WHEREAS, the governors of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas have delcared disaster emergencies due to wildfires in their regions; and


WHEREAS, these wildfires have caused a shortage of forage in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas; and


WHEREAS, transport of forage through the state of Iowa is needed to provide disaster relief to cattlemen affected by this shortage; and


WHEREAS, Iowa is committed to assisting the citizens of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, by supporting the transport of resources from or traveling through the state; and


WHEREAS, strict compliance with the permit and fee requirements of Iowa Code § 321E.29 and 761 Iowa Admin. Code 511 allowing oversize and overweight divisible loads under certain circumstances will prevent or hinder efforts to cope with this time-sensitive harvest in all counties of our state.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, TERRY E. BRANSTAD, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), and all other applicable laws, do hereby proclaim a STATE OF DISASTER EMERGENCY for the entire state of Iowa and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:

SECTION ONE. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I hereby suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.463 (5) (a), (b), 321E.29 and 761 Iowa Admin. Code 511, to the extent that those provisions restrict the movement of oversize and overweight loads of forage, and require a permit to transport such loads.

SECTION TWO. Suspension of these provisions applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code § 321.463 (5) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

SECTION THREE. This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting forage to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.


SECTION FOUR. Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified by this proclamation.


SECTION FIVE. The Iowa Department of Transportation is hereby directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public's safety and facilitate the movement of trucks involved in our state's harvest.


SECTION SIX. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2017, shall continue for sixty (60) days, and shall expire on May 16, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Iowa to be affixed. Done at Des Moines, Iowa, this seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Seventeen.






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