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Gov. Branstad takes action on 30 bills; signs some, vetoes others

Gov. Branstad
Gov. Branstad

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad took action on 30 bills. The action taken represents the conclusion of bill action resulting from the 2016 legislative session.  The action comes before the deadline of May 29, 2016.

Budget Overview:

  • General Fund appropriations in Fiscal Year 2017 are $7.35 billion.
  • PreK-12 Funding totals $3.22 Billion in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • The Fiscal Year 2017 budget continues to balance in Iowa’s five-year budget projections.

The following bills were signed into law in their entirety:

House File 2456–an Act relating to county levy authority for mental health and disability

services funding.

House File 2468–an Act relating to the administration of the tax and related laws by the Department of Revenue, including the renewable energy tax credit, the solar energy system tax credit, appeal procedures for certain centrally assessed property, an extension of the utility replacement tax task force, requiring background checks for job applicants and persons performing work for the Department of Revenue, a sales and use tax exemption for certain items used in performance of a construction contract with designated exempt entities, a geothermal tax credit, the adoption tax credit, and including effective date and retroactive and other applicability provisions.

House File 493–an Act relating to the right of residents, owners, tenants, and landlords to summon emergency assistance and preempting related local ordinances, rules, and regulations.

House File 2273–an Act relating to elections administration with respect to the address confidentiality program, the printing of ballots, the counting of certain absentee ballots, satellite absentee voting, and the conduct of school district elections, and including effective date provisions.

House File 2394–an Act relating to various matters involving insurance and the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce, and including penalties and applicability provisions.

House File 2436–an Act relating to real estate appraisal, including by requiring the Superintendent of Banking to regulate appraisal management companies and supervise the Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Board, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

House File 2413–an Act relating to relating to reading proficiency assessments and intensive summer reading programs administered and provided by school districts.

House File 2446–an Act relating to county medical examiner fees.

House File 2449–an Act concerning the implementation and administration of acts of the general assembly through administrative rulemakings and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

Senate File 492–an Act creating a disaster case management grant fund and program.

Senate File 2187–an Act relating to the issuance of driver’s licenses marked to reflect Veteran status and providing for the acceptance of a disability certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for a persons with disabilities parking permit.

Senate File 2188–an Act relating to prescription authority for certain psychologists and making penalties applicable.

Senate File 2299–an Act relating to the early childhood Iowa initiative.

Senate File 2304–an Act relating to standards for and certification and inspection of children’s residential facilities.

Senate File 2308–an Act relating to economic development by establishing an Enhance Iowa Board to assume the powers and duties of the Vision Iowa Board and additional powers and duties, establishing an Enhance Iowa Fund, establishing a sports tourism program and fund, and including transition provisions.

Senate File 2311–an Act relating to the Department of Public Defense by providing for the Gold Star Military Museum.

Senate File 2312–an Act modifying the state sales tax rebate to the owner or operator of a baseball and softball tournament facility and movie site.

Senate File 2313–an Act relating to employment services programs administered by the Department of Workforce Development by providing for conformity with federal law concerning the Workforce Development Board, authorizing the department to carry out certain actions relating to the unemployment insurance program, making an appropriation, and including effective date provisions.

Senate File 2316–an Act relating to the collection of delinquent court debt and associated installment agreements.

House File 2455–an Act making appropriations to the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Finance Authority, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Department of Workforce Development, and the State Board of Regents and certain Regents institutions, and properly related matters.

House File 2457–an Act relating to appropriations to the judicial branch.

Senate File 2109–an Act relating to financial and regulatory matters by supplementing appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, and including effective date provisions.

Senate File 2320–an Act relating to transportation and other infrastructure-related appropriations to the Department of Transportation, including allocation and use of moneys from the road use tax fund, the primary road fund, the state aviation fund, and the federal surface transportation block grant program.

Senate File 2324–an Act relating to and making appropriations to state departments and agencies from the rebuild Iowa infrastructure fund, the state bond repayment fund, the technology reinvestment fund, and the prison bonding fund, providing for related matters, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

The following bills were signed into law with item vetoes: 

House File 2459–an Act relating to state and local finances by making appropriations, providing for legal and regulatory responsibilities, concerning taxation, providing penalties, providing for other properly related matters, and including effective date provisions. – Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here. 

House File 2460–an Act relating to appropriations for health and human services and veterans and including other related provisions and appropriations, and including effective date and retroactive and other applicability provisions. – Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.

House File 2454–an Act relating to and making appropriations involving state government entities involved with agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection, and including effective date provisions. – Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.

Senate File 2314–an Act relating to and making appropriations to certain state departments, agencies, funds, and certain other entities, providing for regulatory authority and other properly related matters, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. – Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here. 

Senate File 2323–an Act relating to the funding of, the operation of, and appropriation of moneys to the College Student Aid Commission, the Department for the Blind, the Department of Education, and the State Board of Regents, providing for related matters, and including effective and applicability date provisions. – Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.

House File 2458–an Act relating to appropriations to the justice system, and including effective date provisions. – Read Gov. Branstad’s signing statement here.

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