This week saw a lot of floor debate in both chambers after last week’s funnel deadline. Many bills were voted on and moved to the other chamber, with some making it to the Governor’s desk. Floor debate will continue as the session progresses, and committee meetings will pick back up as the chambers consider the bills approved by the other chamber. To pass the second funnel in a few weeks, bills have to make it out of both chambers to stay alive.
the Governor’s proposed biofuels standards bill, was assigned to its third committee in the Senate, the Ways and Means Committee, as discussions continue on setting statewide biofuels standards for ethanol and biodiesel. The bill already passed out of the Senate Agriculture and Transportation Committees prior to last week’s funnel deadline. Most of IowaBio’s other priority bills did not see much action this week. Several bills have been renumbered and are included in the bill tracker.
In her Condition of the State in January, the Governor called for removal of tax triggers that would allow tax cuts to be implemented. This proposal moved forward in a Senate subcommittee this week in SSB1250
. The bill removes the two triggers keeping previously approved tax cuts from happening and also eliminates Iowa’s inheritance tax over three years. The tax changes that would take place if the triggers were met or removed include lowering the top income rate from 8.53% to 6.5%, reducing tax brackets from 9 to 4, and ending federal income tax deductions.
Governor Reynolds signed 17 bills on Monday, including an election changes bill (SF413
) that passed both chambers. A list of the bills she signed can be found here
. After the Governor signed SF413, the League of United Latin American Citizens filed lawsuits against Secretary of State Paul Pate and Attorney General Tom Miller alleging that the bill does nothing to actually make elections more secure but rather imposes more burdens on lawful voters. They asked for injunctive relief and for the bill to ruled unconstitutional. Read more about the lawsuit here