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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

Agriculture

HSB 86         Electrical Work on Farms.   The bill will allow any electrical work on a farm if the person doing the work is an owner, relative or employee of the farm. A permit will not be required for the work and will not be required to be inspected. (passed committee 18-4) to House Calendar.

HSB 87         Extension Council Expense Reports.  HSB 87 provides extension councils an additional month to prepare expense reports. (passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

Commerce

HF 43           Laundry Occupations and Minors.  Allows minors to be employed to use laundry machinery.  For fourteen and fifteen year olds, the machinery must have less than a ten cubic foot capacity and the internal temperature does not exceed 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 303         Receivership for Preneed.  Allows the Iowa Insurance Division Commissioner to notify the Attorney General of a potential need for a receivership for both a preneed seller of cemetery and funeral merchandise or funeral services and for a cemetery itself.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Commerce Committee

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.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Commerce Committee

HF 311         Rule 2A-7 Money Market Fund.  Updates Iowa Code renaming the “Class one money market fund” to “Rule 2a-7 money market fund” among other changes.  The bill takes effect retroactively to January 1, 2015.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Commerce Committee

HSB 14         Deferred Payment – Consumer Credit Loan.  Allows a customer to defer a payment and take on another month under a consumer credit loan.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 24         Energy Efficiency Reporting Requirements.  Allows gas and electrical utilities that are not rate-regulated to use one form to meet to reporting requirements regarding energy efficiencies.  In addition, the bill updates what is required to be contained in the report.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 76         Iowa Utilities Board Omnibus Bill.  The bill contains three parts relating to the Iowa Utilities Board.  Exempts information and records related to including cyber security information and infrastructure from open records requirements.  Updates language regarding temporary utility rates.  Updates terminology relating to an informational meeting on an electric transmission franchise petition.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 118      Credit Union Division Bill.   Makes credit union exams confidential, except if all parties agree in writing to allow them to be shared. In addition, the bill moves language relating to meetings called by the Superintendent for the Board of Directors of a state credit union.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

Economic Growth

HSB 65         Workforce Housing Tax Credit.  Increases the workforce housing tax credit cap from 20 million to $30 million annually and states that $10 million must be allocated for workforce housing in small cities. Under the legislation, a small city is any city outside Iowa’s eleven most populous counties. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Education

HF 29           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 23-0) to House Floor.

HF 217         School Employee Disciplinary Action.  Adds to the list of items that have to be reported to the BOEE as disciplinary action against a school employee, being on school premises or at a school sponsored activity while using illegal drugs, unauthorized drugs or alcohol.  (passed House 94-5) to Senate, passed on file.

HSB 95         College Aid Commission: Uncollectible Student Debt.  Requires the College Aid Commission to adopt rules to write off student debt that has been attempted to be recovered up to five years. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Floor.

HSB 96         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.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Floor.

HSB 97         HiSET Test Changes.  The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) diploma 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 add that someone could apply for the test at a high school.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Floor.

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 House 99-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 305         Bio-similar Biological Products. Allows for the prescribing of injectable biological products, including bio-similar biological products.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

Judiciary

HF 52           Interference with Official Acts – Bailiffs.  Expands criminal offense of interference with judicial acts to include bailiffs.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 146         Forcible Entry Detainer Notice.  Changes the notice requirements for forcible entry detainer proceedings.  (passed Committee 14-6) to House Calendar

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 House 99-0) to Senate

HSB 104      Asbestos Claims.  Requires additional disclosure of asbestos bankruptcy claims, creates a priority for plaintiffs that may seek damages for asbestos related health impacts, and creates successor company liability limitations for asbestos claims.  (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

HSB 109      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, makes changes to the oversight of OWI monitoring programs.  (passed Committee 17-3) to House Calendar

Labor

HF 291         Collective Bargaining.   Makes substantial changes to public sector collective bargaining impacting all public employees. The legislation makes large scale changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining law. Public employee re-certification processes, what public employees have the right to bargain for, the arbitration process are particularly, but not solely affected. (signed; effective 2/17/17)

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. (passed House 99-0) to Senate

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. (passed House 99-0) to Senate

Natural Resources

HF 175         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 daily for up to 10 days if a person does not comply. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 210         Use of Straight Wall Cartridge Rifle. This bill allows the use of a straight wall cartridge rifle to hunt deer during the youth deer season and the first and second shotgun deer seasons.  A fine of $250 and a two-year suspension of a hunting license will be assessed if someone has a prohibited rifle in their possession.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 293         Prison Industries. Allows for an Iowa-based manufacturing companies to bypass the Iowa Prison Industries requirement when bidding on state projects. Iowa Prison Industries is still allowed to bid on the project. (passed the House 99) to Senate

HSB 77         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 21-1) to House Calendar

Transportation

HF 218         Truck Length. Lengthens the maximum length for single truck from 41 to 45 feet. This puts Iowa in line with other states in the Midwest.(passed the House 99-0) to Senate.

HF 312         Unattended Car. This bill changes current law that does not allow cars to run unattended, including warming up the car in the winter. (passed the House 98-1) to Senate

HF 313         Moving Vehicle.  This bill requires that a driver involved in accident to 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 House 99-0) to Senate

HSB 69         Motor Vehicle Enforcement. Clarifies that a Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) officer is permitted to enforce all the laws of the state as any other peace officer. Also allows for a Commercial Learners Permits to be valid for one year. (passed Transportation Committee 18-1) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HF 131         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. (passed Veterans Affairs Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

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 House 97-0) to Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

Ways & Means

HF 91           Hotel/Motel Tax Extension.  Extends the length of a rental of lodging from the current law of 31 consecutive days to 90 or more consecutive days before the local motel or hotel tax does not apply.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Calendar

HF 242         Eliminates Political Checkoff.  Eliminates the Iowa Election Campaign Income Tax Checkoff that allows taxpayers to allocate up to $1.50 of their state tax liability to either or both of the political parties in the state.    (passed House 65-34) to Senate

HSB 44         Property Assessment Appeal Board Extension.  Removes the sunset on the Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB) that is currently scheduled for 2021 and makes procedural changes to the PAAB process.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

 

 

To view the last Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit: http://iowahouse.org/weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-feb-9-wed-feb-15-2017/

 

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