House File 365 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1establishing a water resources committee.
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  455B.200  Water resources committee
   31.  A water resources committee is established.
   4a.  The committee shall consist of three members of the
5senate appointed by the majority leader of the senate, two
6members of the senate appointed by the minority leader of the
7senate, three members of the house of representatives appointed
8by the speaker of the house of representatives, and two members
9of the house of representatives appointed by the minority
10leader of the house of representatives.
   11b.  Members shall be appointed prior to January 31 of the
12first regular session of each general assembly and shall serve
13for terms ending upon the convening of the following general
14assembly or when their successors are appointed, whichever is
15later. A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the
16original appointment and shall be for the remainder of the
17unexpired term of the vacancy.
   18c.  The committee shall elect a chairperson and vice
19chairperson. Meetings may be called by the chairperson or a
20majority of the members.
   212.  The members of the committee shall be reimbursed for
22actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance
23of their duties and shall be paid a per diem as specified
24in section 2.10 for each day in which they engaged in the
25performance of their duties. However, per diem compensation
26and expenses shall not be paid when the general assembly is
27actually in session at the seat of government. Expenses and
28per diem shall be paid from funds appropriated pursuant to
29section 2.12.
   303.  The committee shall:
   31a.  Provide continuing oversight for water quality and water
32quantity in the state, including oversight of the Iowa nutrient
33reduction strategy and its implementation, to ensure effective
34and efficient administration of surface water, groundwater,
35drinking water, and floodwater programs and initiatives.
   1b.  Address stakeholder concerns.
   2c.  Monitor program costs and expenditures, including the
3expenditure of public and private funds.
   4d.  Make recommendations to the general assembly. Every five
5years beginning in 2024, the committee shall recommend updates
6to the Iowa nutrient reduction strategy for approval by the
7general assembly.
   84.  The legislative services agency shall provide
9administrative assistance to the committee.
  For purposes of this Act, appointments of the first
12members to the water resources committee established under
13section 455B.200, as enacted in this Act, shall be made by
14January 31, 2024.
16The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
17the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   18This bill establishes a water resources committee
19(committee). The committee shall consist of five members of
20the senate and five members of the house of representatives,
21appointed as provided in the bill. The committee shall
22elect a chairperson and vice chairperson. Meetings may be
23called by the chairperson or a majority of the members. The
24bill provides for reimbursement for expenses incurred in the
25performance of duties relating to the committee.
   26The committee is required to provide oversight for water
27quality and quantity programs and initiatives in the state,
28including the Iowa nutrient reduction strategy. The committee
29shall address stakeholder concerns, monitor program costs
30and expenditures, and make recommendations to the general
31assembly. Every five years beginning in 2024, the committee
32shall recommend updates to the Iowa nutrient reduction strategy
33for approval by the general assembly.
   34The bill requires the legislative services agency to provide
35administrative assistance to the committee.