legislature is expected to adjourn sometime in the next three weeks or so
making this an important time in the legislative session, according to ISBA
Legislative Counsel Jim Carney. He and his legislative team are working on two
top-priority bills that are being considered by the legislature and asking for
ISBA members to contact local representatives to support these priorities.
supplemental appropriations bill (SF2109)
provides for an additional $3 million for the State Public Defender’s
budget. The additional funding is approximately 10 percent of the entire
annual contract attorney budget. Claims from contract attorneys will
exceed the $29.5 million budget for fiscal year 2016, and a supplemental
appropriation is needed, said Carney.
the disastrous situation of 2011 when payments were delayed for three to four
months or longer,” Carney said, "the supplemental appropriation in SF 2109 is
needed.” He urges members to contact their Representatives to request
support the bill which is currently in the House.
top legislative priority of the ISBA is the probate cost bill (HSB
645). By unanimous vote, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the bill today, March
30, and it will now go on to the House calendar. Members are urged to contact their House of
Representative members to support the bill.
establishes a uniform approach to the taxation of probate cost throughout the
state of Iowa,” Carney said, "and ensures that assets, which pass by operation
of law without the need for court administration, are not taxed for court cost
purposes. Assets such as joint tenancy, insurance, annuities, payable on
death accounts etc. The bill also provides that if costs have been
assessed in a conservatorship on the assets, when the ward passes, the same
assets are not taxed a second time when transferred to the estate of the
numbers and email addresses for House of Representative members, visit the legislators contact page.
For details regarding the status of other ISBA legislation, review the most
current affirmative legislative program and the ISBA Legislative