Transportation Committee Report – week 7, 2017

February 21, 2017 Senate Staff 0

SF 174 adds Carroll County and Clay County to the list of counties authorized to issue driver’s licenses, nonoperator’s identification cards, and persons with disabilities designations. This is necessary because the Iowa Department of Transportation closed driver’s license stations in those counties on August 31, 2016. SF 227 expands the circumstances under which an individual can operate an ATV or snowmobile with a loaded firearm without a permit to carry.

Labor & Business Relations Committee Report – week 6, 2017

February 17, 2017 Senate Staff 0

HF 291 is a Republican bill to gut public sector employee collective bargaining rights. The legislation was written in secret, behind closed doors without the input of 180,000 public sector workers in Iowa. The Republicans rushed this legislation through the Iowa House and Senate and plan to have it on the Governor’s desk to sign this week. This bill does nothing to move Iowa’s economy forward. It is government overreach that attacks Iowa workers and their families.

Natural Resources Committee Report – week 6, 2017

February 15, 2017 Senate Staff 0

SF 257 establishes a set of guidelines for conducting bass fishing tournaments and the approval of permits for those events by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The minimum number of vessels for an event is 6 on public waters other than the Mississippi River. For Mississippi River events, the minimum number of vessels is 20, and there must be at least 40 participants.

Commerce Committee Report – week 6, 2017

February 15, 2017 Senate Staff 0

Those who enroll in a state group insurance plan for state employees will be eligible under the same enrollment rules as non-contract full-time state employees of the executive branch and will pay a portion of the premium on the same basis.

Transportation Committee Report – week 6, 2017

February 15, 2017 Senate Staff 0

This bill allows a right turn from any lane designated for right turns, or a left turn from any lane designated for left turns on a one-way street. The bill strikes the requirement that vehicles turning left against a red light on a one-way street must turn into the leftmost lane.