The Iowa Legislative Council met on Thursday, June 12 and approved 10 interim study committees that will report to the Legislature before the 2009 legislative session begins in January.  The Council is chaired by House Speaker Pat Murphy of Dubuque. 

1. Criminal Code Reorganization Study Committee
Charge: Meet during the 2007 and 2008 interims to consider proposals for Criminal Code revisions, reorganization, and updates.
Meeting Days: 2 days for 2008

2. Legislative Property Tax Study Committee (2007 Iowa Acts, SF 601, §127)
Charge: The Legislative Property Tax Study Committee is established for the 2007 and 2008 Legislative Interims to perform a comprehensive review of the property tax system. The study committee may contract for analysis or other services. The cost for such contracting shall not exceed $150,000.
Meeting Days: 2 days for 2008

3. Energy Efficiency Plans and Programs Study Committee
Charge: Examine the existence and effectiveness of energy efficiency plans and programs implemented by gas and electric public utilities, with an emphasis on results achieved by current plans and programs from the demand, or customer, perspective, and make recommendations for additional requirements applicable to energy efficiency plans and programs that would improve such results. In conducting the study and developing recommendations, the study committee shall consider testimony from the Iowa Utilities Board, rate and nonrate-regulated gas and electric utilities, the Consumer Advocate, state agencies involved with energy efficiency program administration, environmental groups and associations, and consumers.
Meeting Days: 2

4. Identity Theft Prevention Study Committee
Charge: Assess and review the extent to which personal, identifying information of a resident of this state is in the possession of government or government-affiliated organizations, and which, if disclosed, could render the resident vulnerable to identity theft. Also assess the extent to which public officials, government organizations, and affiliated organizations make available, are in possession of, have access to, or are disclosing or selling such information for compensation. Based upon this assessment and review, the committee shall develop recommendations relating to these practices
Meeting Days: 1

5. Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Facility Analysis
Charge: Issue a request for proposals to contract for an independent entity to analyze and make recommendations for an optimal site and facilities for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. The analysis shall address the considerations necessary for relocating the academy. The cost of the analysis shall not exceed $150,000.
Meeting Days: 1

6. Medicaid Elderly Waiver Program Study Committee
Charge: Review the services, costs, and requirements under the Medicaid Home and Community-based Services Elderly Waiver Program. Consult with the Department of Human Services and persons interested in the program. Make recommendations for appropriate changes to the program.
Meeting Days: 1

7. Medicaid Program Drug Product Selection Study Committee
Charge: Convene public and private stakeholders to review current law for drug product selection under the Medicaid Program.
Meeting Days: 1

8. Mass Transit Study Committee
Charge: Study the ways in which mass transit might be employed to provide public transportation services among Iowa communities. Consider the ways mass transit availability affects various populations in rural and urban communities, particularly those who are unable to drive or cannot afford to own a motor vehicle; determine any impact mass transit among communities can have on population levels, quality of life, and economic development in urban job centers, small and satellite communities, and rural towns; identify the effect of mass transit on greenhouse gases and on overall air quality; determine the level of public need for mass transit, including any specific areas in immediate need; investigate the feasibility of expanding mass transit services and the types and combination of services that might comprise a state mass transit system; identify potential costs and funding mechanisms for developing and maintaining specific mass transit services; and assess the attitudes and habits of Iowans concerning personal transportation and ways to educate the public about the economic, social, and environmental advantages of mass transit. Consult with the interests listed in 2008 Iowa Acts, Senate File 2425, section 146, in conducting the study.
Meeting Days: 1

9. Postsecondary Education Rigor Analysis
Charge: Issue a request for proposals to contract for an independent entity to analyze and compare the rigor of the first two years of study at community colleges and institutions of higher education governed by the State Board of Regents. Make the report of the analysis publicly available by July 1, 2009. (required by 2008 Iowa Acts, House File 2679, section 7)
Meeting Days: 1

10. Effects of Flooding on Livestock Industry
Charge: Consider the effects of the 2008 flooding on the Iowa Livestock industry, including commodity prices, differential effects on small and large producers, financing issues and effects on businesses associated with the livestock industry. The study committee shall consult with experts who can profide options to address the challenges being confronted.
Meeting Days: 2