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2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 1 – Wed. Feb. 7

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 1 – Wed. Feb. 7, 2018

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

 

Agriculture

HF 2111       Controversies Involving Fence Viewers. Creates conflict of interest criteria for fence viewers (passed committee 23-0)  to House Calendar

HF 2119       Fish CAFO Calculation. Changes the calculation of fish under 25 grams for fish being raised in confined animal feeding operations (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar

 

Commerce

HSB 530      Water Utility Acquisitions. This sets up the frame work for the procedure of city disposal of their  of water, sanitary sewers, and storm water utilities. The legislation puts forth the process a city must follow in order to sale. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 572      Telehealth Insurance. This requires that health insurance companies provide the same coverage for telemedicine as they do for services that are delivered in person. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 593      Final Stage Manufacturer. Expands who can be a license motor dealer in the state. The bill allows for a final stage manufacturer to be licensed as a motor vehicle dealer of the incomplete motor vehicles by them. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 596      Point of Sale Ordinances.  This puts a stop to local governments charging fees for point of sale transactions. This has to do with certain inspections and other ordinances that hinge on point of sale. (passed Committee 18-4) to House Calendar

 

Education

HF 2279       Adds Social Workers as a Shared Position Under Operational Sharing.  The Operational Sharing Program allows school districts to share positions to reduce administration costs with a state incentive.  The bill adds Social Workers to the list of positions that could be shared, and a school district could receive weighting of three pupils under the formula.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Appropriations

HF 2280       Teacher Praxis Test for Licensure Eliminated.  Eliminates the requirement that teacher prep programs administer the Praxis test for teachers as a requirement to become a license teacher.  It does not replace it with any other test form.  Currently in order to be a licensed teacher Iowa teachers, one needs to pass the Praxis test at the 25th percentile based on a three year national rolling average. (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

HF 2283       Board of Education Examiners (BOEE) License Expiration.  The bill removes the exact expiration month tied to a practitioner’s birthday for a license.  They would not have to pay for an extension to cover the time lapse which would now be tied to the end of an academic year.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

 

Environmental Protection

HSB 571      DNR Policy Bill.  Updates DNR policy related reports filed with the Legislature, clarifying what constitutes recycling facilities, and places the geological survey at the University of Iowa.   (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

Human Resources

HSB 567      Polysomnography.  Tightens regulations for in-home sleep diagnostic testing. Equipment has to be provided by a licensed provider, bill defines the three types of registered professions that can educate patients on how to use the testing equipment, and requires that the data from the test must be interpreted by a registered physician.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2156       Dually Enrolled Medicaid/Medicare Members-Hospice Benefit.  For dually eligible Medicaid and Medicare patients, this bill will allow MCOs to directly reimburse the nursing home for room and board expenses when a patient chooses the Medicare hospice benefit. Currently, the MCOs pass the payments through the hospice care provider-adding to administrative burden.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

Judiciary

HSB 542      Statute of Limitations for Rent Claims.  Strikes the five year statute of limitations for bringing judgments for rent.  (passed Committee 15-6) to House Calendar

HSB 576      Professional Corporations Expanded to Health Professionals.  Expands the list of health care professionals that may form a limited liability company or professional corporation to include mental health counselors and similar counseling professionals.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

Local Government

HSB 513      Regents Designed Build Projects Eliminated.  Requires that if a project is estimated to exceed $100,000, the Regents must advertise for bids by publishing notices at least once and not for less than 13 days and not more than 45 days before filing a bid.  The bill eliminates designed build contracts.  Under a designed build, the Regents can critique what they want to build, and approve multiple times or sub projects of the project.  Contractors compete on price, efficiency and quality.  For all such projects under the bill, the Regents are required to have a licensed or registered engineer, landscape architect, or architect prepare plans and specifications and calculate the estimated total cost of the contemplated improvement or construction.  (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

HF 2148       Fireworks Local Ordinance Violation Fine. Gives the ability of local governments to administer a fine of $250 for a fireworks violation, if a local ordinance is violated.  This would include violations such as shooting off fireworks beyond the days or times allowed locally.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2253       Leased-Purchase Agreements Eliminated. Eliminates the current competitive bid process exemption for the ability of cities, counties, Board of Regents, community colleges and school districts to do leased-purchase agreements.   As amended in committee, it eliminates the ability to lease a building through a project.  Also, it is now limited to construction work on a building occupied by the government entity.  However, the added language also defines a public improvement project to include construction work, whole or in part, with funds of a governmental entity.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HF 2257       Assessor Electronic Information Allowed.  Allows the assessor to provide an assessment, notice or other information electronically instead of through regular mail. It also applies to items not required to be communicated by the assessor by law. They may still provide communications through regular mail. Electronic authorization would continue until revoked in writing by
the person, which could also be provided electronically. Information disclosed electronically is not public records.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2258       Flood Mitigation Funds.  Currently governmental entities can seek approval of flood protection projects and the use of certain sales tax increments from the flood mitigation fund. The bill adds the ability to have the fund reimburse costs of the approved project incurred after the projects approval.  It gives them flexibility use these funds to reimburse other city funds to pay for projects.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2285       Medicaid Emergency Medical Transport (EMT) Federal Reimbursement.  Directs the Department of Human Services by July 1, 2018, to allow for requested authorization to provide a federal supplement reimbursement for a Medicaid EMT patient.  Every time the transport of Medicaid patient happens, this would follow through with a Federal reimbursement.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

 

Natural Resources

HF 619         Department of Natural Resources setting fees at state parks and recreation areas.  This bill gives the Department of Natural Resources the ability to set fees at state parks and recreation areas.  (passed House Ways and Means Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

 

Public Safety

HF 2059       All Persons Convicted of a Sex Offense Prohibited from School Property.  Expands current law to prohibit all persons convicted of a sex offense from being on the property of a public or private elementary or secondary school, with limited exceptions. Under current law this prohibition and exceptions apply only to persons whose conviction was against a minor.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2105       Possession of Contraband in Community Based Correctional Facilities.  Adds community based correctional facilities to the list of institutions where contraband is prohibited.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2254       911 Wireline.  Allows the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to take over 911 wire line calls. Locals can also opt in and participate in a call processing equipment host site that will be paid for by the Department.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2269       Elimination of Sexually Explicit Reading Material in Prisons.  Prohibits the Department of Corrections from using appropriated money to purchase or make available commercially published material that is sexually explicit or features nudity. Does not pertain to current library material.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

State Government

HSB 550      Archivist Records. Allows the copying and examination of a public record if the record is at least 100 years old prior to the request. The bill also allows a vital record of a fetal death is allowed to be inspected as long as it is in the custody of the state archivist for 75 years. Fetal death records are currently not allowed to be released. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 560      Concession Prizes.  This raises the amount of a value that can be won in an amusement game from $150 to $950. The prizes that are won are not cash but a product such as t-shirt, iPad, or gaming system. (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

 

Transportation

HSB 54         Raw Forrest Product Transportation. This allows for an annual permit for vehicles carrying raw forests materials. The permit will allow trucks up to 100,000 pounds and the gross weight of an axel cannot exceed 20,000 pounds. The permit costs $175. (passed committee 14-6) to House Calendar

HSB 534      Move Over Law. Expands the “move over” law to include private construction as well as an individual’s private vehicle. A driver must now use due care while passing a person working on their car on the side of the road so long as that person is using their emergency flashing lights. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2518       Rescue Vehicle.  Makes an addition to what type of authorized emergency vehicles can exercise certain driving privileges by making the addition of rescue vehicles. Rescue vehicles must be equipped with rescue, fire, life support, hazardous material, emergency management equipment. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

 

Veterans Affairs

HSB 538      Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Departmental Bill.  Increases the number of representatives on the Veterans Commission from nine to eleven, increases the amount the  Commission can spend out of the Trust Fund every year from $300,000 to $500,000, adds rental application fees and fees needed for obtaining rental housing to prevent homelessness as an acceptable Trust Fund expenditure.  (passed Committee 15-8) to House Calendar

 

Ways & Means

HF 619         Department of Natural Resources setting fees at state parks and recreation areas.  This bill gives the Department of Natural Resources the ability to set fees at state parks and recreation areas.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

 

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