Overview / Major Events
This week subcommittee work on dozens of bills took place as committee chairs introduced a flurry of new bills in anticipation of a three week run (beginning next Monday) to the first legislative funnel on February 15.
The only major floor work in either Chamber this week was focused on water quality legislation that Governor Reynolds had highlighted as one of her highest policy priorities for the 2018 Session in her recent Condition of the State address.
House sends Water Quality legislation to Governor Reynolds
In her Condition of the State address, Governor Reynolds had this to say about water quality:
This Tuesday she got her wish as the Iowa House took up SF 512 (a carry over bill from 2017 that had already received Senate passage) and passed the bill on a 59-41 vote. Over the next 10 years the bill will provide over $250 million in new resources to fund Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Constitutional Amendment proposed for Victims Rights
Companion bills were introduced in the Iowa House and Senate to begin the process of amending Iowa’s Constitution to include specific protections for those who are the victims of violent crimes.
Known around the nation as Marsy’s Law, this effort requires adoption by both Chambers of the General Assembly this year, again in 2019, and then a favorable vote of the people in the 2020 general election.
Subcommittees on both bills will be held early next week (HJR 2003 in the House; SSB 3040 in the Senate).
Efforts on Behalf of Community Bankers of Iowa: