House File 2214 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1creating a restore the outdoors program to support
2vertical infrastructure projects by the department of
3natural resources, and making appropriations.
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  8.57D  Restore the outdoors program
2— appropriation.
   31.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise
   5a.  “Department” means the department of natural resources.
   6b.  “Infrastructure” means vertical infrastructure as
7described in section 8.57, subsection 5, paragraph “c”.
   8c.  “Program” means the restore the outdoors program created
9in this section.
   102.  A restore the outdoors program is created under the
11management of the department.
   123.  The purpose of the program is to finance infrastructure
13projects at existing state parks and other existing public
14facilities managed by the department. The projects must
15be for a major renovation or major repair of existing
16infrastructure or the construction of new infrastructure.
17However, the department shall not finance the new construction
18of infrastructure, unless any of the following apply:
   19a.  There is an increased demand for the infrastructure.
   20b.  It is not cost effective to repair or renovate the
21existing infrastructure.
   224.  There is appropriated from the rebuild Iowa
23infrastructure fund for each fiscal year of the period
24beginning July 1, 2022, and ending June 30, 2027, eight million
25dollars to the department to support the program.
   265.  Notwithstanding section 8.33, unencumbered or
27unobligated moneys appropriated to the department under this
28section that are remaining at the end of a fiscal year shall
29not revert but shall remain available for expenditure by the
30department during the following fiscal year to support the
31purpose of the program.
   326.  The department shall submit a report to the governor
33and general assembly not later than January 15 of each year
34detailing how moneys received by the department to finance
35completed and ongoing projects described in this section
-1-1were expended and how moneys expected to be received by the
2department in future years to finance those projects are
3planned to be expended. The report shall include a description
4of projects involving roads, trails, and parking lots.
   57.  This section is repealed July 1, 2027.
7The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
8the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   9PROGRAM. This bill creates a restore the outdoors program
10(program) under the management of the department of natural
11resources (DNR). The program is to finance certain projects
12at existing state parks and other existing public facilities
13managed by DNR. The projects must be for major repairs
14or major renovations of existing infrastructure unless new
15construction is justified on the basis of either an increase in
16demand or that the major repair or renovation would not be cost
17effective. DNR must submit an annual report to the governor
18and general assembly detailing past expenditures used to
19finance completed or ongoing projects and planned expenditures
20to finance future projects. The program is eliminated on July
211, 2027.
23appropriates $8 million from the rebuild Iowa infrastructure
24fund (Code section 8.57(5)) to DNR each fiscal year for a
25five-year period beginning July 1, 2022, and ending June
2630, 2027, to support the program. As used in the bill,
27infrastructure refers to vertical infrastructure which includes
28items such as land, structures, utilities, and recreational
29trails, but excludes operational expenses (Code section
   31BACKGROUND. The provisions of the bill are based on
32provisions enacted in 1997 and partially item vetoed (1997 Iowa
33Acts, chapter 215, section 37) which established a restore the
34outdoors program managed by DNR (1997 Code Supplement section
35461A.3A). The Act appropriated $3 million from the rebuild
-2-1Iowa infrastructure fund for each fiscal year of a four-year
2period beginning July 1, 1997, and ending June 30, 2001, to
3support the program. In 2000, a provision to extend the annual
4appropriation until June 30, 2004, was vetoed (2000 Iowa Acts,
5chapter 1225, section 24). For three years, beginning in 2001,
6the program was supported by moneys appropriated from the
7tobacco settlement trust fund (2001 Iowa Acts, chapter 185,
8section 25; 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1173, section 1; and 2003
9Iowa Acts, chapter 177, section 22). In 2013, the program
10ended with the repeal of Code section 461A.3A (2013 Iowa Acts,
11chapter 132, section 56).