Transportation – All-Bill Summary 2020

All bills assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee, passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor for her signature in 2020.

SF 388 – Iowa Medal of Honor Highway

SF 388 renames U.S. Highway 20, which runs between Dubuque and Sioux City, the “Iowa Medal of Honor Highway.” The Department of Transportation will work with private entities on the creation, installation and placement of signs proclaiming the new highway designation.
[6/10: 49-0 (Absent: Feenstra)]

SF 2091 – Odometer requirements

SF 2091 complies with regulations issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for odometer disclosure statements when registering and titling a motor vehicle. Previously, a vehicle model that was at least 10 years old was exempt from the odometer disclosure statement. This bill requires a 20-year look-back.
[2/25: 50-0]

SF 2250 – Timber buyers

SF 2250 aims to stop timber theft by requiring a person who transports timber to possess a completed form approved by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), showing written proof of ownership or consent of the owner to take the timber. Failure to provide a completed form is a serious misdemeanor, but the violation may be removed if a form is completed and presented to the DNR before the date of enforcement of the fine.
[2/24: 50-0]

SF 2296 – Vehicle independent contractors

SF 2296 defines the term “owns” as it relates to an owner-operator of a vehicle who qualifies as an independent contractor. Under Iowa’s worker compensation, wage and unemployment laws, a worker or an employee is entitled to certain benefits. However, the terms “worker” and “employee” do not apply to independent contractors.
[2/24: 32-18, party line]

HF 2235 – CDL and human trafficking

HF 2235 complies with federal regulations for commercial driver’s licenses by disqualifying for life those who commit a felony involving a severe form of human trafficking while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
[3/2: 50-0]

HF 2310 – Oversized loads

HF 2310 eliminates the annual permit for a vehicle or a combination of vehicles transporting a divisible load of hay, stover, straw or bagged livestock bedding. It also increases the maximum size to 12 feet 5 inches wide, 75 feet long and 14 feet 6 inches high.
[6/6: 49-0 (Excused: Zumbach)]

HF 2360 – Expiration of driver’s license

HF 2360 – Under previous law, for a person is between 17 years 11 months and 72 years, a driver’s license expires eight years from the licensee’s birthday, but not to exceed their 78th birthday. The bill makes the upper age limit 78 and is effective September 1, 2020.
[6/6: 46-4 (No: Celsi, Hogg, Quirmbach, Wahls)]

HF 2372 – Exemption for chauffeur licenses

HF 2372 exempts a farmer or farmer’s hired help from having a chauffeur license when operating a special truck owned by the farmer and exclusively transporting the farmer’s products within 100 miles from land owned or rented by the farmer. The bill also allows an autistic driver to have that status noted on their driver’s license if they choose.
[6/3: 49-0 (Absent: Hogg)]