The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

February 22, 2014

Several bills work way through Legislature

The ATV bill, chaired House Study Bill (HSB-662) is passed through our committee. I’ve also been watching its companion bill, Senate Study Bill (SSB-3192) allowing ATVs to travel on county roads.

Three changes were made to our House bill, those being: allowing counties to opt-out of this program, eliminating the need for license fees and reducing the maximum speed from 45 mph to 35 mph. The House study bill now moves to the House floor.

• Transportation Committee – Lemon Law Revision was passed on the House floor. Formerly HF2051 is now HF2181. This raises the upper limit to 15,000 lbs on vehicles that fall under Iowa’s lemon law.

• Agriculture Committee — Spay & Neuter bill, chaired HF-2123 which provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners for spay and neuter veterinary services.

Financial assistance will be administered by a three-member board that will be made up of the State veterinarian, a member of the Iowa veterinary medical association and a member of the animal rescue league of Iowa.

• Economic Growth Committee — A clean-up bill, chaired subcommittee and passed it through the full committee.

HSB618 which “cleans up” code provisions relating to the Iowa finance authority, revising and eliminating programs, including the beginning farm loan program, providing for existing tax credits, providing for the powers and duties of the authority and more.

• Natural Resources Committee — Volunteer Program on State Lands; This bill, HSB658, requires the department of natural resources to establish a state lands volunteer program to authorize nonprofit organizations to provide volunteer services for the benefit of state lands.

This legislation, which passed through subcommittee, was written to allow volunteers to work on state lands and be covered with liability insurance. This was proposed to cover volunteers at the Maquoketa Caves as well as other state properties.

Brian Moore, a Republican from Zwingle, represents Iowa House District 58 in the Iowa Legislature, which covers Jackson County.

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