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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017

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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

HF 469         Soil and Water Commissioner Election.  Allows that two of five soil and water conservation commissioners may reside in the same township. (passed house 99-0) to Senate Agriculture.

SF 357          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 House 65-34) to Governor.

Commerce

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 Senate 49-0) sent to Governor

HF 518         Workers’ Compensation.  Makes numerous changes to Iowa’s longstanding workers’ compensation law relating to how long a person can receive benefits, the timely payment of benefits, and how a shoulder injury is classified.  (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

Education

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 Senate 49-0) Sent to the Governor.

HF 562         “Peace Officer” Allowed to Teach Drivers Ed.  Currently a licensed teacher may teach classroom drivers ed.  As defined in the bill, a “Peace Officer,” including a Sheriff, Sheriff Deputy, Police Officer, DOT motor vehicle enforcement officer, and a State Trooper, would be allowed to teach drivers ed in the classroom.  This would include those “Peace Officers” that are retired.  They would have to have a minimum of 15 contact hours training.  (passed Committee 13-9) to House Calendar

HF 563         Concussion Reporting Protocol and Coach CPR and AED Training.  Requires coaches to be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) by July 1, 2018.  The girls and boys Iowa High School Athletic Unions are required to work together to develop return-to-play protocol for a student athlete that has sustained a concussion.  Adds flexibility for school districts to pay for protective equipment out of their general fund.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

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.  The $2,500 Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) cap on transportation equipment is removed.  The bill currently allows a transfer from TAG funds if needs are satisfied, and allows those funds to be used for pupils not identified as TAG.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Calendar

HF 565         Funding Flexibility II: Fund Established.  Allows the creation of a local school district funding flexibility fund where funds may be transferred to.  Allows funds to be transferred to the flexibility fund from preschool or dropout prevents if unexpended, and any amount from professional development.  As amended in committee, TAG funds could not be transferred to the flexibility fund, but TAG could be recipient of flexibility funds.   (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 112         Lyme’s Disease Treatment.  Prevents physicians who use alternative treatments to treat Lyme’s Disease from being subject to discipline by the Iowa Board of Medicine.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 305         Bio-similar Biological Products. Allows for the prescribing of injectable biological products, including bio-similar biological products.  (sent to Governor)

HF 322         Registrations with the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program.  Requires prescribing practitioners that may prescribe controlled substances to register with the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

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 House 95-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 531         Report on Medicaid Asset Verification Program.  Requires the Department of Human Services to report to the Legislature on the status of the Medicaid Asset Verification Program, which was put in place in 2016.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 52           Interference with Official Acts – Bailiffs.  Expands criminal offense of interference with judicial acts to include bailiffs.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 69           Trespassing Penalties – Scheduled Violations.  Changes the penalty for certain trespassing crimes that are currently punishable as a simple misdemeanor with up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 to scheduled violations.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 371         Quiet Title Costs.  Updates court costs and attorney fees in an action to quiet title.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 517         Gun Omnibus.  Makes changes to offensive weapons, carrying and acquiring firearms, the use of deadly force, and other firearms provisions.  (passed House 58-39) to Senate Judiciary Committee

Local Government

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 without compensation.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Local Government Committee

Public Safety

HF 467         Iowa Communication Network.  Puts law enforcement communications systems of law enforcement agencies will be considered under the purview of ICN if requested by the agency.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate

State Government

HF 566         School Board Elections. Moves the date of school board elections from September to the same date as city elections in November and makes conforming changes. (passed committee 12-10) to House Calendar.

HF 567         Optometry. Expands the practice of optometrist to certain surgical procedures that require injectable use of anesthesia, which can only be used for eyelid procedures. (passed committee 15-7) to House Calendar

HF 569         403b Retirement Plan.  Expands the number of providers that can provide 403b style retirement plans in the state of Iowa. (passed committee 13-9) to House Calendar.

Transportation

HF 552         Drivers Education Length.  Requires the minimum approved drivers education course in the state of Iowa can be is 3 weeks in length.  (Passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 553         Insurers Salvage Title. 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. (passed committee 19-0) to House Calendar.

HF 554         Headlamps Required. If a car has a automatic running lights they are required to be on while the car is running. (passed committee 17-2) to House Calendar.

 

 

To view the last Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit:  http://iowahouse.org/weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-feb-23-wed-mar-1-2017/

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