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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Apr. 6 – Wed. Apr. 12, 2017

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Apr. 6 – Wed. Apr. 12, 2017

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

HF 438         Housing Assistance from Veterans Trust Fund. States that money from the Veterans Trust Fund can be used for housing assistance including: deposits needed to rent, application fees associated with renting, and money needed to obtain vital documents or records.  Finally, allows the Trust Fund to pay for survivor outreach activities. (passed Committee 25-0) to Appropriations Calendar

HF 536         Manufactured Housing Fund.  Creates a manufactured housing fund at the Iowa Finance Authority. No appropriation is contained in the legislation.  (passed Committee 24-0) to Appropriations Calendar

HF 558         Background Checks.  Repeals the Technology Advisory Council.  Any applicants with the information technology staff within the within the Office of the Chief Information Officer and their partners may be subject to background checks.  This new options also applies to all applicants with the Credit Union Division.  (passed Committee 25-0) to Appropriations Calendar

HF 633         Shared Operations.  The Shared Operations program helps mainly rural districts, share administrative services with a state incentive.  The bill, as amended in committee, eliminates the sunset to the program.  (passed Committee 25-0) to Appropriations Calendar

HF 634         Health Care Loan Repayment Program.  Combines the Rural Iowa Registered Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Loan Repayment Program and the Registered Nurse Educator Loan Forgiveness Program.  The new combined program will be called the Health Care Loan Repayment Program.  The bill also eliminates the Iowa Nurses Now Initiative.  (passed Committee 25-0) to Appropriations Calendar

HSB 196      CTE Technical Corrections Bill.  Allows funding from federal Perkins dollars to flow through to FFA programs.  Standard classroom expenditures for consumable supplies (IE, feed for livestock) would be an allowable expense.  Makes a technical change for workers’ compensation related to Work-based learning program addition last year.  (passed Committee 25-0) to Appropriations Calendar

HSB 199      Administration and Regulation Appropriations Budget. This budget covers many of the administrative and regulatory departments and agencies in the executive branch.  The FY 18 general fund budget is $47.3 million, a decrease of $1.3 million.  (passed Committee 15-10) to Appropriations Calendar

HSB 200      Education Budget.  The bill makes several cuts, including the Department for the Blind’s newsletter funding.  Cuts the College Student Aid Commission programs by a total amount of $2.7 million including the Iowa Tuition Grant by over $2 million, and community college students through the Vocational Technical Tuition Grant.  Eliminates the Nurse Educator Loan program.  Eliminates as stand-alone programs, placing them under other programs, the Foster Care Grant, Barber and Cosmetology Tuition Grant.  Under the Department of Education, eliminates the English Language Learners Grant program, and Competency Based Education.  Early Childhood Iowa is cut by $143,000 along with other early childhood programs including Head Start, Early Literacy and child development programs are cut by $1.4 million.  Those programs include At-Risk children and Shared Vision’s preschool programs.  Iowa Flood Center is cut by $300,000, and not eliminated.  So the Federal grant dollars should be safe.  However, the Iowa Leopold Center funding is eliminated.  Funding for Community Colleges is increased, but does not make up for the deappropriation bill cut, and is still short over $3 million compared to the previous Fiscal Year meaning tuitions will likely increase.  Tuitions will likely increase at Regents institutions since the Board of Regents is additional cut by over $10 million.  (passed Committee 15-9) to Appropriations Calendar

SF 497          Transportation Budget Bill.  Appropriates $384,146,793 to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for fiscal year 18 and $187,379,099 for fiscal year 19. In FY 18 there is $50.8 million appropriated from the Road Use Tax Fund and $333.3 million from the Primary Road Fund. Projects include a new maintenance garage in Dubuque, rest area maintenance, and inventory and equipment replacement.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 498          Federal Block Grant.  Authorizes the state to expend $426.3 million in federal fiscal year 2018 and $332.5 million in federal fiscal year 2019 from federal block grant funds.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

Commerce

HF 309         Certificate of Insurance.  The bill codifies a bulletin from the Insurance Commissioner relating to certificates of insurance, which are documents that provides evidence of coverage for property and casualty insurance.  (Signed; effective 7/12/17)

HF 558         Background Checks.  Repeals the Technology Advisory Council.  Any applicants with the information technology staff within the Office of the Chief Information Officer and their partners may be subject to background checks.  This new options also applies to all applicants with the Credit Union Division.  (passed House Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 586         Iowa Finance Authority.  Eliminates antiquated requirement to record bond issuance with the Secretary of State.  Codifies the Home and Community Based Services rent subsidy program under IFA.  Changes when grants are awarded from the Shelter Assistance Fund.  Codifies the change relating to the Mechanics Lien, due to a State Supreme Court decision.  (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

HF 626         Independent Review Filing Fee.  Eliminates a $25 filing fee for independent review of a benefit trigger determination under a long-term care insurance policy.  This is an Iowa Insurance Division bill, and they have not charged the fee for five years. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

SF 230          Legislative Branch Health Insurance Premiums.  Requires full time employees of the Legislative Branch and Legislature to pay the same portion, 20%, of the total monthly health insurance premium. (Signed; effective 1/1/18)

Economic Growth

SF 176          Economic Development Program Changes.  This legislation updates several programs from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Among the changes are changing the wage requirements for the targeted jobs program from a countywide wage to a labor-shed wage and moves the targeted small business program from the Department of Inspections and Appeals to the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  (passed Committee 77-19) to Governor

Education

HF 472         Teacher Loan Programs.  Prevents someone from applying and receiving assistance from both teacher loan programs at the same time, the Teach Iowa Scholar program the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program.  The bill takes effect immediately and would not allow double dipping going forward from the effective date.  The bill would affect the awards yet to be made in the current fiscal year and going forward.  (passed House 96-0) to Governor.

HF 473         High School Equivalency Diploma and Test.  The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) issued per the bill, would be based on the applicants competency in core areas which will be adopted by the state board of education by rule. Currently it is based on satisfactory competency. Core areas are reading, language arts, literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. Currently you can apply for test at a center, and the bill adds that someone could apply for the test at a community college.  The bill also adds the ability to bundle prior high school course work with secondary or postsecondary education courses.  This alternative pathway for a HSED is currently not recognized by the state.(passed Senate 48-0) to Governor.

HF 564         Funding Flexibility I: Flexibility Spending Authorizations.  Allows certain designated funds to be transferred.  This would include professional development, and the Department of Education is prevented from capping a certain amount to be used for professional development.  A 5% cap for At-Risk Dropout Prevention programs is removed, and now those funds can be used for guidance counselors.  Allows preschool funds to be used for translation services, playground equipment, repair costs and food and beverages.  Funds are not allowed to be transferred from TAG funds.  Adds flexibility for school districts to pay for protective sports equipment out of their general fund.  The Senate added “safety equipment” to the list of authorized uses for preschool funds and clarifies that older or younger children enrolled in a preschool program may have the costs of their programming paid for using preschool funds in the ending fund balance or from the flexibility fund. The amendment also removes the $2,500 Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) cap on transportation equipment that passed the House. 
 (passed Senate 49-0) to House floor.

HF 565         Funding Flexibility II: Account Established.  Allows the creation of a local school district flexibility account where funds may be transferred to.  The flexibility account could receive funds from preschool, professional development prevents, and home school assistance if unexpended.  As passed the House, At-Risk Dropout Prevention programs could not be transferred to the flexibility account.  Preschools, professional development, home school assistance, At-Risk Dropout Prevention, TAG and a school’s general fund, could receive funds.  A strike-all floor amendment was adopted that made several conforming changes throughout the bill, including the name of the fund, as requested by the Department of Education. The Flexibility Fund will now be an account under the General Fund for the purposes of accounting.  The amendment also says that before any program’s ending fund balance is transferred into the Flexibility Fund, the school board must include in its resolution that the original purpose of the funding has met the intended need and purpose. (passed Senate 49-0) to House floor.

SF 240          Assessment New Approval Process.  Requires the Department of Education to issue a new RFP for a new assessment to be administered to certain grades.  The RFP is required by July 1, 2017.  The State Board of Education would select the assessment based on the following: 1) The feasibility of implementation by school districts; 2) The cost to school districts and the state; 3) The cost of acquiring the infrastructure necessary for implementing technology readiness; 4) The degree to which it is aligned with the Iowa core academic standards; 5) The ability to measure student growth and student proficiency; 6) The ability of the assessment to meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act; and 7) The instructional time required to conduct the statewide assessment.  Non-public schools are not required to use the new assessment.  (passed Senate 39-9) to Governor.

Human Resources

HF 232         Pronouncement of an Expected Death.  Allows nurses and physician assistants to pronounce the death of patient at a prison, when the death is expected. (passed Senate 48-0) sent to Governor

HF 233         Step Therapy Protocol.  Standardizes the step therapy protocol process and the exceptions for when a person can bypass the step therapy protocol process when they change jobs or obtain new insurance after completing the therapy step protocol. (passed House 97-0) sent to Governor

HF 234         Mental Health Advocate Reports.  Eliminates the requirement that mental health advocates file quarterly reports with the court.  The advocate is still required to file reports as necessary or as required by the court. (passed Senate 48-0) sent to Governor

HF 306         Online Nursing Training.  Allows other entities to provide online training for certified nursing assistants (CNA). In addition, a veteran may bypass the training if they can show evidence of training and experience.  The veteran must still pass the certification test to be included on the state registry. (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

HF 396         Child Foster Care.  Allows children in child foster care to be placed with a relative if the relative is licensed with the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a child foster care provider.  In addition, adds language that “child foster care” does not include care provided by a relative for more than 20 days in one calendar year, when the child is not under the care/supervision of DHS.  (passed Senate 49-0) sent to Governor

HF 534         Child Care Facility Licensing.  Expands child care licensing to include facilities for children that are at least three years old and eligible for special education. (passed Senate 48-0) sent to Governor

HF 543         Drug Endangered Child.  Expands the types of drugs that can be present, relating to a drug endangered child, to be considered child abuse by the Department of Human Services.  Also a health care practitioner must report fetal alcohol spectrum if there are physical or behavioral symptoms. (passed Senate 48-0) sent to Governor

HF 545         Public Disclosure.  Brings state laws regarding public disclosure in alignment with federal law with regard to child fatalities and near fatalities. (passed Senate 48-0) sent to Governor

HF 547         Background Investigations at Department of Human Services (DHS).  Allows for background checks of potential employees, contractors, vendors, etc., that will have access to income tax information of applicants or participants in state assistance programs administered by the DHS. (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

HF 576         Background Checks for Temporary Employees.  Requires that employees hired by a temp agency, which will work in a health care facility and provide direct care services, must complete and pass background checks, which are the same as direct hires by the facility.  (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

HF 591         Supervision of Physician Assistants.  Requires the Physician Assistant (PA) Board to submit all complaints regarding practice or conduct received by the PA Board to the Medicine Board.  In addition, requires the PA Board to get approval from the Board of Medicine if they want to amend administrative rules regarding supervision by a physician. (Signed; effective retroactively to 7/1/15)

HF 593         Mental Health Professionals and Civil Commitment. Allows mental health professionals to perform examinations and submit written statements and reports relating to the involuntary civil commitment process for persons with a substance-related disorder or serious mental illness. (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

HF 634         Health Care Loan Repayment Program.  Combines the Rural Iowa Registered Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Loan Repayment Program and the Registered Nurse Educator Loan Forgiveness Program.  The new combined program will be called the Health Care Loan Repayment Program.  The bill also eliminates the Iowa Nurses Now Initiative.  (passed House Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

SF 404          Right to Try Bill.  Allows the use of experimental treatments that have passed Phase 1 of a federal clinical trial by terminally ill patient.  The cost of the treatment will be paid for by the drug manufacturer or the patient.  House amendment adds that this bill cannot be said to allow assisted suicide.  (passed House 96-0) to Senate with House amendment

SF 479          Educational Services by Dental Hygienists.  Allows dental hygienists to perform educational services without direct supervision by a dentist (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

SF 484          Pharmacy Omnibus.  Changes are made relating to alternate members for the Board of Pharmacy, funding for the drug disposal program, the impaired professionals program, and the elimination of Iowa Code relating to internet pharmacies. (passed House 96-0) sent to Governor

Judiciary

HF 134         Familial Restrictions on Rental Housing.  Prohibits a city from adopting or enforcing any regulation or restriction on residential rental property based on familiar or non-familial relationships.  (passed Senate 43-6) to Governor

HF 146         Forcible Entry Detainer Notice.  Changes the notice requirements for forcible entry detainer proceedings.  (passed House 96-0) to Governor

HF 253         Paternity Support Order Clarifications.  Clarifies that the violation of any paternity and obligation for support order by any party will be held in contempt, including costs, and requires Children in the Middle courses for any custody action, not just for married parents.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Senate

HF 263         Domestic Abuse and Stalking.  Requires mandatory minimum sentences for certain domestic abuse assault and domestic relationship convictions, expands the definition of what constitutes stalking, prohibits the authorized placement of a GPS device, and makes other changes related to domestic abuse crimes.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 517         Gun Omnibus.  Makes changes to offensive weapons, carrying and acquiring firearms, the use of deadly force, and other firearms provisions.  (passed House 57-36) to Governor

SF 238          Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee Expansion.  Expands individuals that can commit sexual exploitation by a school employee to include volunteers, contractors, and other full and part time employees.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 260          Trespassing Liability.  Codifies trespass law regarding duty of care to the owner of property to a trespasser.  (passed House 96-0) to Governor

SF 275          Termination of Parental Rights Jurisdiction.  Allows a petition for termination of parental rights to file in any county in the judicial district if there is a safety concern for the child or petitioner.  (passed House 96-0) to Governor

SF 332          Controlled Substance Scheduling.  Updates the schedules of a variety of controlled substances to match federal changes.  (signed, effective 4-7-17)

SF 333          Fiduciary Digital Assets.  Relates to access to a fiduciary’s digital assets.  (passed House 95-0) to Governor

SF 374          Indigent Defense – State Public Defender Bill.  Relates to providing legal assistance to the indigent and administration of the State Public Defender.  (passed House 93-1; passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 403          Theft of Rental Property.  Expands the definition of theft to include theft of equipment rental property.  (passed House 75-21) to Governor

SF 405          Substantive Code Corrections.  Makes substantive corrections to the Code.  (signed, various effective dates)

SF 433          Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights.  Limits who can make adoption placements and limits expenditures related to termination of parental rights.  (passed House 75-22) to Governor

SF 446          Civil Forfeiture.  Relates to civil asset forfeiture and increases the standard of proof for certain forfeiture of assets.  (passed House 95-1) to Governor

SF 465          Medical Malpractice.  Creates new standards and limitations on medical malpractice cases.  (passed House 65-32) to Governor

Local Government

HF 307         Procedures for Granting Waterworks or Sewer Services.  Adds sewers to the list of services which for which a city may grant a franchise, and adds a sewer services and water works franchises to the list of franchises for which an election is not required unless there is a petition.  Signed, effective April 12, 2017

HF 308         Military Records.  Due to historians wanting to seek records WWII veterans, the bill would match the waiting period of access to military records of federal law of 62 years.  This is a decrease from current Iowa law of 75 years.  The Senate amendment required copies provided would not contain social security numbers.  The House concurred with the Senate amendment (passed Senate 49-0, passed House 97-0) to Governor

HF 485         City Council Members Allowed to Serve as Volunteer Fire Fighters.  Removes a prohibition so a city council member can serve as a volunteer fire fighter.  The final bill removes language that would have allowed them to serve without compensation.  Most volunteer fire fighters do receive some type of compensation and receive workers’ compensation.  The House conformed to the Senate amendment.  (passed House 98-0) to Governor.

SF 439          Federal Liens Filed with the County Recorder.  Of the federal liens for items such as income taxes filed with the County Recorder, the original lien may now be returned to sender if the lien is filed electronically.   This will allow the recorders to clear out old records in storage that were filed electronically.   Signed, effective July 1, 2017

SF 451          On-Line Payments Via County Treasurer.  For on-line payments with the county treasurer, this would clarify that the payment is considered received at the time that the customer enters it on the website.  There have been incidents where the payment is processed the next day, and if it is the end of the month, the person was getting a whole next month interest charge.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 254         Tagging Requirements for Deer Carcasses.  Codifies current operating procedure of allowing a hunter more than the allocated time of 15 minutes to tag a deer if the carcass is located in an unsafe area.  (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 410         Palmer Amaranth as a primary noxious weed.  Puts the Palmer Amaranth on the primary noxious weed list as well as the list of invasive plants.  A fine can be applied if a person does not comply.  However, the bill exempts Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) properties from this directive unless the removal of the plant complies with the CRP requirements. (passed House 95-0) to Governor

HF 511         State Forest Nursery Operations. This bill allows the State Forest Nursery to set prices, sell bareroot plants to private nurseries, and set the minimum seed order. The nursery will no longer have to go through the rules process to set these items. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 628         Snowmobile User Permits and Registration. This bill combines the snowmobile trail pass fee and the snowmobile registration fee into one decal with a payment of $30.00. (passed House 95-0) to Senate

HF 631         Hunting, Fishing and Furbearer Licenses Fees.  Allows the Department of Natural Resources to set fees for hunting, fishing and furbearer licenses.  Currently, these fees are established in the Code by the rules process. The bill also creates a new five-day nonresident hunting license for $95. (passed House Ways and Means Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

Oversight

HF 600         Genetic Counseling.  This bill deals with the licensure of genetic counselors. There are currently 19 states that license genetic counselors. Genetic counselors can currently be educated and trained at the University of Iowa. (passed Committee 8-1) to House Calendar.

HF 601         Confidential Information for Municipalities.  Expands information that is confidential to include cyber security and critical infrastructure information.  (passed Senate 50-0) to House Calendar with Senate Amendment

HF 602         Children’s Health Facility Education Exemption.  Provides an exemption under the children’s health facility law for educational programs at a facility using Accelerated Christian Education as their primary curriculum, that was in operation prior to the bill taking effect.  The bill would take effect upon enactment.  (passed House 58-40) to Senate Calendar

HF 603         Eminent Domain Procedures.  Makes changes to eminent domain procedures involving merchant transmission lines and lake development. Includes additional provisions which ensure property owners are fully compensated for land taken via eminent domain.  (passed House 93-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 499          Cameras in Public Bathrooms. Bans audio and video devices in public spaces where you one would believe there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. (passed Committee 7-2)

Public Safety

HF 526         Harassment – Distribution of Photos.  Makes it a crime of harassment to distribute photos or film of another person in full or partial nudity without their knowledge.  (passed Senate 48-1) to House with amendment

State Government

HF 516         Voter Suppression. This bill comes from the Secretary of State’s office and will require all voters to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. The legislation also makes changes to provisional ballots and same day registration. The bill also shortens the absentee voting time from 40 to 29 days. There will be a new requirement for post-election audits and certification and the creation of an electronic poll book revolving loan fund. (Passed the House 56-40) to the Senate.

HF 566         School Board Elections. Moves the date of the school board elections to the same days as a city election in November and makes conforming changes. (Passed the Senate 36-13) to Governor.

SF 399          Elections Technical Bill. Secretary of State Technical bill. This makes changes regarding dementia facilities; withdraw dates, community college vacancies, voting educational programs, and precinct election board members. (Passed the House 96-0) to Governor.

SF 408          Architects Registration. Deals with the registration and licensure of architects. This replaces registration with licensure for architects. (Passed the House 96-0) to Governor.

SF 410          Human Remains Disposition. This eliminates the requirement that a person names a designated adult to make decisions concerning final disposition of remains and ceremonies not be attached to a durable power of attorney. (Signed, effective 7-1-17)

SF 411          Contractor Registration. This bill deals with the registration of contractors through Iowa Workforce Development and Department of Public Health and is an agreement between the two agencies. (Passed the House 97-0) to Governor.

SF 442          Gaming Exclusion. Deals with voluntary exclusion from gaming facilities and moves the ban from a lifetime to a 5 year option, also allows for someone on the self-exclusion list to be in a facility just not on the wagering or gaming floor.(Passed the House 75-20) to the Senate.

Transportation

HF 313            Moving a Vehicle. This bill requires that a driver involved in accident move their car off the drivable roadway to a shoulder or a median, if able. The bill also allows another person at the scene of the accident to move the vehicle to the side of the row. (Passed the Senate 49-0) to Governor.

HF 314            Utility Vehicles. Defines utility maintenance vehicle in code and maintains that a driver must pass a utility vehicle with due caution and make a lane change if possible, if not possibly the driver must slow to a reasonable speed. (Passed the House 96-0) to Governor.

HF 464            ATV Crossing. Eliminates the provision of current law that requires a local agency get permission from the DOT to have an ATV cross a primary road and sets the parameters for safe ATV crossing of a primary road. (Signed, applicability provisions)

HF 604            Motor Vehicle Insurance. Sets up an internet insurance verification program through a third party vendor in the Department of Transportation. This will help verify motor vehicle insurance for those who operate motor vehicles. (Passed the House 94-2) Referred to Senate Commerce Committee.

SF  234            Texting and Driving. This makes texting while driving a primary offense and defines what an electronic message is.  A phone may still be used to talk on and is not required to be in hands free mode. (Passed the House 90-6) to Governor.

SF  448            Insurance Salvage. Allows for an insurer to apply and receive a salvage certificate title without surrendering the certificate of title or other documents. Exempts insurers from current law against acquiring a vehicle without also obtaining the vehicles certificate of title or manufacturers or importers certificate. (Signed, effective 7-1-17)

Veterans Affairs

HF 241         Veteran County Commissions.  Adds language back into the Code that was inadvertently removed in 2014 with SF 303. States that only the County Commissions of Veterans Affairs may administer the duties of the county commissions. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 438         Housing Assistance from Veterans Trust Fund. States that money from the Veterans Trust Fund can be used for housing assistance including: deposits needed to rent, application fees associated with renting, and money needed to obtain vital documents or records.  Finally, allows the Trust Fund to pay for survivor outreach activities. (passed House Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 584         Veteran Exposure to Agent Orange. Code clean up. Federal government established exclusive jurisdiction over veteran’s exposure to Agent Orange, therefore this code language is no longer needed. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

Ways & Means

HF 252         Probate Court Cost Calculation.  Excludes joint tenancy property, property transfers during the person’s lifetime, and assets payable to beneficiaries from the value of decedent’s estate for determining court costs.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 604            Motor Vehicle Insurance. Sets up an internet insurance verification program through a third party vendor in the Department of Transportation. This will help verify motor vehicle insurance for those who operate motor vehicles. (Passed the House 94-2) Referred to Senate Commerce Committee.

HF 621         Economic Development Program Changes.  This legislation updates several programs from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Among the changes are changing the wage requirements for the targeted jobs program from a countywide wage to a labor-shed wage and moves the targeted small business program from the Department of Inspections and Appeals to the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  (passed House 77-19) to Senate Calendar

HF 625         Dependent Health Insurance on Income Tax Return.  Removes the requirement to indicate on income tax returns if any dependents have health insurance.  (passed House 56-41) to Senate

HF 626         Independent Review Filing Fee.  Eliminates a $25 filing fee for independent review of a benefit trigger determination under a long-term care insurance policy.  This is an Iowa Insurance Division bill, and they have not charged the fee for five years.  (passed House 96-0; passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 627         Car Title for Surviving Co-owner.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently required to waive a fee for a car title being sought by a surviving spouse.  The bill would expand this fee waiver for someone who is a co-owner of a title with the deceased.  The DOT is unable to determine how many co-owners are nonspousal.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 628         Snowmobile User Permits and Registration. This bill combines the snowmobile trail pass fee and the snowmobile registration fee into one decal with a payment of $30.00. It also changes the percentage the snowmobile clubs receive from these fees from 50% to 80%. (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 631         Hunting and Fishing Licenses.  Increases the fees for several hunting, fishing, and furbearer licenses and creates a new five-day nonresident hunting license.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 180      SOS Fees and Filings.  Amends filing of documents with the Secretary of State, including business entities and UCC filings.  (passed Committee 14-8) to House Calendar

SF 444          Increased Penalties for Use of Electronic Device while Driving and 24/7 Sobriety Program.  Increases the penalty for use of electronic devices while driving if there is an accident causing death. Creates a statewide 24/7 sobriety and drug monitoring program, and makes changes to the oversight of OWI monitoring programs.  (passed House 90-3; passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 493          Combined Benefited Recreational Lake District Bonding.  Allows for a combined benefitted recreational lake and water quality district to refinance bonds.  (passed Committee 21-0; passed House 95-0) to Senate

Judicial Branch Budget

HSB 202      FY 2018 Judicial Branch Budget.  Appropriates a total of $178 million to the Judicial Branch, which represents status quo compared to revised FY 2017.  There isn’t a change for the jury and witness revolving fund, which receives $3.1 million.  (passed subcommittee 5-4) to Appropriations Committee

Justice Systems Budget

LSB 1051JB  FY 2018 Justice Systems Budget.  Appropriates a total of $573 million to various agencies and departments, which includes $14.5 million in other funds.  This represents a decrease of $2 million compared to revised FY 2017.  The Attorney General’s Office is reduced by $2 million and the Victim Assistance Division loses 5 FTEs.  The Department of Corrections is reduced by $1.6 million, while the Department of Public Safety is increased by $2.4 million.  (passed committee 5-4) to Appropriations Committee

 

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