Notice of Intended Action

Waivers, amendments to ch 16

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to waivers and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Board of Parole hereby proposes to amend Chapter 16, "Waiver and Variance Rules," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 904A.4A.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 17A.9A.

Purpose and Summary

The proposed amendments update Chapter 16 in accordance with changes included in 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2389, section 10. The legislation called for deletions of the word "variance" when the word is used in relation to "waiver." Amendments are also proposed for the submission of information regarding waivers on the Legislative Services Agency's Internet site.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 25, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Andrea Muelhaupt

Board of Parole

Jessie Parker Building

510 East 12th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


Public Hearing

If requested, a public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

May 25, 2021

Via conference call

9 to 10 a.m.

Persons who wish to participate in the conference call should contact Andrea Muelhaupt before 4:30 p.m. on May 18, 2021, to facilitate an orderly hearing. A conference call number will be provided to participants prior to the hearing. The public hearing will be canceled without further notice if no oral presentation is requested.

Persons who wish to make oral comments at a public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Board and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend 205—Chapter 16, title, as follows:


Item 2. Amend rule 205—16.1(17A) as follows:

205—16.1(17A) Definition. For purposes of this chapter, "a waiver or variance" means action by the board which suspends in whole or in part the requirements or provisions of a rule as applied to an identified person on the basis of the particular circumstances of that person. For simplicity, the term "waiver" shall include both a "waiver" and a "variance."

Item 3. Amend rule 205—16.4(17A) as follows:

205—16.4(17A) Criteria for waiver or variance. In response to a petition completed pursuant to rule 205—16.6(17A), the board may in its sole discretion issue an order waiving in whole or in part the requirements of a rule if the board finds, based on clear and convincing evidence, all of the following:

1. to 4. No change.

Item 4. Amend rule 205—16.12(17A) as follows:

205—16.12(17A) Summary reports Submission of waiver information. Semiannually, the board shall prepare a summary report identifying The board shall submit information about granted and denied waivers to the Internet site pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.9A within 60 days. The submission shall identify the rules for which a waiver has been granted or denied, the number of times a waiver was granted or denied for each rule, a citation to the statutory provisions implemented by these rules, and a general summary of the reasons justifying the board's actions on waiver requests. If practicable, the report submission shall detail the extent to which the granting of a waiver has affected the general applicability of the rule itself and the extent to which the granting of the waiver has established a precedent for additional waivers. Copies of this report shall be available for public inspection and shall be provided semiannually to the administrative rules coordinator and the administrative rules review committee.

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Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 5/25/2021.

Official Document

The official published PDF of this document is available from the Iowa General Assembly’s Administrative Rules page.

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View the Iowa Administrative Bulletin for 5/5/2021.

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 205-16.1 Rule 205-16.12 Rule 205-16.4 Rule 205-16.6

Iowa Code References

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Iowa Code 17A.9A


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