The 2011 Legislative Session is officially over and even though it was long and sometimes contentious there was actually positive legislation that was passed and signed by Governor Branstad. Here are some of the highlights that have just gone into effect and will interest you.
SF 478 - EMERGENCY FEEDING OF LIVESTOCK
The bill is designed to provide for the emergency feeding of livestock that are not ready for market. The bill broadens the definition of the current manure storage indemnity fund to the livestock remediation fund so that we can not only clean up abandoned livestock operations but we can feed livestock on an emergency basis.
SF 464 - MOURNING DOVES
The bill authorizes the Natural Resources Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to establish a hunting season for mourning doves.
SF 312 - BUSINESS TRADE TRUCKS AND SPECIALTY PLATES
The legislation requires the DOT to discontinue issuance of business-trade license plates by January 1, 2012. It allows owners of trucks registered under the business-trade designation to get new, specialty plates if they so choose, pay the appropriate associated fees and still register under the business-trade designation.
SF 397 STOLEN VALOR ACT
This bill creates a criminal penalty for impersonating a decorated military veteran. A person that impersonates a decorated military veteran with the intent to deceive another person for the purpose of monetary gain commits a serious misdemeanor. The bill defines a "decorated military veteran" as a veteran who has been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress.
SF 402 INJURED VETERAN GRANT PROGRAM
This bill allows a veteran who has received a grant from the Injured Veteran Grant Program to get another grant for a subsequent unrelated injury.
HF 474 PURPLE HEART DAY
The bill designates August 7 of each year as Purple Heart Day; however, it does not make it a state holiday.
Here are some bills that didn't make it through the session this year:
SF 309 Bill to study the feasibility of nuclear power in Iowa.
HF 589 Animal Agriculture Protection bill, which is intended to prevent people getting hired under false pretenses and faking or staging animal abuse for the sole purpose of destruction of Iowa's livestock industry.
SF 522 Property tax reform.
HF 549 Putting a cap on red light camera fines and providing more oversight of the machines.
This summer I'm serving on the Governor's 20/20 Citizen Advisory Commission. The group meets periodically over the next few months to gather input from the public on the Road Use Tax Fund and how the money is being spent on our state's roadways. The Commission will review all the input and then make recommendations to Governor Branstad. I'm looking forward to hearing from the public about our roads and how we can maintain and fix them.
I always enjoy meeting constituents and hearing thoughts, opinions and ideas. I look forward to seeing you out and about over the summer. My legislative e-mail account, firstname.lastname@example.org, will direct you to my home e-mail till we reconvene in January.
SENATOR TIM KAPUCIAN
BENTON, GRUNDY, IOWA
AND TAMA COUNTIES
2011 Senator Tim Kapucian