7I.2  Iowa empowerment board created.

1.  An Iowa empowerment board is created to oversee state and community efforts involving community empowerment areas, including strategic planning, funding identification, and guidance, and to promote collaboration among state and local education, health, and human services programs.

2.  The Iowa board shall consist of eleven voting members with eight citizen members and three state agency members. The three state agency members shall be the directors of the following departments:  education, human services, and public health. The citizen members shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate. The appointments of citizen members shall be made in a manner so that all of the state's congressional districts are represented along with the ethnic, cultural, social, and economic diversity of the state. In making appointments, preference shall be given to citizens participating on a community empowerment area board. At least one of the citizen members shall be a service consumer or the parent of a service consumer. Terms of office of citizen members are three years.

3.  Citizen members shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in performance of their duties. Members shall be paid a per diem as specified in section 7E.6.

4.  In addition to the eleven voting members, the Iowa board shall include six members of the general assembly with not more than two members from each chamber being from the same political party. The three senators shall be appointed by the majority leader of the senate after consultation with the president of the senate and the minority leader of the senate. The three representatives shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives after consultation with the majority and minority leaders of the house of representatives. Legislative members shall serve in an ex officio, nonvoting capacity. A legislative member is eligible for per diem and expenses as provided in section 2.10.

5.  The Iowa board shall designate a community empowerment assistance team or teams of state agency staff to provide technical assistance and other support to community empowerment areas. The technical assistance shall be available in at least three levels of support as follows:

a.  Support to areas experienced in operating an innovation zone or decategorization project with an extensive record of success in collaboration between education, health, or human services interests.

b.  Support to areas experienced in operating an innovation zone or decategorization project.

c.  Support to areas forming an initial community empowerment area with no previous experience operating an innovation zone or decategorization project.

6.  Staffing services to the Iowa board shall be provided by the state agencies which are represented on the Iowa board and by other state agencies making staffing available to the board.

7.  The Iowa board may designate an advisory council consisting of representatives from community empowerment area boards.

8.  The Iowa board shall elect a chairperson from among the citizen board members and may select other officers from among the citizen board members as determined to be necessary by the board. The board shall meet regularly as determined by the board, upon the call of the board's chairperson, or upon the call of a majority of voting members.

Section History: Recent form

  98 Acts, ch 1206, §3, 20


  Duties related to community empowerment areas and boards and school ready children grant program; 98 Acts, ch 1206, § 13; 98 Acts, ch 1223, §32

  Transition board; emergency rules; initial board appointments; 98 Acts, ch 1206, §15, 16, 18

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