2019 Senate Bill Introductions


SF 105: A bill to establish a solar energy standard for IOUs; 1,500 MW by July 1, 2020; 2,000 MW by July 1, 2022; and 3,000 MW by July 1, 2025 and each year thereafter. 
Status: Introduced 1/24/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Breitbach, Bolkcom, and Chapman. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19. 

SF 135: A bill to fund a study on the discontinuation of coal for generation in the state of Iowa; to be submitted to the legislature in 2021.
Status: Introduced 1/29/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Brown, Bolkcom, and Nunn. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 136: A bill to require IOU utility bills to disclose the cost of fossil fuel use.
Status: Introduced 1/29/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Brown, Bolkcom, and Nunn. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 232: A bill requiring wind generation setbacks of 500 feet from any real property abutting the wind energy conversion property.
Status: Introduced 2/11/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee:  Nunn, Johnson, and Quirmbach. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 233: A companion bill to HF 154, this bill prohibits IOUs from installing digital meters or smart meters without first providing the customer educational information on the meter and gets the customer’s consent; prohibits offering discount rates in order to get a customer to switch to a digital/smart meter; requires the IOU provide an analog meter upon customer request; and prohibits charging a different rate for reading analog meters.
Status: Introduced 2/11/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Koelker, Lykam, and Sinclair. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 262: A bill prohibiting a utility from recovering costs from the closure of a nuclear generating plant.
Status: Introduced 2/13/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee:  Chapman, Feenstra, and Mathis. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.  

SF 301: A bill allowing city utilities to offer lower rates to persons over 65 years of age.
Status: Introduced 2/19/19; referred to Local Government. Subcommittee:  Kraayenbrink, Segebart and Smith. Subcommittee hearing set 2/25/19. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 312: A bill directing the Iowa Energy Center to develop a strategic plan for achieving 80 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.
Status: Introduced 2/21/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Nunn, Lykam, Miller-Meeks. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 361: A bill setting wind siting requirements, including setbacks from roads, rights-of-way, occupied structures, and adjacent land. Wind owners/developers must file a decommissioning plan as part of the siting permit applications. Wind projects must assure the sited location will not interfere with telecommunications or emergency services. It also prohibits wind farms of 500 kW or more from interconnecting with a distribution system unless authorized by the IUB.
Status: Introduced 2/21/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee:  Brown, Chapman and Lykam. Subcommittee recommends passage as amended 2/27/19.  Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 362: A bill that sets up a separate bidding process for cities and counties, allowing for cities and counties to require a potential bidder to submit a statement that consists of documentation of the bidder’s ability to fulfill the specifics of the proposed contract.
Status: Introduced 2/21/19; referred to Local Government. Subcommittee:  Edler, Boulton, and Greene.  Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 377: A bill extending immunity from tort liability for municipalities to emergency response services.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/19; referred to Commerce. Passed Commerce Committee. Passed Senate (49-0) 3/12/19. Referred to House Judiciary. Subcommittee: Bergan, B. Meyer, and Mitchell. Subcommittee set 3/18/19. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/18/19. Committee recommends Do Pass 3/21/19. Placed on unfinished business calendar 4/11/19.

SF 450: A bill to exempt IOUs with less than 10,000 customers, cooperatives, and municipal electric utilities from the requirement to file energy efficiency plans and results with the IUB.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/19. Referred to Commerce.  Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 473: Formerly SSB 1208, a bill to charge registration fees on electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1208 on 2/25/19. Passed Subcommittee 2/28/19. Passed full Transportation committee 3/5/19; referred to Ways and Means. Set for subcommittee: R. Smith, Brown, and Wahls. Hearing set 3/11/19. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 3/13/19. Fiscal note filed 3/26/19.

SF 498:   A bill to require state buildings to use solar energy systems.
Status:  Introduced 3/6/19; referred to State Government.  Subcommittee:  Whiting, Clesi, and Schultz.  Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19. 

SF 549:  Formerly SF 351, a bill to require utilities disclose utility service costs on certain rental properties.
Status: Introduced 2/21/19 as SF 351; referred to State Government. Subcommittee:  R. Smith, Jochum and Johnson.  Subcommittee set 2/28/19. Passed full State Government committee 3/7/19 and renumbered. Passed Senate (47-1) 3/27/19; referred to House Commerce. Set for subcommittee 4/3/19. Failed to meet Second Funnel Deadline 4/5/19.  

SF 552: A bill to require the state to undertake a study on the potential of combined heat and power.
Status:  Introduced 3/7/19; referred to Commerce. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline 3/8/19.

SF 560: Formerly SSB 1195. Limits counties and cities from denying applications for certain wireless telecommunications infrastructure in counties with less than 15,000 in population. See Companion Bill HF 487.
Status:  Introduced as SSB 1195 2/25/19; subcommittee Feenstra, Chapman and Mathis. Hearing set 3/5/19. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/5/10. Renumbered as SF 560. Withdrawn in favor of the House Bill, HF 487, 3/14/19.

SF 562: Formerly SSB 1095. A bill requiring that city utility board members may only be removed for cause.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1095 2/5/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee: Feenstra, Petersen, and R. Smith. Set for Subcommittee hearing 2/13/19. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 2/13/19. Passed by full Commerce committee 3/11/19; renumbered and sent to Senate floor.

SF 573: Formerly SSB 1229. SSB 1229: A bill prohibiting governmental entities from using public funds for lobbying.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1229 on 3/4/19; referred to State Government.  Subcommittee:  Chapman, Jochum and R. Smith.  Subcommittee set 3/5/19. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/5/19.  Passed full State Government committee 3/11/19.  Renumbered and sent to Senate floor. Failed to meet Second Final Funnel 4/5/19.

SF 583: Formerly SSB 1201. A bill to allow IOUs to use different models for the purchase and payment for distributed generation customer’s “excess” generation.
Status: Introduced 2/25/19; referred to Commerce.  Subcommittee: Breitbach, Chapman and Bisignano. Subcommittee recommends passage 2/27/19. Passed full Commerce committee 3/11/19; renumbered and senate to Senate floor. Passed Senate (28-19) 3/18/19.

SF 611: Formerly SF 401; formerly SSB 1152. A bill to limiting local government units for collection right-of-way fees from public utilities for management costs; requires management costs be attributable to the utility’s requested use of the right-of-way, rather than collect fees for maintenance caused by the utility. Attached to companion bill HF 537 4/17/19.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1152 on 3/13/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee recommends passage 2/18/19. Passed full Commerce Committee 2/27/19 and renumbered. Referred to Ways and Means 3/11/19. Passed subcommittee 3/18/19. Passed full Ways and Means committee 4/2/19; renumbered and sent to Senate floor. 

SF 612: Formerly SSB 1174 and SF 509, a bill to make technical corrections to law regarding IUB authority; providing for the appointment of an independent administrative law judge; and revising penalties relating to violations by pipelines and underground gas storage facilities.
Status: Introduced as SSB 1174; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/4/19. Renumbered as SF 509 and referred to Ways and Means. Subcommittee recommends passage 3/18/19. Passed by full Ways and Means committee and renumbered 4/3/19.

SF 620: Formerly SSB 1184. A bill regarding the sale of certain city utilities.
Status: Introduced 2/20/19; referred to Ways and Means.  Subcommittee:  Feenstra, Quirmbach and Schultz. Subcommittee amends bill and recommends passage 4/2/19. Amended to apply specifically to the small city sale of telecommunications services. Passed Ways and Means committee as amended 4/15/19. 

SSB 1154:  Allowing utilities easements/rights-of-way for the purposes of vegetation management.
Status:  Introduced 2/14/19; referred to Commerce. Subcommittee:  Sinclair, Johnson and Mathis. Hearing set 2/18/19. Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage 2/18/19. Subcommittee recommends Do Pass as amended 2/18/19. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SSB 1184: Revising state law regarding the sale of a municipal utility—stating the citiies of less than 6,000 need not get an appraisal before considering sale.
Status: Introduced 2/20/19; referred to Ways and Means.  Subcommittee:  Feenstra, Quirmbach and Schultz. Subcommittee amends bill and recommends passage 4/2/19.

SSB 1213: A bill to allow other methods for public bidding (design build, construction manager-at-risk, etc.).

Status: Introduced 2/26/19; referred to State Government.  Subcommittee:  R. Smith, Chapman and T. Taylor. Subcommittee hearing set 2/26/19. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SSB 1215: A bill to place Marsy’s Law, a crime victim’s bill of rights, in the state constitution as an amendment.
Status: Introduced 2/26/19; referred to Judiciary.  Subcommittee: Chapman, Sweeney and Bisignano. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SSB 1256:  Allowing modifications of the plans for IOU energy efficiency; limitations to cost recovery for IOUs for energy efficiency.
Status Introduced 4/10/19; referred to Ways and Means. Subcommittee appointed: Sens. Chapman, Schultz, and Giddens. 

SSB 1261: A bill requiring public entities with lobbyists to make the lobbyists contracts public, to report registrations for or against bills, a summary of all bills and status that was lobbied on by the entity, and maintain an internet site of the bills being lobbied on. Requires the public entity to take action at a public meeting before entering into any lobbying actions/contracts. 
Status: Introduced 4/17/19; referred to Government Oversight. Set for subcommittee 4/18/19. Subcommittee: Sinclair, Whiting, and Bisignano. 

SJR 3: A joint resolution to change the state constitution to impose term limits.
Status: Introduced 1/15/19; referred to State Government. Subcommittee:  R. Smith, Coumoyer, and Jochum. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SJR 8: A resolution to amend the state Constitution to establish a victim’s bill of rights (Marsy’s Law).
Status: Introduced 1/24/19; referred to Judiciary. Subcommittee:  Zaun, Bisignano, and Whiting. Subcommittee recommends passage as amended 2/27/19. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline.

SR 8: A resolution urging Congress to reject the Green New Deal. 
Status: Resolution filed 2/28/19; referred to Rules and Administration. Failed to meet First Funnel Deadline. 


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