House File 2018 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2018 BY MEYER A BILL FOR An Act prohibiting outside employment or activities requiring 1 registration as a foreign agent and making penalties 2 applicable. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5235YH (2) 87 tm/rj
H.F. 2018 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 68B.2C Prohibited outside 1 employment and activities —— agents of foreign principals. 2 Officials and state employees shall not engage in any 3 outside employment or activity that requires the person to 4 register under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 5 U.S.C. §611 et seq., as amended. 6 EXPLANATION 7 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 8 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 9 This bill prohibits officials and state employees from 10 engaging in any outside employment or activity that requires 11 the person to register under the federal Foreign Agents 12 Registration Act. 13 An “official” is defined in Code section 68B.2 as all 14 statewide elected officials, the executive or administrative 15 head or heads of an agency of state government, the deputy 16 executive or administrative head or heads of an agency of 17 state government, members of boards or commissions as defined 18 under Code section 7E.4, and heads of the major subunits of 19 departments or independent state agencies whose positions 20 involve a substantial exercise of administrative discretion 21 or the expenditure of public funds as defined under rules 22 of the board adopted in consultation with the department or 23 agency and pursuant to Code chapter 17A. “Official” does 24 not include officers or employees of political subdivisions 25 of the state, members of the general assembly, legislative 26 employees, officers or employees of the judicial branch of 27 government who are not members or employees of the office of 28 attorney general, members of state government entities which 29 are or exercise the same type of authority that is exercised by 30 councils or committees as defined under Code section 7E.4, or 31 members of any agricultural commodity promotional board, if the 32 board is subject to a producer referendum. A “state employee” 33 is an employee of the executive branch and does not include 34 independent contractors. 35 -1- LSB 5235YH (2) 87 tm/rj 1/ 2
H.F. 2018 A person who knowingly and intentionally violates this 1 provision is guilty of a serious misdemeanor and may be 2 reprimanded, suspended, or dismissed from the person’s position 3 or otherwise sanctioned. A serious misdemeanor is punishable 4 by confinement for no more than one year and a fine of at least 5 $315 but not more than $1,875. 6 -2- LSB 5235YH (2) 87 tm/rj 2/ 2