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Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, limiting power of Secretary of State to help citizens cast ballots


This news story was published on June 27, 2020.
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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – On Thursday, June 25, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law:

HF599: an Act relating to hunting by persons under the age of sixteen.

HF684: an Act providing limited immunity from certain criminal offenses and prohibiting certain disciplinary sanctions for persons under twenty-one years of age who report, seek, or require emergency assistance for alcohol overdoses, and modifying penalties.

HF760: an Act relating to the exemption from the hotel and motel taxes for the renting of lodging.

HF2197: an Act relating to the medical residency training state matching grants program rural rotation requirement.

HF2221: an Act act relating to the licensed health professional member of a local board of health.

HF2238: an Act relating to regulation of foods sold by minors.

HF2359: an Act relating to the reporting of certain assessment scores by approved practitioner preparation programs.

HF2363: an Act relating to unemployment insurance contribution rates for certain landscaping employers.

HF2364: an Act for an act relating to injunctions issued to employers for certain violations of the state unemployment insurance law.

HF2365: an Act relating to certain notifications issued by the department of workforce development concerning claims for unemployment benefits and the voluntary shared work program, and including applicability provisions.

HF2372: an Act regarding driver’s licenses, including the exemption of certain farmers and hired help operating a special truck from the requirement to be licensed as a chauffeur and the optional inclusion of a mark reflecting autism spectrum disorder status on a person’s driver’s license.

HF2389: an Act relating to the rulemaking process for executive branch agencies and including transition provisions.

HF2410: an Act relating to the issuance of special senior statewide antlerless deer only crossbow deer hunting licenses.

HF2412: an Act relating to the definition of public improvement for public construction bidding purposes.

HF2418: an Act relating to certain information in proceedings before the director of the department of education and the board of educational examiners, certain requests made to the school budget review committee, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

HF2445: an Act relating to the privacy of a victim of a sex offense in a criminal or civil proceeding.

HF2452: an Act relating to the disposal and acquisition of city water utilities, including at-risk systems.

HF2455: an Act allowing the use of a leashed dog to track and retrieve a wounded deer and providing a penalty.

HF2485: an Act establishing an exception to the number of children allowed to be present for child care at any one time in a child development home under certain conditions.

Paul Pate: Power is limited with new legislation signed by Kim Reynolds.

HF2486: an Act relating to the conduct of elections, including emergency powers, procedures relating to electors, and the use of a county seal on materials related to elections.  The legislation limits the powers of Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate, whose actions helped create record voter turnout in Iowa in the last elections.  Pate now cannot mail out absentee ballot requests to all active voters for the November 3 election.  He would also need approval from legislators to make other emergency election changes.

HF2502: an Act relating to firearms and weapons, including the storage, carrying, possession, or transportation of weapons and the establishment, use, and maintenance of shooting ranges.

HF2528: an Act relating to persons authorized to request assistance pursuant to the statewide mutual aid compact.

HF2561: an Act relating to protections for certain potential recipients of anatomical gifts.

HF2585: an Act relating to the terminology used in relation to the deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.

SF280: an Act relating to the residency of members of the armed forces stationed at specified military installations for purposes of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges.

SF457: an Act relating to the criminal and juvenile justice system by modifying criminal penalties, surcharges, fines, fees, and costs, creating and modifying funds, making appropriations and allocating revenues, modifying installment agreements, modifying civil claims for reimbursement, restitution, and collection of court debt, and providing effective date provisions.

SF458: an Act relating to debts for which the homestead is liable by providing that the homestead may be sold to satisfy debts secured by a mechanic’s lien, including principal, interest, attorney fees, and costs, and including effective date provisions.

SF2232: an Act relating to the Iowa trust code, including the creation of directed trusts, the transfer of trust assets into other trusts, and requirements related to notices to beneficiaries.

SF2373: an Act modifying provisions relating to telecommunicators.

SF2400: an Act relating to broadband service, including matters under the purview of the office of the chief information officer, the empower rural Iowa broadband grant fund, and certain broadband infrastructure tax exemptions, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions

Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg released the following statements on this key legislative priority becoming law:

“This legislation builds on my empower rural Iowa initiative by encouraging greater investment in broadband,” said Gov. Reynolds. High-speed internet will continue to serve as a catalyst for growth in the ever-changing 21st century economy. I applaud the Iowa Legislature for working together, passing this bill with unanimous approval.”

 

“Rural broadband continues to be a priority for this administration and today we took another step forward,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. “Today’s bill helps our communications service providers build out their rural networks in underserved areas.”

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17 Responses to Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, limiting power of Secretary of State to help citizens cast ballots

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 29, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Close down the schools till 2021 is what she needs to be doing. Fall athletics is out too. Arizona and Florida opened up too soon also. The winter…is coming. Be smart, think ahead. Act now. For at the end of the day this pandemic is a wealth buster. The market could in fact, collapse. While your at it suspend all hunting and fishing fees for the fall/spring. They’re way too high anyways. Just to be on the safe side of doing what’s right. Ethics!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Absolutely not. School age children have almost no risk of severe complications from Coronoavirus. And there are far more severe health consequences to them related to not obtaining an education and socially interacting with others.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 29, 2020 at 9:39 pm

        We do not know what long term affects there may be with covid. We are seeing lingering or permanent health problems in adults that need more research.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 28, 2020 at 2:38 am

    I’d be worried about the banks doing business in Iowa.

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    Copy & Paste Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    At the top of the blogger heap again with another unflattering photo of someone. Surprise its a Republican too. Bring back John Skipper for accurate, honest, unbiased reporting!!

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    Ezekiel Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Voter suppression. The GOP game plan.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Yes. Wonder what their next move will be? Move all the voting booths out of cities and into the country?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    She is taking a page from the trump book. Try to consolidate all the power in the chief executive.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      To you, Ezekiel, Donkey Girl.

      It is really easy to see that NONE of you idiots bothered to read What was actually signed into law.

      I know, words and facts are hard when your a Democrat. It says that, the “State Commissioner of elections decision to alter any conduct for an election using emergency powers must be approved by the legislative council.”

      This only limits Secretary of States ability to change the way an election can be conducted. It doesn’t “suppress voters”, or “try to pick who gets to vote”.
      Neither does it “Move all the voting booths out of cities and into the country?”, in fact during an “emergency”, it clearly states that if the emergency exists in all precincts of a county, that the number of polling places can’t be cut by more than 35%, and the ones left have to be equally split between incorporated and unincorporated areas.

      So, please do everyone a favor and not make comments on articles that you are to lazy/under educated ( takes a 5th- 6th grade reading ability at most) to read.

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        HOLN1 Reply Report comment

        June 29, 2020 at 7:55 am

        Don’t disagree . But you wrote “facts are hard when your a Democrat. Should read … when you’re a Democrat.
        Signed , your loving 5th grader

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 29, 2020 at 11:08 am

          Thank you for pointing out, what I missed. I still don’t claim to spell well, and when it comes to proper usage, spell check doesn’t help.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm

          are you the new NIT spelling NAZI? cha-ching!!!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 29, 2020 at 8:08 am

        I’m pretty sure you should go back to grade school and learn how to read. It’s says that he will not be able to mail out notifications reminding ppl who can vote to vote or mail it in. Yes he now has to ask for permission, not sure where went to school and learned to read, but that is voting suppression at its finest.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 29, 2020 at 11:05 am

          ” It’s says that he will not be able to mail out notifications reminding ppl who can vote to vote or mail it in.”
          No, what it does, is give the reason HE CAN NOT send out the ballots.
          Under Sec. 4. Section 49.57, subsection 6, Code 2020, is amended to read as follows:
          6. A portion of the ballot shall include the words “Official ballot”, the unique identification number or name assigned by the commissioner to the ballot style, the date of the election, and the impression or likeness of the( I can’t get it to underline)county seal of the county of the commissioner who has caused the ballot to be printed pursuant to section 49.51.

          In other words, that is the duty of the county commissioner of elections, their jurisdiction, no this.

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    Donkey Girl Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    So sick. What kind of person signs a bill like this one. Everyone should get to vote.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 29, 2020 at 7:25 am

      You can vote if you trot your lazy Donkey Ass to the voting booth.