Rep. Ann Meyer from Fort Dodge introduced House File 2015 for standard penalties for fatal traffic crashes. Currently, crashes involving bicyclists are on a traffic ticket. This bill would make fatal bicycle crashes the same penalty as other vehicle or pedestrian crashes.
What happens next?
After being introduced, bills are often assigned to a subcommittee. If passed, the bill is forwarded to a committee. If passed by the committee then the bill is sent to the chamber (House or Senate) for debate and passage. If the bill passes a chamber, it is sent to the opposite chamber (from House to Senate or Senate to House) where the process starts all over with a subcommittee, committee, and floor debate. After that, it heads to the governor for a signature. It is hard to pass bills and for good reason.
Iowa bicycle advocates are encouraged to take action on this bill. The form below allows you to contact your legislator directly and send a custom message to them.
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