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Legislative Update

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Another Redemption Subcommittee Meeting Set

A House subcommittee is now scheduled to meet to consider House File 181, a bill to expand the current bottle and can redemption system in Iowa. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., Feb. 12, in the House Lounge. 

You may recall that a few weeks ago a Senate subcommittee approved a bill to double the handling fee and allow retailers to opt in or opt out of acting as redemption centers.

Bills of Interest

SF 201 State Boards Justification (M)

The bill establishes requirements for appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils to conduct comprehensive reviews over each five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019. The bill requires each board, commission, committee, or council to conduct a review during each five-year period, on a schedule established by the department of management, and issue a report on the review to the general assembly.

The proposal also provides that terms of office for all positions on appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils which are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate expire every five years, beginning July 1, 2025, and no appointments to fill the vacancy can be made, unless legislation is enacted waiving this requirement.

Subcommittee: Not yet appointed

SF 93 - Abandoned Buildings (M)

This bill changes certain procedures relating to abandoned structures and abatement.

The current definition of “abandoned” or “abandonment” requires a property to have been in violation of a housing or building code for at least six months. The bill removes the time element from the definition and states that evidence of financial obligations in respect to the building does not rebut a finding of abandonment if the property is substantially in need of abatement. The bill requires a property to remain vacant for 135 days before a person may request a responsible building official to inspect a building to determine whether it is abandoned and in need of abatement. Responsible building official is defined in the bill.

The bill allows the responsible building inspector to make an application to the court for an administrative warrant if necessary to conduct an inspection of a building.

Subcommittee: Approved 

SF 59 - Handling Fee Increase (M)

Under this bill, a consumer must return an empty beverage container to a redemption center if the consumer seeks to redeem a refund value paid for the beverage container. Additionally, the handling fee paid by a distributor is increased to 2 cents for each empty beverage container. A distributor must pick up from a redemption center empty beverage containers on at least a weekly basis. Lastly, the bill requires all redemption centers to be approved by the department of natural resources; any unapproved redemption center that currently exists can continue operating without approval until December 1, 2020.

Subcommittee: Approved

SSB 1119 - DNR Omnibus (M)

Included in this bill is a provision that creates a 60-day period during which an entity may appeal an order issued by the director or the department pursuant to the department’s authority in Code chapter 455B.

Subcommittee: Not yet assigned

HF 181 - Redemption System Overhaul (M)

This bill expands the definition of “beverage” and excludes certain substances from that definition such as medicines and milk The bill also increases the handling fee that a dealer, dealer agent, or redemption center will charge a distributor from 1 cent to 2 cents.

Subcommittee: McKean, Bacon, and Steckman