Local Government Committee Report – week 14, 2017

HF 308 – Release of military personnel records
SF 481 – Enforcement of immigration laws


HF 308 mirrors the federal government relating to military personnel records maintained by a county recorder. The bill allows individuals to request a copy of a confidential record when the event that resulted in the record occurred at least 62 years prior to the request. Current law requires the event to have occurred at least 75 years prior to the request. This was amended on Senate floor to redact Social Security numbers in the requested records.
[4/6: 49-0 (Bertrand excused)]


SF 481 deals with enforcement of immigration laws. If a county or city public safety officer releases a person who is the subject of an immigration detainer request by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the local government is liable for damages from any felony committed by the person in Iowa within 10 years following their release. The Republican majority brought up this bill for debate in direct violation of the Joint Rules of the Iowa General Assembly (specifically Rule 20).
[3/12: 32-15-1 (party-line, except Allen, Bowman, Ragan “yes”; D. Johnson “no”; Taylor “present”; Bertrand, Bisignano excused)]