2022 House Bill Introductions

HF 2028: Extends the repeal of the Iowa Energy Center from 2022 to 2030. The bill increases the amount of specified remittances from utilities that go to the Iowa Energy Center to 100%.
Status: Introduced 1/13/22 and referred to House Commerce. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HF 2030: Provides that the adoption of energy conservation requirements as part of the state building code shall not be interpreted to prohibit or otherwise limit a governmental subdivision’s ability to adopt energy conservation requirements that are more restrictive than the state, but not more restrictive than those provided in the most recently published version of the international energy conservation code. The bill also explicitly grants a county or city the authority to adopt energy conservation requirements.
Status: Introduced 1/14/22 and referred to House Commerce. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HF 2320: Strikes utility exclusion on prohibition against condemnation of ag property for public improvement, use or purpose in statute related to eminent domain.
Status: Referred to House State Government 2/10/22. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HF 2326 (formerly HSB 557): Provides that a utility maintenance vehicle or municipal maintenance vehicle can file a written report, prompting a police investigation, after a passing vehicle fails to move over or slow down for the parked covered vehicle.
Status: Referred to House Public Safety subcommittee 1/19/22. Passed subcommittee 3-0 1/26/22. Committee passed the bill 1/28/22. Failed to meet second funnel deadline 3/18/22.

HF 2366 (formerly HSB 665): Allows for electronic bid submission for public improvement contracts.
Status: Referred to House Local Government subcommittee 2/3/22. Passed by subcommittee 2/10/22. Committee passed the bill 2/9/22. Bill withdrawn and substituted with SF 2279 3/3/22. See SF 2279.

HF 2381 (formerly HSB 671): Combines municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives into a single statute, removes ambiguity about scope of IUB’s regulatory authority over municipal utilities.
Status: Referred to House Commerce subcommittee 2/4/22. Passed by subcommittee 2/9/22. Passed by House Commerce 15-8 2/10/22. Placed on House floor calendar 2/10/22. Failed to meet second funnel deadline 3/18/22.

HF 2473 (Formerly HF 2227): Eliminates requirement landlords notify utility about changes in tenant responsible for utility bill.
Status
: Referred to House Judiciary 2/2/22. Passed by House Judiciary Committee 2/16/22. Failed to meet second funnel deadline 3/18/22.

HF 2475 (formerly HSB 692): Prohibits the removal of utility board trustee without cause.
Status: Referred to House State Government subcommittee 2/9/22. Passed by committee 2/16/22. Passed the House 83-10 3/14/22. Attached to SF 2282 3/15/22. Placed on the Senate calendar under unfinished business 3/17/22. Passed the Senate 42-5 4/6/22. Signed by the Governor 5/17/22.

HF 2519 (formerly HF 2292): Extends sunset of Iowa Energy Center from 2022 to 2027; allows for support of carbon management projects.
Status: Referred to House Economic Growth subcommittee 1/18/22. Subcommittee passed as amended 2/1/22. Full committee approved the bill and renumbered HF 2292 2/3/22. Referred to Ways and Means Committee 2/8/22. Passed by subcommittee 2/10/22. Ways and Means Committee amended and passed 2/23/22. Bill withdrawn and substituted with SF 2325 3/2/22. See SF 2325.

HF 2520 (formerly HSB 615): Grants municipal utilities and cooperatives tax exemption on digital products. See SF 2367.
Status: Referred to Ways and Means subcommittee 1/26/22. Passed by subcommittee 2/9/22. Passed by Ways and Means Committee 2/22/22. Bill placed on House debate calendar for 3/7/22. Passed the House 95-0 3/7/22. Referred to Senate Ways and Means subcommittee 3/8/22.

HSB 564: This bill would empower the Ombudsman’s office to discover and disclose confidential information held by governmental agencies, including municipal utilities.
Status: Referred to House State Government subcommittee 1/19/22. Subcommittee recommends amend and pass 1/27/22. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HSB 663: Allows governmental bodies the flexibility to conduct electronic meetings regardless of circumstances.
Status: Referred to House Local Government subcommittee 2/3/22. Subcommittee returned the bill to the Local Government Committee without recommendation 2/15/22. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HSB 691: Prohibits the use of public funds to pay for ransomware.
Status: Referred to House Information Technology subcommittee 2/9/22. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HSB 694: Increases the standard crossing fee to $1,500 from $750 if a public utility locates its facilities within the railroad right-of-way.
Status: Referred to State Government subcommittee 2/9/22. Subcommittee recommended postponing consideration indefinitely 2/17/22. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.

HSB 697: Establishes a shared solar net metering cooperative program.
Status: Referred to House Agriculture subcommittee 2/9/22. Subcommittee recommended amendment and passage 2/14/22. Failed to meet first funnel deadline 2/18/22.


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