ISBA members, legislative counsel impact successes of 2015 legislative session
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The 2015 Iowa Legislative Session ended Friday, June 5, with a number of ISBA Affirmative Legislative Agenda successes. This legislative session’s standings bill, SF510, which includes sections that appropriate $178.7 million to Iowa courts, was ultimately passed after various revisions in conference committee.

"Before the final conference committee report was passed as SF510, there was a significant amount of policy that both chambers attempted to insert,” said ISBA President Joe Feller. "The ISBA legislative team did an outstanding job monitoring each and every revision to keep potentially harmful legislation out of the bill.”

According to the legislative team, many ISBA members took the time to communicate with their local legislators during the legislative session. Additional successes include changes requested by the court to increase efficiency, an update to Iowa human trafficking law, removal of the $25 per hour indigent defense language from justice appropriations, indigent defense funding set at $29.75 million and reinstatement of funding in the amount $288,666 for the Office of the Substitute Decision Maker.

"The efforts of the ISBA legislative team were very successful,” Feller went on to say. "Thanks in large part to the legislative team, the ISBA has great relationships with both the House and Senate, and that is apparent from the results of this year’s legislative program.”

A full legislative report will be presented at the Board of Governor’s meeting during the 2015 ISBA Annual Meeting next week. Look for the full legislative report in an upcoming Iowa Lawyer Magazine.