Senate File 234 - Reprinted SENATE FILE 234 BY COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC GROWTH (SUCCESSOR TO SF 110) (As Amended and Passed by the Senate February 24, 2015 ) A BILL FOR An Act establishing an Iowa employment rides initiative and 1 related fund in the state department of transportation. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 SF 234 (2) 86 je/sc/jh
S.F. 234 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 324A.8 Iowa employment rides 1 initiative —— grant program —— fund. 2 1. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise 3 requires “employment transportation” means an urban or 4 rural program or service that provides an individual with 5 transportation solely to or from a workplace, including but not 6 limited to the following programs and services: 7 a. Expanding or sustaining existing transportation services 8 or service hours. 9 b. Coordinating ride share services, including car pool or 10 van pool services. 11 c. Shuttle services. 12 2. The Iowa employment rides initiative is established in 13 the department to provide funds to public transit systems for 14 programs and services that provide employment transportation 15 to Iowans. 16 3. The department shall award funds from the initiative 17 on a competitive grant basis. A grant shall not exceed one 18 hundred fifty thousand dollars. A grant application shall 19 contain a commitment from the public transit system of at least 20 a dollar-for-dollar match of the grant funds awarded. Moneys 21 charged to individuals receiving employment transportation 22 services cannot be used as matching funds. Grant funds shall 23 be used only for operational costs directly associated with 24 providing employment transportation and shall not be used for 25 capital expenditures or construction. 26 4. A public transit system may coordinate with other local, 27 state, or federal governmental agencies and private nonprofit 28 organizations in the administration of a program or service 29 receiving a grant under the initiative and in expenditure of 30 grant funds. 31 5. The department shall, by January 1 each year, submit 32 a report to the general assembly on the outcomes of the 33 initiative, including the grant amount, the type of program or 34 service receiving funds, and the number of individuals served 35 -1- SF 234 (2) 86 je/sc/jh 1/ 2
S.F. 234 for each grant awarded by the initiative. As a condition of 1 having received a grant from the initiative, a public transit 2 system shall provide the department with information on any 3 program or service for which the public transit system is 4 awarded a grant from the initiative. 5 6. The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A 6 to administer the initiative, including but not limited to an 7 application process and grant award criteria. 8 7. a. An Iowa employment rides fund is created in the state 9 treasury under the control of the department. The fund shall 10 consist of moneys appropriated to the department and any other 11 moneys available to, obtained, or accepted by the department 12 for placement in the fund. 13 b. Moneys in the fund shall be used to provide grants 14 under the Iowa employment rides initiative established in this 15 section. 16 c. Moneys in the fund are not subject to section 8.33. 17 Notwithstanding section 12C.7, subsection 2, interest or 18 earnings on moneys in the fund shall be credited to the fund. 19 -2- SF 234 (2) 86 je/sc/jh 2/ 2