Senate File 2136 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2136 BY COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE (SUCCESSOR TO SF 562) (SUCCESSOR TO SSB 1095) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the removal of city utility board members, 1 and including effective date provisions. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1622SZ (2) 88 ja/rn
S.F. 2136 Section 1. Section 388.3, subsection 1, Code 2020, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. If a proposal to establish a utility board receives 3 a favorable majority vote, the mayor shall appoint the board 4 members, as provided in the proposal, subject to the approval 5 of the council. The council shall by resolution provide for 6 staggered six-year terms for, and shall set the compensation 7 of, board members. Notwithstanding section 372.15, board 8 members may only be removed from office pursuant to section 9 388.3A. 10 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION . 388.3A Removal of utility board 11 members for cause. 12 1. Any person appointed as a board member of a utility 13 board pursuant to section 388.3 may be removed from office by 14 the mayor with the approval of the city council for any of the 15 following reasons: 16 a. Upon sufficient evidence supporting removal for any 17 reason enumerated in section 66.1A. 18 b. For habitual nonattendance of board meetings. 19 2. Removal pursuant to this section shall be by written 20 order. The order shall give the reasons for the removal and 21 shall be filed in the office of the city clerk, and a copy 22 shall be sent by certified mail to the person removed who, upon 23 request filed with the city clerk within thirty days of the 24 date of mailing the copy, shall be granted a public hearing 25 before the city council on all issues connected with the 26 removal. The hearing shall be held within thirty days of the 27 date the request is filed unless the person removed requests 28 a later date. 29 3. Subsections 1 and 2 shall not apply to the removal of a 30 member of a utility board of a city utility of a city having a 31 population greater than two hundred thousand according to the 32 2010 decennial census. 33 Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act, being deemed of immediate 34 importance, takes effect upon enactment. 35 -1- LSB 1622SZ (2) 88 ja/rn 1/ 2
S.F. 2136 EXPLANATION 1 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 2 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 3 Under Code section 372.15, any person appointed to city 4 office may be removed from office by written order from the 5 officer or body making the appointment. This bill provides 6 that notwithstanding Code section 372.15, board members of 7 city utilities established under Code chapter 388 may only be 8 removed from office pursuant to new Code section 388.3A. 9 New Code section 388.3A provides that city utility 10 board members may be removed from office by the mayor with 11 the approval of the city council upon sufficient evidence 12 supporting any reason enumerated in Code section 66.1A or for 13 habitual nonattendance of board meetings. Code section 66.1A 14 provides for the removal of appointed or elected officers by 15 the district court for certain reasons, including neglect or 16 refusal to perform duties, misconduct or maladministration, 17 corruption, extortion, conviction of a felony, intoxication, 18 or conviction of a violation of Code chapter 68A. Removal of 19 city utility board members shall be by written order pursuant 20 to the procedure described in the bill. The bill provides 21 an exception to the removal and written order provisions for 22 members of a utility board of a city utility of a city having a 23 population greater than 200,000 according to the 2010 decennial 24 census. 25 The bill takes effect upon enactment. 26 -2- LSB 1622SZ (2) 88 ja/rn 2/ 2