News and Rulings
Current News :
May 12, 2017
Today is a day to celebrate!! It is a historic day for property rights!
Governor Branstad signed a bill Into law forbidding merchant high voltage transmission lines such as RICL from having condemnation power to take private property by eminent domain. Click here to read
Senate File 516: an Act relating to state and local finances by making appropriations providing for legal and regulatory responsibilities, concerning taxation, and providing for other properly related matters, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. This bill passed the Iowa House on April 21, 55-39 and the Iowa Senate on April 21, 27-13.
Read the lanquage related to merchant transmission lines beginning on page 18 of the bill.
This means that even if RICL decides to try and come back into Iowa they CANNOT take your property by use of eminent domain. This is a huge win.
A very dedicated and amazing board of directors donated their time, energy and talents to continue this mission for nearly 4 years.
Many people across Iowa and outside the state spent endless volunteer hours and contributed money to assist PRIA legislators in making this possible.
We need to also remember the leaders in private property rights in other states who provided leadership and guidance as they continue their fight!
April 8, 2017
The Alliance continues to work with legislators and our lobbyists to find a path in the Senate for HB 603.
Contact your Senator and ask for support of this bill. Click here for information on how to contact your senator.
March 28, 2017
HF 603 passed by the House 93-0. This bill addresses eminent domain laws in the state of Iowa. The language in Division 1 would restrict the ability of merchant lines to condemn private property. This means that Clean Line (RICL) cannot use eminent domain to take any agricultural private property to erect an above ground high voltage transmission line.
Click Here to read this bill.
The Alliance hired Carney Appleby Law Firm to represent us at the Capital this legislative session. We accomplished a good deal last session and it is our goal to continue to strengthen Iowa's eminent domain laws to protect private property from eminent domain abuse.
Order from IUB accepting withdrawal of Clean Line Petitions posted in electronic filing system.
Click to read that order.
December 22, 2016 - A Day to Celebrate!
Today Clean Line officially filed WITHDRAWAL for the proposed RICL high voltage transmission line with the Iowa Utilities Board.
Click here to read our Newsletter with all the information.
Important Events and Rulings
The Iowa Utilities Board issued their ORDER ESTABLISHING MASTER DOCKET, GRANTING PETITIONS TO INTERVENE, AND ESTABLISHING PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE. Click here to read the entire order.
This order establishes what RICL must by certain dates over the next 21 months to continue the franchise petition process. This includes when exhibit E's must be filed for counties along the route.
This order also describes how landowners will be notified of actions by RICL and the IUB.
NOTE: All documents related to RICL will now be placed in a MASTER FILE Docket in the IUB electronic filing system. This docket number is Docket No. E-22248 Read their order for more details regarding why they made this change.
The final outcome of 2016 legislative efforts came to a conclusion today:
The Governor did not line-item veto any of the language in either bill. The net impact is:
1- Now there is a definition of Merchant Utility Line.
2- Now there is a timeline written into code.
These are very significant wins and give us finality for the RICL project which is 2 years from today.
Many legislators had their eyes opened this year on the issue and now we have a place in the code to keep working on restrictions for merchant lines.
January 12, 2016
IUB denies RICL Bifurcation motion. Click to read.
February 13 2015 - The Iowa Utilities Board issued this ruling today ORDER DENYING MOTION TO CONSIDER EMINENT DOMAIN ISSUE IN A SEPARATE HEARING. This means that RICL's request to split the public hearing has not been granted! Read the order.
November 6, 2014
Rock Island Clean Line filed their petition for franchise with the Iowa Utilities Board in each county. Click to read an example from one county.
of Rural Iowa Alliance
was formed to assist landowners, tenants, families, businesses, and community members in finding more information on how to stop unnecessary high voltage transmission lines in Iowa. Rock Island Clean Lines is currently in the process of moving forward with a 500 mile project which includes 375 miles of rural land in Iowa and 125 miles in Illinois. The Alliance is opposed to the use of eminent domain by RICL for the proposed line.
The Alliance advocates on behalf of landowners, families, businesses and community members and is committed to providing individuals and communities across the state with resources necessary to protect private property rights of land owners.
Key topics of concern for our nonprofit organization include:
Eminent Domain • Easements • Property Value • Objections • Public use for a private merchant line • Overall electrical transmission grid
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Voluntary Easement Numbers remain low with less than 15 % of 1540 parcels for all 16 counties. The Alliance is urging landowners not to sign voluntary easements. By NOT signing a voluntary easement you are sending a strong message to the Iowa Utilities Board.