2016 Iowa Legislative & Regulatory

Regulatory

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Legislative

The Iowa General Assembly convened on January 11, 2016.
 
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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Iowa Legislative Guide

 

2016 House Bill Introductions

HF 2068:  Requiring state agency purchasing to consider energy star specifications and to provide agency monies for energy efficiency.
Status:  Introduced 1/20/16; referred to State Government. Subcommittee (Watts, Kelly, and Vander Linden).

HF 2082:   Changing the Iowa Utilities Board membership from 3 members to 5 members.
Status:  Introduced 1/22/16; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Cownie, Grassley and Olson).

HF 2100:  Requiring that net metering rates do not exceed the utility's wholesale rates. Applies to IOUs.
Status: Introduced 1/26/15. Referred to Commerce, Subcommittee (Carlson, Hall and Holtz).

HF 2135:   Prohibits city or county zoning or ordinances from restricting the development of solar installations; provides a civil cause of action for anyone who obstructs a solar facility or allows his property to be maintained in such a way that it obstructs a solar unit.
Status: Introduced 2/2/16; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Cownie, Forbes and Grassley)

HSB 506:  A bill allowing private transmission owners who primarily serve utilities to build transmission lines in public rights-of-way.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/16. Referred to Commerce.  Subcommittee (Watts, Holz, Ourth). House Lounge Commerce, Voted – Commerce.

HSB 512:  A bill to change the maximum amount of a permissible gift to a public official from $3 to $10.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/16. Referred to Ethics.  Subcommittee (Watts, Kelley, Highfill).

HSB 516:  A bill revising the reporting of gifts and Honoria to public officials.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/16. Referred to Ethics.  Subcommittee (Berry, Sexton, Koester). House Lounge State Government.

HSB 517:  A bill to expand the definition of public resources as it pertains to banning the use of public monies for political purposes; to give the ethics and campaign disclosure board the authority to adopt rules to administer and interpret this code section.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/16. Referred to Ethics.  Subcommittee (Hunter, Danielson, Schultz). State Government: (Sexton Chair, Bacon, Hunter).

   

2016 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 2028:  Requiring the Iowa Energy Center to create a nonprofit organization energy efficiency grant program. The bill appropriates $1 million to the Iowa Energy Center for TY 2016-17 for this program.
Status: Introduced 1/20/16; referred to Natural Resources. Subcommittee (Bolkcom, Behn, Dearden).

SF 2029:  Prohibits city or county zoning or ordinances from restricting the development of solar installations; provides a civil cause of action and penalties for anyone who obstructs a solar facility or allows his property to be used or maintained in such a way that it obstructs a solar installation.
Status: Introduced 1/20/16; referred to Local Government. Subcommittee (Allen, Sinclair, Wilhelm).

SF 2030:  A bill to require IOUs to enter into interconnection agreements with solar developers that also requires the carrying forward of credits on bills, and requires the IUB to undertake a value of solar methodology for the solar rate.
Status: Introduced 1/20/16; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Bolkcom, Schneider and Sodders).

SF 2031:  A bill to require IOUs to establish a community solar garden facility; also allows independent development of solar gardens which are not subject to the service territory constraints or IUB regulation of traditional utilities.
Status: Introduced 1/20/16; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Bolkcom, Allen and Schneider)

SF 2034:   A bill to impose a solar energy standard on IOUs of 1,000 MW by 2026.
Status:  Introduced 1/20/16; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee (Bolkcom, Schneider and Sodders)

SSB 3011: A bill revising reporting of receptions and gifts to legislators.
Status:  Introduced 1/12/16. Referred to State Government. Subcommittee (Courtney, Bowman, Johnson). Subcommittee hearing 1/20/16 at 8:30 a.m. Hearing re-set for 2/4/16. Senate Lobbyist Lounge State Government.

 

SSB 3012:  A bill to expand the definition of public resources used for political purposes; to give the ethics and campaign disclosure board the authority to adopt rules to administer and interpret this code section.
Status: Introduced 1/12/16. Referred to State Government. Subcommittee (Danielson, Horn, Schultz).  

SSB 3013:  A bill to raise the value of gifts from restricted donors from $3 to $10.
Status:  Introduced 1/12/16. Referred to State Government. Subcommittee (Danielson, Bertrand, Horn).

SSB 3040:   Revising current public bidding law to require that advertising for sealed bids must be done at least 20 days before the date for filing bids.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/16. Subcommittee (McCoy, Bowman, Johnson). Set for hearing 2/4/16. Senate Lobbyist Lounge State Government.

SSB 3089:  A bill requiring that when an open arbitration hearing by a public employer is held, the public employer will post notice of hearings at least 24 hours before commencement.  The bill also applies penalties for public records violations to any custodian who refuses to make government records available for examination and copying.
Status:  Introduced 2/3/16; referred to State Government.  Subcommittee (Danielson, Schoenjahn, Johnson). Set for hearing 2/8/2016, State Government.