IOWA - Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure" Anti-Protest Bills

  • Posted on: 18 February 2019
  • By: Connor Gibson

See Full Report: State Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest of Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure"

2018 - SF 2235:

  • Introduced February 12, 2018
  • Signed by Governor on April 17, 2018

Sponsored by IA Senate Judiciary Committee (2017-2019).

Analysis:

Would allow prosecutors to charge anyone who conducts an "unauthorized and overt act intended to cause ... substantial and widespread interruption or impairment of a fundamental service rendered by the critical infrastructure" with a Class B felony and between $85,000 - $100,000 in fines.

ALEC legislators:

3 of the committee’s 13 members are confirmed IA ALEC members: Sen. Brad Zaun (committee chair), Sen. Charles Schneider (ALEC’s Iowa State Chair), and Sen. Amy Sinclair.

  • Sen. Charles Schneider was in the 3-person subcommittee meeting where when a predecessor bill, SSB 3062, for was approved for further consideration by the Iowa Senate. See below.

CSG legislators:

5 of 13 committee members are confirmed CSG affiliates:

  • Sen. Daniel Dawson attended a CSG Justice Center event in 2017

  • Sen. Jeff Edler attended a CSG leadership training program in 2017

  • Sen. Kevin Kinney is co-chair of the CSG Midwest Agriculture and Rural Development Committee as of 2018. Kinney participated in a CSG leadership program in 2015-2016.

  • Sen. Janet Petersen was chair of CSG Midwest in 2017, and remains on the CSG Midwest executive committee as of 2018. Petersen participated in a CSG leadership program in 2002.

  • Sen. Amy Sinclair is vice chair of CSG’s 2017-2019 “BILLD” program steering committee, and is on the CSG Midwest executive committee as of 2018.

Oil & Gas Campaign Contributions

Committee members received $26,650 from oil & gas companies and employees

Oil & Gas Lobbying

Companies lobbying for HSB 603 included:

  • Alliance Pipeline
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Energy Transfer Partners
  • Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
  • ITC Midwest
  • Magellan Midstream Partners
  • Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
  • NextEra Energy 
  • Valero Energy

Previous / concurrent versions of SF 2235:

2018 HF 2394

ALEC legislators

0 of 21 committee members are confirmed ALEC members.

CSG legislators

2 of 21 committee members are affiliates of the Council of State Governments and CSG Midwest:

  • Rep. Joel Fry attended the CSG 2013 BILLD program. Fry was co-chair of the CSG Midwest Health & Human Services Committee in 2014.

  • Rep. Jarad Klein attended the CSG 2014 BILLD program.

Oil & Gas Campaign Contributions

Committee members received $15,050 from oil & gas companies and employees

Oil & Gas Lobbying

  • Companies lobbying for HF 2394 included
  • Alliance Pipeline
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Energy Transfer Partners
  • ITC Midwest
  • Magellan Midstream Partners
  • Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
  • NextEra Energy
  • Valero Energy.

2018 HSB 603

  • Introduced on January 31, 2018

Sponsored by IA House of Delegates Public Safety Committee (2017-2019).

See above for campaign contributions, ALEC, and CSG affiliation.

Oil & Gas Lobbying

Companies lobbying for HSB 603 included:

  • Alliance Pipeline
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Energy Transfer Partners
  • Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
  • ITC Midwest
  • Koch Industries
  • Magellan Midstream Partners
  • Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
  • NextEra Energy
  • Valero Energy

2018 SSB 3062

  • Introduced on January 23, 2018

Sponsored by IA Senate Judiciary Committee (2017-2019), which includes at least 3 ALEC members (see above)

See above for campaign contributions, ALEC, and CSG affiliation.

  • Sen. Charles Schneider was in the 3-person subcommittee meeting where the bill for was approved for further consideration by the Iowa Senate, on January 25, 2018.

Oil & Gas Lobbying

Companies lobbying for SSB 3062 included

  • Alliant Energy
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Energy Transfer Partners
  • Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
  • ITC Midwest
  • Koch Industries
  • Magellan Midstream
  • Valero Energy

The first two lobbyist filings taking a position on SSB3062 were Energy Transfer lobbyists Jeff Boeyink and Brittany Lumley, at 2:39PM on the day the bill way introduced, Jan. 23, 2018.

More information

Water is Life Movement: DAPL - Dakota Access Pipeline

DeSmog: As Trump Unfurls Infrastructure Plan, Iowa Bill Seeks to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Steve Horn, Jan. 31 2018

The Intercept: Ohio and Iowa are the Latest of Eight States to Consider Anti-Protest Bills Aimed at Pipeline Opponents, Alleen Brown, Feb. 2, 2018