General Assembly: 82 (2008 Regular GA) - Chapter 1182 - Appropriations — judicial branch


Published: 2008-05-10

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cluding effective date provisions. House File 2679 is approved on this date, with the exception noted below, which I hereby disapprove.

I am unable to approve the designated portion of section 5, subsection 1, paragraph b, of this bill. This paragraph specifies that theDepartment ofEducationwill allocate 10 full-timeequiv- alent positions to support management of the community college management information system, expansion of the State Board of Education’smodel core curriculum, development and implementation of strategic educational goals, collection and dissemination of resources re- lated to the human growth and development curriculum, district sharing purposes, and the se- nior year plus program study.

This language was added to last year’s appropriations bill for the Department of Education to correspondwith the addition of new staff to perform the above-referenced functions. TheDe- partment of Education is currently performing all of the functions identified in the bill and un- derstands that they are responsible to provide staff to support these purposes within the full- timeequivalent limit assignedby the legislature. Therefore, this language is unnecessary, and, consistent with efforts to eliminate extraneous bill language, I am unable to approve it.

For the above reasons, I respectfully disapprove the designated item in accordance with Ar- ticle III, Section 16 of the Constitution of the State of Iowa. All other items in House File 2679 are hereby approved this date.

Sincerely, CHESTER J. CULVER, Governor

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CH. 1182CH. 1182

CHAPTER 1182 APPROPRIATIONS — JUDICIAL BRANCH

H.F. 2647

AN ACT relating to and making appropriations to the judicial branch.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. JUDICIAL BRANCH. 1. There is appropriated fromthegeneral fundof the state to the judicial branch for the fiscal

year beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2009, the following amount, or somuch there- of as is necessary, to be used for the purposes designated: For salaries of supreme court justices, appellate court judges, district court judges, district

associate judges, judicialmagistrates and staff, state court administrator, clerk of the supreme court, district court administrators, clerks of the district court, juvenile court officers, board of law examiners and board of examiners of shorthand reporters and judicial qualifications commission; receipt and disbursement of child support payments; reimbursement of the audi- tor of state for expenses incurred in completing audits of the offices of the clerks of the district court during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008; andmaintenance, equipment, andmiscella- neous purposes:

$ 144,745,322. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. The judicial branch, except for purposes of internal processing, shall use the current state

budget system, the state payroll system, and the Iowa financeandaccounting system inadmin-

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istration of programs and payments for services, and shall not duplicate the state payroll, ac- counting, and budgeting systems. 3. The judicial branch shall submit monthly financial statements to the legislative services

agency and the department of management containing all appropriated accounts in the same manner as provided in the monthly financial status reports and personal services usage re- ports of the department of administrative services. Themonthly financial statements shall in- clude a comparison of the dollars and percentage spent of budgeted versus actual revenues and expenditures on a cumulative basis for full-time equivalent positions and dollars. 4. The judicial branch shall focus efforts upon the collection of delinquent fines, penalties,

court costs, fees, surcharges, or similar amounts. 5. It is the intent of the general assembly that the offices of the clerks of the district court

operate in all 99 counties and be accessible to the public as much as is reasonably possible in order to address the relative needs of the citizens of each county. 6. The judicial branch shall continue studying the best practices and efficiencies of each ju-

dicial district. In identifying the most efficient judicial districts and the districts using best practices, the judicial branch shall consider the average cost to the judicial branch for process- ing each classification of criminal offense or civil action and the overall number of cases filed. In addition, and as part of the best practices and efficiencies study, the judicial branch shall study the number of judicial officers needed throughout the state tomanage current caseloads and anticipated caseloads in the future, and shall make recommendations, if any, as to chang- es in judgeship and magistrate apportionment formulas in sections 602.6201, 602.6301, and 602.6401. The judicial branch shall file a report regarding the study made, recommendations presented, andactions takenpursuant to this subsectionwith the co-chairpersons and ranking members of the joint appropriations subcommittee on the justice system and to the legislative services agency by January 1, 2009. 7. In addition to the requirements for transfers under section 8.39, the judicial branch shall

not change the appropriations from the amounts appropriated to the judicial branch in this Act, unless notice of the revisions is given prior to their effective date to the legislative services agency. Thenotice shall include information on thebranch’s rationale formaking the changes and details concerning the workload and performance measures upon which the changes are based. 8. The judicial branch shall submit a semiannual update to the legislative services agency

specifying the amounts of fines, surcharges, and court costs collected using the Iowa court in- formation system since the last report. The judicial branch shall continue to facilitate the shar- ing of vital sentencing and other information with other state departments and governmental agencies involved in the criminal justice system through the Iowa court information system. 9. The judicial branch shall providea report to thegeneral assemblyby January1, 2009, con-

cerning the amounts received and expended from the enhanced court collections fund created in section 602.1304 and the court technology and modernization fund created in section 602.8108, subsection 7, during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2008, and the plans for expenditures from each fund during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2009. A copy of the report shall be provided to the legislative services agency. 10. The judicial branch is encouraged to purchase products from Iowa state industries, as

defined in section 904.802, when purchases are required and the products are available from Iowa state industries. The judicial branch shall obtain bids from Iowa state industries for pur- chases of office furniture during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008, exceeding $5,000.

Sec. 2. JUDICIAL RETIREMENT FUND. 1. There is appropriated from the general fund of the state to the judicial retirement fund

for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2009, the following amount, or so much thereof as is necessary, to be used for the purpose designated: Notwithstanding section602.9104, for the state’s contribution to the judicial retirement fund

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in the amount of 30.6 percent of the basic salaries of the judges covered under chapter 602, article 9:

$ 3,450,963. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. There is appropriated from the revolving fund created in section 602.1302 to the judicial

retirement fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2009, the follow- ing amount, or so much thereof as is necessary, to be used for the purposes designated: As part of the state’s contribution to the judicial retirement fund in accordancewith the con-

ditions specified in subsection 1: $ 2,500,000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3. There is appropriated from the court technology and modernization fund established in section 602.8108, subsection 7, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2009, the following amount, or so much thereof as is necessary, to be used for the purposes designated: As part of the state’s contribution to the judicial retirement fund in accordancewith the con-

ditions specified in subsection 1: $ 1,674,663. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Sec. 3. POSTINGOF REPORTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT—LEGISLATIVE SERVICES AGENCY. All reports or copies of reports required to be provided by the judicial branch for fiscal year 2008-2009 to the legislative services agency shall be provided in an electronic for- mat. The legislative services agency shall post the reports on its internet web site and shall notify by electronic means all the members of the joint appropriations subcommittee on the justice system when a report is posted. Upon request, copies of the reports may be mailed to members of the joint appropriations subcommittee on the justice system.

Approved May 10, 2008

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CH. 1183CH. 1183

CHAPTER 1183 GRANTS ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

OFFICE APPROPRIATION — CONTINUATION

H.F. 2674

ANACT concerning appropriations to the office of grants enterprisemanagement and includ- ing an effective date provision.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 8A.505, subsection 2, Code 2007, is amended to read as follows: 2. There is appropriated annually from indirect cost reimbursements to the office of grants

enterprise management of the department of management the sum of up to one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars for the expenses of the office, and annually for the fiscal period beginning July 1, 2006, and ending June 30, 2008 2010, the sum of thirty-five thousand dollars to provide grant identification and writing assistance to state agencies. The director shall transfer the funds appropriated to the department of management as provided in this subsec- tion and shall make the funds available during the fiscal year to the department of manage- ment on a monthly basis.

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVEDATE. This Act, being deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.

Approved May 10, 2008