2016 April Legislative Update

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”

Scottish poet Robert Burns penned the phrase above in 1785 (translated from Scots to English), and it can today describe the waning days of the 2016 session. The hopes of moving bills quickly through agreement and concurrence fell apart on several different bills this week. At least 3 of the appropriations bills needed to adjourn for the year are headed to a conference committee, which creates additional steps, strategies and tactics. As a result, we are likely looking at least one more week. I am officially done making predictions on when adjournment sine die will happen.

It appears as though they will wrap up things next week. HF 493 is still out there, and the ACLU and the Landlords of Iowa have asked me to help them with House leadership.


Also, earlier in the month, Gov. Branstad, signed Senate File 229, an Act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in certain dwellings and multiple-unit residential buildings.  This bill passed the Iowa House 87-9 on March 30, 2016 and the Iowa Senate 36-14 on April 6.

Any questions regarding our legislative work should be directed to: joshc@conlinproperties.com.

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