Overview / Major Events
Today marks the 88th day of what is scheduled to be a 100-day Session. On April 17 the per diem expenses paid to members will end and legislators will begin to work at their own expense. This circumstance normally triggers enhanced efforts to finish work for the year.
There are two key (and closely related) decisions that must be made prior to making a run to adjournment:
Sanctuary City legislation heads to Governor Reynolds
This week the House and Senate concluded action on a piece of legislation that started its journey back in March of 2017. SF 481 seeks to penalize any local government in Iowa that attempts to set itself up as a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants and refuses to cooperate with federal officials in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
SF 481 passed the House 55-45 and the Senate 28-18.
Eco-Terrorism bill also heads to Governor Reynolds
A bill intended to deter eco terrorism and severely punish those who attack critical infrastructure cleared the final legislative hurdle this week and now goes to the Governor. The Iowa House amended and passed SF 2235 on a 69-31 vote and the Senate concurred with the amended version and passed it by a 35-13 vote.
SF 2235 makes such acts a Class B felony and imposes fines at a minimum of $85,000 and a maximum of $100,000. Multiple attacks on the Dakota Access Pipeline project in Iowa last year helped prompt the legislation.