Administration and Rules

HCR 3 — House and Senate Joint Rules. The resolution establishes the joint rules that govern the 83rd General Assembly operations between the House and Senate Chambers. (Passed Committee 13-0 and House Floor on voice vote) to Senate.
HR 8 — House Rules. The resolution establishes the rules that govern the business in the House Chamber and its committees. (Passed Committee 13-0 and House Floor on voice vote) Now in effect.

Commerce

HF 180 — Credit Union Complaint Procedure. Requires the Superintendent to establish a pro-cedure for accepting, investigating, and resolving complaints against credit unions. (Passed House 95-0) in Senate Commerce.

Economic Growth

HSB 21 — Ex-Officio Member of the Workforce Development Board. HSB 21 would add a representative from the vocation rehabilitation community and a representative of the federal government Office of Apprenticeships as ex-officio members to the Workforce Development Board. (Passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar
HSB 109 — Innovation and Commercialization Development Fund. HSB 109 establishes the Innovation and Commercialization Development Fund, and codifies that $3 million will be appropriated from the Grow Iowa Values Fund to this fund. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is given more flexibility on how to use these dol-lars. Under the bill, Jumpstart funds and Targeted Small Business funds will not re-vert after FY 09, and DED’s strategic plan language receives technical changes. (Passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HSB 123 — Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Administration. The bill clarifies the administration of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund so the Iowa Finance Authority will handle all the financing for the drinking water facilities financing, and the Department of Natural Resources will handle the environmental permitting. (Passed Committee, 17-0) to House Calendar

Education

HSB 3 — Funding for Dropout Prevention Programs. Allows the local school districts the option of identifying up to 7 percent (current law is 5 percent) of its budget enrollment for dropout prevention funding. (passed Committee 12 – 8) to Ways and Means
HF 233 — Disposition of School Property. This bill corrects a mistake last session that gave citizens up to 12 months to challenge a decision by the school board to sell or dispose of property. Requiring school boards to wait for 12 months to transfer property has proven problematic especially when schools have been damaged or destroyed by tornadoes or other weather-related events. This bill shortens the time for citizens to challenge a disposition of property from 12 months to ten days. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.
HF 40 — Compulsory Education. Raises the age at which students must remain in school from age 16 to through age 17. Establishes two working committees, one at the local level and one established by the Department of Education beginning July 1, 2009, to study various issues associated with increasing the compulsory attendance age. The bill is effective July 1, 2010. (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Calendar.

Ethics

HR 7 — House Ethics Code. Establishes a Iowa House of Representatives Code of Ethics for the 2009-2010 session. (passed House, voice vote).
HR 11 — House Rules Governing Lobbyists. Establishes Iowa House of Representatives rules for lobbyists; formerly HSB 1. (passed committee 6-0) Calendar.

Human Resources

HF 45 — Suspension of Medicaid Benefits. Suspends Medicaid benefits, rather than terminate benefits, for up to twelve months while a person is in jail. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Floor
HF 57 — HCBS Assisted Living Waiver. Requires DHS to apply to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a home and community based services assisted living waiver. Quarterly updates must be provided to the Legislature on its progress. (passes Committee 19-0) to House Floor
HF 234 — Equality in Health Care Coverage and Veterans Wellness Act. Requires mental health, including substance abuse and alcohol treatment services, to be covered by insurance on par with medical insurance coverage. Requires IDPH and DHS to work with the VA to maximize access for mental health and substance abuse treatment for veterans. (passed Committee 12-9 as HF 139) to House Calendar
HSB 8 — Iowa Collaborative for Youth Development Council and Iowa Youth Advisory Council. Codifies the existing Iowa Collaborative for Youth Development Council and Iowa Youth Advisory Council. (passed Committee 12-7) to House Calendar
HSB 50 — Public Health Omnibus Bill. Makes changes to the Code relating to lead prevention program renovator training and certification, universal newborn and infant hearing screening, and the Public Health Disaster Authority. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar.

Judiciary

HSB 30 — Compensation for Guardian Ad Litem. The bill puts in place a procedure for pay-ing guardian ad litem for children who are witnesses in certain criminal cases (i.e. sex crimes). The clerk’s office will pay the same as other witnesses. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

Local Government

SF 45 — County General Obligation Bonds. Changes wording of ballot for local referendums on county general obligation bonds so voters vote on the total amount of bonds to be issued rather than the estimated cost of the project. This is the process already used for cities and schools. Still requires 60% vote to pass referendum. Also allows Buchanan County to proceed with building a new jail. (passed House 54-40) to Governor.
HF 260 — County, Memorial and City Hospitals. The bill deals with the operation of public hospitals by updating references in the Code and making the different code sections compatible, formerly HSB 110. (passed committee 21-0) Calendar
HF 51 — Residency Requirements for Civil Service Employees. Repeals requirement that civil service employees live in Iowa. However, the city of employment may set rea-sonable distances – in miles or time – in which the employee must live. Current law says a city can set only a reasonable distance in miles. This bill may allow an em-ployee to live farther away if their travel time meets the requirement. (passed committee 21-0) Calendar.

Public Safety

HF 232 — Interoperability Board. Requires professional and volunteer organizations to make recommendations to the Governor for memberships. Specifies that of the two fire fighter members, one shall be a career fire fighter and the other a volunteer fire fighter. Adds four legislators to serve as ex-officio members; one from each party within each chamber. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

State Government

HF 238 — Establishes a Lean Enterprise Office within the Department of Management. This bill formalizes current practice to reflect what has been taking place since 2003. Lean practices are concerned with taking out waste in government and is a collection of principles and tools, the most common is the Kaizan method. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar
HF 243 — Gender Balance on Local Boards and Commissions. This bill requires boards and commissions at the local level to be gender balanced. Exceptions are made for cities with a population of fewer than 1,000; boards or commissions with three or fewer members; and boards or commissions pertaining to professional licensure or requiring other highly specialized technical expertise. Political subdivisions are required to make a good faith effort to fill positions to achieve gender balance. However, if a position is vacant for three months and they are unable to comply with the gender balance requirement, the position may be filled. (passed Committee 20 – 1) to House Calendar.
SF 52 — Ethics Regulations for the Executive Branch. This bill clarifies and clean-ups existing Code language. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HSB 10 — Chauffeur Exemption for Drivers at Veterans Home. Exempts authorized persons who transport residents or patients of the Iowa Veterans Home from obtaining a chauffeur’s license. (passed Committee 13-0) to House Calendar
HSB 66 — County Commissioners of Veterans Affairs Fund. Requires that the annual appropriation to county VA commissioners be used only for services to veterans. County’s must meet compliance requirements or lose the annual appropriation. Each county that shares an executive director or administrator must meet the minimum number of hours of service. (passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar.