The bill that would have restricted carbon pipeline operators from using eminent domain in Iowa will not pass the legislative deadline.
In other words, the bill will not be eligible for consideration for the rest of the 2023 session.
The bill titled House File 565 would have required CO2 pipeline operators to gain voluntary easements from 90% of the landowners affected by the proposed pipeline routes, before being able to exercise eminent domain authority in Iowa.
Just last week, the bill was passed by lawmakers and moved to the Iowa Senate, which is where it stops in its tracks, for the remainder of the year at least.
The bill caused a significant stir among local residents, as a recent poll showed that the overwhelming majority of Iowans opposed the use of eminent domain by private companies.
The only exception is if chamber leaders resurrect the proposal or amend it into separate legislation.