2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY
The early part of the 2018 Legislative Session saw efforts to modernize the Bottle Bill through HF 2155, which would have added water bottles, juices, teas and sport drinks to the deposit law. This bill was introduced by Rep. Andy McKean (R-Anamosa) along with more than 40 co-sponsors, both Republicans and Democrats. Ultimately, the effort to modernize the Bottle Bill stalled. A subcommittee meeting was not held on HF 2155 and it did not survive the first legislative funnel.
Efforts to repeal the Bottle Bill remained alive from last year. The House and Senate each had Ways and Means bills carried over: HF 575 and SSB 1186. Subcommittee meetings for these repeal bills, drafted by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and Iowa Beverage Association, were held in mid-March.
The House subcommittee meeting was chaired by Rep. Vander Linden. Chairman Vander Linden began the meeting by clearly stating the repeal bill was dead, but indicated the meeting was being held to hold a discussion with all stakeholders to work toward a resolution on the issue. There was a suggestion to put together an interim committee with members from the House Ways & Means and Environmental Protection committees to work on a possible solution for next year. Nothing, however, was definitively put forth at the meeting.
The Senate subcommittee was chaired by Senator Feenstra, who stated that he was not interested in repealing the Bottle Bill, but rather was looking for ways to remove redemption from retail locations. All three members of the subcommittee were open to changing the Bottle Bill and working to find a solution to remove redemption from retail locations.
In summary, discussions continued with legislators regarding changes to the Bottle Bill, but no consensus was reached.
If you have questions about the Bottle Bill, contact our Legislative Committee Chairs: Troy Willard or Alan Schumacher.