WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 28 – Wed. March 6, 2019

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

HSB 218      Implements of Husbandry Weight Limit. Raises weight limitations for some implements of husbandry (passed Committee 20-3) to House Calendar

HSB 236      Agriculture Facility Trespass. Individuals who use deception to obtain access to ag production facilities can be criminally charged. (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar.

Commerce

HSB 185      Sunshine Tax. Eliminates cross-subsidies and increases rates for residential solar energy consumers. (passed Committee 12-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 186      Self-Service Storage Facilities.  Amends code relating to storage facility rental agreements and default procedures. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 187      Domestic Surplus Line Insurers.  Allows domestic surplus line insurers to domicile within the state. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 210      Alcohol Beverage Control Business Interests.  Creates an exception to the three-tier system to allow manufacturers, wholesalers to have a business or personal interest in retailers without selling retail product. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 219      Insurance Guaranty Association Code Update.  Updates Code language to model the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ life and health insurance act. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 220      Gasification and Pyrolysis Recoverable Waste.  Defines and creates procedure for facilities to process certain recoverable waste. (passed Committee 22-0) 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.

HSB 225      Regulation of Service Contract Providers.  Merges Iowa Code relating to vehicle or residential service contracts and creates additional consumer protection oversight under the Insurance Commissioner. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HF 260         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.

HF 261         City Utility Board Member Removal.  Amends current board member removal procedure to include judicial intervention. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar.

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

HF 263         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.

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

HF 321         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.

HF 327         Franchisor/Franchisee.  Defines franchisor/franchisee relationship and creates exemptions for Franchisors from certain liabilities under Iowa Code. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

HF 489         Pharmacy Benefit Managers.  Requires pharmacy benefit managers to submit an annual report to the Insurance Commissioner describing drug costs. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 502         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 537         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.

HF 573         Prescription Drug Benefits and Pharmacy Benefit Mangers.  Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers or health carriers from refusing to accept retail pharmacy within the pharmacy benefit manager’s retail network. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HF 593         Workers’ Compensation Definition.  Alters personal injury definition for worker’s compensation eligibility. (passed Committee 15-8) to House Calendar.

HF 605         Portable Electronic Device Insurance. Allows insurance carriers to electronically send notification to portable electronic device holders. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

Education

HF 145         BOEE: Misconduct by an Educator Reported within 30-days.  Currently authorities are required to report to the Board of Education Examiners (BOEE), actions placed on an educator for the educator’s misconduct.  There is no current time frame for when they have to report or penalty for not reporting.  The bill requires a school board, an Area Education Agency, a Superintendent or accredited nonpublic school, to report actions taken within 30 days.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 256         BOEE: Educator License Fee Cut of 25%.  Cuts license fees for Educators paid to the Board of Education Examiners (BOEE) by 25% which would equal about a $20 cut in the fees per person.  At the same time, it cuts the amount diverted from the BOEE fees to the general fund by 25%.  The bill is revenue neutral to the BOEE.  Based on FY 2018 numbers the bill would have a $638,663 fiscal impact to the general fund. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 349         Radon Testing and Mitigation in Schools.  HF 349, as amended, would require a test for radon by July 1, 2024 and one every 5 years after that. If first test is positive, a second test must be performed within 60 days.  If radon found after second test, mitigation would be performed within two years, unless they plan to abandon the building.  The bill allows the use of the Physical Plant and  Equipment Levy (PPEL) and the Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund to pay for testing and mitigation. (passed Committee 20-2) to House Calendar

HF 609         Bennett School District Legalizing Act.  A Legalizing Act specifically for the Bennett School District so they can proceed with continued collection of additional property taxes for an Instructional Support Levy.  The school district did not wait the 28 days before filing notice with the Department of Management after passing a resolution for an Instructional Support Levy.  No petition was filed in that time to force an election.  (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection Committee

HSB 81         DNR Policy Updates – Appeals and Permitting.  Creates an appeal period for an order issued by the director of the DNR and allows the department to exempt certain permit requirements for waste disposal systems that do not discharge into a water of the state.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

House Administration and Rules

HR 11           Permanent Rules of the House.  This resolution establishes the permanent rules to govern the House of Representatives for the 88th General Assembly. These are the same rules as the last General Assembly. (passed Committee 15-0) to House Calendar

HCR 11        Joint Rules of the House and Senate. This concurrent resolution establishes the joint rules for the House and Senate for the 88th General Assembly. These are the same rules as the last General Assembly. (passed Committee 15-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HSB 183      Hawk-I Administrative Functions.  Switches the program eligibility, payment and administrative functions of Hawk-I to the Department of Human Services. Currently, this is being done by a third-party contractor.  The third-party contract ends June 30th.  This bill is intended to reduce administrative costs. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 184      Family First Act.  The Family First Act will be implemented in Iowa beginning on July 1, 2020 and will significantly change the way the federal government will fund foster care services. This is the first policy piece that implements several federally mandated actions to get ready for the change. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 200      Medication-Assisted Treatment, Medicaid.  Allows one medication-assisted treatment from each of the five classifications to be given to a patient without a prior authorization under the Medicaid program. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 206      Governor’s Children’s Mental Health Bill.  Policy bill that creates the structure for the children’s mental health system. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 214      Governor’s Birth Control Bill . Adds a standing order for pharmacists to fill birth control orders for up to a 12-month supply (with an initial three-month supply) without a prescription for adults 18 and older. (passed House Human Resources Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HF 212         Public Health Supervision of Board Executive Directors.  Gives hiring and supervising authority over the Executive Directors of the Board of Medicine, the Board of Pharmacy, Dental Board and Board of Nursing to the Department of Public Health. (passed House Human Resources Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HF 435         Human Trafficking Confidential Information.  Allows partners (members of a DHS approved multidisciplinary team) to share information related to human trafficking with each other. Currently, these partners can only share this information when it is part of a child abuse assessment, but not for those cases when children are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 447         Emergency Dispensing of Insulin.  Allows for the emergency dispensing of insulin for up to 30 days. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 451         Psychiatric Patient Placement Clearinghouse/Bed Tracking System Work Group.  Establishes a psychiatric patient placement clearinghouse and inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system work group in the interim. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 538         Mandatory Child Abuse and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporter Training.  Bill based on the recommendations of the Mandatory Reporter Training and Certification Workgroup. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 548         Funding of Mental Health Regions.  Changes the amount the MHDS regions are allowed to encumber to 40% of gross expenditures. Currently, this amount is 20% or 25% based on population. Spend down has to occur by 2023, as opposed to 2021. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 549         Health-Related Board Changes.  Eliminates, combines, and takes out reimbursement for some health-related boards. (passed House Human Resources Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

Judiciary Committee

HF 276         Public Speech at Universities.  Makes changes to public speech and public forums at community colleges and Regents universities.  (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

HF 351         Expungement of a Deferred Sentence.  Requires an expunged record to be sealed by the court when the record is expunged as part of a deferred judgement.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 371         Public Intox Simple Misdemeanor.  Removes the sentencing enhancement for subsequent Public Intoxication offenses.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 395         Minor Witnesses.  Creates new requirements for pretrial contact involving a minor witness.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 408         Indeterminate Class D Felony.  Allows for an indeterminate sentence for class “D” felonies with possible confinement in a county jail.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 544         Divorce Conciliation.  Allows a judge to determine whether dissolution of marriage participants must participate in conciliation.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 582         Child Support in a CINA case.  Requires a court to suspend any child support obligation for a party that is granted custody or physical care of the child in a CINA case.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 583         “Parenting Time.”  Replaces the term “visitation” with the term “parenting time” related to parental rights.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 19         Child Sexual Abuse Testimony.  Allows evidence from a qualified expert witness in a criminal prosecution of child sexual abuse or child endangerment to be admissible.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 68         Felon Voting.  Constitutional Amendment to restore voting rights to felons.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 114      Animal Mistreatment.  Changes prohibitions on the mistreatment of animals, including animal abuse, animal neglect, animal torture, and animal abandonment.  (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

HSB 134      Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority.  Creates a process for delegation of parental authority.  (passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

HSB 142      Postconviction DNA Process.  Makes changes to the postconviction relief procedure regarding DNA analysis.    (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 144      Indigent Defense Costs.  Creates a process for payment of private attorneys for indigent clients.  (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

HSB 177      Contractor Right to Repair.  Requires the allowance for a contractor to repair a construction defect before a class action suit may be brought.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 178      Department of Revenue Jury List Updates.  Authorizes the Department of Revenue to share personal identification information for compiling jury lists.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 195      Oral Language Interpreters and Translators.  Changes procedures for providing interpreters and translators for limited-English speakers and deaf individuals.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 203      Substantive Code Corrections.  Makes substantive code corrections.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 209      Series LLCs.  Makes changes to the “Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act,” including provisions related to liability protections for series LLCs.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 223      Nonprofit Confidentiality.  Makes personal information of tax exempt 501(c) organizations confidential.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 224      Electronic Service for Juvenile Proceedings.  Provides an alternate, electronic service of process for juvenile delinquency proceedings and termination of parental rights proceedings.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 237      Criminal Justice Omnibus.  Makes changes to criminal law, including expungements, criminal offenses, criminal procedures, statute of limitations, and medical examiner investigations.  (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HSB 242      Guardian Ad Litem Oversight.  Requires a Guardian Ad Litem to do minimum oversight of the child.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Labor

HSB 180      Licensing Review. The bill sets up a rolling review of licensing by the state government efficiency review committee (passed committee 10-7) to House Calendar

HF 471         Felon Hiring by Private Employeers. Provides some protections to employers who hire offenders. (passed committee 17-0) to House Calendar.

Natural Resources

HF 179         Handgun Deer Hunting. The bill changes the definition of handguns legal for deer hunting and alters the age of who can use a handgun to hunt deer.  (Passed Committee 21-0) to Public Safety Committee

HF 363         Allowing a Leashed Dog to Track Wounded Deer. The bill allows hunters to use a dog to track a wounded deer as long as both the dog and handler are certified in deer blood tracking.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 207      Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.  The bill changes the name of the Weather Bureau to the Climatology Bureau.  The bill also makes fees for feed and fertilizers two year licenses expiring in either odd or even years.  It removes the requirement IDALS publish a liming materials report every three months.  It moves the demonstration grants, for people who purchase vehicles which operate on alternative fuels, from the DNR to IDALS.  Finally the bill expands water quality projects and repeals the watershed demonstration pilot projects. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 216      Shooting from a Motor Vehicle.  The bill prohibits a person from firing a gun from a snowmobile, ATV, or any motor vehicle.  (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 217      Prohibiting Unmanned Vehicles to Hunt.  The bill prohibits the use of drones to disturb, pursue, fish, or hunt wild animals.  (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HJR13          Eliminates Background Checks.  This would incorporate language into the Iowa Constitution that would eliminate background checks when purchasing a gun.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar.

HSB 125      Traffic Camera Regulation.  Creates a process for the installation and monitoring of automated traffic camera enforcement. Including a public hearing, appeal process, and daily calibration.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 137      Payment to County Jails for Medical Aid.  This bill creates a study group comprising of Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Sheriffs and Deputies to make recommendations to the General Assembly relating to the cost of county jails providing medical aid to prisoners.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 140      Board of Pharmacy Code Update.  This amends the Board of Pharmacy’s prescription drug monitoring program and overview of medical cannabidoil.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 175      Medical Amnesty When Reporting Crime.  Creates a Good Samaritan law by providing legal immunity to individuals reporting crimes or requesting medical assistance while intoxicated.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar.

HSB 191      Increased Fines for Speeding Violations.  Increases fines for excessive speeding violation and partially allocates monies from citations to rural emergency medical services fund.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 192      Emergency Medical Services Licensure Interstate Compact.  Allows the state to participate in a multi-state reciprocity EMS licensure program in order to provide first response assistance across state lines.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 208      National Background Checks.  This bill references federal code relating to background checks for individuals providing care or assistance to the elderly, children or disabled.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 212      Veterans’ Right to Appeal. Amends Code to require notification to veterans of refusal of appointment or employment and provides right to appeal decision (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar.

HF 487         Telecommunication Infrastructure Installation.  This prohibits local government from prohibiting E-911 telecommunication infrastructure installation based on appearance.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HF 515         Sexual Misconduct with Offenders.  This criminalizes sexual misconduct between Department of Correction employees and inmates.  (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar.

HF 539         Public Safety Equipment Fund.  This creates a public safety fund under the Department of Public Safety to allow monies from voluntary contributions when renewing or applying for vehicle registration.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 566         Criminal Trespass While Hunting, Fishing, or Trapping.  This amends Code to allow law enforcement to arrest or issue a citation to someone criminally trespassing while hunting, fishing, or trapping.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HF 567         Vehicular Homicide.  This creates a penalty for individuals who directly or indirectly cause the death of someone while exceeding 25 mph over the speed limit.  (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar.

HF 553         Agricultural Theft Surcharge.  This adds an additional $500 surcharge to convicted “C” and “D” felonies of agricultural vandalism or theft.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Appropriations Committee.

HF 634         Department of Human Rights Advisory Boards.  This combines the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Planning Committee, Sex Offender Research Council and Public Safety Advisory Board into one advisory board.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

State Government

HF 320         Honoraria Sets a limit of $499 and ethics filing for public officials receiving Honoraria. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HF 437         Student Loan and Professional Licensure.  Prohibits someone from losing their professional occupational license for delinquent student loan payments. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HF 608         Absentee Ballot Tracking. Requires that all county auditors use a mail tracking system that will ensure more ballots are counted. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 172      Abandoned Buildings. Establishes a process for local communities to deal with abandoned and vacant properties. (passed Committee 13-9) to House Calendar.

HSB 198      Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports. Legalizes sports betting and fantasy sports in Iowa. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Ways and Means Committee.

HSB 226      Electronic Records.  Sets up a process for the electronic storage of official documents. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 235      Auditor of State.  Lifts the cap on the examination fee pool for small towns. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 48         City and School Elections.  Technical changes regarding the merger of school and city election dates. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

Transportation

HSB 194      Deaf Drivers License Designation. Allows a person who is deaf or hard of hearing to request a mark on their driver’s license and also requires DOT to work with the commission of deaf services to create a video for the deaf (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 197      Electric Vehicles. Increases fees on the registration and usage of electric and hydrogen vehicles. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Ways and Means Committee

Veterans Affairs

HSB 229      Removal of County Veterans Service Officers.  Clarifies that a county veteran’s service officer can be removed with approval of the County Board of Supervisors. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Floor