House Study Bill 692 - Introduced HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON KAUFMANN) A BILL FOR An Act providing for the removal of municipal utility board 1 members under specified circumstances and including 2 effective date provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 6174YC (1) 89 es/rn
H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 388.3, subsection 1, Code 2022, 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, utility 8 board members are subject to removal only pursuant to section 9 66.1A. 10 Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act, being deemed of immediate 11 importance, takes effect upon enactment. 12 EXPLANATION 13 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 14 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 15 This bill relates to utility board member removal criteria. 16 The bill provides that utility board members shall be 17 subject to removal only as provided in Code section 66.1A. 18 That section provides that an appointive or elective officer 19 may be removed from office by the district court for willful 20 or habitual neglect or refusal to perform the duties of the 21 office, willful misconduct or maladministration in office, 22 corruption, extortion, conviction of a felony, intoxication or 23 conviction for intoxication, campaign finance violations, and 24 failure to pay specified fines. 25 The bill takes effect upon enactment. 26 -1- LSB 6174YC (1) 89 es/rn 1/ 1