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Legislative Contacts

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85th General Assembly Leadership
House Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee
Lawyers in the House of Representatives
Lawyers in the Senate

ISBA Legislative Staff

Jim Carney, Legislative Counsel (515) 689-3189
Jennifer Tyler, Assistant Leg. Counsel (515) 238-2750
Doug Struyk, Assistant Legislative Counsel (402) 510-1576
Dwight Dinkla, Executive Director

 

The Iowa State Bar Association works tirelessly with its members to develop legislative positions that improve the administration of justice in the State of Iowa. The association speaks with a unified voice to best represent the interests of the legal community. This is accomplished through close collaboration with the ISBA's committees, sections and bar leadership, constructing position papers on legislation and other policy issues, informing and educating legislators on the issues that most profoundly impact the legal community and monitoring all issues of concern to practitioners and their clients.

This page contains The Iowa State Bar's legislative positions, information about Bar advocacy, and other links for those interested in the legislative process.

 

 

ISBA Positions on Legislative Issues

Caps on Damages

Issue - Should the State limit by law the amount of money that a Plaintiff in a lawsuit can recover from a Defendant?

Civil Justice System Reform
Issue - Legislative proposals are often made which are intended to "reform” the manner in which civil litigation is handled in Iowa.

Funding for Legal Services
Issue - State funding of a Legal Services Grants Program to ensure access to the judicial system for low-income Iowans for assistance in civil cases – not criminal.

Indigent Defense
Issue - Indigent Defense is a program designed to meet the requirement of the Iowa and United States Constitutions to provide legal representation at state expense to low income persons accused of a crime that may result in incarceration. The State Public Defender either handles the matter or compensates attorneys which are on the court appointment list for handling the case. After cases are concluded, orders are entered requiring the indigent defendant to repay expenses to the state (recoupment) to the extent the defendant is reasonably able to do so. In recent years, the demands placed upon the State Public Defender’s budget for indigent defense have continued to increase; however, for the past several years the State Public Defender’s budget has been maintained at status quo levels. - Indigent Defense is a program designed to meet the requirement of the Iowa and United States Constitutions to provide legal representation at state expense to low income persons accused of a crime that may result in incarceration. The State Public Defender either handles the matter or compensates attorneys which are on the court appointment list for handling the case. After cases are concluded, orders are entered requiring the indigent defendant to repay expenses to the state (recoupment) to the extent the defendant is reasonably able to do so. In recent years, the demands placed upon the State Public Defender’s budget for indigent defense have continued to increase; however, for the past several years the State Public Defender’s budget has been maintained at status quo levels.

Judicial Branch Budget
Issue - The Judicial Branch is a co-equal branch of government. Given that the Judiciary is a co-equal branch of government, how should the state fund the operation of Iowa’s Judicial Branch?

Jury Nullification
Issue - Jury nullification legislation requires a Judge to give an instruction in cases (civil or criminal) in which the State is the Plaintiff. The instruction tells the jury to judge the law as well as the evidence, and to render a verdict dictated by conscientious consideration.

 

Title Insurance
Issue - Recent legislative proposals would remove current statutory language (Iowa 515.48(10)) that prohibits insurance companies doing business in Iowa from offering title insurance policies for sale. 

 

 

 

Find Legislation

Find a bill by bill number, subject, legislator, or committee. You can also track legislation using the Iowa Legislature's Bill Tracking Tool.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
Click here to learn how the legislative process in Iowa works.


 


LawPAC is the Political Action Committee of The Iowa State Bar Association. LawPAC members are appointed by the president of the ISBA. The committee is composed of an equal number of Republican and Democrat ISBA members who approve contributions to legislative candidates. Contributions are not given to any statewide race, nor are contributions made to federal congressional races. LawPAC contributes solely and exclusively to state legislative races. The top priority of LawPAC is to support lawyers who are willing to run for public office and to be involved in public service. In addition to lawyer candidates, LawPAC supports candidates who are supportive of the ISBA’s legislative priorities.

Click here for more information about LawPAC.

 


 

Judicial Branch Statistics
FY 2014-2015 Budget Request
Judy Verdicts by County - 2013
Iowa Jury Trials 1994-2013
Statewide Civil Case Filings - 2003-2013
Statutory Modifications to Iowa Tort Law - 1982-2014

Miscellaneous Information

The Iowa Legislature's official website
Iowa's Secretary of State

 


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