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2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. April 4 – Wed. April 10

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. April 4 – Wed. April 10, 2019

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

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.

Commerce

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).

Economic Growth

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

Human Resources

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)

Judiciary Committee

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

Public Safety

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.

State Government

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)

Transportation

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.

 

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