Senate File 2156 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2156 BY GREENE A BILL FOR An Act relating to the applicability of beverage containers 1 control provisions to specified beverage containers and the 2 monetary value of deposits and refunds pursuant to those 3 provisions. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 5127XS (2) 87 js/rn
S.F. 2156 Section 1. Section 455C.1, subsection 1, Code 2018, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. “Beverage” means wine as defined in section 123.3, 3 subsection 47 , alcoholic liquor as defined in section 123.3, 4 subsection 5 , beer as defined in section 123.3, subsection 5 7 , sports drinks, mineral water, soda water , and similar 6 carbonated soft drinks in liquid form and intended for human 7 consumption. 8 Sec. 2. Section 455C.1, Code 2018, is amended by adding the 9 following new subsection: 10 NEW SUBSECTION . 14. “Sports drink” means a soft drink 11 designed or marketed for consumption in conjunction with 12 sporting activity or strenuous exercise, and which typically 13 contains electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and chloride, 14 and a high percentage of sugar to restore energy. 15 Sec. 3. Section 455C.2, subsection 1, Code 2018, is amended 16 to read as follows: 17 1. A refund value of not less than five ten cents shall 18 be paid by the consumer on each beverage container sold in 19 this state by a dealer for consumption off the premises. 20 Upon return of the empty beverage container upon which a 21 refund value has been paid to the dealer or person operating 22 a redemption center and acceptance of the empty beverage 23 container by the dealer or person operating a redemption 24 center, the dealer or person operating a redemption center 25 shall return the amount of the refund value to the consumer. 26 Sec. 4. Section 455C.5, subsection 3, Code 2018, is amended 27 to read as follows: 28 3. The provisions of subsections 1 and 2 of this section do 29 not apply to a refillable glass beverage container which has 30 a brand name permanently marked on it and which has a refund 31 value of not less than five ten cents, to any other refillable 32 beverage container which has a refund value of not less than 33 five ten cents and which is exempted by the director under 34 rules adopted by the commission, or to a beverage container 35 -1- LSB 5127XS (2) 87 js/rn 1/ 2
S.F. 2156 sold aboard a commercial airliner or passenger train for 1 consumption on the premises. 2 EXPLANATION 3 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 4 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 5 Current law limits beverage containers subject to beverage 6 containers control deposit and refund provisions to containers 7 holding wine, alcoholic liquor, beer, mineral water, soda 8 water, and carbonated soft drinks. When a distributor sells 9 beverages in eligible containers to a dealer, the distributor 10 attaches an extra 5 cents per eligible container to the sale 11 price. When a dealer sells beverages in eligible containers 12 to a consumer, the dealer passes on the 5-cent deposit to the 13 sale price. A consumer can take eligible beverage containers 14 to a dealer, dealer agent, or a redemption center and receive 15 a 5-cent refund for every eligible beverage container that 16 the consumer returns. A distributor collects eligible 17 containers from a dealer, dealer agent, or redemption center, 18 at which time the distributor pays the dealer, dealer agent, 19 or redemption center 5 cents per eligible container plus a 20 handling fee of an additional 1 cent per empty container. 21 This bill expands the list of eligible beverage containers 22 by including “sports drinks” as defined in the bill in the 23 definition of “beverage”. Further, the bill increases 24 the refund and deposit amount from 5 cents to 10 cents for 25 all beverage containers subject to the deposit and refund 26 provisions. The bill does not affect the handling fee of 27 1 cent per empty container that a dealer, dealer agent, or 28 redemption center will charge a distributor. 29 -2- LSB 5127XS (2) 87 js/rn 2/ 2