Senate File 223 - Introduced SENATE FILE 223 BY DIX , SORENSON , FEENSTRA , HAHN , HAMERLINCK , ERNST , BERTRAND , ANDERSON , BOETTGER , SMITH , GREINER , KAPUCIAN , CHELGREN , JOHNSON , BARTZ , WARD , SEYMOUR , HOUSER , BEHN , McKINLEY , KETTERING , ZAUN , and BACON A BILL FOR An Act relating to the imposition of a hiring freeze for state 1 departments and establishments and including effective date 2 provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1162XS (8) 84 aw/rj
S.F. 223 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 2.11A Officers and employees —— 1 hiring. 2 Notwithstanding the provisions in section 2.11, each house 3 of the general assembly shall establish a policy restricting 4 the creation and filling of full-time equivalent positions 5 comparable to the restrictions imposed in section 8.36A, 6 subsection 2, paragraph “c” . 7 Sec. 2. Section 2.42, Code 2011, is amended by adding the 8 following new subsection: 9 NEW SUBSECTION . 17. To implement a policy restricting 10 the creation and filling of full-time equivalent positions 11 comparable to the restrictions imposed in section 8.36A, 12 subsection 2, paragraph “c” . 13 Sec. 3. Section 8.36A, subsection 2, Code 2011, is amended 14 by adding the following new paragraph: 15 NEW PARAGRAPH . c. (1) A department or establishment shall 16 not create new or fill vacant existing full-time equivalent 17 positions except as specifically authorized by this section. 18 (2) A department or establishment, including the regents 19 universities, may establish new or fill vacant existing 20 full-time equivalent positions, if a corresponding reduction in 21 full-time equivalent positions is made within the department or 22 establishment, or within another department or establishment. 23 (3) A department’s or establishment’s hiring requirements 24 that are directly related to the following activities are 25 exempt from the restrictions of subparagraph (1): 26 (a) Direct custody, supervision, and patient care in 27 corrections, juvenile rehabilitation, institutional care of 28 veterans, the mentally ill, and the developmentally disabled, 29 state hospitals, the glenwood state resource center, the 30 woodward state resource center, the state mental health 31 institutes, the Iowa braille and sight saving school, and the 32 state school for the deaf. 33 (b) Direct protective services to children and other 34 vulnerable populations in the department of human services. 35 -1- LSB 1162XS (8) 84 aw/rj 1/ 3
S.F. 223 (c) Operations of the Iowa state patrol, criminal 1 investigation, fire marshal, intelligence, and narcotics 2 enforcement divisions of the department of public safety. 3 (d) Hazardous materials response and emergency cleanup. 4 (e) Emergency public health and patient safety response and 5 the operation of the state hygienic laboratory. 6 (f) Military operations and emergency management within the 7 department of public defense. 8 (g) Fire fighting. 9 Sec. 4. Section 262.9, Code 2011, is amended by adding the 10 following new subsection: 11 NEW SUBSECTION . 36. Establish a policy restricting 12 the creation and filling of full-time equivalent positions 13 comparable to the restrictions imposed in section 8.36A, 14 subsection 2, paragraph “c” . 15 Sec. 5. Section 602.1204, Code 2011, is amended by adding 16 the following new subsection: 17 NEW SUBSECTION . 2A. The state court administrator under 18 the direction of the supreme court shall establish a policy 19 restricting the creation and filling of full-time equivalent 20 positions comparable to the restrictions imposed in section 21 8.36A, subsection 2, paragraph “c” . 22 Sec. 6. EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT. This Act, being deemed of 23 immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment. 24 EXPLANATION 25 This bill places a hiring freeze on state employment within 26 the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The hiring 27 freeze extends to the regents institutions. 28 The bill prohibits the creation of new full-time equivalent 29 positions. The bill also prohibits hiring in order to fill 30 existing vacant positions. 31 The bill provides that a state agency may establish new or 32 fill vacant existing positions if matching reductions are made 33 in equivalent positions elsewhere within the agency, or within 34 another state agency. 35 -2- LSB 1162XS (8) 84 aw/rj 2/ 3
S.F. 223 The bill allows for hiring when the position relates 1 to certain activities not subject to the hiring freeze. 2 Activities directly related to custody, supervision and 3 patient care in corrections; juvenile rehabilitation; 4 veterans institutional care; care for the mentally ill or 5 developmentally disabled; state hospitals; schools for the 6 blind or the deaf; and special mental health centers. Also 7 exempted are activities related to direct child and vulnerable 8 population protective services; those occurring within certain 9 divisions of the department of public safety; those related 10 to hazardous materials response and cleanup; those related to 11 emergency public health; those related to military operations 12 and emergency management under the department of public 13 defense; and those related to fire fighting. 14 The bill takes effect upon enactment. 15 -3- LSB 1162XS (8) 84 aw/rj 3/ 3