SF 93 – Abandoned structures and nuisance properties
SF 93 makes changes to the abandoned structures and abatement law. The bill removes the length of time needed to consider a structure abandoned, along with evidence of financial responsibility, if the property is in need of abatement. A hearing is eliminated if those interested show intent and responsibility to restore the property in good faith. The bill’s aim is to motivate current owners to restore nuisance properties. The Senate concurred with the House amendment to exempt agricultural land throughout the bill.
SF 502 – Political subdivision whistleblower protection
SF 502 requires a political subdivision to provide notification of whistleblower protection by the human resources department, along with information about how the state’s Office of Ombudsman offers protection. The legislation also provides for civil damages to the whistleblower. The Senate concurred with the House action to add the position of human resource management for the State of Iowa to the list to seek protection.