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Legislative Updates 2021

February 19

First Funnel Two Weeks Away

The first procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session is approaching.

The so-called “First Funnel,” arrives on Friday, March 5th.  That is the date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration that year.

Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.

Bills of interest:

SF 366 (formerly SSB 1122) - Streamlined Sales Tax Law Changes (M) - Included in this omnibus tax policy bill is a definition change for the word “sales” to include both sales and rentals for multiple items such as aircraft and aircraft parts.
Passed the Senate 48-0. Referred to House Ways and Means

SF 183 (formerly SSB 1018) - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.”  The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Passed the Senate 28-19. Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn

SF 150 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.
Subcommittee: Dawson, Quirmbach and Schultz

SF 109 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.
Subcommittee: Dawson, Quirmbach and Schultz

SF 50 - Hotel Motel Tax Account and Board (M) - This bill creates a local hotel and motel tax account and board to administer locally imposed hotel and motel taxes.
The governing authority of each city or county which levies the hotel and motel tax shall also establish a hotel and motel tax board to spend at least 50-percent of the revenues in the account on the promotion of tourism in the city, county, or surrounding areas. The remaining 50-percent would be continued to be used as currently allowed. One-half of the members of the board shall be from the tourism industry, and one-half of the members of the board shall be local hotel, motel, or resort owners, or be designees of such owners.
Subcommittee: Whiting, Dawson and Quirmbach

SF 11 - DOT Commission Residency (M) - This bill requires that for each of the seven regions of the state, as designated by the bill, one member of the state transportation commission must be appointed to represent, and must reside in, each region. The bill divides the state into seven regions with each region consisting of certain adjoining counties.
Subcommittee: Zumbach, Rosenboom and Bisignano

SSB 1049 - Air Freight Company Taxation (M) -  The bill states that the qualified air freight forwarder income derived from transportation operations shall be apportioned to Iowa either under the current rules of the director of revenue (current statutory rules), or in the same proportion that the miles of the qualified air freight forwarder’s affiliated airline traveled in this state bears to  the total miles of the affiliated airline traveled everywhere  (affiliated airline mileage rules), based on increasing percentages as enumerated in the bill over a number of tax years.
Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

HF 394 - Leasing Lands for Farming (M) - This bill requires a farm unit agreement be executed when any lease is entered into by a local government and a person who may use the leased land for farming purposes. The agreement requires the lessee to comply with applicable soil and water conservation practices, farming practices, water quality practices, and soil health practices during the period of the lease.
Referred to Agriculture

HF 198 (formerly HSB 63) - Laser Crimes (F) - The bill adds intentionally pointing a laser emitting a visible light beam at another person with the intent to cause pain or injury to another to the definition of assault in Code section 708.1.
A person who commits an assault is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, class “D” felony, or a class “C” felony depending upon the circumstances of the offense.
Approved by committee - on House debate calendar

HSB 156 - Streamlined Sales Tax Law Changes (M) - Included in this omnibus tax policy bill is a definition change for the word “sales” to include both sales and rentals for multiple items such as aircraft and aircraft parts.
Subcommittee: Bloomingdale, Gjerde and Nordman

HSB 55 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.”  The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn.

HSB 34 - Human Trafficking (M) - This bill relates to civil and criminal enforcement activities involving the practice of massage therapy and cosmetology, and human trafficking, and provides penalties. The bill defines “peace officer” to include employees of an aviation authority designated as peace officers by the authority under section 330A.8, subsection 16.  The bill would require a person who is licensed or who purports to be licensed as a massage therapist, to immediately upon the request of a peace officer, present a copy of the person’s valid license and government-issued identification to the peace officer. A person who fails to comply with such a request commits a serious misdemeanor.
Approved by subcommittee

February 12

First Legislative Hurdle Approaching

The first procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session is quickly approaching.

The so-called “First Funnel,” arrives on Friday, March 5th.  That is the date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration that year.

Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.

Bills of interest:

SF 183 (formerly SSB 1018) - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.”  The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Passed the Senate 28-19. Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn

SF 150 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.
Subcommittee: Dawson, Quirmbach and Schultz

SF 109 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.
Subcommittee: Dawson, Quirmbach and Schultz

SF 50 - Hotel Motel Tax Account and Board (M) - This bill creates a local hotel and motel tax account and board to administer locally imposed hotel and motel taxes.
The governing authority of each city or county which levies the hotel and motel tax shall also establish a hotel and motel tax board to spend at least 50-percent of the revenues in the account on the promotion of tourism in the city, county, or surrounding areas. The remaining 50-percent would be continued to be used as currently allowed. One-half of the members of the board shall be from the tourism industry, and one-half of the members of the board shall be local hotel, motel, or resort owners, or be designees of such owners.
Subcommittee: Whiting, Dawson and Quirmbach

SF 11 - DOT Commission Residency (M) - This bill requires that for each of the seven regions of the state, as designated by the bill, one member of the state transportation commission must be appointed to represent, and must reside in, each region. The bill divides the state into seven regions with each region consisting of certain adjoining counties.
Subcommittee: Zumbach, Rosenboom and Bisignano

SSB 1122 - Streamlined Sales Tax Law Changes (M) - Included in this omnibus tax policy bill is a definition change for the word “sales” to include both sales and rentals for multiple items such as aircraft and aircraft parts.
Subcommittee: Dawson, Dotzler and Green

SSB 1049 - Air Freight Company Taxation (M) -  The bill states that the qualified air freight forwarder income derived from transportation operations shall be apportioned to Iowa either under the current rules of the director of revenue (current statutory rules), or in the same proportion that the miles of the qualified air freight forwarder’s affiliated airline traveled in this state bears to  the total miles of the affiliated airline traveled everywhere  (affiliated airline mileage rules), based on increasing percentages as enumerated in the bill over a number of tax years.
Subcommittee: Johnson, Goodwin and Petersen

HF 394 - Leasing Lands for Farming (M) - This bill requires a farm unit agreement be executed when any lease is entered into by a local government and a person who may use the leased land for farming purposes. The agreement requires the lessee to comply with applicable soil and water conservation practices, farming practices, water quality practices, and soil health practices during the period of the lease.
Referred to Agriculture

HF 198 (formerly HSB 63) - Laser Crimes (F) - The bill adds intentionally pointing a laser emitting a visible light beam at another person with the intent to cause pain or injury to another to the definition of assault in Code section 708.1.
A person who commits an assault is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, class “D” felony, or a class “C” felony depending upon the circumstances of the offense.
Approved by committee - on House debate calendar

HSB 156 - Streamlined Sales Tax Law Changes (M) - Included in this omnibus tax policy bill is a definition change for the word “sales” to include both sales and rentals for multiple items such as aircraft and aircraft parts.
Subcommittee: Bloomingdale, Gjerde and Nordman

HSB 55 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.”  The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn.

HSB 34 - Human Trafficking (M) - This bill relates to civil and criminal enforcement activities involving the practice of massage therapy and cosmetology, and human trafficking, and provides penalties. The bill defines “peace officer” to include employees of an aviation authority designated as peace officers by the authority under section 330A.8, subsection 16.  The bill would require a person who is licensed or who purports to be licensed as a massage therapist, to immediately upon the request of a peace officer, present a copy of the person’s valid license and government-issued identification to the peace officer. A person who fails to comply with such a request commits a serious misdemeanor.
Approved by subcommittee

February 5, 2021

Bills of interest:

SF 183 (formerly SSB 1018) - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.”  The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.

Passed the Senate 28-19. Referred to State Government

SF 150 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.

Subcommittee: Dawson, Quirmbach and Schultz

SF 109 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.

Subcommittee: Dawson, Quirmbach and Schultz

SF 50 - Hotel Motel Tax Account and Board (M) - This bill creates a local hotel and motel tax account and board to administer locally imposed hotel and motel taxes.

The governing authority of each city or county which levies the hotel and motel tax shall also establish a hotel and motel tax board to spend at least 50-percent of the revenues in the account on the promotion of tourism in the city, county, or surrounding areas. The remaining 50-percent would be continued to be used as currently allowed. One-half of the members of the board shall be from the tourism industry, and one-half of the members of the board shall be local hotel, motel, or resort owners, or be designees of such owners.

Subcommittee: Whiting, Dawson and Quirmbach

SF 11 - DOT Commission Residency (M) - This bill requires that for each of the seven regions of the state, as designated by the bill, one member of the state transportation commission must be appointed to represent, and must reside in, each region. The bill divides the state into seven regions with each region consisting of certain adjoining counties.

Subcommittee: Zumbach, Rosenboom and Bisignano

SSB 1122 - Streamlined Sales Tax Law Changes (M) - Included in this omnibus tax policy bill is a definition change for the word “sales” to include both sales and rentals for multiple items such as aircraft and aircraft parts.

Subcommittee: Dawson, Dotzler and Green

SSB 1049 - Air Freight Company Taxation (M) -  The bill states that the qualified air freight forwarder income derived from transportation operations shall be apportioned to Iowa either under the current rules of the director of revenue (current statutory rules), or in the same proportion that the miles of the qualified air freight forwarder’s affiliated airline traveled in this state bears to  the total miles of the affiliated airline traveled everywhere  (affiliated airline mileage rules), based on increasing percentages as enumerated in the bill over a number of tax years.

Subcommittee: Johnson, Goodwin and Petersen

HF 198 (formerly HSB 63) - Laser Crimes (F) - The bill adds intentionally pointing a laser emitting a visible light beam at another person with the intent to cause pain or injury to another to the definition of assault in Code section 708.1.

A person who commits an assault is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, class “D” felony, or a class “C” felony depending upon the circumstances of the offense.

Approved by committee - on House debate calendar

HSB 156 - Streamlined Sales Tax Law Changes (M) - Included in this omnibus tax policy bill is a definition change for the word “sales” to include both sales and rentals for multiple items such as aircraft and aircraft parts.

Subcommittee: Bloomingdale, Gjerde and Nordman

HSB 55 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.”  The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.

Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn.

HSB 34 - Human Trafficking (M) - This bill relates to civil and criminal enforcement activities involving the practice of massage therapy and cosmetology, and human trafficking, and provides penalties. The bill defines “peace officer” to include employees of an aviation authority designated as peace officers by the authority under section 330A.8, subsection 16.  The bill would require a person who is licensed or who purports to be licensed as a massage therapist, to immediately upon the request of a peace officer, present a copy of the person’s valid license and government-issued identification to the peace officer. A person who fails to comply with such a request commits a serious misdemeanor.

Approved by subcommittee

 

January 22, 2021

Aircraft Repair Tax Fix Introduced in the Senate

An IPAA-backed bill to end a tax inequity that is costing Iowa small businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars annually has been introduced in the Iowa Senate.

Senate File 109 would eliminate the state sales and use tax on aircraft parts and repairs.

The bill has been assigned to the chamber’s Ways and Means Committee. We will keep you updated on the assignment of the subcommittee for consideration of the bill.

Bills of interest:

SF 109 - Aircraft Parts and Maintenance Tax Repeal (F) - This bill repeals the Iowa sales and use tax the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts permanently attached to an aircraft, including repair or replacement materials or parts, and repair, remodeling, and maintenance services used on an aircraft, aircraft engine, or aircraft component materials or parts.
Referred to Ways and Means

SF 50 - Hotel Motel Tax Account and Board (M) - This bill creates a local hotel and motel tax account and board to administer locally imposed hotel and motel taxes.
The governing authority of each city or county which levies the hotel and motel tax shall also establish a hotel and motel tax board to spend at least 50-percent of the revenues in the account on the promotion of tourism in the city, county, or surrounding areas. The remaining 50-percent would be continued to be used as currently allowed. One-half of the members of the board shall be from the tourism industry, and one-half of the members of the board shall be local hotel, motel, or resort owners, or be designees of such owners.
Subcommittee: Whiting, Dawson and Quirmbach

SF 11 - DOT Commission Residency (M) - This bill requires that for each of the seven regions of the state, as designated by the bill, one member of the state transportation commission must be appointed to represent, and must reside in, each region. The bill divides the state into seven regions with each region consisting of certain adjoining counties.
Subcommittee: Zumbach, Rosenboom and Bisignano

SSB 1049 - Air Freight Company Taxation (M) - The bill states that the qualified air freight forwarder income derived from transportation operations shall be apportioned to Iowa either under the current rules of the director of revenue (current statutory rules), or in the same proportion that the miles of the qualified air freight forwarder’s affiliated airline traveled in this state bears to the total miles of the affiliated airline traveled everywhere (affiliated airline mileage rules), based on increasing percentages as enumerated in the bill over a number of tax years.
Subcommittee: Johnson, Goodwin and Petersen

SSB 1018 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.” The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Subcommittee: R. Smith, Bisignano and Goodwin

HF 198 (formerly HSB 63) - Laser Crimes (M) - The bill adds intentionally pointing a laser emitting a visible light beam at another person with the intent to cause pain or injury to another to the definition of assault in Code section 708.1.
A person who commits an assault is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, class “D” felony, or a class “C” felony depending upon the circumstances of the offense.
Approved by committee - on House debate calendar

HSB 55 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.” The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn.

HSB 34 - Human Trafficking (M) - This bill relates to civil and criminal enforcement activities involving the practice of massage therapy and cosmetology, and human trafficking, and provides penalties. The bill defines “peace officer” to include employees of an aviation authority designated as peace officers by the authority under section 330A.8, subsection 16. The bill would require a person who is licensed or who purports to be licensed as a massage therapist, to immediately upon the request of a peace officer, present a copy of the person’s valid license and government-issued identification to the peace officer. A person who fails to comply with such a request commits a serious misdemeanor.
Approved by subcommittee

 

January 15, 2021

Governor Unveils Proposed FY 22 Budget

Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her plan for Iowa and it’s budget for the upcoming year in her Condition of the State Address.

Included in her budget proposal were the following appropriations for airport vertical infrastructure:

Commercial Service Airport Vertical Infrastructure - $1.5 million ($1.0 million last year)
General Aviation Airport Vertical Infrastructure - $1.0 million ($650,000 last year)

Bills of interest:

SF 50 - Hotel Motel Tax Account and Board (M) - This bill creates a local hotel and motel tax account and board to administer locally imposed hotel and motel taxes.
The governing authority of each city or county which levies the hotel and motel tax shall also establish a hotel and motel tax board to spend at least 50-percent of the revenues in the account on the promotion of tourism in the city, county, or surrounding areas. The remaining 50-percent would be continued to be used as currently allowed. One-half of the members of the board shall be from the tourism industry, and one-half of the members of the board shall be local hotel, motel, or resort owners, or be designees of such owners.
Subcommittee: Whiting, Dawson and Quirmbach

SF 11 - DOT Commission Residency (M) - This bill requires that for each of the seven regions of the state, as designated by the bill, one member of the state transportation commission must be appointed to represent, and must reside in, each region. The bill divides the state into seven regions with each region consisting of certain adjoining counties.
Subcommittee: Zumbach, Rosenboom and Bisignano

SSB 1018 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.” The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Subcommittee: R. Smith, Bisignano and Goodwin

HSB 63 - Laser Crimes (M) - The bill adds intentionally pointing a laser emitting a visible light beam at another person with the intent to cause pain or injury to another to the definition of assault in Code section 708.1.
A person who commits an assault is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, class “D” felony, or a class “C” felony depending upon the circumstances of the offense.
Subcommittee: Worthan, Breckenridge and Westrich

HSB 55 - Project Delivery System Changes (M) - This bill allows a governmental entity to use a guaranteed maximum price contract for purposes of public improvement contracts. This is also called “construction manager at risk” of “CM at risk.” The bill also prohibits a governmental entity from entering into a design-build contract for the construction of a public improvement.
Subcommittee: Kaufmann, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Hunter and Wilburn.

HSB 34 - Human Trafficking (M) - This bill relates to civil and criminal enforcement activities involving the practice of massage therapy and cosmetology, and human trafficking, and provides penalties. The bill defines “peace officer” to include employees of an aviation authority designated as peace officers by the authority under section 330A.8, subsection 16. The bill would require a person who is licensed or who purports to be licensed as a massage therapist, to immediately upon the request of a peace officer, present a copy of the person’s valid license and government-issued identification to the peace officer. A person who fails to comply with such a request commits a serious misdemeanor.
Subcommittee: Jones, Bohannan and Westrich

 

2021 Legislative Session Opening Day
January 11, 2021

2021 Iowa Legislative Session First Week Full of Speeches

The first year of the 89th Iowa General Assembly kicks-off today at 10:00 am at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

Day one of the 2021 Session is highlighted by the swearing in of lawmakers.

On Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver her Condition of the State address and unveil her fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen will address the Legislature on Wednesday. The Condition of the Judiciary speech will update lawmakers on the state’s court system.

Thursday will be highlighted by the Condition of the Guard address by General Benjamin Correll.

2021 Session Timetable

January 11 - First day of the Legislative Session

February 12 - Last day for individual lawmaker requests for bills and resolutions to the Legislative Services Agency

March 5 - The so-named “First Funnel.” The date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration that year.

April 2 - The so-named “Second Funnel.” The date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee in the opposite house of its origin.

April 30 - The end of per diem payments to lawmakers (the last scheduled day of the 2021 Legislative Session.)

Prior years