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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

HF 338: A bill regarding restricting access to software developed by or used by political subdivisions.
Status: Introduced 2/18/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee: Stanerson, Kelley & L. Miller. Passed Subcommittee 2/26/15. 

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.

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. 

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.

HSB 121: A bill to allow certain transmission owners to be classified as a public utility for the purposes of rail crossings.
Status: Introduced 2/9/15; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee assigned: Soderberg, Ourth & Rizer 2/9/15. Set for hearing 2/26/15.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

HSB 191:    Requiring a DG interconnection customer to install a disconnection device.  See also SSB 1237.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Commerce.  Hearing set for 3/2/15.

 

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.

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.

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.

SF 82: A bill to allow the Iowa Public Information Board and the office of ombudsman access to the minutes and recordings of closed sessions.
Status: Introduced 1/27/15, referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned 2/2/15: Dvorsky, Danielson & Johnson.

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.

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.

SF 152: A bill pretaining to unused portions of condemned land in eminent domain.
Status: Introduced 2/4/15; referred to Judiciary. Subcommittee assigned 2/6/15: Hogg, Quirmbach & Schneider. 

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.

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.

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. 

SF 266: A bill regarding restricting access to software developed by or used by political subdivisions.
Status: Introduced 2/18/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee: Dvorsky, Dearsen & Schultz.

SF 343:   Urging nullification of the rules of the US EPA.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Natural Resources and Environment.

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.

SSB 1073: A bill concerning formally and directly created task forces and subcommittees to public boards/entities; clarifying notice for open meetings.
Status: Introduced 1/22/15; referred to State Government. Subcommittee assigned: Danielson, Bertrand and Bowman. Set for hearing 2/26/15.

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.

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. 

SSB 1222: A bill requiring the state Environmental Protection Commission to adopt rules establishing a process that allows the commission to set air quality fees annually and sets up separate accounts for the fees.
Status: Introduced 2/24/15; referred to Senate Natural Resources & Environment. Subcommittee: Bolkcom, Dearden & Rozenboom. Set for hearing 2/26/15.

SSB 1226:  Prohibiting cross-subsidization by IOUs in utility rates, with some exceptions.
Status:  Introduced 2/25/15; referred to Commerce.

SSB 1237:   Requiring a DG interconnection customer to install a disconnection device.  See also HSB 191.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Labor & Business Relations.  Set for hearing 3/3/15.