WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. March 15 – Wed. March 21, 2018

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

SF 2117       De-Appropriations. The agreed to de-appropriations budget reductions from the House Majority Party cut a total of $35.4 million from the state budget. State agencies will have approximately 3 months to implement reductions the state has known about since October. (Passed the House 59-40) to Senate.

Commerce Committee

SF 2257       Marketplace Contractors. Establishes digital networking platform that connects Marketplace contractors with consumers. (passed House 99 to 0) to Senate.

HF 2305       Telehealth Insurance Services. Requires Insurance coverage for healthcare services delivered by telehealth. (passed Senate 40 to 0) to Governor.

SF 2311       Alliant Energy Bill. Deregulates Iowa’s Energy Efficiency Programs. (passed Committee 14 to 8) to House calendar.

HF 2382       Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board. Alters the number of members on the examining board. (passed Committee 14 to 1) to Senate Calendar.

HF 2446       Utilities Division Clean Up. Alters Iowa Utility Code. (passed Senate 49 to 0) to House with amendment.

HF 2458       Future Ready. Establishes an apprenticeship program. (passed Senate 47 to 0) to Governor.

Economic Development

HF 2463       Small City Housing Tax Credit Clarification. The legislation will allow a city that straddles counties to qualify if the city is in whole or in part in one of the 88 smallest counties.

(passed House 100-0 ) to Senate

Education

HF 2235       Next Generation Iowa Test as the Iowa Assessment. Designates the Next Generation Iowa Test as the new Iowa assessment for K-12 schools. The bill adds in requirements from the RFP requirements designated in legislation last year, including that the test must be aligned with the Iowa Core. The bill takes effect upon enactment. (passed House 86-13) House concurred with the Senate amendment, to Governor

HF 2283       Board of Education Examiners (BOEE) License Expiration. The bill removes the exact expiration month tied to a practitioner’s birthday for a license. They would not have to pay for an extension to cover the time lapse which would now be tied to the end of an academic year. Signed, effective July 1, 2018.

HF 2354       Student Data Privacy. The bill attempts to protect student privacy in a school setting with a private provider of technology services. Similar to what has passed in 15 other states, the bill places restrictions on third parties that receive student data. It would prevent targeted advertising and disclosing covered information, but it does not prevent an operator from maintaining developing or supporting a site. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2113       Suicide Prevention Training. By July 1, 2019, school boards would be required to have one hour of nationally recognized training on suicide prevention and postvention for all licensed school personnel who have contact with students grades K-12. Also by the same date, school boards are required to annually have evidence-based, evidence-supported training on the identification of ACE and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response for all licensed school personnel with regular contact with students in K- 12. The content of the training is required to be based on nationally recognized best practices. (passed Senate 49-0) Senate concurred with House amendment, to Governor

SF 2114       Department of Education Corrections Bill. Eliminates obsolete language relating to the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, and makes other technical corrections. The Before and After School Grant program is repealed. The program provides competitive grants to school districts and other public and private organizations to expand the availability of before and after school program and summer schools, but it has not been funded since FY 2009. It requires that the state board’s rules provide a set of core academic indicators in science in grade 10, rather than the current requirement for core academic indicators in science, grade 11 to match assessment requirements changes made last session. (passed Senate 97-0) to Governor

SF 2274       Department of Education Reports Cite Laws and Rules. The Director of the Department of Education (DE) is required to cite the state or federal law, rule, or regulation requiring the information in any report which DE requires of a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school to submit. (Passed Senate 92-5) to Governor

SF 2364       School Emergency Operation Plans. Public and non-public schools would have to develop emergency operations plans no later than June 30, 2019 and update it annually. It will include response to active shooter training. The plan would include publication of the procedures to parents and guardians and school personnel. The school is to consider any recommendations from the Department of Education and consult with local emergency management. As amended by the House, those participating in the drill would include but not be limited to, administrators, teachers, secretaries, receptionists, school support staff, and custodians and may include students. The bill also now requires those in charge of the drill schools with a written plan listing equipment and personnel to be used during the drill. A drill cannot be conducted unless the plan is approved by the participating school board or authorities from a non-public school. (passed House 99-0) to Senate with House amendment

Environmental Protection

HF 2464       Land Recycling Program Fees. Increases the reimbursement fee that is paid to the Department of Natural Resources as part of the land recycling fee. (passed House 98-0) to Senate

Government Oversight

HF 2475       Lobbyist Registrations. Closes a loophole of who should be registering as a lobbyist and updates gift language (passed Committee 9-0) to House Calendar

HF 2477       Whistleblower Protections. Clarifies that any disclosure to the auditor of state regarding potential misconduct, that the auditor must keep all identities and complaints confidential.   (passed Committee 9-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 2309       Dually Enrolled Medicaid/Medicare Members-Hospice Benefit. For dually eligible Medicaid and Medicare patients, this bill will allow MCOs to directly reimburse the nursing home for room and board expenses when a patient chooses the Medicare hospice benefit. Currently, the MCOs pass the payments through the hospice care provider-adding to administrative burden.  (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2356       Direct Primary Care Agreements. Allows for Direct Primary Care Agreements. These are agreements between the primary provider and the patient, cutting out insurance companies. Lays out what has to be in the agreement, adds a notice that states this is not health insurance, and defines what primary care means.  This bill applies to primary care only, not specialty care.  Patients may pay a periodic retainer, membership fee, subscription fee or charge based on what the agreement states. (passed Senate 47-2) to Governor

HF 2370       Postadoption Information. Requires the State Registrar of Vital Statistics to give the parents of an adopted child a document prepared by DHS listing all postadoption services available to them. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2414       Medical Support Obligation-Public Health Coverage. DHS bill that requires the state of Iowa and the Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) to consider public health coverage when determining a medical support obligation. Currently, they only consider private health coverage.  Also adds the definition of “cash medical support.”  (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2427       Background Checks and Free Clinics. Allows free clinics to use the full version of SING (Single Contact Repository) to process volunteer background checks.  These clinics currently have access to the criminal checks, sex offender registry, and health license verifications with the program but they cannot access child abuse and dependent adult abuse records in the SING system. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2444       Mandatory Reporting, Child Care Workers. Expands mandatory reporting requirements to those that work in a children’s residential facility and expands the list of offenses that ban people from working in child care to those on the sex offender registry and have an arson conviction. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2445       DHS Departmental Bill-Code Cleanup. DHS Department bill that removes “homemaker services” from the Code because it no longer exists.  Also sends the bills from the Mental Health Institutes (MHI) directly to the region rather than the county auditor for processing.  Allows for a more efficient system. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2449       Office of Substitute Decision Maker. Department of Aging bill-code clean-up.  Changes the name of the Office of Substitute Decision Maker to the Office of Public Guardian.  Clarification that allows local offices to use their own attorney if they wish. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2451       Department of Aging Bill. Clarifies programs within the Department of Aging, adds flexibility to spending of state funds by changing “formula” to “method,” language conforming to federal laws.  (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2456       Mental Health Bill.

  • Allows for disclosure of mental health illness from mental health professional to law enforcement
  • Commitment laws/process
  • Allows for commitment hearings via videoconferencing
  • Allows for contracting with transportation agency for secure transportation of patients
  • Changes Core plus services to Core Services that are required.  Regions have to provide start-up costs
  • Provides 22 Assertive Community Treatment teams, 6 Access Centers, Intensive Residential Service Homes
  • Creates a 24 hour crisis hotline
  • Review of commitment processes report and report regarding the role of tertiary care psychiatric hospitals (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2334       Licensing of Hospitals. Closes loophole in current licensing chapter by mandating that if an organization changes the type of service they provide, they must complete another Certificate of Need. (passed House 100-0) to Governor

Judiciary

HF 2125       Probate Distribution of Assets by Affidavit. Increases the size of very small estates that may avoid probate from $25,000 to $50,000 and assures that no debt is owed to DHS for the reimbursement of Medicaid services or any debts are to be paid pursuant to the affidavit. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 2199       Illegal Use of a Scanning Device. Expands the crime and penalties for illegal use of a scanning device. (Signed; effective 7-1-18)

HF 2232       Mortgage Releases. Requires a mortgagee to record a written instrument showing the mortgage has been satisfied within 30 days of the mortgagor fully paying off the mortgage and increases the penalties for not filing this release. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2318       Tax Sales Involving Minors or Unsound Mind. Changes the mechanism for minors or persons with unsound minds to redeem parcels of real estate sold at tax sales. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 2343       Rules Explicitly Authorized. Requires standards, requirements, or thresholds to be clearly required or permitted by a statute, rule, or other authority. (passed Senate 46-3) to Governor

HF 2348       Nonsubstantive Code Corrections. Makes nonsubstantive corrections to the Code. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HJR 2009     Constitutional Right to Bear Arms. Constitutional amendment recognizing the fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms. (passed House 54-42) to Senate Calendar

SF 2135       Damages When Failing to Wear a Safety Belt. Changes the percent that a damage award may be reduced in a comparative fault case when a plaintiff fails to wear a safety belt or safety harness. (Signed; effective 7-1-18)

SF 2177       Modifications to Consumer Security Freezes. Makes changes to consumer security freezes and security breech protections. (passed Senate 49-0) to House as Amended

Local Government

SF 2059       Assessors Assessment Electronically. Allows a County Assessor to provide an assessment, notice or other information electronically instead of through regular mail. It applies to items not required to be communicated by the assessor by law, and they could still be provided through regular mail. Information disclosed electronically is not public records. (Signed, effective July 1, 2018)

HF 2285       Medicaid Emergency Medical Transport (EMT) Federal Reimbursement. Directs the Department of Human Services (DHS) to request authorization to provide a federal supplement reimbursement for a Medicaid EMT patient. Every time the transport of Medicaid patient happens, this would follow through with a federal reimbursement. If the federal program is changed after the effective date of the act that would negatively impact the reimbursement, DHS would no longer be obligated to continue with the transfer. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

Natural Resources

HF 2365       Department of Natural Resources Conservation and Recreation Policies. Currently the Department of Natural Resources has to pull from several different Code sections in order to have the authority to execute agreements and contracts, this bill puts that authority into one Code section. The bill also repeals the Mississippi River Partnership Council and the Brushy Creek Recreation Trails and Advisory Board. (passed Senate 45-2) to Governor

State Government

HF 2200        Terrace Hill Piano Competition. This bill allows for the Terrace Hill Commission to establish an endowment fund for a piano competition. (Passed Senate State Government Committee 8-6) to Senate Calendar.

HF 2252        SOS Technical. Technical bill that implements parts of last year’s voter suppression law as well issues dealing with the Safe at Home programs, removing deceased voters. (Passed Senate State Government Committee 13-1) to Senate Calendar.

HF 2349        Voluntary Exclusion. Changes the maintenance of the self-exclusion list for Iowa casinos from the licensed casino to the Racing and Gaming Commission. (Passed Senate State Government Committee 14-0) to Senate Calendar.

SF 192           Behavior Analysts. Creates the licensure for Behavior Analysts in Iowa. (Passed House 100-0) to Governor.

SF 2256       Campaign Ethics Technical Bill. This eliminates outdated code references to paper campaign filing and requires those making contributions need to use their legal surname. (Passed House 100-0) to Governor.

SF 2323       Foreign Agents. Prohibits those employed by the State of Iowa to participate in activate’s that would require them to register as agents of a foreign government. Also requires disclosure of being registered as an agent of foreign government if being appointed to a position that requires Senate confirmation.  (Passed House 96-0) to Governor.

SF 2333         Amusement Concessions. (Passed Senate 44-5) to Governor

Transportation

HF 2196       Texting for Commercial Drivers. This comes from the DOT and clarifies that it is required that all operators of commercial motor vehicle are not allowed to use a phone unless it is in hands free mode.  This is currently federal law but this legislation specifically clarifies it in Iowa Code so we are in compliance. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2302       Emergency Vehicles. Makes an addition to what type of authorized emergency vehicles can exercise certain driving privileges by making the addition of rescue vehicles. Rescue vehicles must be equipped with rescue, fire, life support, hazardous material, emergency management equip-ment. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2231       Guns on ATVs and Snow Mobiles. Expands current law that allows for a person to carry a loaded weapon on an ATV or snowmobile to allow them to carry if they are working on property they are laboring on. (passed House 84-12) to Senate.

SF 2271       Motor Carrier Franchises. Allows a person who receives a traffic citation to sign up for text notification for citation payments, court dates, etc. The text will come from a third party vendor who has a contract with the Iowa Judicial Branch. Those choosing to use the voluntary service will see up to a 6% increase in their fine. (passed House 96-0) to Governor.

SF 2200       Veteran Events Disclosure Form. Requires providing a disclosure, both orally and in writing, at the beginning of events related to veterans’ benefits.  Disclosure has to state that the event is not sponsored by a governmental agency or by any officially recognized organization.  The purpose of the bill is to protect veterans from organizations saying they will help them with their benefits for a fee, when they can get this service for free at the county veteran offices. (passed House with Amendment 96-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 2366       Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Departmental Bill. Increases the number of representatives on the Veterans Commission from nine to eleven, increases the amount the Commission can spend out of the Trust Fund every year from $300,000 to $500,000, adds rental application fees and fees needed for obtaining rental housing to prevent homelessness as an acceptable Trust Fund expenditure. (passed House 96-0) to Governor

Veterans Affairs

SF 2200       Veteran Events Disclosure Form. Requires providing a disclosure, both orally and in writing, at the beginning of events related to veterans’ benefits.  Disclosure has to state that the event is not sponsored by a governmental agency or by any officially recognized organization.  The purpose of the bill is to protect veterans from organizations saying they will help them with their benefits for a fee, when they can get this service for free at the county veteran offices. (passed House with Amendment 96-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 2366       Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Departmental Bill. Increases the number of representatives on the Veterans Commission from nine to eleven, increases the amount the Commission can spend out of the Trust Fund every year from $300,000 to $500,000, adds rental application fees and fees needed for obtaining rental housing to prevent homelessness as an acceptable Trust Fund expenditure. (passed House 96-0) to Governor

 

Ways & Means

HF 2463       Small City Workforce Housing. Clarifies the definition of a small city for the Workforce Housing tax incentives to not include any city not wholly within one of the eleven most populous counties in the state. (passed House 100-0) to Senate

HF 2464       Land Recycling Program Fees. Increases the reimbursement fee that is paid to the Department of Natural Resources as part of the land recycling fee. (passed House 98-0) to Senate

HF 2473       Aircraft Component Sales Tax Exemption. Exempts from Iowa sales and use tax on the sale, rental, or use of aircraft component parts attached to any aircraft. (passed Committee 22-3) to House Calendar

HSB 679      County CDL Testing Fees. Allows counties to charge a fee for the administration of commercial driver’s license skills tests by the county. (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar