A scheduled Senate Subcommittee meeting today for Senate Study Bill 1017 highlights today’s activity at the Capitol. SSB 1017 was proposed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and chair of the committee, Sen. Brad Zaun.

The bill deals with going armed with, carrying, or transporting a firearm when transporting a person to or from school or delivering an item to the school.

Person must be on the grounds of the school for the purpose of transporting another person to or from school or delivering an item to or from school. Person must remain in a parking area or driveway designed for a motor vehicle.

The bill provides that a person with a valid nonprofessional permit to carry weapons may go armed with, carry, or transport a firearm on school grounds when the person is on the grounds of the school for the purpose of transporting another person to or from school or delivering an item to or from the school, and if the person remains in a parking area. 

A person who goes armed with, carries or transports a firearm on the grounds of a school in violation of Code section 724.4B commits a Class D felony. Punishable by confinement for no more than five years and af one of at least $750 but not more than $7,500.

Only a handful of lobbyists have issued a declaration on the bill, and all the declarations are undecided. Groups listed as undecided are: Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, Iowa State Police Association, Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association, and Iowa County Attorneys Association.

Senators Jason Schultz, Amy Sinclair and Kevin Kinney make up the subcommittee.

Other bills in subcommittee in the Iowa Senate today include:

SSB 1019: This bill was proposed by the Commerce Committee by chair Sen. Jake Chapman. Under current law, the natural resource commission may stock private water only when the owner of the private water agrees that such water shall be open to the public for fishing. The commission may provide a breeding stock of fish for privately owned farm ponds upon the request of the owner.

This bill prohibits the commission from stocking a private lake or pond. The commission may, however, stock a creek or stream that flows through private property.

This subcommittee meeting is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Senators Chapman, Waylon Brown and Liz Mathis will serve as the subcommittee members.

SSB 1023: Senate Veterans Committee proposed this bill. Senator Dan Dawson chairs the committee. This bill provides that a custodian of a public building may raise the national league of POW/MIA families’ flag on the third Saturday in May, Memorial Day, June 14, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and the day designated by presidential proclamation as national POW/MIA recognition day.

If the national league of POW/MIA families’ flag is flown on a flag pole of a public building, it shall be no larger than and flown, second in order of precedence, directly underneath, or adjacent to, the flag of the United States of America.

Senators Mark Lofgren, Jim Carlin and Bill Dotzler are the members of the subcommittee.

SSB 1011: Another bill proposed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill provides that a person commits a class C felony when the person unintentionally causes the death of another by exceeding a speed limit established or posted pursuant to Code section 262.68, 321.236(5) or (11), 321.236(13), 321.285, 321.289, 321.293, 321.295, or 461A.36, by 25 miles per hour or more, if the death of other person directly or indirectly results from the violation. 

A class C felony is punishable by imprisonment for no more than 10 years and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000. 

Members of a public safety agency performing official duties are exempt.

Senators Schultz, Julian Garrett and Rich Taylor will serve on the subcommittee.