Two bills to help protect middle-class Iowans and their pocketbooks passed the Senate on February 2.
Senate File 2075 protects Iowans from unreasonable increases in insurance costs. The bill prevents insurance companies from increasing your rates just because your family has been hit by a military deployment, job loss, death or serious illness, identity theft or natural disaster. These events can lower your credit score, which insurance companies then use to hike your rates.
I voted to require insurers to tell you when your rates are being raised due to a lower credit score. You’ll then have a chance to reverse the rate increase by proving you suffered an extraordinary life event beyond your control. If necessary, you’ll be able to file an appeal with the Iowa Insurance Consumer Advocate.
Senate File 2108 helps protect Iowans from shady car repair shops that perform services without authorization. Iowans deserve to know up front how much repairs will cost before a service is performed.
Under current law, if a repair shop makes expensive repairs without permission, they can keep your car until the dispute is resolved. New legislation will allow the Attorney General to conduct an immediate investigation and let you get your car back while the dispute is resolved.
Increasing accountability and transparency for your tax dollars
As the Legislature continues to reorganize and shrink state government, we’re building in greater accountability and transparency when it comes to how your tax dollars are spent.
Iowans can see how their taxpayer dollars are being used to create jobs, grow our communities and attract good businesses in the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s recently released annual searchable database.
You can search the database for the IDED’s job-creation efforts by company, city, county, and tax credit or economic development program. Just go to http://tiny.cc/IDED09DB.
This is a legislative update from Senator Tom Rielly, representing Iowa, Poweshiek, and Keokuk counties, and portions of Mahaska and Tama counties. For newsletters, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/rielly.
To contact Senator Rielly during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. On weekends he can be reached at home at 641-673-0359. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tom Rielly is chair of the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Commerce, Economic Growth, Environment & Energy Independence, and Local Government committees.
Sen. Tom Rielly