Our Legislative Program
Our Legislative Program

One of the most important things The Iowa State Bar Association does each year is represent its members at the Iowa Statehouse during the legislative session. The association speaks with a unified voice to best represent the interests of the legal community and the profession of law.

Each year, the ISBA’s affirmative legislative program includes proposals for enactment by Iowa’s Legislature for the benefit of Iowa’s citizens.

The following are bills on which the ISBA has taken a formal position. Check back regularly for updates.

 2019 ISBA Legislative Priorities

 

House File 503/Senate File 237

Proposed legislation fundamentally changes the way Iowa selects its judges. Removes attorneys from the process of electing judicial nominating commissioners and legislative appointed members instead. 

The ISBA remains opposed to the bill, even with the significant committee revisions. The concern remains that giving legislators more control over the commission selection process, even if only at the appellate level (State Nominating Commission), is still a significant move toward politicizing the judiciary.

Read the Bill

Additional Resources
ISBA Judicial Nominating Commissions Position
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Senate File 313

Proposed legislation provides Iowa Superintendent of banking the authority to adopt rules allowing state banks to allow a commercial title insurance policy in leu of a written legal opinion or title guaranty certificate.

Read the Bill

Additional Resources
ISBA Standing Position
Title Insurance Is a Scam (article)
Fleecing of America
Title Guaranty

   
 

Senate File 327

Proposed legislation Iowa Code §633.31 is currently being applied inconsistently throughout the state. There are now several district court cases declaring the clerks in at least six counties to be calculating court fees inappropriately.  The bill addresses how the clerk of probate court determines and collects charges in connection with services provided in probate matters.  Excludes from the determination of court fees property over which the court lacks probate jurisdiction and for which the clerk renders no services.  

This is the ISBA's affirmative legislation addressing probate court costs.  The bill will be eligible for Senate floor debate as early as next week.

Read the Bill

Additional Resources
Fiscal Note Impact

   





ISBA Standing Positions


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ISBA Legislative Counsel

Jim Carney
Legislative Counsel
(515) 689-3189
(email)

Doug Struyk
Assistant Legislative Counsel
(402) 510-1576
(email)


Jenny Dorman
Assistant Legislative Counsel
(515) 282-6803
(email)