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Legislative Update 07/06/2015

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Legislative Update

Friends,

First off, I hope you all had a happy and safe Independence Day holiday weekend.  It is really a privilege to live in the GREATEST country in the history of our planet.  We should look at ourselves as that “Shiny City on the Hill” that I remember talked about when I was a kid.  Today I would like to provide you with the final closing actions for the 2015 Legislative Session. 

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today took action on 14 bills on July 2nd.  The action taken represents the conclusion of bills that were a result of the 2015 legislative session. The action comes before the Governor’s deadline of July 6, 2015.
Budget Overview:
  View breakdown of over $3 billion being spent on Iowa schools in FY16.
  The following bills were signed into law in their entirety:
House File 632: an Act relating to various matters involving insurance and the insurance division of the Department of Commerce and including effective date provisions.
House File 658: an Act relating to the funding of, the operation of, and the appropriation of moneys in the college student aid commission, the Department for the Blind, the Department of Education, and the state board of regents, providing for related matters, and providing effective date and retroactive and other applicability provisions.
House File 659: an Act relating to and making appropriations to certain state departments, agencies, funds, and certain other entities, providing for regulatory authority, and other properly related matters and including effective and retroactive applicability date provisions.
Senate File 171: an Act establishing the state percent of growth and including effective date provisions
Senate File 172: an Act establishing the categorical state percent growth and including effective date provisions.
Senate File 496: an Act relating to appropriations to the judicial branch and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.
The following bills were signed into law with item vetoes:
House File 650: an Act relating to and making appropriations to state departments and agencies from the rebuild Iowa infrastructure fund and the revenue bonds capitols II fund, providing for related matters, and including effective date provisions. –Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
House File 651: an Act relating to expenditures of moneys from the E911 emergency communications fund, other duties of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other properly related matters. –Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
House File 666: an Act relating to state and local finances by making transfers and appropriations, providing for properly related matters, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.– Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
Senate File 497: an Act relating to appropriations to the justice system, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
Senate File 499: an Act making appropriations to the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Finance Authority, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Department of Workforce Development, the State Board of Regents and certain regents institutions, modifying programs and duties of the Economic Development Authority, providing for other properly related matters, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. –Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
Senate File 505: an Act relating to appropriations for health and human services and veterans and including other related provisions and appropriations, and including effective date and retroactive and other applicability date provisions. –Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
Senate File 510: an Act relating to state and local finances by making appropriations, providing for fees, providing for legal responsibilities, providing for certain employee benefits, and providing for regulatory, taxation, and properly related matters, and including penalties, and effective date and retroactive and other applicability provisions.– Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
The following bill was vetoed in its entirety:
House File 652: an Act relating to underground storage tanks, including by establishing an underground storage tank cost share grants program and fund and making an appropriation. –Read Gov. Branstad’s veto message here.
 
Sincerely, 

Representative John H. Wills
 

2015-16 HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PRINCIPLES

House Republicans are committed to these principles to produce a balanced and sustainable state budget:

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs; and
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers.
The House Republican position on government spending is reasonable, sustainable and based on simple common-sense budgeting principles.
 


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