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Iowa Legislative Guide

 

2015 House Bill Introductions

HF 18: Regarding Fair Share Fees for collective bargaining.   
Status: Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Labor. Subcommittee (Forristall, Sheets, Steckman) 1/20/15. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 38: Requiring payment of local prevailing wage to workers on public improvement projects for public bodies; contains penalties. 
Status: Introduced 1/20/15; referred to Labor. Subcommittee—Jorgensen, Forristal & Hunter. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 57: A bill to allow the establishment of county-owned natural gas distribution utility.
Status: Introduced 1/21/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Landon, Jacoby & Rizer 2/5/15. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 114: A bill pertaining to prohibitions of certain utilities disconnections.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15. Referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Soderberg, Cownie & Oldson 2/5/15. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 149: A bill to require the IOUs to submit an energy efficiency plan including a solar energy bank program.
Status: Introduced 2/4/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned 2/11/15—Cownie, Oldson, & Soderberg. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 167: Companion Bill to SF 122. Requiring that all electronic, public documents given electronically to contractors in a public bidding process be made available to the public electronically as well. 
Status: Introduces as HSB 70 on 1/21/15. Passed Commerce Committee and re-numbered. Pending on House floor. Passed House (99-0) 2/17/15; sent to Senate and attached to companion bill SF 122. Substituted on Senate floor for SF 122.  Passed the Senate (49-0) 2/24/15.  Sent to Governor. Signed by Governor 3/5/15.

HF 169: Companion Bill to SF 82. A bill to allow the IPIB and the office of ombudsman access to closed meeting minutes and recordings without court order.
Status: Introduced 2/5/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned: Watts, Highfill & Lensing 2/9/15. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline. But see Companion Bill SF 82.

HF 219: A bill requiring that the condemning authority also approve final route or site location of the public project before condemnation. Also requires return of any unused portion of the condemned property after five years.
Status: Introduced 2/11/15; referred to Judiciary. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 225: A bill to allow a franchise tax credit for new geothermal energy systems in Iowa.
Status: Introduces 2/11/15; referred to Ways & Means. Subcommittee (Hein, Jacoby, Maxwell) 3/16/15. Passed subcommittee 3/23/15.

HF 226: A bill increasing corporate and individual income tax credits for geothermal energy system installation.
Status: Introduced 2/11/15; referred to Ways & Means. Subcommittee (Hein, Jacoby, Maxwell) 3/16/15. Passed subcommittee 3/23/15.

HF 296: A bill requiring the state legislative services agency to establish a process to allow members of the public to submit comments on pending legislation.
Status: Introduced 2/17/15; referred to Administration & Rules.

HF 310: A bill to have the IUB establish an energy utility program to perform energy audits on elementary and secondary public schools.
Status: Introduced 2/18/15; referred to Education. Subcommittee: Highfill, Cohoon & Stanerson. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 324: A bill to require the Department of Education with the IUB to develop energy efficiency training curriculum.
Status: Introduced 2/18/15; referred to Education. Subcommittee: Highfill, Brown-Powers & Salmon. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 341: Formerly HF 89. A bill to allow cities the power to borrow surplus money from city reserves.
Status: Introduces as HF 89 1/26/15; referred to Local Government. Passed Local Government Committee and renumbered HF 341 2/18/15. Referred to Ways and Means 2/19/15. Fiscal note requested 2/25/15.

HF 419:   A bill to have the Iowa Public Information Board develop and maintain an internet based government accountability portal to provide public access to government agencies; and to register complaints, make comments and receive timely responses.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to State Government. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 426: A bill establishing a solar energy mandate on investor-owned utilities.
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Commerce. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 450: Formerly HSB 108. Applying some public bidding notice requirements to school boards; governmental entities required to notify bidders whether it will accept optional bids for parts of the project.
Status: Introduced as HSB 108; referred to State Government. Passed Committee and renumbered as HF 450 3/2/15. Amendment filed 3/19/15 for interim study.

HF 475:   A bill to establish a solar garden program.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee:  Cownie, Oldson, & Soderberg 3/5/15. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

HF 502:  Formerly HSB 162, allowing a written request be filed to require that personal information not appear on the city or local government website.  
Status:  Introduced as HSB 162, 2/19/15. Passed House Public Safety 3/3/15. Renumbered as HF 502. Amendment filed 3/24/15 to make statute only apply to peace officers.

HF 505:  Formerly HF 338, a bill regarding restricting access to software developed by or used by political subdivisions.
Status:  Introduced as HF 338 2/18/15. Passed State Government and renumbered as HF 505.

HF 509:  Formerly HSB 124, it is a bill to disclose whether a public employee has resigned in lieu of termination and makes state executive branch employee settlements public.
Status:  Introduced 2/9/15; referred to State Government. Passed State Government 3/3/15. Renumbered as HF 509. Passed House as amended (64-35) 3/10/15. Referred to Senate State Government; subcommittee Dvorsky, Dearden and Johnson.

HF 518:  A bill establishing a school wind revolving loan fund.
Status:  Introduced 3/5/15; referred to Education. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HF 548:  Formerly HSB 191, requiring a DG interconnection customer to install a disconnection device. See also SSB 1237.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Commerce. Passed committee 3/4/15; renumbered as HF 548. Amended and adopted by House (100-0) 3/26/15; sent to Senate and attached to similar bill SF 406.

HF 591:   Require the IUB to conduct a study on encouraging renewables including tax credits, grans and loans.
Status:  Introduced 3/11/15; referred to Commerce.

HF 607Formerly HSB 121.  Defining independently corporate owned transmission as a “public utility” for the purposes of rail crossings.
Status: Introduced 2/9/15 as HSB 121; referred to Commerce.  Passed committee.  Renumbered as HF 607 and placed on House floor calendar.  See also SF 236.

HSB 113: A bill making certain employee personnel records as to termination and demotion public records. See also SSB 1027.
Status: Introduced 2/4/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned: Watts, Highfill & T. Taylor. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 118: A bill prohibiting "cross-subsidation" in IOU rates or cherges.
Status: Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned: Soderberg, Ourth & Rizer. Set for hearing 2/26/15. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 179:   Imposing a $45 million franchise fee for transmission lines exceeding 500 miles, plus an annual fee of $3.8 million and require transmission lines to be built on the parallel for a road right of way.
Status: Introduced 2/25/15; referred to Transportation. Set for hearing 3/4/15. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 181:  Requiring that if one landowner challenges an eminent domain proceeding, the entire project (that seeks land from multiple owners) is suspended until the challenge is completed.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Government Oversight. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 183 Requires an entity to obtain all permits (that can be obtained) and file applications for all needed permits prior to commencing eminent domain.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Government Oversight. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 184:  Requiring legislative approval of transmission franchises prior to eminent domain; restricts IUB franchise authority.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Government Oversight. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 185:  Requiring the inclusion of specific information in petitions for franchises for transmission lines; subjecting some transmission line applications to county-wide voter approval.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Government Oversight. Failed First Funnel deadline.

HSB 216: Establishing tax credits for electric or natural gas vehicle facilities.
Status:  Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Ways and Means. Set for hearing 3/24/15. See also SF 143.

HSB 219: A bill for the funding of the air quality programs (Title V) for the state of Iowa.
Status:  Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Ways and Means. Subcommittee (Hein, Grassley, Isenhart) 3/16/15. Set for hearing 3/25/15.

HSB 222: Stating that a finding of public use or interest is not necessary in deciding to grant a petition for a franchise or extension of a “merchant” transmission line.
Status: Introduced 3/17/15; referred to Government Oversight.  Subcommittee (Kaufmann, Heartsill, Thede).  Set for hearing 3/19/15. Voted out of committee 3/25/15.

 

2015 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 1: A bill to require the State of Iowa to have a preference in Iowa-based companies in public bidding
Status: Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Economic Development. Subcommittee (Mathis, Danielson, and Guth) 1/14/15. Passed subcommittee 1/29/15. Committee recommends Do Pass 2/5/15. Amended and passed Senate (31-19) 3/10/15. Referred to House State Government 3/11/15.  Subcommittee (Pettengill, Bacon, Kelley) 3/1/15.

SF 37A bill to allow a 28F entity to be established for the delivery and transmission of natural gas.   
Status: Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee—Courtney, Schoenjahn & Sinclair 1/20/15. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 50: Pertaining to municipal property taxes on wind generation in urban renewable areas.
StatusIntroduced 1/20/15; referred to Economic Growth. Subcommittee (Danielson, Bisignano, Chelgren) 1/26/15. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 121: Making state and public body personnel's employment records, settlement agreements, and disciplinary actions public records.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned 2/2/15: Dvorsky, Horn & Whitver. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 122: Formerly SSB 1036, a bill to make certain electronic public documents available during public bidding process.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1036; passed committee and renumbered as SF 122. Full committee recommends Do Pass 2/2/15. Withdrawn in favor of HF 167.  See HF 167.

SF 148: A bill prohibiting political subdivisions from collecting or sharing data or metadata with federal agencies without a warrant or the person's consent.
Status: Introduced 2/4/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned 2/4/15: Dvorsky, Dearden & Schultz. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 210: A bill extending the time period during which an eligible renewable energy facility may qualify for the state renewable energy tax credit.
Status: Introduced 2/11/15. Referred to Ways & Means.  Subcommittee assigned 2/12/15—Hogg, Bolkcom, & Feenstra.

SF 216: A bill to require a study of the impacts of proposed EPA rules on cities.
Status: Introduced 2/11/15. Referred to Natural Resources & Environment. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 236:  Formerly SSB 1085. Expanding the definition of public utility for purposes of rail crossings with transmission lines.  
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15 as SSB 1085, referred to Commerce. Committee recommends Do Pass and renumbered as SF 236 2/16/15.

SF 242: A solar mandate bill pertaining to IOUs.
Status: Introduced 2/17/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned: Bolkcom, Petersen & Smith. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 248: A bill that excludes certain entities from the natural gas delivery tax.
Status: Introduced 2/17/15; referred to Senate Ways & Means. Subcommittee: Bolkcom, Feenstra & Quirmbach. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 343:   Urging nullification of the rules of the US EPA.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Natural Resources and Environment. Subcommittee: Dearden, Brase & Rozenboom. Failed First Funnel deadline.

SF 382:    Formerly SSB 1222, a bill to fund the Title V work at the state Department of Natural Resources.
Status:  Introduced 2/24/15 as SSB 1222. Passed Natural Resources & Environment 3/3/15. Renumbered and referred to Ways and Means. Passed subcommittee 3/18/15.

SF 384:  Formerly SSB 1073, a bill pertaining to public body task forces and 24 hour notice before open meetings.
Status:  Introduced 1/22/15.  Passed State Government 3/2/15. Renumbered as SF 384. Passed Senate (50-0) 3/17/15. Referred to House State Government; subcommittee: Bacon, Berry, and Branhagen.

SF 406:    Formerly SSB 1237, a bill requiring disconnection devices on certain DG units:
Status: Introduced as SSB 1237 2/26/15.  Passed Labor and Business Relations 3/4/15.  Renumbered SF 406.

SF 435:   Formerly SF 266, pertains to restricting access to government software.
Status: Introduced 2/18/15; referred to State Government. Passed subcommittee 3/4/15. Passed full committee 3/9/15. Passed Senate (50-0) 3/19/15.

SF 436:   Commissioning an interim legislative study on competitive public bidding.  
Status:  Introduced 3/9/15; referred to Rules & Administration. Subcommittee (Gronstal, Chapman, Dearden) 3/12/15. 

SF 449:   Formerly SF 449, it requires discharge of the unused portion of an easement taken by condemnation.
Status:  Introduced as SF 152 2/4/15; referred to Judiciary.  Passed subcommittee 3/2/15; renumbered.  Passed full Committee 3/9/15. Passed Senate (50-0) 3/18/15. Referred to House Government Oversight 3/24/15; Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Heartsill & Lensing.

SF 457:  Formerly SF 82, allows the IPIB or ombudsman to access closed meetings records without a court order.
Status: Introduced as SF 82 1/27/15; referred to State Government.  Passed subcommittee 3/4/15. Renumbered as SF 457; passed full committee 3/9/15. Amended and Passed Senate (46-4) 3/17/15. Referred to House State Government. Passed subcommittee 3/26/15.

SR 13: A resolution for an interim study by the legislative council on local government mandates to include the burden of document storage, paper costs, and publishing costs imposed upon local government units.
Status: Introduced 2/24/15. Referred to Local Government.

SSB 1072: Making state and public body personnel's employment records, settlement agreements, and disciplinary actions public records.
Status: Introduced 1/22/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned: Danielson, Bowman and Whitver. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

SSB 1103: Sales tax exemption for electric property of a unit that is not a public utility.
Status: Introduced 1/28/15. Referred to Ways & Means. Subcommittee assigned: Petersen, Bolkcom & Feenstra.

SSB 1132: Whistle-blower protection; includes political subdivisions.
Status: Introduced 2/3/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned: McCoy, Schoenjahn & Whitver. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

SSB 1192: A bill to increase the limitation on the cumulative value of solar energy income tax credits that may be claimed annually from $4.5 million to $6.4 million.
Status: Introduced 2/17/15; referred to Ways & Means. Subcommittee assigned: Bolkcom, Hogg and Breitbach. Set for hearing 2/25/15.

SSB 1193: Expanding tax credits for on-site generation; expanding the amount of tax credit value for wind; and increasing the size limits of projects eligible for tax credits.
Status: Introduced 2/17/15; referred to Ways & Means. Subcommittee assigned: Hogg, Bolkcom and Feenstra. Set for hearing 3/18/15.

SSB 1226:  Prohibiting cross-subsidization by IOUs in utility rates, with some exceptions.
Status:  Introduced 2/25/15; referred to Commerce. Set for hearing 3/4/15. Failed First Funnel Deadline.

SSB 1259  A bill requiring cooperatives and G&Ts to purchase 2% of its supply from DG facilities.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/15; referred to Agriculture. 

SSB 1265   Extension of renewable energy tax credits.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/15; referred to Ways and Means. Hearing set 3/18/15.