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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 9 – Wed. Feb. 15, 2017

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING
Thurs. Feb. 9 – Wed. Feb. 15, 2017
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Environmental Protection
HF 202 DNR Cleanup Bill. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) bill. Transfers the duties of the solid waste alternatives program from the council to the DNR, removes language related to a beautification program no longer administered by the DNR, and cleans up language related to the DNR in the code. (passed House 98-0 ) to Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee

Human Resources
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 House 98-0) to Senate Human Resources
HSB 38 Bio-similar Biological Products. Allows for the prescribing of injectable biological products, including bio-similar biological products. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HSB 72 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 (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
Judiciary
HF 3 Statute of Repose. Changes the statute of repose for cases arising out of the unsafe or defective condition of an improvement to real property. (passed Committee 11-8) to House Calendar
HF 133 Guardian Ad Litem Duties. Clarifies the role of guardian ad litems in civil actions. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee
HF 183 Notification of Emergency Protective Services for Dependent Adults. Adds additional individuals to be served if a dependent adult is suffering abuse to additionally include the dependent adult’s parents and grandparents and clarifies language related to a dependent adult’s spouse. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee
HF 184 Administration of Small Probate Estates. Changes the information required in the petition for small probate estates to be more in line with requirements for larger estates. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee
HF 195 Updates Notice for Probate Proceedings. Updates notice requirements in probate filings to account for the court’s use of the electronic document management system (EDMS). (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee
HSB 31 Quiet Title Costs. Updates court costs and attorney fees in an action to quiet title. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
Local Government
HF 295 Preemption of Local Ordinances on Minimum Wage, Civil Rights and Products. Preempts the ability of local county and city governments from establishing a higher minimum wage than state law. It would also make null and void current higher minimum wages adopted by four counties. The bill also prevents local governments from establishing civil rights stronger than state law or enacting bans or a tax on certain products. (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar
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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
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 Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 326 Procedures for Granting Waterworks or Sewer Services. 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. (passed Committee 21-0) to Ways and Means
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 House 98-0) to the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Public Safety
HF 296 Imitation Drugs. Moves definition of imitation drugs from Chapter 124A to Chapter 124 and increases penalties. Increases the time, from 60 days to 2 years, for the Legislature to codify the designation by the Board of Pharmacy of a new substance as a controlled substance. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
Transportation
HSB 66 Unattended Car. This bill changes current law that does not allow cars to run unattended, including warming up the car in the winter. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HSB 68 DOT Efficiency. This legislation is an efficiency measure. Currently DAS collects money for abstracts of driver’s operating records, and sends them to the DOT where it then goes to the Treasurer. Instead of DAS sending money to the DOT and then to the Treasurer, this bill states that DAS will send the money directly to the Treasurer. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HSB 70 Moving 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 Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HSB 71 Double Turn Lane. Clarifies that one can turn right from a second right hand turn lane or a second left hand turn lane as long as it is on a one way street. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 289 Drivers License Issuance. Allows for Clay and Carroll counties to issue driver’s licenses. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Transportation Committee

To view the last Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit: http://iowahouse.org/weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-feb-2-wed-feb-8-2017/

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