Iowa

The Iowa General Assembly convened Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
The Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die Friday, May 2, 2014. 

Missouri River Energy Services continuously monitors bills introduced in the Iowa General Assembly that could affect electric utilities in the State of Iowa. In addition, you can find information about legislative committees, publications, who represents your utility interests, and more on the Iowa General Assembly website. 

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Because Iowa follows a biennium system, bills introduced during 2013 are eligible for debate in 2014.

2014 Iowa Legislative Guide

 

2014 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 2005 (Hogg):  Establishing a solar energy initiative under the Board of Regents to place solar projects of 2MW or more on university campuses.
Status:  Introduced 1/13/14; referred to Appropriations. Subcommittee (Hogg, Chapman Dvorsky) assigned 1/23/14. No further action during session.

SF 2053 (Jochum):  Eliminating the requirement in open meetings law that the law only applies when meeting deliberations or actions relate to policy-making duties.
Status:  Introduced 1/23/14; referred to State Government. Subcommittee (Jocum, Anderson, Sodders) assigned 1/29/14. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

SF 2107:  Require community solar gardens and other purchases of solar by IOUs.
Status:  Introduced 2/5/14; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned 2/11/14:  Bolkcom, Beall, and Sinclair. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

SF 2125:  Providing for fiscal analysis of all proposed rules.
Status:  Introduced 2/6/14; referred to Rules & Administration. No further action during session.

SF 2264:   Originally SF 2177, requires a public hearing before a public entity begins the process to hire a construction manager on a public construction project.
Status:  Introduced as SF 2177 on 2/12/14; referred to Local Government.  Committee reports Do Pass 2/24/14.  Referred to Senate floor. Referred to Senate Local Government 3/13/14. Failed Second Funnel Deadline.

SF 2340:  Formerly SSB 3201; a bill updating the solar energy credit to comply with federal law, includes retroactive applicability. 
Status:  Introduced as SSB 3201 2/24/14; assigned to Ways and Means committee.  Committee reports Do Pass 3/17/14; renumbered as SF 2340; referred to floor. Passed Senate (46-0) 3/27/14; referred to House Commerce. Re-referred to Ways and Means 4/9/14. Subcommittee assigned 4/14/14: Forristall, Isenhart and Landon. Passed committee 4/17/14; referred to House floor. Passed House as amended (90-4) 4/24/14. Sent back to Senate; Senate refused to concur with House amendments. House conceded to Senate form of bill and withdrew House amendment; Passed House (88-4) 4/25/14. Signed by Governor 5/30/14.

SF 2343:  Formerly SF 2032 it adds methane, landfill gas, or biogas cogeneration facilities to the list of eligible facilities for renewable energy tax credits. 
Status:  Introduced  as SF 2032 1/22/14; referred to Ways and Means.  Committee reports Do Pass, renumbered as SF 2343 and sent to Senate floor 3/24/14. Passed Senate (46-0) 3/27/14; referred to House Commerce. Referred to Ways and Means 4/2/14. Subcommittee assigned 4/14/14: Landon, Forristall, Kelley. Passed committee 4/17/14; referred to House floor. Passed House (91-4) 4/23/14. Signed by Governor 5/30/14.

SF 2358: Formerly SSB 3221, a bill regarding personnel settlement agreements concerning state employees, prohibiting confidentiality provisions; requiring the state auditor to examine all state personnel settlemtn agreements since 2011; requiring additional reporting, bidding and oversight of service contracts under Code sections 8F; state employee hiring practices; and changes in the whistleblower law to allow disclosure of non-public information if it concerns a violation of law or abuse of authority.
Status: Introduced as SSB 3221 on 4/21/14; referred to Government Oversight. Subcommittee: Peterson, McCoy and Grant. Committee approves bill 4/23/14. Passed Senate (26-22) 4/25/14. Referred to House Government Oversight 4/25/14. No further action during session.

 

SCR 102:  A Resolution urging FEMA to reverse its decisions regarding storm recovery funding for cooperative and municipal distribution lines.
Status:  Pre-filed bill; referred to Commerce.  Committee recommends Do Pass 1/13/14.  Withdrawn in favor of HCR 105 1/14/14.

 

SR 103:  A resolution supporting extension of federal production tax credit for wind energy.
Status:  Filed 1/28/14; referred to Ways & Means. Committee reports Do Pass 1/30/14. Passed Senate (49-0) 2/5/14.


SR 121:  A Resolution calling for the standing committee on Government Oversight to conduct an investigation of the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Workforce Development related to confidential settlement agreements with former employees, and bidding and contracting practices.
Status:  Introduced 5/1/14; referred to Rules and Administration.  Committee recommends passage 5/1/14. Resolution adopted by Senate 5/2/14.

SSB 3081:  A bill restricting IUB authority over municipal electric utilities as it pertains to deposits for service and debt collection.
Status:  Introduced 1/23/14; referred to Local Government. Subcommittee (Dvorsky, Quirnbach, Chelgren) assigned 1/23/14. Failed First Funnel Deadline

SSB 3186:  A bill clarifying that a records custodian is not required to re-format records to the requester’s preferred format; fees for copying.
Status:  Introduced 2/17/14; referred to Local Government.  Subcommittee assigned 2/17/14:  Wilhelm, Dvorsky, Guth. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

 

 

 

2014 House Bill Introductions

HF  2014 (Murphy): A bill to clarify that all state, city and political subdivision advisory boards are subject to open meetings/records.
Status:  Introduced 1/15/14; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned (Watts, Grassley, and Isenhart) 1/16/14. Failed First Funnel Deadline

HF 2019 (Isenhart):  A bill that changes the definition of meeting to include gatherings of members for ministerial or non-policy reasons.  Status:  Introduced 1/16/14; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned 1/16/15: Watts, Grassley, Hunter. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2036 (Grassley):  A bill to require state implementation of federal laws/rules be no more strict than the federal law explicitly permits.
Status:  Introduced 1/22/14; referred to Economic Growth. Subcommittee assigned 2/11/14:  Moore, Alons, and Jacoby. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2046 (Kaufman):  Requiring additional review by the Department of Natural Resources before allowing certificate of need on a new nuclear plant.
Status:  Introduced 1/23/14. Referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Cownie, Hall, Soderberg) assigned 2/3/14. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2047 (Kaufman):  Requiring a county-wide vote in the county of the construction site of a new nuclear generation plant before a certificate of need may be issued.
Status:  Introduced 1/23/14. Referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Cownie, Hall, Soderberg) assigned 2/3/14. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2054 (Grassley):  A bill requiring approval of the general assembly prior to a hearing on petition for a franchise to build a new transmission line.
Status:  Introduced 1/23/14; referred to Commerce. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2056 (Grassley):    If there is a petition signed by at least 250 persons in the county affected by a proposed transmission line, the line may not have a franchise permit until after formal public hearings and a showing that 25% of the power on the line will be used in-state.
Status:  Introduced 1/23/14; referred to Judiciary. Subcommittee assigned 2/12/14:  Kaufmann, Dawson, and Hagenow. Passed subcommittee 2/20/14. Failed First Funnel.

HF 2166:  Requiring that 25% of the IOU’s alternative energy mandate come from solar.
Status:  Introduced 2/6/14; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned 2/12/14:  Cownie, Riding and Soderberg. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2195:  Modifying the Iowa Energy Center’s loan program to include loans to public entities for energy efficiency.
Status:  Introduced 2/11/14; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned 2/11/14:  Watts, Fisher and Jacoby. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2203:  Companion to SF 2005, requiring solar investment by state universities.
Status:  Introduced 2/11/14; referred to Appropriations. No further action during session.

HF 2280 (formerly HSB 594): A bill clarifying the limited IUB jurisdiction over municipal utility disconnects.
Status: Introduced as HSB 594 on 2/3/14; referred to Local Government. Passed out of committee, renumbered as HF 2280. Pending on House floor. Passed House (99-0) 2/27/14. Referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned; McCoy, Anderson, and Hatch (3/4/14).  Failed Second Funnel.

HF 2299:  Establishing a clean energy program allowing a city or county to assess property to pay for energy efficiency programs on that property.
Status:  introduced 2/18/14; referred to Local Government. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2336:  A bill to require IOU net metering.
Status:  Introduced 2/19/14; referred to Commerce. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

HF 2369:  Formerly HSB 657, this bill would implement procedures for the investigation and mitigation of stray voltage.
Status:  Introduced in 2013 as HSB 657. Passed Commerce Committee 2/20/14. Pending on House floor. Fiscal note 3/4/14. Failed Second Funnel.

HF 2391:  A bill to authorize cities and counties to pass ordinances allowing them to assess property as a means of assisting property owners finance energy efficiency programs.
Status:  Introduced 2/25/14; referred to Commerce. Failed First Funnel.

HF 2408:  Originally introduced as HSB 518, it would modify notifications for excavations and notifications for the marking of underground facilities for excavations (One Call).
Status:  Introduced as HSB 518 1/22/14.  Referred to Commerce.  Passed committee 2/19/14.  Referred to House floor. Passed House (98-1) 3/5/14. Referred to Senate Commerce Committee. Committee recommends Do Pass 3/11/14. Referred to Senate floor. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/17/14. Signed by Governor 3/26/14.

HF 2462:  Formerly HSB 684, this bill provides that the fact that a public employee resigned in lieu of termination or was demoted resulting from a final disciplinary action and the documented reasons for the resignation or demotion are NOT confidential and are public.
Status:  Introduced as HSB 684, referred to Government Oversight 4/1/14. Committee recommends Do Pass 4/2/14. Passed House (65)35) 4/7/14. Referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Government Oversight. No further action during session.


HR 118:   A resolution stating that states should take lead in the regulation of CO2 from existing power plants.
Status:  Introduced 3/13/14.  Laid over under Rule 25. Amendments filed 4/7/14. No further action during session.

HR 125:  A resolution recognizing Line Worker Appreciation Day in Iowa.
Status:  Introduced 4/11/14; laid over under Rule 25. Resolution adopted 4/16/14.

 

HCR 105:  A Resolution urging FEMA to reverse its decisions regarding storm recovery funding for cooperative and municipal distribution lines.
Status:  Pre-filed bill.  Adopted by House 1/14/14.  Sent to Senate and substituted for SCR 102.  Adopted by Senate 1/14/14.

HJR 2002:  Proposing a constitutional amendment on state legislator term limits.
Status:  Introduced 2/3/14; referred to State Government.  Subcommittee assigned 2/4/14:  Watts, Grassley and Isenhart. No further action during session.

HSB 216:  A bill allowing any member of the Iowa Public Information Board to review minutes of closed session without a court order, without a filed complaint, or without recourse for disclosure of confidential information.
Status:  Introduced in 2013 session and assigned to Government Oversight.  Subcommittee:  Reps. Koester, Heartsill, Gaines.  Set for subcommittee hearing 2/4/14 at 9:45 a.m. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 602:    A bill regarding customer refusal of installation of smart meters.
Status:  Introduced 2/3/14; referred to Local Government. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 641:  A bill requiring additional information be filed as part of a franchise petition for a Direct Current line.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/14; referred to Commerce. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 682:   A bill allowing local governments/cities to take loans from city reserve funds.
Status:  Introduced 3/24/14; referred to Ways and Means. Passed subcommittee 4/2/14. No further action during session.