Bill Watch: Focus turning to bill adoption, budget

Iowa CapitolBob Eschliman


While only eight new bills were offered during the past week, the Iowa General Assembly has been at work in committees and floor debate. With the recent release of a new state revenue estimate, work will soon begin in earnest on the new biennial budget.

There have now been 23 enrolled bills – those adopted by both chambers and sent to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for his signature. You can see the complete list of those bills by clicking here.

To read individual bills introduced during past week, click their links below:


House Bills

House File 603 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 64.

House File 604 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 215.

House File 605 – an act to require, when a bill is called up for debate for the first time in either chamber, the Chief Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate to read the correctional impact statement including the impact of the legislation on minorities, even if the statement concludes that no impact could be determined.

House File 606 – a successor bill to House File 514, and to House Study Bill 97.

House Resolution 21 – a resolution to urge the United States Postal Service to ensure the proper postmarking of all absentee ballot materials mailed through the postal system.

House Resolution 22 – a resolution to recognize the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln.

House Resolution 23 – a resolution to honor Dr. Sally Mason and her outstanding achievements as President of the University of Iowa.

House Resolution 24 – a resolution to recognize the 2015 Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award Winner, state Rep. Helen Miller (D-Fort Dodge).

House Study Bill 223 – an act to amend Iowa Code as it relates to procedures for eminent domain authority.


Senate Bills

Senate File 478 – an act relating to the definition of “person” in the context of the victim of the crime of murder.

Senate File 479 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1219.

Senate File 480 – a successor bill to Senate File 278, and to Senate File 25.

Senate Resolution 19 – a resolution to reaffirm Iowa’s commitment to its relationship with Taiwan and supporting Taiwan’s efforts to participate in the international community.

Senate Resolution 20 – a resolution to establish a legislative interim committee on beverage container recycling efforts.