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2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 14 – Wed. February 20

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 14 – Wed. Feb. 20, 2019

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

HF 307         Transportation Equity. Appropriates $19 million to the Transportation Equity Fund under the Department of Management, and establishes an appropriation for the fund for future years. Also appropriates an additional $2.3 million to the school aid formula for school district equity. (Signed, effective upon enactment)

Commerce

HSB 3           City Utility Board Member Removal.  Amends current board member removal procedure to include judicial intervention. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar.

HSB 5           Franchisor/Franchisee.  Defines franchisor/franchisee relationship and creates exemptions for Franchisors from certain liabilities under Iowa Code. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 31         Permissible Interest Rates.  Allows the Banking Superintendent to adjust interest rates and finance charges for $30,000 loans or less. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 32         Public Utility Fee for Right-of-Way. Modifies “management cost” definition relating to fees imposed by local governments for public utilities right-of-way usage. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 34         Consumer Credit Loan Application Fees.  Allows Credit Unions to be exempt from charging denied applicants an application fee. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 40         Student Loan Debt Management Services.  Requires debt managers and loan servicers to be licensed when assisting borrowers with loan modifications. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 105      Real Estate Appraisers Certification.  Modifies “Real Estate Appraiser” definition to allow practice of privilege within the state. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 225         Fire and Casualty Insurance Claims for Demolition Reserves.  Requires fire and casualty insurers to withhold 20% or $20,000 from homeowner’s insurance for demolition reserve. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 262         Promotional Pyramid Schemes.  Defines and criminalizes pyramid scheme operations within Iowa Code. (passed House Floor  88-10 ) to the Senate Calendar.

HF 264         Domestic Stock Insurers.  Allows domestic stock insurers to organize and divide under Iowa Code. (passed House Floor 98-0) to Senate Calendar.

Economic Growth

HSB 86         Bioscience Development Corporation.  The bill changes the Iowa Innovation Corporation to the Bioscience Development Corporation, establishes four platforms the corporation will focus on, and establishes the makeup of the board.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 91         Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program Changes.  The bill adds the term ‘emergency project’ to the program.  Projects deemed ‘emergency projects’ would be eligible for funding regardless if it is outside the application window.  (passed committee 21-0)

HSB 152      Targeted Small Business Program Changes.  The bill takes the $10,000 cap, for state agencies from ordering products and services from Targeted Small Businesses without going through the RFP process, out of Code and allows DAS to set the amount through the rules process.  The amount cannot exceed $25,000.  (passed committee 20-1) to House Calendar

Education

HF 136         Small School Bus Passenger Limits.  Increases the limit of small passenger school vehicles used for activities to the federal limit of 10 persons including the driver.  The bill was amended in committee with a technical amendment.  (passed committee, 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 306         State Supplemental Aid Increased by 2.06%.  The bill increases State Supplemental Aid (SSA)by 2.06% for Fiscal Year 2020, which is below the cost of inflation.  The Cost Per Pupil would raise from $6,736 to $6,875 ($139).  It provides $78.6 million in new state funding to Iowa’s 330 school districts.  Preschools would receive $85.9 million, an increase of $3.7 million, while the property tax increase from SSA is picked up for $62.1 million, an increase of $10 million.  The budget guarantee is the amount made up entirely of local property taxes to guarantee a school district receives 101% of the previous year’s funding level due to enrollment decline greater than the SSA increase.  That property tax total is $10.2 million for 117 school districts.  (Signed, effective Feb. 19)

HSB 17         Praxis II Cut Score Modifications.  As amended in committee, the Praxis II score used for teacher licensure and successful completion of practitioner preparation program would be set by the Iowa State Board of Education for the subject areas.  Consideration would be given for scores set by states contiguous to Iowa and the current teaching imbalance in teaching positions.  A 1-year waiver provision is allowed for a teacher that does not pass the Praxis II if they have a job offer.  For the waiver, a school district must make a “Good Faith Effort” (defined by code) to employ a licensed teacher.  (passed committee 21-2) to House Calendar

SF 139          Financial Literacy Requirement Push Back.  The legislature last year prescribed a high school financial literacy course curriculum in statute, and required the course to be taken to graduate.  It applied to the class of 2020.  This created course scheduling conflicts for students.  The bill pushes back the graduation requirement to the class of 2023, which is next year’s incoming Freshman class.  (passed Senate 48-0) to House Calendar, passed on file

Human Resources

HF 291         Spouse Protected Income.  Amount that the spouse may retain when their partner is institutionalized is raised from $24,000 to $25,284 to match federal law. This is protected income for the spouse that cannot be used to pay for the institutionalization or other costs. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

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 House 97-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

Judiciary Committee

HF 4              Public Defender Fee Costs.  Assessment of fees when the public defender requests copies of certain documents.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 223         Out-of-State-Mileage Reimbursements.  Increases the mileage for an out-of-state witness from 10 cents per mile to the rate set by the Supreme Court to cover actual and necessary expenses.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate

HF 266         Commitment Procedure for Sexually Violent Predators.  Changes the civil commitment procedure for Sexually Violent Predators (SVP).  (passed House 98-0) to Senate

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 House 98-0) to Senate

HSB 29         OWI Habitual Offender.  Allows a person convicted of a third or subsequent Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offense to be sentenced as a habitual offender.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 69         Child Support Fees.  Eliminates the filing fee for application for child support services in nonassistance cases and increases the annual fee in cases where support has been distributed to the family.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 110      Judicial Nominating Commissions.  Eliminates the current Judicial Nominating Commission and creates new procedures for choosing members of the commissions.  (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar

HSB 115      Female Genital Mutilation.  Creates a new criminal offense of female genital mutilation.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Labor

HSB 42         Unemployment System Changes. Removes provisions giving individuals additional unemployment benefits if they were laid off because their place of employment went out of business. (passed committee 9-8) to House Calendar 

Natural Resources

HSB 162      Disease Management in Wild Animals.  The bill designates the DNR as the state agency in charge of preventing infectious diseases from spreading in wild animals.  It gives the Natural Resources Commission the ability to establish zones, establish special hunting seasons, prevent the artificial movement of wild animals, and require sample collections from harvested wild animals.  The bill also dictates which parts of harvested cervidae (deer, elk, moose) carcasses can be transported into the state.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 53           Adult Adoptee Birth Certificates. This establishes a process for the ability of an adult who was adopted to be able to receive their original birth certificate. (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar.

HSB 120      ABATE Toy Run. This resolution allows for ABATE to do their toy run at the capitol and sell merchandise.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 146      Education Telecommunications. Eliminates the education telecommunications council, at the request of the council.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

Transportation

HSB 37         Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers.  Extends the sunset on Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers for two years until July ,1 2022. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 38         Electric Scooters. Defines and implements regulations related to electric scooters.(passed committee 17-4) to House Calendar

HF 74           Driving in the left lane Prohibits continuing to drive in the left lane if a driver knows that another vehicle is trying to pass.(passed committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HF 75           Truck Gross Weight Limits. Increases the gross weight allowed for special trucks to 39 tons from 32 tons.(passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 123      Leaving the scene of an accident. Emimalees law. States that if someone is unknowingly in an accident that results in injury or death, leaves the scene and later becomes aware, they must call 911 and report their involvement in the incident. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Veterans Affairs

HSB 135      Green Alert Program.  This bill creates a Green Alert Program for missing veterans-at-risk through the Department of Homeland Security. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 16-0) to House State Government Committee

 

 

 

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