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Weekly Bill Tracking April 23-April 29

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. April 23– Wed. April 29, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. A total of $198.7 million is appropriated from RIIF, including $114.4 million in new money for FY 16. There is an ending balance of $202,001. The bill spends no money from the Technology Reinvestment Fund (TRF). Some of the major projects include: $500,000 for rural YMCA’s, $16 million to Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for major maintenance, and $500,000 for On With Life, a brain rehabilitation clinic in Ankeny.  (passed House 97-1) to Senate Appropriations Committee

HF 658         Education Budget. The House Education budget bill appropriates $977.6 million in FY 16, an $8.6 Million cut compared to FY 2015, $48.4 million below the Senate level, and $44.9 million below the Governor.  The Education budget bill provides funding for the Department of Blind; College Student Aid Commission; the Department of Education; and the Board of Regents and its institutions.  (passed Committee 14-11) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 659        Administration and Regulation Appropriations Budget. This budget bill covers 14 departments, agencies, and offices.  An appropriation of $49.8 million has been proposed for the FY 16 budget by the House, which is a decrease of $2 million compared to FY 15. (passed Committee 14-11) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 493         Education Budget. The Senate Education budget bill appropriates $1.026 billion in FY 16, a $39.8 million increase compared to FY 2015, $48.4 million above the House level, and $3.5 million above the Governor.  The Education budget bill provides funding for the Department of Blind; College Student Aid Commission; the Department of Education; and the Board of Regents and its institutions.  (passed Senate 26-24) to House Appropriations Committee

SF 494         Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget.  As amended by the House, appropriates $42 million in general fund dollars for the operations budget of the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Natural Resources, the Vet Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University (ISU), and the Nutrient Research Center at ISU.  This is approximately a $1.1 million decrease from FY 2015.   The bill also includes $42 million for the Environment First Fund.  (passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar

SF 496         Judicial Branch Budget for FY 16.  Appropriates a total of $180 million in general fund dollars to the Judicial Branch for the fiscal year 2016.  This represents an increase of $5.5 million compared to FY 15, and all of that is in the operations line item.  The Jury & Witness Revolving Fund is funded at status quo at $3.1 million.  (passed Senate 26-24) to House Appropriations Committee.

SF 497         Justice Systems Budget Bill FY 16.  Appropriates a total of $562 million from the general fund to various agencies, which represents an increase of $5.2 million compared to FY 15.  A total of $14 million is appropriated from other funds, which represents an increase of $250,000 compared to FY 15.  Some of the additional funds are appropriated to replace expired federal drug court funds in various community based corrections districts, and to maintain 4 narcotics agents in the Dept. of Public Safety that were previously funded with federal monies.  (passed Senate 26-24) to House Appropriations Committee

SF 498        Administration and Regulation Appropriations Budget. This budget bill covers 14 departments, agencies, and offices.  An appropriation of $51.9 million has been proposed for the FY 16 budget by the Senate, which is a decrease of $97,000 compared to FY 15. There was a Senate amendment that transferred $80,288 and one FTE to the Gaming Commission for the new Jefferson Casino. There was also a transfer of $50,000 for an exchange wagering study created in SF 438. Both transfers were taken from the gaming regulatory revolving fund. (passed Senate 26-24) to House Appropriations Committee

 

Commerce

HF 229         Regulations Regarding Buying Clubs and Free Trial Offers.  Exempts the sales of buying club memberships through the internet from current regulation regarding oral notification of cancellations, and adds language to the consumer fraud law regarding free-trial offers.  (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 655         Cell Tower Siting.  Establishes rules and regulations that governmental authorities must follow regarding applications for new or to modify existing wireless communications facilities.  (passed House Ways & Means Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

SF 125         Alcoholic Beverages Division Technical Bill.  Provides non-substantive changes such as not applying the 50% mandatory mark-up to grape brandy that is purchased and used as an ingredient to make fortified wine.  Conforming changes are made to several Code sections that were missed in 2010 with the authorization of the manufacturing, wholesale selling, and retail selling of high alcoholic content beer in Iowa.  (signed; effective 7/1/16)

 

Economic Growth

HF 654         IEDA Miscellaneous Program Changes.  This bill is a collection of miscellaneous program changes proposed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The changes are related to life cycle cost analysis for public buildings, stem internships, reinvestment districts, flood mitigation districts, enterprise zones, and the creation of a revolving loan fund to help cities with cleanup of nuisance properties and abandoned buildings. (passed Ways and Means  committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 656         Chemical Production Tax Credit. Uses up to $15 million of the Economic Development Authorities $170 million tax credit cap to incentivize the production of building block chemicals from biomass feedstocks. (passed Ways and Means Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

 

Education

SF 485         PPEL Refinancing Flexibility.  Allows a school district by resolution, beginning in FY 2016, an excess level for the Physical Plant and Equipment Levey temporarily in order to refinance and take advantage of a lower interest rate.  The authorization terminates upon maturity of the loan agreement.  (passed the Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

 

Human Resources

HF 534         Stipends for Mental Health Professionals.  Broadens the criteria for receiving stipends under the Mental Health Professional Shortage Area Program.  This current fiscal year, all of the $105,450 appropriation will be reverted back to the general fund due to lack of qualified applications. (passed House 99-0) to Senate with House amendment

SF 203         Nursing.  Changes that Advanced Nurse Registered Practitioners (ARNP) are “licensed” with the Board of Nursing, rather than “registered.”  Separates out code language regarding record checks into a new section, rather than be combined with Education Programs.  Changes that a health care provider, rather than a physician, perform an appropriate medical evaluation on a nurse if a complaint is brought forward such as an issue regarding alcohol abuse or substance abuse.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 274         Public Health Omnibus Bill.  The bill changes the term “hearing aid dispensers” to “hearing aid specialists.”  In addition, the bill makes changes to Medical Residency Training Grants program under the Iowa Department of Public Health. The bill fixes an error from last year so that the programs will continue by reinstating the repealed language in 2014.  In the last part of the bill, the newly reinstated language is amended in an effort to make the program more attractive to potential bidders, especially those who may wish to establish new residency programs.  (signed; effective 7/1/15 & retroactive to 6/30/14)

SF 335         Release of Information to an Organ Donation Agency.  Allows various reports completed by the Medical Examiner regarding a deceased individual whom an anatomical gift was made to be released to an organ donation agency, if requested by the agency. In addition, a hospital, licensed or certified health care professional, or Medical Examiner is required to release patient information to a procurement organization as part of a referral or retrospective review of the patient as a potential donor.  Both provision only apply to tissue donations.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 401         Sub-acute Care Facility Beds.  Increases the maximum number of beds sub-acute care beds from a total of 50 beds to 75 beds.  If a facility wants to add sub-acute beds, they do not have to reduce the number of inpatient beds to do so.  The Court has the option of placing a person directly in sub-acute bed, rather than an inpatient bed which may not be needed.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 463         Mental Health and Disability Services Code Makes non-substantive code changes related to the Mental Health and Disability Services code.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

 

Judiciary

HF 227         Strip Searches – Simple Misdemeanor and Scheduled Violations.  Allows a visual strip search of anyone arrested for a scheduled violation or simple misdemeanor who is housed in the general population of a jail or facility.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 287         Counterfeit Airbags.  Creates a new crime for installing, manufacturing, importing or selling a counterfeit air bag for a vehicle.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 525         Veterinarian LLCs.  Amends the Iowa Veterinary Practice Act to allow professional partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) to organize as a veterinarian.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 558         Military Funeral – Disorderly Conduct.  Expands disruptive and disorderly conduct to include certain actions at funerals.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 569         Garnishment.  Revises the notice requirements for garnishment.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 661         Probate Code Update.  Updates code provisions related to probate and estate-related laws.  (passed Ways & Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

SF 292         Juvenile Records.  Specifies when juvenile court records are available, including making records not available in the case of a dismissal.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

SF 306         Adult Ward Communication.  Provides a process for assuring an adult ward’s right to interact and visit with another person.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

SF 412         Juvenile Court Officer Guidance.  Allows juvenile court officers to advisors child judged delinquent until the age of 21.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

SF 448         “A” Felony by Juveniles.  Creates a procedure to sentence juveniles that have committed a Class A Felony.  (signed; effective 4-24-15)

 

Local Government

HF 369         Vital Record Statistics Fee and Electronic Birth Certificates.  As amended the bill changes current law which requires a fee be charged by the Department of Public Health or a County Recorder if there is a search for records and no copy made, to allowing the fee to be charged.  The bill also now adds that the electronic birth certificate records system available to Recorders include single parent births or adoptions.  (passed Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 557         Rural Improvement Zones (RIZ) Regulations.  Allows a county board of supervisors to approve a RIZ. Currently, they have to approve a RIZ if a petition to create one is filed. Iowa currently has four RIZs and with this bill, eight more would be allowed for a total of 12. A public hearing would be required within 60 days of filing.  Deletes the cap of year 2007 to issue bonds to improve a RIZ. Improvements limited to include dredging, erosion control, water quality control and land acquisition.  Places limits on the use of property taxes for a RIZ.  Requires a financial report of a RIZ and it may be extended for another 20 years.  (Passed Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Floor

HF 657         Vital Record Statistics Record. Currently a County Recorder or the Department of Public Health can make a record of a certified copy of a vital record.  The bill clarifies that this can only be done in the process of employment.  However, it also allows someone to make a copy of their own record.  (Passed Oversight Committee 9-0) to House Floor

 

Oversight

HF 657         Vital Record Statistics Record. Currently a County Recorder or the Department of Public Health can make a record of a certified copy of a vital record.  The bill clarifies that this can only be done in the process of employment.  However, it also allows someone to make a copy of their own record.  (Passed Oversight Committee 9-0) to House Floor

 

State Government

HF 203       Sleep Techs. Creates a licensure and standard for those practicing as polysomnographic technologist or sleep techs. Allows for some grandfathering for those already practicing in sleep medicine. (Signed ; effective 7/1/15)

HF 626       Tax Review Board.  Sets in code the future repeal of the tax review board. Also eliminates the sunset on the Property Assessment Board. Senate amended in committee to remove the repeal of the Property Assessment Board and extend the sunset to 2021. (Passed Senate Ways and Means Committee 13-0) to Senate Ways and Means Calendar.

SF 366        Peace Officer Retirement. As amended by the House changes how much a benefit can be decreased for a retiree who cannot longer do to a disability and finds outside employment. No benefit can be lower to more than half. This only impacts disability retirees who are under the age 55. (Passed Senate 49-0) to Governor.

SF 434        Continuing Education for Barbers.  Lowers the numbering of continuing education hours for licensed barbers in Iowa from eight every two years, to three every two years. Also does not allow for members of the barbering board to administer the continuing education courses. (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 438        Exchange Wagering.  Allows the State to conduct a study on the ability for Iowa to allow exchange wagering through the pari-mutuel system already in place for Iowa Casinos (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 456        Growlers. Allows establishments with a class “C” permit to sell beer in “growlers” Sets requirements for persons getting their growler filled and the employee filling the growler. The container must be sealed and is not considered an open container under Iowa law. (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 457         Obudsman Offices. Allows the State Obudsman office to access closed session minutes or recordings without the requirement of a court order. (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 482         Social and Charitable Gaming. Code update and modernization of the social and

charitable gaming laws in the Iowa Code. (passed House 98-1) to Senate

 

Transportation

HF 635         DOT Omnibus. Eliminates outdated code language as well as moves transportation commission language to chapter 307A.  Eliminates the state aircraft pool from private enterprise competition exemption, eliminates paper certificates for aeronautics, aligns fees of replacement for “Under 18” and “Under 21” ID’s. Conforms to federal law with commercial learner’s permit, fixes a catch-22 for temporary restricted license for non-OWI and OWI offense. Allows for federal agents to be issued county standard plates, and allows for car sale negotiations at the State Fair. Lengthens travel trailers from 40 ft. to 45 ft. (passed Senate 40-7) to House as amended.

 

Ways & Means

HF 615         Rural Improvement Zones (RIZ) Regulations.  Allows a county board of supervisors to approve a RIZ. Currently, they have to approve a RIZ if a petition to create one is filed. Iowa currently has four RIZs and with this bill, eight more would be allowed for a total of 12. A public hearing would be required within 60 days of filing.  Deletes the cap of year 2007 to issue bonds to improve a RIZ. Improvements limited to include dredging, erosion control, water quality control and land acquisition.  Places limits on the use of property taxes for a RIZ.  Requires a financial report of a RIZ and it may be extended for another 20 years.  (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 635         DOT Omnibus. Eliminates outdated code language as well as moves transportation commission language to chapter 307A.  Eliminates the state aircraft pool from private enterprise competition exemption, eliminates paper certificates for aeronautics, aligns fees of replacement for “Under 18” and “Under 21” ID’s. Conforms to federal law with commercial learner’s permit, fixes a catch-22 for temporary restricted license for non-OWI and OWI offense. Allows for federal agents to be issued county standard plates, and allows for car sale negotiations at the State Fair. Lengthens travel trailers from 40 ft. to 45 ft. (passed Senate 43-7) to House as amended

HF 655         Cell Tower Siting.  Establishes rules and regulations that governmental authorities must follow regarding applications for new or to modify existing wireless communications facilities.  (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

HF 654         IEDA Miscellaneous Program Changes.  This bill is a collection of miscellaneous program changes proposed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The changes are related to life cycle cost analysis for public buildings, stem internships, reinvestment districts, flood mitigation districts, enterprise zones, and the creation of a revolving loan fund to help cities with cleanup of nuisance properties and abandoned buildings. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 656         Chemical Production Tax Credit. Uses up to $15 million of the Economic Development Authorities $170 million tax credit cap to incentivize the production of building block chemicals from biomass feedstocks. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

HF 660         Franchise Fee Public Hearing.  Requires a city that is considering an increase to the franchise fee to hold a public hearing.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 661         Probate Code Update.  Updates code provisions related to probate and estate-related laws.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 662         Vital Records Copies.  Currently, only people that are working for a County Recorder or the Iowa Department of Public Health can make a copy of a vital record in the capacity of their job.  The bill keeps current law, and allows someone to make a copy of their record in their possession.  The bill also allows a County Recorder or the department to charge a fee for records that were searched for but not found.   Currently they are required to charge a fee in that instance.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

SF 485         PPEL Refinancing Flexibility.  Allows a school district by resolution, beginning in FY 2016, an excess level for the Physical Plant and Equipment Levey temporarily in order to refinance and take advantage of a lower interest rate.  The authorization terminates upon maturity of the loan agreement.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

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