WEEKLY BILL TRACKING
|Thurs. April 4 – Wed. April 10, 2019|
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF
HF 674 Automated Traffic Enforcement. Establishes traffic camera regulation for local cities and law enforcement (passed House Appropriations 15-9) to House Calendar.
HF 756 Federal Block Grants. Allocates Federal block grant appropriations to various State Agencies. (Passed the House 96-0) to the Senate.
HF 758 Education Budget. Funds two new student loan programs under Future Ready Iowa. The non-profit Schools portion of the Iowa Tuition Grant would increase $1.072 million for a total of $48.8 million. For-profit schools (only Waldorf and the Barber Colleges) would see an increase of $10,000 for a total of $385,000. The Rural Primary loan program is increased by $300,000. Aid to Community Colleges would increase by $7 million to $209.691 million. Early Childhood Iowa and IJAG are both increased by $1 million. A new appropriation of $3 million for children’s mental health is provided to train teachers and educators to detect potential mental health issues in students and determine appropriate follow-up. Iowa Learning On-line receives $500,000 which was funded by fees in the past. IPTV would receive a supplemental appropriation of $100,000 to keep their station active 24/7 and a $150,000 increase for FY 2020. The Regents institutions would receive a one line item increase of $15.9 million which is $2.1 million below their requested amount. The Board would determine the allocations to the institutions from that amount. If there was a full appropriation amount provided to the institutions, the Regents indicated that they would likely raise tuition between 3% and 5% for ISU and U of I. UNI would likely be less. If it was not met, the increase would be more. The Governor’s STEM council would receive $1 million increase. For the specialty schools, the bill matches their requested amount with a $567,000 increase. (Passed the House 58-38) to Senate.
HF 759 Administration and Regulation Budget. The House Republicans proposal for the Administration and Regulation budget spends a total of $52,420,985 in FY 20, $3.95 million more than FY 19. There is also a supplemental appropriation in FY 19 to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) of $456,979 for the payment of utility costs. The proposal also spends a total of $55.38 million in FY 20 of non-general fund spending, an increase of $75,000 from FY 19. (Passed the House 54-46) to Senate.
HF 765 Infrastructure Budget. The FY 2020 House Infrastructure Budget appropriates a total of $199,087,596 from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. This leaves an ending balance of $48,461. The bill contains $98.3 million in new appropriations and contains $17.4 million in technology projects funded through the General Fund. (Passed House 100-0) to Senate.
HF 766 Health and Human Services Budget. Provides funding for the Departments of Aging, Human Resources (DHS), Public Health (IDPH), and Veterans Affairs (VA). This budget includes a $150.3 million Medicaid supplemental in the estimated FY 19 DHS appropriation, $27.4 million for nursing facility rebasing, language requiring the Director of the Department of Public Health to hire and supervise the Executive Directors of the Board of Medicine, Board of Pharmacy, Dental Board and the Nursing Board, and an increase of $550,000 to the IDPH for rural psychiatry training. (passed House Appropriations Committee 14-11) to House Appropriations Calendar.
SF 600 Transportation Budget. The Senate Transportation Budget matches the Governor’s recommendation. The proposal appropriates from two different funds, the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) and the Primary Road Fund (PRF) for a total of $404,687,692 in FY 20, $23.8 million more than FY 19, after including the $8.7 million supplemental. There is an appropriation of $51 million from the RUTF and $353.2 from the PRF in FY 20. (Passed Appropriations 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.
HF 260 Permissible Interest Rates. Allows the Banking Superintendent to adjust interest rates and finance charges for $30,000 loans or less (passed Senate 40-10) to Governor.
HF 264 Domestic Stock Insurers. Allows domestic stock insurers to organize and divide under Iowa Code. (Signed; effective 4-9-2019).
HF 327 Franchisee/Franchisor. Defines franchisor/franchisee relationship and creates exemptions for franchisors from certain liabilities. (Signed; effective 7-1-19).
SF 402 Good Faith Requirement. Requires any information provided to the Credit Union Division must be submitted in good faith. (passed House 98-0) to Governor.
SF 403 Credit Union Subpoena Power. Expands Credit Union Superintendent’s subpoena powers to compel production during any examination. (passed House 96-0) to Governor.
SF 506 Credit Union Mergers. Amends procedural requirements for state credit union mergers. (passed House 96-0) to Governor.
SF 507 Worker’s Compensation. Amends personal injury definition for worker’s compensation eligibility. (passed House 55-44) to Governor.
SF 534 Gasification Production. Creates procedure for facilities to process certain recoverable waste. (Signed; effective 7-1-19).
SF 558 Domestic Surplus Line Insurance. Allows domestic surplus line insurers to domicile within the state. (Signed; effective 7-1-19).
SF 559 Portable Device Insurance. Allows insurance carriers to electronically send notification to portable electronic device holders. (Signed; effective 7-1-19).
HF 305 Changes to the Enhance Iowa Board. The bill makes three changes to the Enhance Iowa Board. Terms for board members are extended from 2 years to 3. Administrative rules for the board no longer have to be passed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board. $100,000 that is currently reserved for marketing approved projects is rolled into money for projects. (passed House 99-0) to Senate
HF 292 Medicaid Appeal Reports. States that the Department of Human Services (DHS) must submit their report on all Medicaid appeals every year, not biannually. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar
HF 421 Transfer of a Person with a Mental Illness. States that if a patient at one of the Mental Health Institutes (MHI) becomes too unmanageable for the staff to handle, the Administrator of the MHI has to get the consent of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections before they are able to transfer that patient to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (IMCC). (passed House Human 98-0) to Senate Calendar
HF 518 Dually Eligible Beneficiaries. Requires DHS to request federal approval to allow Medicaid to pay the nursing facility directly for the room and board costs, and eliminates the pass-through pay-ment with the hospice provider for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid members. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor
HF 532 Medical Residency Positions. Gives preference for Iowa residents and those that graduated from an Iowa institution for medical residency training state matching grants and the University of Iowa federal residency positions. Also states that both of these programs must offer a rural rotation to the candidate. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar
HF 700 Emergency Dispensing of Insulin. Allows for the emergency dispensing of insulin for up to 30 days. (passed Senate as Amended 49-0) to House Calendar
SF 210 Iowa Care Act. AARP legislation that allows a patient to designate a caregiver for when they are discharged from the hospital. (Signed, effective 7-1-19)
HF 266 Commitment Procedure for Sexually Violent Predators. Changes the civil commitment procedure for Sexually Violent Predators (SVP). (Signed; effective 7-1-19)
HF 323 Exploitation of a Dependent Adult Definition. Removes the requirement that exploitation for a dependent adult be for someone’s own personal or pecuniary profit. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor
HF 569 “Personal Degradation” – Dependent Adult Abuse. Defines “personal degradation” and makes person degradation of a dependent adult caretaker a form of dependent adult abuse. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Calendar
HF 591 Minor Guardianship Updates. Amends Iowa Code related to establishing a guardianship of a minor. (passed Senate 49-0) to House Calendar with Senate Amendment
HF 610 Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship Updates. Amends Iowa Code related to the opening and administration of guardianships of adults and conservatorships of adults and minors. (passed Senate 49-0) to House Calendar with Senate Amendment
HF 679 Substantive Code Corrections. Makes substantive code corrections. (passed Senate 48-0) to House Calendar with Amendment
SF 112 Certifications of a Trust. Changes the certification process of a trust to require any acting trustee, instead of all trustees, and makes clarifying changes. (passed House 99-0) to Governor
HF 674 Automated Traffic Enforcement. Establishes traffic camera regulation for local cities and law enforcement. (passed House Appropriations 15-9) to House Calendar
HF 681 Background Checks. Updates code relating to national criminal history for individuals providing care (passed House 100-0) to Senate.
HF 393 Executive Branch Gifts. Limits reporting requirements for state agencies for gifts they receive to $50. The bill also requires they be reported within 20 days and be filed electronically. (Passed the Senate 49-0) to Governor.
HF 701 Non-Conforming Use. From the manufactured home association and deals with non-conforming use for mobile home units. (Passed the Senate 35-13) to Governor.
SF 304 Student Debt Occupation License Revocation. Prohibits someone from losing their professional occupational license for delinquent student loan payments. (Signed; effective 7-1-19)
SJR 19 ABATE Toy Run. This resolution allows for ABATE to do their toy run at the capitol and sell merchandise. (Signed; effective 7-1-19)
HF 391 Travel Trailer Surety Bonds. Raises the surety bonds on travel trailers from $25,000 to $75,000 (passed House 98-1) to Senate Calendar.
Ways & Means Committee
HF 767 Electric Vehicle Registrations. Increases fees on the registration and usage of electric and hydrogen vehicles. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar
HF 768 Beginning Farmer Tax Credit. Modifies the beginning farmer tax credit program and returns the tax credit level to $12 million annually. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar
HF 769 Special Truck Weight. Increases the gross weight allowed for special trucks to 39 tons from 32 tons. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar
HF 771 Child Care Tax Credit. Changes the individual income tax deduction for qualified amounts paid for child or dependent care. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar
HSB 165 City Budget Limitations. Creates new limitations on local government budgets. (passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar
HSB 204 “Empower Rural Iowa Act.” Modifies the Broadband Grant Program and modifies the Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program. (passed Committee 23-2) to House Calendar
Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget
SF 609 Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget. As amended by the House, appropriates $41 million in general fund dollars for the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Vet Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University (ISU). This is an increase of $1.75 million from FY 2019. The bill also includes $42 million for the Environment First Fund. (passed Budget Subcommittee 5-4) to House Appropriations Committee
Justice System & Judicial Branch Budget
SF 615 Justice System Appropriation. This appropriates funds to the Justice Systems budget for FY 2020. (passed Senate Appropriations Committee 14-7) to Senate Calendar.
SF 616 Judicial Branch Appropriation. This appropriates funds to the Judicial Branch budget for FY 2020. (passed Senate Appropriations Committee 13-0) to House Calendar.