Iowa General Assembly Daily Bills, Amendments & Study Bills March 17, 2009



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HF 755

House File 755 - Introduced

HOUSE FILE

BY COMMITTEE ON VETERANS

AFFAIRS
(SUCCESSOR TO HF 575)

Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date

Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays

Approved
A BILL FOR
1 An Act concerning eligibility for the injured veterans grant

2 program.

3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

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1 1 Section 1. Section 35A.14, subsection 5, paragraph a, Code

1 2 2009, is amended to read as follows:

1 3 a. Grants shall be paid in increments of two thousand five

1 4 hundred dollars, up to a maximum of ten thousand dollars, upon

1 5 proof that the veteran has been evacuated from the operational

1 6 theater in which the veteran was injured to a military

1 7 hospital or that the veteran has suffered an injury requiring



1 8 at least thirty consecutive days of hospitalization at a

1 9 military hospital, for an injury received in the line of duty

1 10 and shall continue to be paid, at thirty=day intervals, up to

1 11 the maximum amount, so long as the veteran is hospitalized or

1 12 receiving medical care or rehabilitation services authorized

1 13 by the military.

1 14 EXPLANATION

1 15 This bill provides that a veteran who has suffered an

1 16 injury in the line of duty requiring at least 30 consecutive

1 17 days of hospitalization at a military hospital but who wasn't

1 18 evacuated from the operational theater in which the veteran

1 19 was injured to a military hospital is eligible under the

1 20 injured veterans grant program.

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HF 756


House File 756 - Introduced

HOUSE FILE

BY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL

PROTECTION


(SUCCESSOR TO HSB 194)

Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date

Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays

Approved


A BILL FOR
1 An Act relating to regional watershed, land use, and floodplain

2 management policies.

3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

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1 1 Section 1. Section 466A.2, subsection 2, paragraph c, Code

1 2 2009, is amended by adding the following new subparagraphs:

1 3 NEW SUBPARAGRAPH. (8) Structures and conservation systems

1 4 for the prevention and mitigation of floods within the

1 5 watershed of the project.

1 6 NEW SUBPARAGRAPH. (9) Removal of channels of waterways to

1 7 allow waterways to meander.

1 8 Sec. 2. Section 466B.1, Code 2009, is amended to read as

1 9 follows:

1 10 466B.1 SHORT TITLE.

1 11 This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the

1 12 "Surface Water Protection and Flood Mitigation Act".

1 13 Sec. 3. Section 466B.3, subsection 3, Code 2009, is

1 14 amended by adding the following new paragraph:

1 15 NEW PARAGRAPH. d. Whether the potential for flood damage

1 16 in each watershed in the state has been reduced.

1 17 Sec. 4. Section 466B.3, subsection 4, paragraph l,

1 18 unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2009, is amended to read as

1 19 follows:

1 20 The governor, who shall be the chairperson, or the

1 21 governor's designee. As the chairperson, and in order to

1 22 further the coordination efforts of the council, the governor

1 23 may invite representatives from any other public agency,

1 24 private organization, business, citizen group, or nonprofit

1 25 entity to give public input at council meetings provided the

1 26 entity has an interest in the coordinated management of land

1 27 resources, soil conservation, flood mitigation, or water

1 28 quality. The governor shall also invite and solicit advice

1 29 from the following:

1 30 Sec. 5. Section 466B.3, subsection 4, Code 2009, is

1 31 amended by adding the following new paragraphs:

1 32 NEW PARAGRAPH. m. The dean of the college of engineering

1 33 at the university of Iowa or the dean's designee.

1 34 NEW PARAGRAPH. n. The director of the rebuild Iowa office

1 35 or the director's designee.


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2 1 NEW PARAGRAPH. o. The director of the Leopold center for

2 2 sustainable agriculture or the director's designee.

2 3 NEW PARAGRAPH. p. The director of the center for energy

2 4 and environmental education of the university of northern

2 5 Iowa, or the director's designee.

2 6 Sec. 6. Section 466B.3, subsection 6, paragraph b,

2 7 subparagraph (9), Code 2009, is amended to read as follows:

2 8 (9) Review best available technologies on a regular basis,

2 9 so that investments of time and program resources can be

2 10 prioritized and directed to projects that will best and most

2 11 effectively improve water quality and reduce flood damage

2 12 within regional and community subwatersheds.

2 13 Sec. 7. Section 466B.3, subsection 6, Code 2009, is

2 14 amended by adding the following new paragraph:

2 15 NEW PARAGRAPH. c. The council shall develop

2 16 recommendations for policies and funding promoting a watershed

2 17 management approach to reduce the adverse impact of future

2 18 flooding on this state's residents, businesses, communities,

2 19 and soil and water quality. Policy and funding

2 20 recommendations shall be submitted to the governor, the

2 21 general assembly, and the rebuild Iowa office not later than

2 22 November 15, 2009. The council shall consider policies and

2 23 funding options for various strategies to reduce the impact of

2 24 flooding including but not limited to additional flood plain

2 25 regulation; wetland protection, restoration, and construction;

2 26 conservation easements and other land management; perennial

2 27 ground cover and other agricultural conservation practices;

2 28 pervious pavement, bioswales, and other urban conservation

2 29 practices; and permanent or temporary water retention

2 30 structures. In developing recommendations, the council shall

2 31 consult with the rebuild Iowa office, hydrological and land

2 32 use experts, representatives of cities, counties, and soil and

2 33 water conservation districts, and other urban and regional

2 34 planning experts.

2 35 Sec. 8. Section 466B.4, subsection 1, Code 2009, is
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3 1 amended by adding the following new paragraph:

3 2 NEW PARAGRAPH. e. The land in watersheds and flood plains

3 3 should be managed to reduce flooding, reduce flood damage,

3 4 ameliorate the effects of drought, improve water quality,

3 5 improve habitat and the natural environment, increase

3 6 renewable energy production, and enhance economic and

3 7 recreational opportunities.

3 8 EXPLANATION

3 9 GENERAL. This bill provides for the management of

3 10 watersheds by two bodies: the watershed improvement review

3 11 board (board) under Code chapter 466A, and the water resources

3 12 coordinating council (council) under Code chapter 466B.

3 13 BOARD == WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT GRANTS. Currently the board

3 14 is authorized to finance local watershed improvement projects

3 15 in order to enhance the management and use of water for a

3 16 variety of purposes relating to drinking, agriculture,

3 17 recreation, sport, and economic development. The bill

3 18 authorizes the board to finance the installation of structures

3 19 for the prevention and mitigation of floods and the removal of

3 20 channels to allow waterways to meander.

3 21 COUNCIL == WATER RESOURCE PROGRAMS. Currently, the council

3 22 is composed of a number of state officials whose agencies are

3 23 interested in agriculture, natural resources, economic

3 24 development, financing, transportation, public health, or

3 25 education. The bill adds as members the dean of the college

3 26 of engineering at the university of Iowa, the director of the

3 27 rebuild Iowa office, the director of the Leopold center for

3 28 sustainable agriculture, and the director for the center for

3 29 energy and environmental education of the university of

3 30 northern Iowa, or their designees.

3 31 The purpose of the council is to preserve and protect

3 32 Iowa's water resources, and to coordinate the management of

3 33 those resources in a sustainable and fiscally responsible

3 34 manner. The bill requires the council to develop

3 35 recommendations for policies and funding to reduce the adverse
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