Second Funnel Deadline: Dead or Alive?

by Davis Brown Law Firm
Contact

Friday, March 16 marked the second funnel deadline, when bills must be passed out of one chamber and then out of committee in the opposite chamber to continue to move forward. It creates a “crunch time” for many lobbyists as they try to ensure their clients’ issues stay alive. With a split legislature (Republican House majority and Democratic Senate majority), this task becomes even more difficult. Not to mention conventional lobbying wisdom always says it’s harder to pass a bill than to kill one. This blog entry gives you a snapshot of select bills that advanced or died this week. There is always a chance bills that have seemingly died can be resuscitated or come back from the dead…before this sounds too much like a horror movie, we’ll move on to the substance of this entry.

First, big issues to survive include: property tax reform, tax increment finance reform (TIF), education reform and mental health reform. (Yes, that’s a lot of reform!)  These complex topics remain eligible for discussion this session, and we expect to see further action on these issues in the upcoming weeks.

HF2214—which would ban the ability of cities to use automated traffic enforcement (ATE) cameras to enforce speed limits and red light running--just barely squeezed through the funnel this week, because it was reassigned to the Appropriations Committee. This committee is one not subject to the funnel (along with Ways and Means and Government Oversight). The bill nearly came to the floor Thursday, but when House Democrats (and some Republicans) signaled they would not vote for a ban, the bill was not debated. It remains alive to come back to the floor, or as always, it could be amended on to other legislation. Law enforcement and cities have a keen interest in keeping the ability for local governments to choose to use these cameras as a safety measure. Property and casualty insurers also support the ability for local governments to use ATEs to enforce traffic laws.  Some House Republicans (and one very vocal local radio host) continue to push hard for a ban. (Last year, the House passed a bill that would have further regulated ATEs, but not banned them.) A recent Des Moines Register poll shows a narrow split in public opinion on the issue (slightly favoring the ban), and the fact that no agreement has been reached even within the House, shows a similar divide among legislators.

A bill to allow nuclear power generation in Iowa, HF561,  came up for a vote again this week in the Senate Commerce Committee after an earlier scheduled committee where the bill was to be considered was cancelled. It passed out of the Committee by one vote, with many democrats on the committee voting against it. It has been controversial in the Senate, since it passed out of the House last year. The bill is now eligible for Senate debate.

Two of the three gun bills we’ve been blogging about took a shot to the heart (HJR2009—constitutional amendment and HF2215-- “stand your ground bill” ) after not making it out of Senate committees, while the resolution (HJR2001) to strike a portion of a rule that would ban hunters from using lead shot to hunt doves remains alive awaiting debate in the Senate.

SF2277, a bill making it legal to create and store infused alcohol (for instance, alcohols used by restaurants or bars infused with fruit or other flavorings) under parameters in the bill, also abruptly died when it did not advance out of House committee this week.

Keep checking our blog as a new segment of session begins to find out the fate of these and other bills!

Thomas E. Stanberry & Jessica S. Harder
Government Relations Report
515.288.2500
www.davisbrownlaw.com

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Davis Brown Law Firm | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Davis Brown Law Firm
Contact
more
less

Davis Brown Law Firm on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):
hide

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.

Security

JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
Feedback? Tell us what you think of the new jdsupra.com!