Dems: Appropriations – week of April 18, 2016

April 25, 2016

SF 2311 – Gold Star Museum

SF 2316 – Court debt collection

SF 2313 – Iowa Workforce Development

SF 2320 – FY17 Transportation Budget

SF 2321/HF 2457 – FY17 Judicial Branch Budget

SF 2322 – FY17 Justice System Budget

SF 2314 – FY17 Administration & Regulation Budget

SF 2323 – FY17 Education Budget

SF 2324 – FY17 Infrastructure Budget

HF 2439 – E911 surcharge

HF 2455 – FY17 Economic Development Budget



SF 2311 codifies the Gold Star Museum. The Department of Public Defense includes the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum and must perform all functions, responsibilities, powers and duties concerning the museum.

[4/18: 50-0]



SF 2313 makes these changes to conform state law to the requirements of federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act:


Division 1:

  • Adds four nonvoting members to the state Iowa Workforce Development Board: Department of Blind, Department on Aging, Department of Corrections and Department of Human Services. No changes to the voting membership. No changes to the labor and business balance.
  • Makes changes to the state Workforce Board to allow for additional duties. The Board may designate and direct the activities of standing committees to provide information to assist in carrying out its duties. Instead of a 20-year workforce plan, there is a four-year comprehensive workforce development plan.
  • Renames the regional advisory boards to local workforce development boards. Current membership requirements do not change, although the bill allows the boards to add nonvoting members. The bill adds duties to the local workforce development boards to conform to the federal Act.

Division 2:

  • Authorizes the Department of Workforce Development to join a consortium with Idaho and Vermont to modify the Idaho unemployment benefit payment software system. Iowa’s system of claiming unemployment benefits and paying out the benefits is a 1974 system.
  • Appropriates $5.9 million in federal funds to purchase and modify an unemployment system.
  • Addresses an incident from March 8, 2014, when the unemployment claims system malfunctioned and incorrectly paid out unemployment benefits to individuals. Instead of correcting the issue, the former Director of IWD told claimants to keep the money even if they weren’t eligible for it.
  • States that we will not pursue recovery of overpayments caused by the telephone system malfunction on March 8, 2014.
  • Appropriates $528,379.68 in federal funds to the Unemployment Trust Fund. These federal funds have never been part of the Unemployment Trust Fund and were never used in the calculation of rate tables. This makes the trust fund and employer loss of funds whole.

[4/18: 27-23 (party-line, except Schneider voting “yes”)]



SF 2314 is the Administration & Regulation Budget for FY17. It includes spending of $50.8 million and covers 1248.83 full-time employees. Highlights include:

  • Services to children and seniors are fully covered with appropriations for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and nursing home inspections. Up to $100,000 will be transferred from the Department of Inspections & Appeals (DIA) to CASA to make up for an anticipated shortfall.
  • Des Moines franchise fee refund of $185,000 goes to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) utility division.
  • DAS Family and Medical Leave Act – Third-party administrator report to joint subcommittee.
  • Governor’s language on DIA food inspections, revenue neutral.
  • Separates ceremonial space line item in DAS. This covers the Iowa Capitol building.
  • Department of Management (DOM) Customer Council Legislative Interim Study Committee. Freezes costumer council rate increases until report is submitted on July 1, 2017.
  • DOM Customer Council will do a rate report annually.
  • Separates equally General Fund money for Secretary of State into two line items: Elections and Business Services.

[Floor 4/18: 26-24; Committee 4/14: party line (Zumbach excused)]



SF 2316 makes adjustments to the way Iowa collects court debt. Changes ensure the amount collected by the state will be revenue neutral in FY17. Highlights include:

  • Clarifies that if a person’s driver’s license has been suspended or if the clerk of court has reported a delinquency, the person may enter into a payment plan. This will help drivers get their license back in a more timely fashion.
  • If court debt has been assigned to a county attorney, a county attorney’s designee or a private collection designee, it will remain so assigned.
  • Clarifies that a suspension of a driver’s license is terminated if the suspension has not yet become effective. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) must immediately reinstate a license for a case that has an installment plan.
  • If a person is in default, they get 15 days to provide a new financial statement showing their situation has changed to the extent that they are able to negotiate a lower payment installment agreement. The person will not be considered in default. The new agreement will not be considered a new installment agreement for the purposes of calculating the total number of installment agreements a person may have.
  • Strikes: “If an installment agreement is in default, the fine, penalty, surcharge, or court cost covered under the agreement will not become part of any new installment agreement.”
  • If full payment is not received by 30 days after it has been assessed, or if an installment payment is not received within 30 days after the due date, the Judicial Branch must assign a case to a private collection designee, unless the debt has been assigned to a county attorney.
  • If full payment for a debt is not received 30 days after the court debt has been received, or if an installment payment has not been received within 30 days after its due date, the debt is assigned to the county attorney. This applies if a county attorney has filed with the clerk of court that they are participating in the program.
  • Court debt is assigned to a county attorney or a private collection designee using the same electronic format. A county attorney is not required to file an individual notice of full commitment to collect court debt for each assigned case.
  • If the county attorney, while collecting delinquent court debt, determines that a person owes additional court debt, the county attorney must notify the clerk of court of the appropriate case numbers and the Judicial Branch must assign these cases to the county attorney for collection.
  • Participating county attorneys collect debt after 30 days, not 60 days. County attorneys are no longer required to file annually with the clerk of court that they want to participate in the court debt collection program. If a county attorney wants to begin participation, they must file with the clerk of court on or before May 15. They would cease participation at the beginning of the new fiscal year (July 1). If the court administrator determines that the county attorney is no longer eligible to participate, the court debt stays with the county attorney for collection unless an installment payment becomes delinquent, in which case the remaining debt is promptly transferred to the private collection designee.
  • The amount county attorneys retain for collecting court debt is reduced from 40 percent to 28 percent. The remaining 72 percent is paid to the clerk of court.
  • After the total collected by a county attorney exceeds their threshold amount, 5 percent of the additional money collected is deposited with the county attorney’s office. The counties then retain 33 percent (28 percent to the county’s general fund and 5 percent to the county attorney). The remainder (67 percent) is deposited with the clerk of court.
  • The threshold for counties with a population greater than 150,000 is increased from $500,000 to $1 million (Polk, Linn, Scott).
  • The threshold for counties with a population greater than 100,000 but not more than 150,000 is increased from $400,000 to $600,000 (Black Hawk Johnson, Woodbury).
  • The threshold for a county with a population greater than 50,000 but not more than 100,000 is increased from $250,000 to $300,000 (Pottawattamie, Story, Dallas).
  • A county that enters into a 28E agreement with another county or counties must collect an amount equal to their own applicable threshold, for purposes of distribution of court debt.
  • Beginning July 1, 2017, within two years of collecting debt, a county must collect 100 percent of the applicable threshold. If a county collects more than 80 percent but not more than 100 percent of their threshold, the court administrator must place the county on “probation.” A county on probation can remain eligible to participate in the collection program if they collect at least 125 percent of their threshold by the end of the next fiscal year. If a probationary county fails to meet these requirements, the court administrator will provide notice that the county is ineligible to participate in the program the next two fiscal years. If ineligible to participate, all existing and future court cases with delinquent court debt will be assigned to the private collection designee.
  • The State Auditor must review the collection rate for each county that has filed to collect court debt, and file a report with the Legislature by January 1, 2018. In addition, the State Auditor must distribute the report to the Judicial Branch and to each participating county attorney.
  • Current law regarding counties in a 28E agreement remains in effect until the changes regarding a “probation period” take effect July 1, 2017.
  • Strikes a reference to the State Debt Coordinator. The coordinator was never appointed.

[Floor 4/18: 50-0; Committee 4/18: 20-0 (Zumbach excused)]



SF 2320 appropriates $378.2 million to the Department of Transportation (DOT) in FY17. This includes $50.4 million from the Road Use Tax Fund, $325.3 million from the Primary Road Fund and $2.3 million from the State Aviation Fund. Highlights include:

  • $1.1 million increase to the Operations Division.
  • $313,000 increase to the Planning, Program & Modal Division.
  • $289,000 million increase to the Motor Vehicle Division.
  • $67,000 increase to the Performance & Technology Division.
  • $58,000 increase for DOT payments to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS).
  • $362,000 increase for DOT payments to DAS for workers compensation payments.
  • $100,000 increase for DOT payments for indirect cost recoveries to the General Fund.
  • $68,000 increase for payments to the State Auditor.
  • $300,000 to support the Traffic & Criminal Software (TraCS) and Mobile Architecture for                Communications Handling software programs.
  • $100,000 increase for the maintenance of field facilities in the Motor Vehicle Division.
  • $10.4 million increase to the Highway Division.
  • $242,000 for transportation maps (appropriated every other year).
  • $250,000 for maintenance of rest areas.
  • $150,000 for improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • $4.9 million to create a combined maintenance facility for Mount Pleasant and Fairfield.
  • $1.5 million for grants to commercial service airports from the State Aviation Fund. Previously money came from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF).
  • $750,000 for grants to general airports from the State Aviation Fund. Previously money came from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF).
  • $149.3 million for the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program.
  • Funds cannot be used to construct, rent, lease, maintain, support or staff a facility in Dallas County if the facility is or will be used to issue driver’s licenses.
  • Instructs the DOT to adopt a process for a political subdivision that has ceased operation of an airport to submit an application to forgive any required repayment of financial assistance that may be owed to the state due to closure. The application must include a cost-benefit analysis and plans for the future use of the airport. If the future use results in a project that creates jobs and expands the economy, the DOT will forgive any required repayment, if the amount of private investment is equal to at least two times the amount estimated to be repaid to the state.

[Floor 4/19: 27-23 (party-line, except Schultz voting “yes”); Committee 4/18: 13-8 (party-line)]



SF 2321/HF 2457 appropriates $181,786,612 to the Judicial Branch for FY17. Of that, $3.1 million is for the Jury & Witness Fee Revolving Fund. This is a status quo budget. The bill allows the Judicial Branch to use money in the Enhanced Court Collections Fund and the Court Technology & Modernization Fund for Judicial Branch operational costs and other purposes and duties.

[Floor 4/19: 26-24 (party-line); Committee 4/18: 13-8 (party-line)]



SF 2323 appropriates $1,009.7 million for FY17 to the Department for the Blind, the College Student Aid Commission, the Department of Education and the Board of Regents. This is an increase of $4.9 million. There is a Standing Appropriation adjustment to the Child Development/Shared Visions program and its appropriation of $12.6 million. The bill budgets $40.3 million from the Skilled Worker & Job Creation Fund, same as last year. All line items are status quo unless noted. Highlights include:


Board of Regents: An increase of $6.3 million

  • A decrease of $300,000 for the Board of Regents Office
  • An increase of $1.3 million for the University of Iowa ( UI = .6 percent increase)
  • An increase of $2.2 million for Iowa State University (ISU = 1.2 percent increase)
  • An increase of $2.8 million for the University of Northern Iowa (UNI = 2.9 percent increase)
  • An increase of $214,000 for the Iowa School for the Deaf (2.25 percent increase, like K-12)
  • An increase of $89,000 for the Iowa Braille & Sight Saving School (2.25 percent increase, like K-12)


Department of Education: An increase of $1.5 million

  • Administration – A decrease of $250,000 (-4 percent)
  • Task Force Support – A decrease of $25,000 (eliminates funding)
  • Fine Arts Mentoring – A new appropriation of $25,000
  • Iowa Learning Online – A decrease of $1.25 million. We keep the line item and fund it at $250,000. It was scheduled to be zeroed out this year, but we to keep progressing in this state-run effort.


Community Colleges General Aid – An increase of $3 million (1.5 percent increase)


Student Aid Commission

  • National Guard Education Assistance Program – A decrease of $3 million to reflect decreasing demand and an anticipated FY16 ending balance of $2.6 million. The bill provides non-reversion language for the ending balance, making FY17 funding $4.6 million, as requested by the National Guard.
  • Rural Nurse & Physician Assistant – A decrease of $200,000 to reflect lower than anticipated demand.
  • Iowa Tuition Grant (Nonprofit) – An increase of $276,000 (.6 percent increase)


  • Iowa Tuition Grant (For-Profit) – Status Quo


Code Changes

  • One-year delay of intensive summer reading programs and third-grade retention
  • Head Start Teachers – allows Head Start Programs to count in the teacher mentoring program for initial educator licensure requirements.
  • High-needs schools – delays $10 million standing appropriation again this year
  • Teacher Leadership – prorates final appropriation amount so that all districts receive funding in year 3
  • Child Development/Shared Visions – moves this Standings appropriation to the Education Budget
  • Fine Arts Beginning Teacher Mentoring – new program with $25,000


A floor amendment made these changes:

  • One-year delay on statewide assessment implementation
  • Removes the combination of cosmetologist/barber program from the for-profit Iowa Tuition Grant.

[Floor 4/19: 27-23 (party-line, with Bertrand voting “yes”); Committee 4/18: 13-8 (party-line)]



HF 2455 appropriates $43 million for FY17. There is a standings appropriation adjustment of $1.5 million. Without the adjustment, the bill appropriates $696,763 less than FY16. Also, the bill appropriates $27.9 million in other funds. The FTEs are the same as authorized in the FY16 budget bill. Changes from FY 16 budget bill:

  • A decrease of $94,000, which eliminates the line-item appropriation for battle flag stabilization to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). As a condition of the appropriation for the historical division to DCA, $90,000 must be used to stabilize and preserve the state battle flag collection.
  • $416,702 has been added to the Economic Development Budget from Standings for County Endowment Grants/Community Cultural Grants (same as FY16 appropriation).
  • A decrease of $400,000 to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).
  • $1,124,000 is added to the Economic Development Budget from Standings for tourism marketing (same as FY16).
  • $1 million to IEDA out of the Skilled Worker & Job Creation Fund for STEM internships with eligible Iowa employers.
  • New language under Iowa Finance Authority’s Rent Subsidy program regarding a wait list and priority.
  • A decrease of $274,819 to the Labor Services Division at Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), which is reallocated to a separate line item for State Accounting System reimbursements.
  • A decrease of $202,763 to IWD field offices.
  • Makes changes to the Iowa Code regarding the State Historical Society Board. Since Iowa lost one congressional district to redistricting in 2010, the Iowa Code language member allocation does not add to the total number of members. This makes the required change and requires that out of the five members the Governor appoints at large, at least two (before it was one) must be faculty at an Iowa college or university in a discipline related to the work of the historical society.
  • Requests the Legislative Council to establish an interim study committee to look at appropriations to the World Food Prize.

An amendment was adopted on the floor, which:

  • Makes changes to Workforce Satellite Field Offices, reducing their General Fund allocation and increasing funding on the Unemployment Insurance Interest. This funds satellite field offices at the correct amount needed to maintain four offices and allows more flexibility in the General Fund line item for the one-stop offices.
  • Creates a Community Catalyst Building Remediation Fund under Iowa’s Economic Development Authority. The new fund will provide grants to cities for the remediation of underused buildings.
  • Adds “butyric acid” to the list of building block chemicals for the Renewable Chemical Tax Credit (SF 2300), which has already been signed by the Governor.

[4/19: 13-8 (party-line); 4/20: 27-23 (party-line except Bertrand voting “yes”)]



SF 2324 is the FY17 Infrastructure Budget. Amounts include appropriations previously enacted. Highlights include:


RIIF Fund – $192,271,442

  • Department of Administrative Services
    • Major Maintenance – $11.25 million. DAS must use project requests listed for the third quarter of FY16; $100,000 is earmarked for major maintenance of monuments without dedicated maintenance funds, subject to a $2-to-$1 match from a private source of funding; $250,000 is for installation of outdoor lighting at the Capitol.
    • Wallace Building renovation – $1


  • Department of Ag & Land Stewardship
    • $5.1 million – Water Quality Initiative ($450,000 for the ISU Nutrient Research Center)
    • $1.92 million – Ag Drainage Wells


  • Department of Corrections – $150,000 – CBC District 3 Infrastructure (Sioux City)


  • Department of Cultural Affairs
    • $1 – State Historical Building
    • $1 million – Great Places
    • $250,000 in FY17 and $250,000 in FY18 – Repairing active corrosion issues along the waterline of the USS Iowa
    • $500,000 – Rural YMCAs (Strengthening Iowa Communities). YMCAs in a communities under 35,000 are eligible (up from 28,000).


  • Economic Development Authority
    • $5 million – Community Attraction & Tourism
    • $500,000 – Regional Sport Authorities
    • $300,000 – World Food Prize, Borlaug/Ruan Scholar Program


  • Department of Human Services
    • $500,000 – Nursing Home Facility Improvements
    • $485,000 – Homestead (Autism Services), renovation to facilities
    • Youth Emergency Shelter Facility Infrastructure – corrective/retroactive language for FY16 appropriation of $500,000


  • Judicial Branch – $6.718 million FY17, $1.142 million FY18 and $1.8 million FY19 for furniture, fixtures and equipment costs for Polk County


  • Justice Center –                 $250,000 for technology and infrastructure projects related to courthouse security in counties with a population below 25,000.


  • Iowa Finance Authority – $3 million to State Housing Trust Fund


  • Environment First Fund – $42 million


  • Department of Natural Resources
    • $3 million – state park infrastructure
    • $9.6 million – lake restoration
    • Amends Iowa Code regarding willow lakes or wetlands. The DNR is to consult with stakeholders and include improvements to willow lakes with the appropriation for lake restoration. The DNR is to dedicate at least 8 to 12 percent of the appropriation for lake restoration to willow lakes projects.
    • $1.5 million – water trails and low head dam grants
    • $1.75 million – Iowa Parks Foundation grants


  • Department of Public Defense – $3.8 million for various projects


  • Department of Public Safety – $1 for renovations at Iowa Law Enforcement Academy


  • Board of Regents
    • $32.44 million – tuition replacement
    • $19.5 million – ISU Biosciences Building, multi-year commitment
    • $23 million – U of I Pharmacy Building, multi-year commitment
    • $1 million – ISU Student Innovation Center ($40 million over five years)


  • State Fair – $500,000 in FY17 and $500,000 in FY18 for remodeling northwest portion of the fairgrounds, including a new events area and updates to the grandstand, stage and midway.


  • Department of Transportation
    • $3.4 million – recreational trails
    • $1.5 million – public transit vertical infrastructure grants
    • $2 million – Railroad Revolving Loan & Grant Fund


  • County Fairs Infrastructure – $1,060,000


Technology Projects

  • Department of Cultural Affairs –                $250,000 in FY17 and $250,000 in FY18 for Sullivan Brothers Veterans Museum, Korean War Project


  • Department of Education
    • $2.7 million – ICN Part II, maintenance & leases
    • $363,839 – Statewide Education Data Warehouse (total is $600,000)
    • $1.01 million – IPTV equipment replacement
    • FY13 appropriation of $320,000 to IPTV for high-powered transmitting tubes will not revert until the end of FY18.
    • $1.15 million – ICN equipment replacement


  • Department of Human Rights
    • $1.34 million – Criminal Justice Info System Integration
    • $117,980 – Justice Data Warehouse


  • Department of Management
    • $45,000 – Searchable Online Budget & Tax Database
    • $50,000 – Electronic Grants Management System (GEMS)


  • Department of Public Health
    • $500,000 – Database integration, maternal and child health
    • $300,000 – Congenital Inherited Disorders Registry
    • $75,000 – Pharmacy statewide safety net


  • Department of Homeland Security – $400,000 for Mass Notification & Emergency Messaging System


  • Department of Public Defense – $250,000 for exhibit improvements at the Gold Star Museum


  • Department of Public Safety – $150,000 for DNA marker software at the DCI lab in Ankeny


  • Secretary of State – $550,000 for voter registration systems and business services data systems in consultation with the Chief Information Officer


  • Technology Reinvestment Fund – $236,161 to Educational Data Warehouse (leaves a $0 balance in the fund).


State Bond Repayment Fund – $28.99 million

  • Department of Administrative Services – $9.99 million for repair and renovation of the Capitol dome


  • Iowa Finance Authority – $606,125 for Home Modification Assistance Program Grants. Permanent home modifications that permit individuals with disabilities to remain in their homes.


  • Iowa Board of Regents – $15.9 million for Schindler Education Building renovation at UNI (final year)


  • Iowa Veterans Home
    • $500,000 for Loftus ramp to meet ADA compliance
    • $2 million for renovation of Sheeler & Loftus buildings


Other items

  • Youth Emergency Shelter Services – Corrective language to FY16 appropriation of $500,000. The expenditures and dollar-for-dollar match requirements may be made from FY15. This is retroactive and effective upon enactment.


  • Department of Corrections – Funds remaining from the prison construction projects do not revert but are available for major maintenance projects – $162,000.


  • ICN – Allows the Iowa Telecommunications & Technology Commission to enter into a contract in excess of the contract limitation amount for the Commission’s network core upgrade project. This applies for the duration of the Commission’s project and to all existing or future contracts associated with the project. Effective upon enactment.


Restricted employee salaries

  • Beginning July 1, 2016, money appropriated from RIIF and used for infrastructure projects will not be used for salary or other compensation costs of a restricted employee. Restricted employee is defined as an elective constitutional or statutory officer, a state employee whose salary is set by the Governor within a range set by the Legislature, or a president of a State Board of Regents Institution.
  • Agency budget requests (beginning with FY18) that include a request for an appropriation from RIIF for a vertical infrastructure project must include salary cost information. The salary cost information will include the number of FTEs to be used for the requested project and the portion of salaries and any compensation costs attributable to these FTEs that will be paid from the requested appropriation from RIIF.


Executive Council – For FY17, the Executive Council may spend funds as a performance-of-duty expense for acquisition of property located at 525 E. 9th Street near the Capitol.

[Floor 4/20: 27-23 (party-line, except Johnson voting “yes”); Committee 4/19: 13-8 (party-line)]



HF 2439 relates to the distribution and permissible expenditures of the E911 emergency communications service surcharge. Under current Code section 34A.7A, a monthly surcharge is imposed on all communications service providers in Iowa. Money collected pursuant to the surcharge is deposited in a fund and are distributed by the E911 program manager in a priority order. The bill increases the amount allocated for funding from 46 percent to 60 percent of the total amount of surcharge generated.


The program manager must allocate a minimum of $1,000 per calendar quarter for each public safety answering point (PSAP) within the service area of the Department of Public Safety or joint E911 Service Board that has submitted an annual written request. Here’s how the funds are allocated:

  • 65 percent in proportion of square miles of service area to total square miles in Iowa.
  • 35 percent in proportion of wireless E911 calls taken at the PSAP in the service area to total number of wireless E911 calls originating in Iowa.
  • The minimum amount allocated to each joint E911 Service Board and to the Department of Public Safety will be no less than $1,000 for each PSAP within the service area.
  • Funds will be used by the PSAPS for the receipt and disposition of 911 calls.


The bill adds the integration of an Internet protocol-enabled next generation 911 network as a reimbursable expense.


Homeland Security may credit each fiscal year up to 12.5 percent of the funds collected from the emergency communications service surcharge and the prepaid wireless E911 surcharge to a reserve account. The reserve account must not exceed 12.5 percent of the total surcharges collected for each fiscal year. Money credited to the reserve account will be used by Homeland Security to repair or replace equipment in the event of a catastrophic equipment failure, as determined by the director.


If there are funds remaining after meeting all obligations, the remainder will be spent and distributed in this priority order:

  • The E911 Communications Council may provide a grant to any PSAP agreeing to consolidate. Consolidate is defined as the consolidation of all PSAP systems, functions, enhanced 911 service areas and physical facilities of two or more PSAPS, resulting in the consolidated PSAP being responsible for all call answering and dispatch functions for the combined enhanced 911 service area; or the consolidation of two or more PSAPs using shared services technology to combine PSAP systems, including 911 call processing equipment, computer-aided dispatch, mapping, radio and logging records. The grant must not exceed one-half of the projected cost of consolidation, or $200,000, whichever is less.
  • The grant program will expire on June 30, 2022.
  • The director, in consultation with the program manager and the E911 Communication Council, must adopt rules governing the eligibility for the consolidation grants.
  • Appropriates $4.4 million from the E911 surcharge fund in FY17
    • For consolidation grants (up to $200,000 and not more than half of the consolidation costs).
    • Grants may be provided through June 30, 2022, subject to available funding.
  • The program manager must allocate an equal amount of money to each PSAP.


Up to $100,000 per fiscal year can be used for public awareness and education programs related to using 911, education programs for those responsible for maintaining, operating and upgrading local E911 systems, and the expenses of E911 Communications Council members for travel, monthly meetings and training, provided they have not received reimbursement from another source.


The program manager must allocate remaining funds equally to PSAPS for these costs:

  • Costs related to the receipt and disposition of 911 calls, including hardware and software for an Internet protocol-enabled next generation 911 network.
  • Local costs related to accessing the state’s interoperable communications system.


Study of consolidation of PSAPS – Homeland Security must conduct a study to determine how PSAPS can be consolidated to achieve operational and cost efficiencies. The study will also review sections 34A.7 (Funding – wire-line E911 Service Charge ) and 34A.7A (Emergency Communications Service Surcharge – Fund Established -Distribution and Permissible Expenditures) to determine the most efficient method of distributing surcharge revenue to support a network of consolidated PSAPs. Homeland Security must submit a report on the study by January 15, 2017.

[Floor 4/19: 50-0; Committee 4/18: 21-0]




SF 2322 appropriates $566,457,700, which is $5,252,781 over FY16, for the justice system. With a standings adjustment, it works out to $5,193,048 over FY16. Most departments get status quo budgets. The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections receive increases. The Department of Corrections will receive an additional $3,358,075 after the standings adjustment. The Department of Public Safety will receive $385,055,323, an increase of $1,834,973 above FY16. Public Safety will receive $95,072,357.


Language changes and significant FTE changes include:

  • Allowing the Victims Assistance Division to add 5 FTEs using federal grant money to implement a multi-million dollar federal grant to serve victims.
  • Providing for an additional 4 FTEs at the Department of Public Safety—3 FTEs using a federal grant to help fight Social Security Fraud and 1 FTE using applications for permit funds to help root out those illegally trying to purchase firearms.
  • Allowing the Public Defender to start a pilot program that would let an indigent person select their own attorney from a list of eligible attorneys in no more than four counties.
  • Providing the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy with an additional FTE to do human trafficking and domestic violence training throughout the state for local law enforcement agencies. The funding for this FTE will be provided from the Human Trafficking Enforcement Fund, the Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund or the Victim Compensation Fund. These funds are housed in the Victims Assistance Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
  • There is a decrease from the Gaming Enforcement Fund to DPS, which reflects an agreement to reduce the number of agents at the gaming facilities.

[4/18: 13-8 (party-line)]

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