House File 243 - Enrolled




                                             HOUSE FILE 243

                             AN ACT
 PROVIDING FOR GENDER BALANCE ON LOCAL BOARDS, COMMISSIONS,
    COMMITTEES, AND COUNCILS, AND INCLUDING AN APPLICABILITY
    PROVISION.

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

    Section 1.  Section 69.16A, Code 2009, is amended to read
 as follows:
    69.16A  GENDER BALANCE.
    1.  All appointive boards, commissions, committees, and
 councils of the state established by the Code, if not
 otherwise provided by law, shall be gender balanced.  No
 person shall be appointed or reappointed to any board,
 commission, committee, or council established by the Code if
 that appointment or reappointment would cause the number of
 members of the board, commission, committee, or council of one
 gender to be greater than one=half the membership of the
 board, commission, committee, or council plus one if the
 board, commission, committee, or council is composed of an odd
 number of members.  If the board, commission, committee, or
 council is composed of an even number of members, not more
 than one=half of the membership shall be of one gender.  If
 there are multiple appointing authorities for a board,
 commission, committee, or council, they shall consult each
 other to avoid a violation of this section.  This section
 shall not prohibit an individual from completing a term being
 served on June 30, 1987.
    2.  All appointive boards, commissions, committees, and
 councils of a political subdivision of the state that are
 established by the Code, if not otherwise provided by law,
 shall be gender balanced as provided by subsection 1 unless
 the political subdivision has made a good faith effort to
 appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy on a board,
 commission, committee, or council in compliance with
 subsection 1 for a period of three months but has been unable
 to make a compliant appointment.  In complying with the
 requirements of this subsection, political subdivisions shall
 utilize a fair and unbiased method of selecting the best
 qualified applicants.  This subsection shall not prohibit an
 individual whose term expires prior to January 1, 2012, from
 being reappointed even though the reappointment continues an
 inequity in gender balance.
    Sec. 2.  APPLICABILITY.  This Act is applicable to
 appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils of a
 political subdivision of the state on and after January 1,
 2012.


                                                             
                               PATRICK J. MURPHY
                               Speaker of the House


                                                             
                               JOHN P. KIBBIE
                               President of the Senate

    I hereby certify that this bill originated in the House and
 is known as House File 243, Eighty=third General Assembly.


                                                             
                               MARK BRANDSGARD
                               Chief Clerk of the House
 Approved                , 2009


                            
 CHESTER J. CULVER
 Governor

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