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2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 8 – Wed. Feb. 14

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 8 – Wed. Feb. 14, 2018

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

 

Agriculture

HF 2260       Pesticides in Lakes. Creates a new civil penalty for applying pesticides into lakes without a license. (passed committee 23-0)  to House Calendar

HSB 623      Sale of Eggs.  Requires that a businesses that accepts WIC maintain an inventory of regular eggs. (passed committee 22-1) to House Calendar

HSB 640      Management of Noxious Weeds. Allows Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to add a weed to the list themselves without legislative approval and would also create a state weed commissioner. (passed committee 21-2) to House Calendar

HSB 645      Water Quality Cleanup. Cleans up the water quality bill Republicans rushed through a couple weeks ago. The bill changes already outdated reporting dates, standardizes references to the Nutrient Reduction Strategy and removes a mandate of drainage districts(passed committee 20-3) to House Calendar

Appropriations

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 24-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 455          District Cost Per Pupil (DCPP) Inequity and Transportation Funding.  As amended with the Committee amendment, the bill builds in a supplemental funding amount of $2.5 million to pay for the District Cost Per Pupil (DCPP) inequity that would be distributed to school districts.  It does not provide property tax relief.  Instead of providing assistance to all school districts over 10 years on transportation costs, it does a 1-year buy down worth a total of $11.2 million, to the highest transportation cost districts to an amount of $432 per pupil transported.  The current average transportation cost state wide per pupil is $314.  (passed Committee 16-9) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 2117       FY 2018 Deapprorpiations Bill.  The Committee amended the bill lowering the budget reductions from $43.9 million proposed by the Senate to $32.7 million.  The House, Senate, and Governor now all have different plans to reduce spending and bring the budget back into balance. State agencies will have approximately 4 months to implement reductions the state has known about since October. (passed Committee 15-10) to House Appropriations Calendar

Commerce

HSB 528      Salvage Car Percentages. Increases the percentage from 50% to 75% of damages to a car for it to be considered a salvage car. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

HSB 559      Franchisee Employment. This clarifies that a person who is employed by a franchisee is an employee of that franchisee and not of franchisor. (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

HSB 591      IUB Omnibus. Technical changes and updates to match current practice for the Iowa Utilities Board.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 594      Dram Shop Insurance. Puts a cap on how much can be won in damages  if someone is killed by someone who was overserved at an establishment licensed to sell alcohol. Also changes the standard for how to prove if the person was intentionally over served by the bar or restaurant.  (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar

HSB 599      Rates on Certain Loans. Increases a fee and allows for a higher interest rate on regulated loans, for non-depository loan companies. (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

HSB 600      Insurance Provider Division.  Set up the standards for an insurer to split into multiple insurers. The bill comes from the Federation of Iowa Insurers.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 602      Future Ready Iowa. This is the Governor’s plan that replaces and renames many existing scholarship and grant programs that are currently in place. The program also creates new programs for high demand job internship programs. There is no appropriation in the legislation to fund any of these programs. (passed Committee 16-7) to House Calendar

HSB 624      Water Utility Retirement Systems. This sets up the process for an electric utility retirement system to merge with IPERS as long as both entities agree.(passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 637      Farm Bureau Insurance Plans.  Allows for the Farm Bureau to sell health benefit plans, that are not considered to be insurance. All of these plans would be outside the regulation of the insurance commissioner. (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

HSB 669      Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Changes the composition of the Engineering and Land Surveying Board by requiring three engineers and two land surveyors.(passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

Education

HF 2006       Concussion Protocols and Coaching Licensure.  Requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries and return to play protocols.  A coach or contest official is required to complete such training at least every two years.  A student removed from sports participation cannot recommence until they are evaluated by a license health care provider.  So long as the health care provider providing care without compensation from a school district or accredited nonpublic school acts reasonably, they would not be liable for injuries or damages arising out of such care.  (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar

HF 2230       State Supplemental Aid (SSA).  Establishes a 1% increase in SSA for K-12 schools for FY 2019.  This is a $67 increase in the state cost per pupil to $6,731, and an overall state aid dollar amount increase of $31.96 million.  Due to the low increase, 183 of the 333 school districts (55%) would be on the budget guarantee, which is made up entirely from local property taxes to reach the 101% funding level provided by the guarantee.  After passing the House, the bill passed the Senate with an amendment to address transportation funding.  (passed House 57-40, passed Senate 29-21, the House refused to concur with the Senate Amendment, Messaged to the Senate)

HF 2350       Suicide Prevention Training.  Requires school districts to integrate one hour annually of evidenced-based training on suicide prevention for all licensed school personnel into their comprehensive school improvement plan.  Currently the bill requires this for grades 6-12.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 2354       Student Data Privacy.  The bill attempts to protect student privacy in a school setting with a private provider of technology services.  There are already federal requirements in place in this area, and it is unclear as to what the bill does beyond those federal requirements, but it would establish similar protections in Iowa statute.  It is also unclear as to what problem the bill is addressing that may have happened.  (passed Committee 17-5) to House Calendar

HSB 561      World Language and Sign Language.  Makes the technical change of “foreign language” courses renamed to “world languages.”  Also, American sign language would now be an option to be included as a course to meet a “world language” education requirements for accreditation standards.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 563      Home School Access to Iowa Learning On-Line (ILO).  Expands the Department of Education run Iowa Learning Online (ILO) initiative to allow home schoolers access to the program.  The parent or guardian would have to pay the fee from the program to participate.  The person providing the instruction would receive the student’s scores for completed coursework.   Currently, only school districts and accredited nonpublic schools may partner with the initiative to receive ILO classes.  (passed Committee 13-9) to House Calendar

HSB 660      Food Shaming in School Meal Programs.  School Districts and non-public schools would be required to provide communication on school lunch accounts directly to the parent or guardian and not involve the student.  Requires that a school cannot publicly identifying or stigmatize the student for being delinquent in their meal account.  This would include, sitting at a separate table, or requiring a student to do chores for food, wear a wrist band, hand stamp, or other identifying marks.  A student could also not be denied participation in afterschool program or other extracurricular activities due to school meal debt.  Meals provided would be a reimbursable meal meaning that a special alternative meal could not be provided the student due to it identifying that the student has a school meal debt. The bill allows for after a certain amount of debt, and after two years of attempts of trying to collect, the school district may proceed with an income-offset to collect.  It allows school districts to set up a private fund within their nutrition fund that could accept donations to offset school lunch debt, and the fund can only be used for that purpose, and a school is allowed to also reimburse that fund with moneys from their flexibility fund.    (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 663      Teacher Leadership Plan Additional Model.  Currently there are four Teacher Leadership Compensation models.  Under the Ed Reform bill of 2013, school districts had to choose a model or develop their own.  The bill adds an instructional framework or learning progression model that 40% of the school districts are currently using as their own plan.  The Department of Education is required to issue related guidance that school districts with this approved systems must use.   (passed Committee 20-3) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HSB 517      Background Checks and Free Clinics. Allows free clinics to use the full version of SING (Single Contact Repository) to process volunteer background checks.  These clinics currently have access to the criminal checks, sex offender registry, and health license verifications with the program but they cannot access child abuse and dependent adult abuse records in the SING system. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 614      Postadoption Information. Requires the State Registrar of Vital Statistics to give the parents of an adopted child a document prepared by DHS listing all postadoption services available to them. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 628      Department of Aging Bill. Department of Aging code clean-up bill. Changes the name of the Office of Substitute Decision Maker to the Office of Public Guardian.  Clarification that allows local offices to use their own attorney if they so choose.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 629      Medical Support Obligation-Public Health Coverage. DHS Department bill that requires the state of Iowa and the Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) to consider public health coverage when determining a medical support obligation.  Currently, they only consider private health coverage.  Also adds the definition of “cash medical support.”  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 631      DHS Departmental Bill-Code Cleanup. DHS Department bill that removes “homemaker services” from the Code because it no longer exists.  Also sends the bills from the Mental Health Institutes (MHI) directly to the region rather than the county auditor for processing.  Allows for a more efficient system. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 635      Child Welfare Interim Study. Establishes an interim study committee related to child welfare. Study committee will meet during the 2018 interim and will submit a report to the Legislature by December 21, 2018.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 638      Eldora State Training School. DHS department bill. Eliminates references to Toledo state training school from the Code and establishes Eldora as the state training school for boys.  According to DHS, this bill more accurately describes the mission of the school and that boys who come to this facility have delinquent behaviors that need to be treated.  Adds a section that allows for confinement to students who present a danger to the community. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HF 2275       Direct Primary Care Agreements. Allows for Direct Primary Care Agreements. These are agreements between the primary provider and the patient, cutting out insurance companies. Lays out what has to be in the agreement, adds a notice that states this is not health insurance, and defines what primary care means.  This bill applies to primary care only, not specialty care.  Patients may pay a periodic retainer, membership fee, subscription fee or charge based on what the agreement states. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2299       Opioids. Bill has the following provisions: first responders have to enter into the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) when they administer naloxone to someone, prescribing practitioner has to register for the PMP, all information entered into the PMP has to be submitted within 24 hours, surcharge can be added to registration fees to go towards administering the PMP, electronic prescribing on all opioids by January 1, 2020, annual report sent by the Board of Pharmacy to prescribers detailing history of prescribers use and summary of prescribing controlled substances, allows Pharmacy Board to establish penalties if a prescriber prescribes too much of a controlled substance, adds substances to Schedule I and II, adds Good Samaritan language. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 135         Power of Attorney Relinquishing Rights.  Clarifies that a power of attorney may relinquish rights of dower, homestead, and elective share.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 428         Duty to Report Accidents.  Creates an ongoing duty to report accidents that result in injury or death of another person.  (passed Committee 18-3) to House Calendar

HF 530         Damages When Failing to Wear a Safety Belt.  Changes the percent that a damage award may be reduced in a comparative fault case when a plaintiff fails to wear a safety belt or safety harness.  (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HF 2040       Low-Income Child Support Adjustments.  Requires DHS to develop rules for a process for reviewing child support order low income adjustments.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2066       Expungement of Misdemeanors.  Provides for the expungement of certain simple misdemeanors.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2090       Restitution Awards Reduced by Insurance.  Prohibits a restitution award to be reduced by any third-party payment, including insurance.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2105       Power of Attorney and Elder Abuse.  Terminates an agent’s authority under a power of attorney if the agent is found to have committed dependent adult abuse.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2110       Supervisory Control of Courthouses.  Limits the supervisory control of courthouses by the judicial branch to only areas occupied by the judicial branch and gives the county auditor supervisory control of areas of the courthouse not occupied by the judicial branch.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HF 2165       Wrongful Birth or Wrongful Life.  Prohibits a cause of action and damages for a wrongful birth claim or wrongful life claim.  (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HF 2229       Probate Filing Fees.  Changes court filing fees in probate cases to standardizes the fees statewide.  (passed Ways & Means Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 2265       Criminal History for Employers.  Prohibits information on the criminal history of an employee from being used as evidence in a civil action against an employer.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2266       Restoration of Voting and Firearms Rights.  Requests an interim committee to study the restoration of civil rights.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2294       Probation Violations.  Requests an interim study on probation violations.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2295       Misrepresentation as a Service Dog.   Creates a new crime for knowing and fraudulent misrepresentation of a person as an owner or trainer of a service dog or assistive animal.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2318       Tax Sales Involving Minors or Unsound Mind.  Changes the mechanism for minors or persons with unsound minds to redeem parcels of real estate sold at tax sales.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2320       Corporation and Nonprofit Corporation Changes.  Makes changes to the “Iowa Business Corporation Act” and the “Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporations Act.”  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2343       Rules Explicitly Authorized.  Requires any rulemaking be explicitly required or explicitly permitted.  (passed Committee 14-6) to House Calendar

HF 2348       Nonsubstantive Code Corrections.  Makes nonsubstantive corrections to the Code.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2366       Out-of-State Drug Rehabilitation on Bail or Parole.  Allows a bailable defendant to complete a drug rehabilitation program in another state as a condition of release.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HJR 13         Constitutional Right to Bear Arms.  Constitutional amendment recognizing the fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms.  (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HJR 2003     Constitutional Right of Crime Victims.  Amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa for the rights of a crime victim.  (passed Committee 16-5) to House Calendar

HSB 581      DNA Testing Procedures.  Changes the process for a defendant filing a motion for an order to require DNA analysis after conviction.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 608      Mistreatment of Animals.  Amends the current prohibitions on mistreatment of animals, including animal torture, animal neglect, and animal abuse.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 622      Modifications to Consumer Security Freezes.  Makes changes to consumer security freezes and security breech protections.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 626      Child Abuse Under Care of a Minor.  Removes the provision that a 14 year old may be charged with child abuse when a sexual offense happens to a child while in the care of the 14 year old.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 627      Disposition of a Child Found to Have Committed a Delinquent Act.  Changes the transfer of “guardianship” of a child to the Department of Human Services for placing a child in a facility to transferring the “custody” of the child to DHS.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 633      Unenforceable Lease Provisions.  Changes language related to unenforceable provisions in rental agreements from not allowing the use of these provisions to not allowing the enforcement of the provision.  (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HSB 653      Domestic Abuse Lethality Screening.  Creates a domestic abuse lethality screening assessment.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 662      Substantive Code Corrections.  Makes substantive corrections to the Code.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 667      Terms of Office of Corporations Boards.  Amends special requirements governing the terms of office of certain public corporation’s board of directors.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 668      Juvenile Delinquency Jurisdiction.  Changes the delinquency jurisdiction of the juvenile court and the confidentiality of certain juvenile court records.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Labor

HF 2321       Criminal Background Checks. Allows IWD to conduct background checks on employees and makes changes to vacation payout (passed Labor 16-0) to House Calendar.

(passed Labor 17-0 ) to House Calendar

HSB 659        Employer Alcohol Testing.  Lowers blood alcohol test limits for private sector alcohol tests from                                                .04 to .02 (passed Labor 14-2) to House Calendar

Local Government

HSB 514      Bond Issuance Election Dates.  Creates an election date of 2nd week of November, matching city and general elections dates, for all bond votes.  Currently they are done by special election with any possible date.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

HSB 625      County Supervisor District Plans.  Under a “plan three” district plan where a member of the County Board of Supervisors  represents an equal portion district, the bill requires the Legislative Service Agency to draw the lines if the county has a population requirement of 150,000 or more.  Scott and Johnson will have that population requirement by the next census, but elect County Supervisors at-large districts.  That leaves Polk and Linn Counties affected by this change.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HSB 566      Department of Natural Resources conservation and recreation policies.  Currently the Department of Natural Resources has to pull from several different Code sections in order to have the authority to execute agreements and contracts, this bill puts that authority into one Code section.  The bill also repeals the Mississippi River Partnership Council and the Brushy Creek Recreation Trails and Advisory Board.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 661      Exempting the state and municipalities from liability due to honeybee hives.  This bill amends the Iowa Tort Claims Act and the Municipal Tort Claims Act.  State and municipality property would be exempt from liability claims relating to honeybee hives purposely placed on public property as long as the hive owner and the state acted in good faith.

HF 2166       Management of spreadable diseases among wild animals.  This bill designates the Department of Natural Resources as the lead agency in preventing the spread of diseases in wild animals.  The DNR can establish zones, create special hunting seasons, require samples from harvested animals, and other necessary actions to stop the spread of diseases.  The bill also establishes regulations on imported meat from states and providences with chronic wasting disease.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2218       Prohibiting the tampering with an electronic dog collar.  This bill makes tampering with, removing, or stealing an electronic dog collar a simple misdemeanor for the first offense.  A second offense is a serious misdemeanor.  (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

HF 2251       Seizure of property by the Department of Natural Resources.  This bill mandates the Department of Natural Resources return seized property if the owner is found not guilty, the charges are dismissed, or the statute of limitations expires.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2273       Rescission of an administrative rule relating to handgun deer hunting.  Last year HF 475 legalized the use of straight wall cartridges for deer hunting.  Due to the new law, the Department of Natural Resources, through the Rules Committee, created a new rule banning the use of handguns for deer hunting where any parts extend beyond the back of the pistol grip.  This bill repeals that rule, allowing people to use the same type of handguns they could use prior to HF 475.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HSB 165      Length of Service Award Program for Volunteer Fire Fighters.  Allows for governmental entities to opt-in and offer an award program for their volunteer fire fighters. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 603      Critical Infrastructure Sabotage.  Creates a new crime of critical infrastructure sabotage against wide variety of utilities and includes the technology that is critical to that utility. Penalty is a class B felony with a fine between $85,000 and $100,000. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 214         Changes to Modification Requirements for Persons on Sex Offender Registry & Definition of Child Endangerment.  Lengthens the amount of time that a person would still need to be on the sex offender registry before applying for a modification and eliminates the ability for all of Tier II and some of Tier III to apply. Narrows the definition of child endangerment to apply when the person who has control over the child is on the registry for a crime against a minor. (passed Committee 14-6) to House Calendar

HF 2091       Surveillance Equipment.  Allows for the collection of audio from a legally placed surveillance camera/video. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2150       Homicide by Vehicle.  Adds a new definition of Homicide by Vehicle if driver speeds by at least 25 mph over the speed limit and there is a death. (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

HF 2311       Court Authority for DPS Wiretapping.  Authorizes courts to issue an order that allows DPS to use a wiretap for purposes that are already authorized under a different Code section. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HF 2312       DPS – Processing Evidence Kits.  Requires the DPS to come up with a plan that will enable the processing of evidence kits within 90 days of being submitted. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2338       Ignition Interlock Devices & Temporary Restricted Licenses.  Requires everyone that received an OWI to get an ignition interlock device and removes all restrictions that are currently on a temporary restricted license. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2342       DNR Gun Sales.  Prohibits the Director of the DNR, the seizing agency, and a family member of the seizing agency from purchasing a gun at a DNR auction. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2345       Placement of Aging Sex Offenders after Prison.  Requires the Department of Corrections to lead a work group to come up with solutions regarding the placement of aging sex offenders once they leave prison. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 2077       Horse Racing Updates. Sets up requirements for a guarantee purse if a casino opens close to the Prairie Meadows Casino, also allow for an Iowa Horse to have different weight requirements while racing. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2152       Waivers for Certain Medical Provisions.  Deals with postings of waivers and on an internet site certain medical professions (passed Committee 23-0)

HF 2344       Cash Dispensing at Gaming Facility. Allows for the use of a debit card to receive cash on a gaming floor. (passed Committee 19-3) to House Calendar

HF 2349       Self Exclusion. Moves the responsibility of maintaining the self-exclusion list from the licensed casino to the state. (passed Committee 21-0)

HF 2351       Peace Officer Spouse Health Care. Gives the ability for the spouse and child of a peace officer killed in the line of duty to stay on the fallen officers health care.(passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 590      Tax Preparer Requirements.  Sets standards and continuing education requirements for a certified tax return preparer. (passed Committee 23-0)

HSB 611      Board of Trustees for a County and City Hospital. Allows for a board of trustees for a city our county hospital to change the number of members on the board and remove members who do not show up for meetings. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 643      ABD Technical.  This is technical legislation from the Alcoholic Beverages Division, this updates definitions and terms to reflect current practice.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 644      Powers of an Indian Tribe. Allows for federally recognized Native American tribes to officially interact with other public agencies.(passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 658      State and County Fair Credit Cards. Allows for the purchase of tickets or wristband for carnival games with a credit card at state and county fairs. (passed Committee 23-0)

Transportation

HF 2336       Aircraft Certificates. This closes a loophole that exists in aircraft special certificates by limiting the time its good for to 3 years. The legislation also increases the fee from $100 to $400. (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2341       Passing a Bicycle. Requires a cyclist on a road where the speed limit is 45 mph to where 144 square inches of high visibility clothing. The legislation also requires a car passing a bicyclist to change lanes. (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

HJR 2008     Driver’s License Revocation. A resolution that states the General Assembly is opposed to federal law that revokes a person’s driver’s license for a drug charge.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 639      Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer. Set the guidelines and duties that Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers of the Department of Transportation are able to perform.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

SF 449          Cattle Guards. Allows for a landowner to install a cattle guard on a road that ends on dead end, as long as certain requirements are met. The cattle guard is to be installed at the landowners expense. (passed Committee 18-2) to House Calendar

Veterans Affairs

HSB 580      Veteran Events Disclosure Form.  Requires providing a disclosure, both orally and in writing, at the beginning of events related to veterans’ benefits.  Disclosure has to state that the event is not sponsored by a governmental agency or by any officially recognized organization.  The purpose of the bill is to protect veterans from organizations saying they will help them with their benefits for a fee, when they can get this service for free at the county veteran offices. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HSB 587      Public Defense Department Bill.  Gives the Adjutant General of the National Guard the ability to designate areas around bases for morale and recreation. This includes areas for restaurants, food trucks etc. Private businesses would be able to come on the base with the Adjutant General’s permission, and the services would be user-funded with no appropriation needed.  Last, the bill aligns state laws with federal laws concerning some civilian criminal offenses committed on base.  These offenses, such as sexual assault, take place between two Guard members. The bill states the Guard will notify the civilian law enforcement agency without delay, and the agency shall assign the case a number promptly.  After the case is complete, the law enforcement agency has to share the results with the Guard.  (passed Committee 15-0) to House Calendar

HF 2045       Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment.  Creates a Veterans Recovery Pilot Program to reimburse for expenses related to hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Establishes a Veterans Recovery Fund in the State Treasury under the control of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs to go with the program. This is subject to sufficient funds, and does not include an appropriation. (passed Committee 10-6) to House Calendar

HF 2153       National Service Corps Program.  Establishes a National Service Corps program in Iowa. This program will make it easier for organizations to create service opportunities and for public agencies to use these programs. Also allows agencies to give alumni of the program preference in employment.  This new initiative would join existing programs like Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps, and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. There is no direct appropriation for the new program, but it will be able to use the same funds (established in 15H.5) as the other service programs.  (passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

Ways & Means

HF 2229       Probate Filing Fees.  Changes court filing fees in probate cases to standardizes the fees statewide.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

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