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2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3, 2019

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

SF 170          Agriculture Extension Offices.  Changes the dates and process for filling vacancies on ag extension councils.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 548          Land Purchase Prevention. Prohibits the use of non-point source water pollution control projects that receive funding through the state’s revolving loan fund (passed Committee 12-10) to House Calendar.

Appropriations

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 committee 14-10) to House Calendar

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 Appropriations Committee 14-10) to House Appropriations Calendar.

Commerce

HF 680         Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers or health carriers from refusing to accept retail pharmacies within the benefit manager’s retail network. (passed 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee.

SF 553          Gasification. Creates procedure for facilities to process certain recoverable waste. (passed House 90-6) to Governor.

SF 556          Insurance Guarantees. Updates Code to model the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ life and health insurance act. (Signed; effective 7-1-19).

SF 561          Unemployment Disqualification. Codifies misconduct relating to unemployment eligibility and disqualification for unemployment benefits. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

Economic Growth

SF 245          Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant Program.  The bill allows community colleges to use the list of high demand jobs from Workforce Development when deciding which careers will qualify for tuition grants.  If a student, receiving the grant, starts in a career program that then drops off the high demand jobs list, the student can continue to receive the grant until they’ve finished their associate’s degree.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

Education

SCR 1           Congressional Resolution Calling for Action on Student Loan Interest Rates.  The resolution  urges the US Congress to act to limit the interest rates of student loans.  In calls for the legislation to limit the interest rates collected or imposed by the United States Department of Education for loans made, insured, or guaranteed under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to be not more than 2% points above the prime lending rate.  However, right now the prime lending rate is above the current student loan rate.  (passed committee 23-0) to House calendar

SF 159          Praxis Test for Teacher Licensure.  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 Senate 48-0, Passed House 71-28) to Governor

SF 167          Adds Mental Health Professional to the HC Loan Repayment Program.  Adds mental health professional to the list of eligible recipients to the Health Care Loan Repayment program, currently funded in the Ed budget at $200,000.  Current eligible recipients include registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioner, and a physician assistant.  College aid estimates at the current funding level at $6,000 per recipient that they could help 33 people.  As passed the House, the Education budget, HF 758, adds $50,000 to the program to help cover the addition of the mental health professionals.  (passed committee 23-0) to House calendar

SF 246          All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship Age.  Eliminates the age requirement under the All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship that someone has to be between the ages of 18-23.  This part of the program is for the surviving child of a peace officer, fire fighter, sheriff or deputy sheriff or foster child. (passed House 99-0) to Governor

SF 394          On-Line Learning Required Course Offerings.  The Ed Omnibus bill last year, SF 475, required that an on-line teacher be an Iowa licensed teacher.  It also required if the state run Iowa Learning On-line (ILO) platform has a course offered with capacity, it needs to be offered through ILO. By striking that provision, SF 394 will expand the availability of private, for-profit, out-of-state, on-line providers.  However, with current state law restrictions combined with actions of the bill, the provision will be limited.   The bill’s intent is to help rural schools offer more courses on-line instead of through the classroom where they may not have enough students or lack of teachers.  Under the bill, public and non-public schools are allowed to offer online classes to meet up to two “offer and teach” course requirements if the following apply: 1) Every reasonable and good-faith effort is made to employ licensed teacher for the specified subject, and 2) Fewer than ten students typically register for instruction in the specified subject at the school district or school.   Schools can do this through two ways: 1) Using ILO or by offering such a course through a private provider, or 2) a developed partnership or consortium of schools that have developed the course individually or cooperatively.  The bill also references the current list of approved on-line providers developed by the Director of the Department of Education. (passed committee 23-0) to House calendar

SF 437          Academic Eligibility. Currently if someone is ineligible after a grading period, they have to sit for 30 days.  Then if they are involved in another activity, for example, band, chorus or orchestra, they have to sit for another 30-days per activity.  SF 437, would have the student just serve the one 30-day suspension without the additional “double jeopardy.”  (passed committee 23-0) to House calendar

Government Oversight

HSB 247      Constitutional Amendment Publication Procedures.  Strips the publication requirements for constitutional amendments from the Secretary of State and assigns them to the General Assembly. Also mandates publication of constitutional amendments in four newspapers in each congressional district and the General Assembly’s website for three consecutive months before the General Election. HSB247 also includes a provision which doesn’t allow legal challenges of constitutional amendments if publication requirements are not met.   (passed Committee 5-4) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 606         Online Continuing Education Requirements.  Allows Licensed Social Workers, Marital and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors to take online continuing education credits without limitation, as long as those credits comply with standards set by their Boards. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 691         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 Senate Human Resources Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 731         Mandatory Child Abuse and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporter Training.  Bill based on the recommendations of the Mandatory Reporter Training and Certification Workgroup. (passed House 95-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

SF 210          Iowa Care Act. AARP legislation that allows a patient to designate a caregiver for when they are discharged from the hospital. (passed House 94-3) to Governor

SF 531          Pediatric Congenital Heart Data Reporting. Requires hospitals that perform pediatric congenital heart surgery to enter data into the national database. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 592          Physicians Assistants Practice. Practice and licensure of physician assistants, codifying what is already in rules. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary Committee

HF 267         Clerk of Court Counties Served.  Removes the limit of four counties that a clerk of court may be appointed to serve.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate

HF 638         Rental Late Fee Increases.  Allows landlords to increase fees for late payment of rent from current code.  (passed House 64-33) to Senate Calendar

HF 737         Animal Mistreatment.  Changes prohibitions on the mistreatment of animals, including animal abuse, animal neglect, animal torture, and animal abandonment.  (passed House 96-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HJR 14         Felon Voting.  Constitutional Amendment to restore voting rights to felons.  (passed House 95-2) to Senate Judiciary Committee

SF 275          Threat of a Targeted Attack and Cyberterrorism.  Creates a criminal offense of assault by threat of a targeted attack.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 333          Nonsubstantive Code Corrections.  Makes nonsusbstantive corrections to the Iowa Code.  (passed House 99-0) to Governor

SF 392          Peace Officer Custody Sex Act Criminalization.  Makes it a class “D” felony for a peace officer to engage in a sex act with anyone in the peace officer’s custody.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 448          Domestic Abuse Finding in a Consent Agreement.  Removes the requirement for finding of domestic abuse or sexual abuse in a consent agreement to grant a protective order.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 457          Criminal Surcharges and Court Fees.  Makes changes to criminal penalties, court funds, civil fees, and misdemeanor, felony, and scheduled fines.  (passed Ways & Means Committee 14-11) to House Calendar

SF 458          Attorney Fees in a Mechanics Lien.  Allows a homestead to be sold to satisfy the principal, interest, attorney fees, and costs of a mechanic’s lien.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 524          Sexual Exploitation by a Youth Athletics Coach.  Expands the crime of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, or school employee to include a youth athletics coach.  (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

SF 532          Contractor Right to Repair.  Requires the allowance for a contractor to repair a construction defect before a class action suit may be brought.  (passed House 99-0) to Governor

SF 569          Series LLCs.  Makes changes to the “Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act,” including provisions related to liability protections for series LLCs.  (passed House 99-0) to Governor

SF 570          Architect Immunity in a Disaster.  Provides civil immunity for architects and engineers that provide disaster emergency assistance voluntarily.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Labor

SF 337          Young Volunteers.  Allows for children 12 or older to be employed as referees for a sports program and makes changes to allowable volunteer activities.  (passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

Local Government

HF 698         Pioneer cemeteries.  Allows a county board of supervisors and a pioneer cemetery commission to jointly decide the care of cemeteries that no longer qualify as a pioneer cemetery.  Currently 20 counties are using up to 6 3/4 cent levy to fund the cemeteries but the highest is only 4 1/2 cents.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 283          Conflict of Interest financial limits for school, city, county officers and employees.  Raises the current threshold of government public contracts that can be purchased from an individual school board, city council, county officer or employee from $2,500 to $6,000.  The threshold was last raised in 2000.  (passed Senate 45-3) to House Passed on File

Natural Resources

SF 203          DNR Stocking Private Ponds.  The bill prohibits the DNR from stocking private ponds and allows people to fish on private ponds without a license.  The Committee passed an amendment that struck the second part of the bill about fishing licenses.  (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 634         Justice Advisory Board. Department of Human Rights bill that establishes the Justice Advisory Board. (passed Senate State Government Committee 14-0) to Senate Calendar.

SF 114          Vehicular Homicide. Creates a criminal penalty if cause of death is due to intentional or unintentional speeding over 25 mph. (passed Senate 44 to 1) to House.

SF 188          Tasers on Campus. Prohibits universities and community colleges from prohibiting tasers on campus (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar.

SJR 18          Eliminate Background Checks. Incorporates language into the Iowa Constitution to eliminate background checks and permit requirements relating to firearms. (sent to Secretary of State).

State Government

HF 419         Music Therapists. Protects the title of Musical Therapists, by requiring the title be used only by certified musical therapists. (Passed the House 96-3) to Senate.

HF 590         Tax Return Preparer’s. A bill requiring tax preparers to use a federally issued tax preparer identification number on tax returns, the bill also establishes 15 continuing education hours per year for tax preparers. (Passed Senate State Government Committee 14-0) to Senate Calendar.

HF 595         Deputy County Auditor Salary. Allows for the Deputy County Auditor of Elections to be paid up to 85% of the County Auditor salary.   (Passed Senate Local Government 11-0) to Senate Calendar.

HF 692         Absentee Ballots/Voter Suppression.  Language that would have allowed more absentee ballots be counted, was struck and replaced with language that inserted the Senate voter suppression bill. (Passed Senate State Government 8-5) to Senate Calendar.

HF 701         Non- Conforming Use. From the manufactured home association and deals with non-conforming use for mobile home units. (Passed the House 84-15) to Senate.

SF 526          Blue Alert Program.  Creates a “blue alert” program for an alert system if someone has killed or seriously injured a peace officer in the line of the duty. (Passed House State Government 23-0) to House Calendar.

SF 567          Electricians and Plumbers License. Outlines a process for the licensing board to award a license to someone who has been previously convicted of a felony.   (Passed House State Government 21-2) 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

HF 289         Gambling Revenue for 501(c)(19) Organizations.  Allows an organization under a 501 (c)(19) status be eligible to receive gambling revenue. The 501 (c)(19) status includes organizations that benefit veterans.  However, DIA indicated these organizations already qualify for this status. (passed Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 689         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 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Floor

Ways & Means Committee

HF 666         Licensing Review. The bill sets up a rolling review of licensing by the state government efficiency review committee. (passed House 54-44) to Senate State Government Committee

HF 760         Hotel/Motel Tax Expansion.  Extends the hotel/motel tax from any lodging for a period of 31 consecutive days to any lodging for 90 consecutive days.  (passed Committee 24-1) to House Calendar

SF 306          State Park User Fee Pilot.  Establishes a park user fee pilot program at Lake Manawa State Park and Waubonsie State Park.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

SF 457          Criminal Surcharges and Court Fees.  Makes changes to criminal penalties, court funds, civil fees, and misdemeanor, felony, and scheduled fines.  (passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar

Health and Human Services Budget

HSB 253        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 Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee 5-4) to House Appropriations Committee

Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund

HSB 251                RIIF 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 subcommittee 9-0) to House Appropriations Committee.

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