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2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 7 – Wed. February 13

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 7 – Wed. Feb. 13, 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. (passed the House 99-1, passed the Senate 48-0) to Governor.

Education

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.  (passed House 53-47), (passed Senate 35-13), to Governor

HSB 18         SAVE Extension and Reform.  Extends the sunset to the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education fund (SAVE) program until 2051.  It also creates a career academy grant program to help establish career academies that specialize in Career Technical Education (CTE) training.  If SAVE revenue growth is 2.0% or more in a fiscal year, the amount the amount transferred to the Property Tax Equity Relief fund (PTER) will increase by 1.0%.  There would be 2/3 of that increase that would add to the amount provided to property poor districts.  Also, there would be 1/3 of that 1% deposited for property tax relief for all districts.  The bill also requires changes to a school district’s Revenue Purpose Statement for SAVE projects and allows the ability to petition for a vote on a SAVE project.  (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar

HSB 128      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 Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

Ethics

HCR 9           Joint Rules Governing Lobbyist.  Approved the joint rules that will govern lobbyist for the House and Senate. The rules establish registration requirements, use of electronic filings, lobbyist client reporting, and other various directions and restrictions related to lobbying the legislature.  (passed House) to Senate

HR 6             House Code of Ethics. Amended and approved the House Code of Ethics which governs every legislator and legislative employee of the House of Representatives. The committee amended the Code of Ethics to expand the definition of harassment to discourage members and employees from engaging in conduct that constitutes harassment and sexual harassment. Harassment is a form of discrimination based on any protected basis, including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law, including the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Chapter 216 of the Iowa Code. (passed House)

Human Resources

HSB 73         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 Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 209         Suspension of Medicaid Coverage for Inmates. This bill clarifies that after the first 30 days of commitment DHS will suspend but not terminate an inmate’s Medicaid enrollment.  It also clarifies that the inmate will remain eligible for Medicaid during the entire period of their incarceration.  This will ensure that once released, there will be no disruption in services for the individual. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 211         Telehealth at the CCUSO Unit.  Allows the University of Iowa to provide health services for patients at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) via telehealth whenever it is deemed medically appropriate. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HSB 51         Competitive Bidding Requirements. Campaign and ethics bill that exempts certain public employees from selling goods or services over $2,000 if there is no competitive bidding for the requirement of this purchase. Currently public employees or officials cannot sell goods or services over $2,000 unless that sale is subject to a competitive bidding process. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 53         Reporting Requirements.  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 Committee 20-3) to House Calendar.

HSB 60         Music Therapists.  Protects the title of Musical Therapists, by requiring the title be used only by certified musical therapists. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

Transportation

HSB 12         Motorcycle Lemon Law Removes the  motorcycle exception from the lemon law (passed committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 13         Travel Trailer Surety Bonds. Raises the surety bonds on travel trailers from $25,000 to $75,000 (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 39         Trucks for School Transportation Allows for the use of trucks and and used passenger vans designed to carry no more than twelve persons or passengers to transport pupils to events or in case of illness or other emergency (passed committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 43         CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Check. Matches federal requirements on driver training and requires DOT to check the national drug and alcohol clearinghouse if it is required by Federal Department of Labor and allows the Iowa Motor Truck Association to conduct CDL skills tests. (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 44         Vessel Registration. Changes certain registration requirements of vessels with county recorders offices. (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 45         Aircraft Registration Certificates. Alters certain notice provisions involving the return of an aircrafts certificate of registration to the Department of Transportation (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 46         Auto Transporter Length. Matches Iowa’s allowed length of auto transporter with the federal regulation (passed committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 88         Aircraft Dealer Certificates. States that aircraft dealer certificates are good for three years, and raises the annual fee for the certificate from $100 to $400. (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 127      Motor Truck Follow Distance. Removes following distance restrictions for motor trucks on highways. (passed committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Veterans Affairs

HSB 121      Veterans Designation on Driver’s Licenses.  Currently, a veteran can go to the Department of Transportation to have this designation added to their driver’s license.  This bill reverts back to pre-2016 law by having the veteran go to the veteran county office instead. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 16-1) to House Calendar

 

 

To view last week’s Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit http://iowahouse.org/2019-weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-january-31-wed-february-6/

 

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