A bill offered last week, if adopted, would effectively mute a federal government agency that has been a thorn in the side of Iowa farmers for years.
Senate File 343, offered Thursday by state Sen. Dennis Guth (R-), would nullify the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Iowa. The bill states the regulatory agency is unconstitutional.
“[T]he regulation-making authority of the United States Environmental Protection agency is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States in any article or amendment and violates the Constitution’s true meaning and intent,” the bill states.
SF 343 would make the Iowa Department of Natural Resources the only regulatory authority responsible for protecting the environment in Iowa. And, it states the only laws and funding related to environmental protection would be enacted by the General Assembly.