Senate amends, passes House synthetic drugs bill on party line vote

K2 SpiceBy Bob Eschliman


In an hour and a half, the Iowa Senate approved more legislation than it had in the past week.

The Senate bounced back and forth between the Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Unfinished Business calendars, passing nine bills. Among them, senators took up two pieces of proposed legislation that were adopted along largely party lines.

House File 567, which amends Iowa Code as it relates to the penalties for the sale, distribution, and possession of synthetic drugs, was amended by a 26-24 vote, and then adopted on a 27-23 vote. The Senate also split along party lines on House File 637 , the transportation infrastructure appropriations bill, which was adopted on a 26-24 vote.

The following bills were also adopted on unanimous, or nearly unanimous, votes:

  • House File 646 – an act to use Physical Plant and Equipment Levy revenues to pay for maintenance and repairs of equipment.
  • House File 634 – an act to provide for Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship administration of certain functions.
  • House File 626 – an act to amend Iowa Code as it relates to the processes for appealing tax matters.
  • Senate File 500 – an appropriations bill for family support programs, including those that establish paternity.
  • House File 638 – an act to amend Iowa Code as it relates to reporting a payment of wine gallonage sales and taxes.
  • House File 622 – an act to allow for fees to recapture vehicle titling and registration fees to be charged in rental agreements.
  • House File 504 – an act to provide for electronic delivery and posting of insurance notices.