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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 23 – Wed. Mar. 1, 2017

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb 23 – Wed. Mar 1, 2017

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

Agriculture

HF 316         Des Moines Waterworks Dissolution. The bill mandates the elimination of local water boards in the Des Moines metro area, transfers assets to metro city councils and restricts metro entities from new projects until January 1 2018.  (passed committee 13-9) to House Calendar.

HSB 120      IDALS Code Cleanup.  Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship code cleanup legislation.  (passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 135      Water Quality. The Republicans water quality plan. The legislation is similar to the bill that passed off the floor last year. It takes $232 million out of RIIF to support in field and edge of field practices. Additionally, the bill takes the 6 cents water excise tax that currently goes to the general fund and uses the money for water quality projects and municipal water infrastructure.The legislation also allows for nutrient credit trading in an attempt to address problems higher up in the watershed. (passed Committee 21-5) to House Appropriations.

HSB 140      Beginning Farmer Tax Credit. Extends the beginning farmer tax credit to January 1, 2023. (passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

Commerce

HSB 103      Unplatted Property Tax Extension.  Extends the undeveloped tax rate on property, which has been subdivided or platted until construction begins on the property.  Then it will be assessed at the appropriate commercial or residential rate.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 119      Chief Information Officer.  Requires the Chief Information Officer to designate a Chief Technology Officer and a Chief Information Security Officer for Iowa.  The Technology Advisory Council is repealed.  Any applicants with the information technology staff may be subject to background checks.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 125      Licensed Real Estate Professionals.  Updates Iowa code relating to Licensed Real Estate Professional including changes background information, allowing for the management of more than one office in Iowa, and other clean-up language.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 126      Consumer Credit Transactions.  Makes various changes to update fees and charges that are overseen by the consumer credit code. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 152      Licensure of Architects.  Updates the Iowa Code so that architects are required to be licensed, rather than registered with the State of Iowa.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 153      Iowa Finance Authority.  Eliminate 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.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Economic Growth

HSB 36         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 17-3) to House Calendar

Education

HF 26           Home Rule.  Through a new code section and not a constitutional amendment, the bill directs school boards to have home rule for certain programs.  This code section would be in conflict with other code sections requiring school boards to perform certain duties or functions to facilitate the education of Iowa’s PreK-12 students.  The bill states that schools would be allowed to “exercise any implied power, not inconsistent with the laws related to the operation, control and supervision of those public schools.”  Also School Boards would not have power to levy any taxes unless expressly authorized by the general assembly. (passed Committee 13-9) to House Calendar

HF 255         College Aid Commission Board Make Up.  Changes the makeup of the College Aid Commission Board so two lending institution representatives would be removed and adds a parent and a K-12 Practitioner.  The Governor would now have nine appointments to the board and not eight.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 349         Area Education Agencies (AEA’s) Consideration of a Petition.  As amended, under proposals for a school district merger or consolidation, if a petition does not comply with the AEA plan, the AEA’s are to “give weight” to the petition.  However, they would not be bound by the petition. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 353         Security Plans Required.  Requires public schools to adopt security plans by December 31, 2018, that would be updated every four years.  The plan would be available to all employees, and the board would notify all students of the plan.  The bill also adopts a school security plan taskforce.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 94         Post-Secondary School Registration.  Allows the commission to deny, suspend or revoke a registration of an institution engaged in prohibited practice. It also ensures that any school with a provisional registration is an accredited institution. It removes unnecessary paper work in the registration process, and if a school is not authorized to offer state aid to Iowa students, they cannot advertise that state aid may be available. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 107      Computer Science Fund and Work Group.  Governor’s bill on computer science. Creates a working group for recommendations and sets up a fund for professional development. As amended in committee, the bill no longer has a computer science loan program through the Department of Education, and Ex-officio members from the Legislature are added to the workgroup. The bill is contingent on Appropriation for the fund.   (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection

HSB 163      Bottle Bill Repeal.  Repeals the bottle bill and creates new programs for recycling, little control, and beautification.  (passed Committee 11-10) to House Ways & Means Committee

Human Resources

HF 189         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.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 260         Subsidized Guardianship.  Allows guardians to be paid when they are caretakers of a child 14 or older and the guardian has had the child for at least six months and is a licensed foster family home provider. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 274         Stroke Database.  Required the University of Iowa to maintain a stroke database.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 276         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 Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 277         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 Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 79         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 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 80         Public Disclosure.  Brings state laws regarding public disclosure in alignment with federal law with regard to child fatalities and near fatalities.(passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 146      Dependent Adult Abuse.  Expands the definition of dependent adult abuse to include personal degradation.  This is intended to cover cell phone/social media issues that were not present when the original law passed.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 147      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 that are the same as direct hires by the facility.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 156      Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) System.  Requires the Department of Human Services to organize a stakeholder workgroup; each MHDS System to organize workgroups to review services; and requires hospitals to utilize the psychiatric bed tracking system. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 177      Background Investigations at Department of Human Services (DHS).  Requires background checks for potential employees, contractors, vendors, etc., that will have access to federal and state income tax information of applicants or participants in state assistance programs administered by the DHS.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 319      Mental Health Professionals – Civil Commitment.  Allows licensed mental health professionals to make determinations for involuntary hospitalizations and commitment proceedings for individuals with a substance abuse or a serious mental illness disorder. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 160         No-Contact Order Period.  Changes the length of a no-contact order related to a simple misdemeanor offense from five years to up to five years.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 161         Sexual Abuse and Assault Education.  Requires in-service training for educators to include training programs on child sexual abuse, sexual assault awareness, prevention, and requires school districts to provide instruction on child sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention in K-12 curriculum.  (passed committee 14-6) to House Calendar

HF 223         Application of Foreign Laws.  Requires foreign laws applied in the state to conform to the U.S. Constitution and the Iowa Constitution.  (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

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 Committee 14-6) to House Calendar

HF 375         Sexual Abuse Protective Orders.  Creates a sexual abuse civil protective order.  (passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

HF 377         Criminal Sentencing Reform.  Reduces penalties for possession of crack, changes mandatory minimums for certain crimes, and reduces the mandatory minimum for certain robbery offenses.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 407         Correctional Institution Utilization.  Updates Iowa Code to reflect the current utilization of Iowa’s corrections system.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 487         Medical Malpractice.  Creates new standards and limitations on medical malpractice cases.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

HF 488         Nonsubstantive Code Corrections.  Makes nonsubstantive corrections to the Code.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HJR 11         Constitutional Convention on Fiscal Restraint.  Calls for a Constitutional Convention to the Constitution of the United States to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HSB 32         Peace Officer Personal Information.  Allows a peace officer to request certain personal information not be available to the public.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 106      Seat Belt Liability.  Increases the amount that a damage award can be reduced for failture to wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle accident from 5% to 25%.  (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

HSB 127      Substantive Code Corrections.  Makes substantive corrections to the Code.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 129      Civil Rights Commission Complaints.  Requires an action for unfair or discriminatory practice to be filed with the district court within 90 days of an administrative release of the claim by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HSB 133      Gun Omnibus.  Makes changes to offensive weapons, carrying and acquiring firearms, the use of deadly force, and other firearms provisions.  (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

HSB 150      Financial Crime and Wire Transmitter Fund.  Requires a surcharge on drug paraphernalia convictions and a money service transfer fee of 1% on any money transfer service transaction.  This money is placed in the newly created Financial Crime and Wire Transmitter Fund to investigate criminal offenses committed for financial gain.  (passed Committee 14-7) to House Ways & Means Committee

HSB 158      Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights.  Limits who can make adoption placements and limits expenditures related to termination of parental rights.  (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

Labor

HSB 143      Unemployment benefit disqualification. Codifies an existing rule that states that if you miss work because of incarceration that is considered a voluntary quit in determining benefit determination.  (passed committee 16-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 144      Unemployment benefits in second year. Raises benefits needed for second benefit year from $250 to eight times the individuals weekly benefit amount. (passed committee 10-6) to House Calendar.

HSB 145      OHSA Conformity. Raises maximum and minimum fines for certain OHSA violations in order to comply with federal law. (passed committee 16-0) to House Calendar.

Local Government

HF 264         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 without compensation.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 11         County Compensation Board Make up.  As amended, makes changes to the makeup of the county compensation boards.  Requires a temporary compensation board to be formed by various Township Trustees and City Council members.  This temporary board would then appoint five members to be the County Compensation Board that will serve four-year staggered terms.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HSB 73         County Boards of Supervisors Required to be Representational.  As amended, it would require a representative form of government for only on large counties that meet a certain population requirement.  Since Polk and Linn Counties already have representative form of government, they would not be affected, but the counties of Johnson, Blackhawk and Scott have at-large representation, and would be affected by this requirement.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HSB 175      Increase in Hunting, Fishing and Furbearer Licenses Fees.  Increases the fees for several hunting, fishing, and furbearer licenses.  The bill also creates a new five-day nonresident hunting license for $95. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Ways and Means Committee

HSB 176      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 Committee 21-0) to House Ways and Means Committee

Public Safety

HF 13           Electronic Application for Search Warrants.  Creates a process for an electronic application of a search warrant.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 148         Invasion of Privacy.  Expands the definition of invasion of privacy to include the dissemination of photographs without permission.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HF 323         Sealing of Certain Search Warrants.  Requires the courts to seal search warrants related to cases where the defendant has been acquitted or when the case has been dismissed.  Search warrants are still able to be accessed by certain entities.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 332         Medical Examiners to Access Drug Prescribing and Dispensing Information.  Allows for state and county medical examiners, and medical examiner investigators, to have access to information from the drug prescribing and dispensing information program during investigations.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 461         Tax Credit for Purchase of Gun Safe.  Allows for persons to receive a tax credit of 50%, up to $2,000, for the purchase of a gun safe.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Ways & Means Committee

HF 467         Iowa Communication Network.  States that law enforcement communications systems of law enforcement agencies will be considered under the purview of ICN if requested by the agency.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 88         Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones.  Spells out authorized and unauthorized uses of drones as well as penalties.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 89         Drug Prescribing and Dispensing Program.  Requires pharmacists that prescribed controlled substances to update the Dispensing Program on a daily basis, rather than the currently prescribed weekly basis.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 112      Employees of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  Allows for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to hire employees in response to a disaster that would be exempt from Chapters 8A (Merit System) and 20 (Collective Bargaining).  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HSB 164      Cannabidiol Investigation Products and Medical Cannabidiol Act.  Requires the Board of Pharmacy to act immediately if a cannabidiol investigational product is approved by the federal food and drug administration.  Strikes the July 1, 2017, repeal date of Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, thus allowing Iowa law to continue past July 1, 2017.  (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 89           Retirement Systems Merger. Currently Des Moines public schools is the only school district that maintains their own retirement system. This legislation allows for the merger of that system with the statewide public employee retirement system, IPERS. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 213         Confidentiality of Audio or Video Recordings. Adds information from an audio or video recording regarding an injury or medical condition as a confidential record, a parent or guardian of someone under the age 18 may request to receive information in the audio or video of the call. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 403         Volunteer Confidential Records. Clarifies that the information of volunteers, who are volunteering for a public entitity are a confidential record. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 462         Gaming Confidential Records. Clarifies certain records from the racing and gaming commission, including promotional play receipts, customer records, and surveillance records. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 466         Health Care Reenrollment. Aligns Iowa law with the Affordable Care Act by allowing a person up to the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health care, but also removes a provision that allows unmarried adults enrolled in a post-secondary school to stay on their parents care. (passed committee 17 to 6) to House Calendar.

HF 471         Precinct Consolidation. Current law allows for auditors to consolidate precincts for school and city elections, this would allow for similar actions in a Primary and General elections. (passed committee 22-1) to House Calendar

HSB 93         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. There will be a new requirement for post-election audits and certification and the creation of a electronic poll book revolving loan fund. (passed committee 14-9) to House Calendar.

HSB 108      Alcohol Policy Omnibus. Makes numerous technical changes to alcohol policy in the state. The legislation also takes into account recommendations from the study group made up from the Alcohol Beverages Division and the Department of Economic Development Authority. (passed committee 23-0) to House Ways and Means Committee.

HSB 113      Salaries for Deputy Auditors. Allows for a Deputy Auditor of Elections in the counties to be paid up to 85% of the salary of the County Auditor. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 137      Pari-Mutuel Wagering. This legislation is proposed from the Department of Inspection and Appeals, and makes uniform pari-mutuel horse and dog racing standards that come from the industry. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

Transportation

HF 84           Parent Taught Drivers Education. This extends our current law that allows a parent who homeschools their child to teach drivers education, to allow any qualified parent to teach drivers education. The student driver must pass a driving test administer by the Department of Transportation (DOT). (Passed committee 15-6) to House Calendar.

HF 325         Drivers Education for People with Disabilities.  Current law requires those teaching drivers education to have two students in the car. This may not be possible for those teaching students with disabilities, this changes current law to allow for one student to be in the car if the student requires a modified vehicle with special adaptive equipment to allow for only one student. There is required to be a camera running at all times of instruction in view of the front drivers and passengers seat. (passed committee 25-0) to House Calendar.

HF 392         Length of Drivers Education. Sets the minimum standard length of time for a driver’s education course in the state to be no less than 3 weeks. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 464         ATV Road 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. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 75         Insurance Verification. The DOT is to set up with a third party vendor to maintain a real time insurance verification database for auto insurance. (passed committee 14-7) to House Calendar.

HSB 111      Truck Platooning. Allows for semi-trucks to travel in a connected platoon on DOT approved roads. This is for testing purposes only. Current law requires a 300 feet gap between semi-trucks traveling on the road. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 130      Bicycle Passing. Changes current law to ensure the safe passing of a bicycle of a motor vehicle. A driver approaching a bike from the road must pass to the left in an adjacent travel lane or the opposite side of the road. This does not apply if the bike is on a shoulder or designated bike lane. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 139      Hands Free. Requires all drivers traveling in a motor vehicle to only use a cell phone or other electronic communication device in hands free mode. Any violation of this would be considered a moving violation and is now a primary offense. Current law has texting and driving as a secondary offense. (passed committee 20-1) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HSB 154      POW/MIA Flag on Public Buildings. States that the POW/MIA flag should be flown directly underneath the United States flag and above the Iowa flag. Specifies the following days the POW/MIA flag should be flown: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Veteran’s Day. (passed Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 155      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 Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 157      Military Justice Jurisdiction and Statutes of Limitation.  This bill was brought forth by the Department of Public Defense, and it makes state code mirror federal code with military justice jurisdiction.  State jurisdiction now covers a National Guard member when traveling to and from their duty location (if something happens between them and another National Guard member), states that all protections now apply with equal force to members from another state who work in Iowa, and expands the statute of limitation (from three to five years) to match federal military code. (passed Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HF 182         Professional Degrees in the National Guard Educational Assistance Program. Allows for the National Guard Educational Assistance Program to pay for professional degrees, not just undergraduate degrees.  Provides that a member must stay in the military at least six years to use this benefit, or the benefit is subject to recoupment. (passed Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

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. (passed Veterans Affairs Committee 14-0) to House Appropriations Committee

 

To view the last Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit:  http://iowahouse.org/weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-feb-16-wed-feb-22-2017/

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