred to Commerce. Assigned to Subcommittee: Sinclair, C. Johnson, and Peterson. Passed in Subcommittee (14-0) 2/28/2017. Referred to Ways and Means 3/3/2017. Subcommittee: Feenstra, Quirmbach, and Smith 3/7/2017. Fiscal note 3/7/2017. Renumbered as SF 387.

SF 388: Formally SSB 1126: An Act relating to energy conservation requirements contained within the state building code or adopted by governmental subdivisions, and including retroactive applicability provisions. 
Status: Introduced as SSB 1126; Assigned to State Government. Subcommittee: Smith, Chapman, and Peterson 2/20/2017. Subcommittee recommends passage (10-5) 2/23/2017. Introduced, placed on calendar 3/1/2017. Committee report approving bill 3/1/2017. Renumbered as SF 388. Referred to State Government 3/31/2017. Failed to meet Second Funnel Deadline.

SF 417: Formally SSB 1045: A bill by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that seeks to increase Cyber-security and clarify the security of data held by the IUB, Homeland Security and Emergency Management. See also Companion Bill HF 445.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1045 2/1/2017; referred to Commerce: Zumbach Chair, Johnson, C., and McCoy. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 2/22/17. Introduced and placed on calendar 3/2/2017. Committee report approving bill (14-1) 3/2/2017. Renumbered as SF 417. Withdrawn in favor of HF 445.

SF 431: Formally SSB 1138: An Act relating to the siting of small wireless facilities and authorization of joint financing of telecommunications facilities. See also Companion Bill HF 380.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1138 2/21/2017; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Zumbach, Bertrand, and Peterson. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage (12-1) 2/27/2017. Introduced and placed on calendar 3/2/2017. Committee report approving bill 3/2/2017. Renumbered as SF 431. Amendment 3/21/2017. Amendment adopted 3/23/2017. Passed Senate (44-3) 3/23/2017. Messaged from Senate 3/23/2017. Read first time, referred to House Commerce 3/27/2017. Subcommittee: Vander Linden, Hall, and Mohr 3/27/2017. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/30/2017. Committee report recommending passage 3/30/2017. Placed on Calendar as unfinished business 4/6/2017. Amendment filed and adopted in the House 4/13/2017. Passed House (93-0) 4/13/2017. Message from House with amendment 4/14/2017. Senate concurred with House 4/18/2017. Passed Senate (50-0) 4/18/2017. Reported correctly enrolled, signed by the Speaker and President 4/25/2017. Sent to the Governor 4/25/2017. Signed by Governor 5/9/2017.

SF 438: Formally SSB 1145: A bill that prohibits a governmental entity from requiring information that a bidder may deem confidential or proprietary, in addition the bill prohibits the governmental entity from restricting the bidder from bidding on projects.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1145; referred to Labor and Business Relations 2/22/2017. Subcommittee: Guth, Chapman, and Bisignano 2/22/2017. Subcommittee meeting 2/13/2017. Renumbered as SF 438 3/9/2017. Read first time and referred to Labor 3/9/2017. Subcommittee: Klein, Highfill, and Running-Marquardt 3/13/2017. Committee report, recommending passage 3/22/2017. Passed House (57-41) 4/4/2017. Messaged to Senate 4/4/2017. Enrolled, signed by President and Speaker 4/11/2017. Sent to Governor 4/11/2017. Signed by Governor 4/13/2017.