Thurs. March 29 – Wed. April 4, 2018



HF 637         Background Checks. Allows an applicant with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (Office), or an applicant with a participating agency for an information technology position to be subject to a background investigation by the Office. The list of crimes has been expanded for disqualification of an applicant, employee, or the Superintendent of the Credit Union Division (Division). In addition, the Division may conduct background investigation for all applicants with the Division. (Passed the Senate 49-0) to House with Senate Amendment.

HF 2278       School District Spending. This bill requires the Department of Management to establish an online database of how school districts spend their money. The database must be easily searchable and be free of charge to search by the public. (Passed Committee 18-7) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2480       Manufactured Housing Fund. This legislation creates a Manufactured Housing Fund under the Iowa Finance Authority and sets up a funding mechanism to work with financial institutions to help finance manufactured homes by an individual. (Passed Committee 22-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HSB 680      Medicaid Efficiency. Cleans up language in the hawk-I program, mandates that all counties share incarceration data with Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME), institutes a flat copayment of $1.00 for all prescriptions, adds a section that directs the Medicaid Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC) to review and make recommendations on Medicaid reporting requirements. Standardizes provider forms, updates member services, adds more program oversight.  Similar to HF 2462 that passed the House 97-0.  (Passed Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

Commerce Committee

HF 637         Background Checks. Allows an applicant with the Office of the Chief Information Officer to be subject to a background investigation by the Office. (passed Senate 49-0) to House.

HF 2305       Telehealth Insurance Services. Requires Insurance coverage for healthcare services delivered by telehealth. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018).

HF 2379       Municipal Utility Retirement System. Allows for the merger of electric utility retirement system with IPERS. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor.

HF 2458       Future Ready. Establishes an apprenticeship program. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018).

SF 2169       Dram Shop Liability. Caps Insurance Coverage Amount for Dram Shop liability. (Passed Senate 32 to 17) to Governor.

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

SF 2349       Multi-Employer Welfare Association. Allows employers to form an association in order to provide healthcare. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018).


HF 2390       World Language and Sign Language. Makes the technical change of “foreign language” courses renamed to “world languages.” Also, American sign language would now be an option to be included as a course to meet a “world language” education requirements for accreditation standards. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2441       Flexibility Fund. Addresses guidance issued by the Department of Education, and allows greater flexibility of funds to flow into the flexibility fund that could be used for a general fund purpose, including the class size reduction program.   Salary and benefits of security personnel, psychologists, licensed independent social workers, master of social workers and licensed mental health counselors may now be paid for with at-risk funds. The bill also expands the ability of school districts to lease property to now include existing school property, and creates greater flexibility for At-Risk funds and allows a school to lease a building for an alternative energy project. Materials purchased with HSAP funds may be used in a general education setting. The Senate amendment lined up the dates of the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) meetings to their deadlines for plan submission.  It also removes a provision that only allowed the SBRC reject a request for funding if it violated the school district’s program plan. Now the approval would only be based on if they exceeded their cap amount. (Passed Senate 46-0, Passed House 99-0) House Concurred with the Senate Amendment to Governor

HF2442        Concussion Protocols and Coaching Licensure. Requires the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries and return to play protocols. A coach or contest official is required to complete such training at least every two years. A student removed from sports participation cannot recommence until they are evaluated by a license health care provider. So long as the health care provider providing care without compensation from a school district or accredited nonpublic school at a sporting event acts reasonably, they would not be liable for injuries or damages arising out of such care. The Senate amendment adds that a school district would not be liable due to health care provider scheduled cannot not attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The amendment also adds EMT’s to the health care provider list, designates DPH as adopting return to play protocols, and adopts the Brain Injury Alliance “return to learn” protocol. The information sheet provided to schools would only be for grades 7-12, not K-12, and the Senate amendment also eliminates the creation of an advisory council for prevention of brain injuries. (passed Senate 49-0) to House with Senate amendment

HF 2467       Food Shaming in School Meal Programs. School Districts and non-public schools would be required to provide communication on school lunch accounts directly to the parent or guardian, but could still discreetly provide communication to the student. Requires that a school cannot publicly identify or stigmatize the student for being delinquent in their meal account. This would include, sitting at a separate table, or requiring a student to do chores for food, wear a wrist band, hand stamp, or other identifying marks. A student could also not be denied participation in afterschool program or other extracurricular activities due to school meal debt. Meals provided are encouraged to be a reimbursable meal. An alternative meal could still be provided, but would now have to be offered to every student in a manner that does not identify a student with a debt. It allows school districts to set up a private fund within their nutrition fund that could accept donations to offset school lunch debt, and the fund can only be used for that purpose, and a school is allowed to also reimburse that fund with moneys from their flexibility fund.  The Senate amendment addressed the staff that can provide assistance to parents on applying for Free and Reduced Priced Lunch, and removes the cap on the amount for a school to proceed with an income-offset to collect if reasonable attempts have been made to collect the debt. It removes provisions that allowed the point of service before a student received their food, and required the Department of Education to consult districts on providing a reimbursable meal. (passed Senate 48-0) to House with Senate amendment

SF 475          Education Omnibus. Allows any school district to provide on-line courses through a private provider. Students are allowed to open enroll with no cap on the number of students. They could do this for two subjects if less than 10 students “typically” register for the course, and it is not offered by Iowa Learning On-line. A resident district may charge a fee from the receiving district for the on-line student to be involved in activities. Allows community colleges to supplant high school courses for concurrent enrollment in CTE courses if there are more than five and less than 600 students. Creates a work group on student health requirements that are considered “burdensome.” A biliteracy diploma seal is created if a student demonstrates proficiency in two world languages, one of which must be English. Contains a graduation requirement for financial literacy with specific course requirements. The Senate floor manager stated that instead of amending the Ed Omnibus bill, there would be an attempt to amend a later bill to address local schools on-line programs and correct the flaws in the financial literacy provision. (Passed Senate 28-19) Senate Concurred with the House Amendment, to Governor

SF 2113       Suicide Prevention Training. By July 1, 2019, school boards are 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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2318       High School Credit if Completing Unit of Instruction Early. As amended by the House, the bill requires that any student seeking high school credit from a class taken in an earlier grade, must come from a public school, or an accredited private school.  The public school or accredited public school are required to issue the credit if the student has satisfactorily completed a high school unit, unless the student is unable to demonstrate proficiency or the school district or accredited nonpublic school determines that the course does not meet local standards.  If the credit is denied, the district and nonpublic school is required to provide to the parent or guardian in writing, the reason why the credit was denied. (Passed Senate 47-0) Senate Concurred with the House Amendment, to Governor

SF 2360       Dyslexia Taskforce. The Department of Education is required to establish a taskforce on dyslexia taskforce and provide a report to the General Assembly by November 15, 2019. They are to consider student screening, interventions, teacher preparation, professional development, classroom accommodations, and assistive technology. The House added the University of Northern Iowa to the taskforce. (passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 48-0) Senate Concurred with the House amendment, to Governor

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 Senate 47-0) to Governor

Government Oversight

HF 2475       Lobbyist Registrations. Closes a loophole of who should be registering as a lobbyist and updates gift language (passed House 97-0) to Senate Government Oversight Committee

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 House 97-0) to Senate Government Oversight Committee

HSB 685      Building Code Advisory Council. Allows Building Code Advisory Council members to propose amendments to the state building code. (passed committee 5-4) to House Calendar

HSB 686      ABATE House Joint Resolution. Authorizes temporary sale of merchandise at toy benefit ride for Iowa children. (passed committee 9-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

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 48-0) to Governor

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. (Amended by Senate, passed 48-0) to House Calendar

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 (Signed, effective 7-1-2018)

SF 360          Safe Haven Updates. Changes the age an infant can be given up under Safe Haven from 14 days old to 30 days old, and allows parents of an eligible infant to call 911 and relinquish physical custody to a first responder instead of taking the infant to the nearest health facility. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018)

SF 2228       Genetic Counselors Licensure. Provides licensing to Genetic Counselors. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018)

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. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018)


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. (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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2233       Mechanics Liens Demands and Public Construction Lien Requirements. Allows for decrease the amount demanded in a lien without affecting the priority of the lien and requires a public corporation must retain funds due to a supplier for labor, service, or transportation and requires specific types of notice by the contractor. (passed House 69-29) to Governor

HF 2300       Professional Corporations Expanded to Health Professionals. Expands the list of health care professionals that may form a limited liability company or professional corporation to include mental health counselors and similar counseling professionals. (Signed, effective 4-2-18)

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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2343       Rules Explicitly Authorized. Requires standards, requirements, or thresholds to be clearly required or permitted by a statute, rule, or other authority. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2348       Nonsubstantive Code Corrections. Makes nonsubstantive corrections to the Code. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2404       Restitution Awards Reduced by Insurance. Prohibits a restitution award to be reduced by any third-party payment, including insurance. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 2098       Probate Updates for EDMS. Updates probate procedures to comply with the Electronic Document Management System. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2099       Probate Small Estates. Increases the size of a small estate for streamlined probate procedures from $100,000 to $200,000. (passed Senate 46-0) to House as Amended

SF 2175       In Kind Property Partitions. Creates a process to allow in kind partitions of property and partitions of property by sale. (passed House 99-1) to Governor

SF 2177       Modifications to Consumer Security Freezes. Makes changes to consumer security freezes and security breech protections. (passed House 100-0) to Governor

SF 2321       Conceal Carry of a Stun Gun. Excludes going armed with portable electrical devices, such as stun guns, from the criminal offense of carrying weapons, except for minors. (passed House 97-0) to Governor


HF 2297       Boiler Inspections. Increases the threshold for boiler inspections and changes procedures for boilers in dry layup (passed House 58-40) to Governor

Local Government

HF 2253       Leased-Purchase Agreements Eliminated. Eliminates the current competitive bid process exemption for the ability of cities, counties, Board of Regents, community colleges, and school districts to do leased-purchase agreements.  A public improvement project to include construction work, whole or in part, with funds of a governmental entity. The definition of a project would include a commitment by the governmental entity to pay for the building or construction work in whole or in part with funds of the governmental entity. The bill eliminates the ability to lease a building through a project, and all Urban Renewal projects would be exempt from the prohibition. (Signed, effective 4-4-18)

HF 2258       Flood Mitigation Funds. Currently governmental entities can seek approval of flood protection projects and the use of certain sales tax increments from the flood mitigation fund. The bill adds the ability to have the fund reimburse costs of the approved project incurred after the projects approval.  The Senate amendment clarifies that the funds could be used to reimburse the governmental entity for funds advanced internally or to help make payments on bonds incurred to pay for approved projects. (passed Senate 48-0 ) to House with Senate amendment

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. (Signed, effective 3-29-18)

HF 2372       County Supervisor District Plans. The only way that a county can change the plan selected by the board is through a special election.  Current law allows the board to change the plan after it had been in effect for six years (a change sooner than six years can still occur under current law by special election only).  The Senate amendment strikes the requirement that all counties with a population of 60,000 or more (Polk, Linn, Scott Johnson, Blackhawk, Woodbury, Dubuque, Story, Pottawattamie, and Dallas) go to “plan three.” “Plan three” is where a member of the County Board of Supervisors represents an equal portion district and elect members by those districts. Under the Senate amendment, a county with a population greater than 60,000, cannot change from “plan three” without special election approval of 2/3 vote, and the bill would take effect upon enactment. The Senate amendment keeps the provision that all counties that are currently under “plan three” would be required to have the Legislative Service Agency draw their lines after the next census. (passed Senate 26-20) to House with Senate amendment

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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

Public Safety Committee

HF 2254       911 Wireline. Allows the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to take over 911 wire line calls. Locals can also opt in and participate in a call processing equipment host site that will be paid by the Department. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor.

HF 2338       Ignition Interlock Devices & Temporary Restricted Licenses. Requires everyone that received an OWI to get an ignition interlock device and removes all restrictions that are currently on a temporary restricted license. (passed House 97-0) to Governor.

HF 2392       Surveillance Equipment. Allows for the collection of audio from a legally placed surveillance camera/video. (passed House 60-38) to Governor.

SF 481          Anti-Sanctuary Cities. Requires local law enforcement to comply with Federal detainer requests and adds penalties for non-compliance. (passed House 55 to 45) to Senate.

SF 2235       Critical Infrastructure. Creates the definition of critical infrastructure sabotage and penalties. (passed Senate 35 to 13) to Governor.

State Government

HF 2200        Terrace Hill Piano. This bill allows for the Terrace Hill Commission to establish an endowment fund for a piano competition. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2277        State Archivist. Makes certain records that are in the possession of the state archivist and at least 75 years old, available to the public. Also allows for fetal death records at least 50 years old available to the public. (Passed the Senate 48-0) to House with Amendment.

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 the Senate 47-0) to Governor.

HF 2425        Physical Therapist Compact. Sets up the parameters of Physical Therapist licensure compact in the state. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

HF 2439        Horse Racing Regulations. Allows for different weight requirements for Iowa foals as well as allows for the drug testing of a horse with hair. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2155         Political Subdivision Investments. . Sets the amount that can be invested by local governments in a certificate of deposit. (Passed the Senate 47-0) to Governor.

SF 2256         Campaign and Ethics. This eliminates outdated code references to paper campaign filing and requires those making contributions need to use their legal surname. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2289         Federally Recognized Tribes. Allows for federally recognized Native American tribes to officially interact with other public agencies. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2310         ABD Technical. This is the technical legislation from the Alcoholic Beverages Division, this updates definitions and terms to reflect current practice. (Signed, effective 4-2-18)

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.  (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

SF 2333         Amusement Concessions. Raises the limit of value on concession prizes for games of skill from $100 to $950.(Signed, effective 4-4-18)


HF 2915        Transportation Commission. This comes from the DOT and changes the time of the term for members of the Transportation Commission. Currently a commission member takes office and then the next month is immediately expected to vote on a 5 year transportation plan, that they have not worked on.(Signed, effective 4-2-18)

SF 449           Cattle Guards. Allows for a landowner to install a cattle guard on a road, as long as certain requirements are met. The cattle guard is to be installed at the landowners expense and has the liability of the fence. (Passed the Senate 45-1-1) to Governor.

SF 2231       Weapons on Snowmobiles. 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. (Signed, effective 7-1-18)

Veterans Affairs

HF 2420       National Service Corps Program. Establishes a National Service Corps program in Iowa. This program will make it easier for organizations to create service opportunities and for public agencies to use these programs. Also allows agencies to give alumni of the program preference in employment.  This new initiative would join existing programs like Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps, and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. There is no direct appropriation for the new program, but it will be able to use the same funds (established in 15H.5) as the other service programs.  (Signed, effective 7-1-2018)

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. (Senate concurred with House Amendment 47-0) to Governor

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. (Signed, effective 7-1-2018)

Ways & Means

HF 2438       SAVE Extension, Property Tax Relief and Additional Public Hearing. The Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund sunset is extended to January 1, 2050. Keeps the 2.1% that goes
from SAVE to PTER now, then if there is 2% growth in SAVE, 1% in the first year would be divided 2/3 to PTER and 1/3 statewide for all districts. This additional diversion would continue until 12% is reached.  The bill addresses the revenue purpose statement of a SAVE project to the electors, and requires an additional public hearing with notice. Creates a $1 million grant program fist year, and capped at $5 million after that for Career Academies. SAVE uses for athletic infrastructure Construction would be allowed for “replacement” or “upgrade,” but not include repair or maintenance of an existing facility. (passed Committee 22-2) to House Calendar

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 Senate 47-0) to Governor

HSB 189      Flexible Credit Loans. Allows for unsecured loans to be made in the state for larger amounts and increased periods of time than what is currently allowed under state law. (passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar




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