WEEKLY BILL TRACKING
|Thurs. Feb. 14 – Wed. Feb. 20, 2019|
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF
HF 307 Transportation Equity. Appropriates $19 million to the Transportation Equity Fund under the Department of Management, and establishes an appropriation for the fund for future years. Also appropriates an additional $2.3 million to the school aid formula for school district equity. (Signed, effective upon enactment)
HSB 3 City Utility Board Member Removal. Amends current board member removal procedure to include judicial intervention. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar.
HSB 5 Franchisor/Franchisee. Defines franchisor/franchisee relationship and creates exemptions for Franchisors from certain liabilities under Iowa Code. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.
HSB 31 Permissible Interest Rates. Allows the Banking Superintendent to adjust interest rates and finance charges for $30,000 loans or less. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.
HSB 32 Public Utility Fee for Right-of-Way. Modifies “management cost” definition relating to fees imposed by local governments for public utilities right-of-way usage. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.
HSB 34 Consumer Credit Loan Application Fees. Allows Credit Unions to be exempt from charging denied applicants an application fee. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 40 Student Loan Debt Management Services. Requires debt managers and loan servicers to be licensed when assisting borrowers with loan modifications. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 105 Real Estate Appraisers Certification. Modifies “Real Estate Appraiser” definition to allow practice of privilege within the state. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.
HF 225 Fire and Casualty Insurance Claims for Demolition Reserves. Requires fire and casualty insurers to withhold 20% or $20,000 from homeowner’s insurance for demolition reserve. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.
HF 262 Promotional Pyramid Schemes. Defines and criminalizes pyramid scheme operations within Iowa Code. (passed House Floor 88-10 ) to the Senate Calendar.
HF 264 Domestic Stock Insurers. Allows domestic stock insurers to organize and divide under Iowa Code. (passed House Floor 98-0) to Senate Calendar.
HSB 86 Bioscience Development Corporation. The bill changes the Iowa Innovation Corporation to the Bioscience Development Corporation, establishes four platforms the corporation will focus on, and establishes the makeup of the board. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 91 Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program Changes. The bill adds the term ‘emergency project’ to the program. Projects deemed ‘emergency projects’ would be eligible for funding regardless if it is outside the application window. (passed committee 21-0)
HSB 152 Targeted Small Business Program Changes. The bill takes the $10,000 cap, for state agencies from ordering products and services from Targeted Small Businesses without going through the RFP process, out of Code and allows DAS to set the amount through the rules process. The amount cannot exceed $25,000. (passed committee 20-1) to House Calendar
HF 136 Small School Bus Passenger Limits. Increases the limit of small passenger school vehicles used for activities to the federal limit of 10 persons including the driver. The bill was amended in committee with a technical amendment. (passed committee, 23-0) to House Calendar
HF 306 State Supplemental Aid Increased by 2.06%. The bill increases State Supplemental Aid (SSA)by 2.06% for Fiscal Year 2020, which is below the cost of inflation. The Cost Per Pupil would raise from $6,736 to $6,875 ($139). It provides $78.6 million in new state funding to Iowa’s 330 school districts. Preschools would receive $85.9 million, an increase of $3.7 million, while the property tax increase from SSA is picked up for $62.1 million, an increase of $10 million. The budget guarantee is the amount made up entirely of local property taxes to guarantee a school district receives 101% of the previous year’s funding level due to enrollment decline greater than the SSA increase. That property tax total is $10.2 million for 117 school districts. (Signed, effective Feb. 19)
HSB 17 Praxis II Cut Score Modifications. As amended in committee, the Praxis II score used for teacher licensure and successful completion of practitioner preparation program would be set by the Iowa State Board of Education for the subject areas. Consideration would be given for scores set by states contiguous to Iowa and the current teaching imbalance in teaching positions. A 1-year waiver provision is allowed for a teacher that does not pass the Praxis II if they have a job offer. For the waiver, a school district must make a “Good Faith Effort” (defined by code) to employ a licensed teacher. (passed committee 21-2) to House Calendar
SF 139 Financial Literacy Requirement Push Back. The legislature last year prescribed a high school financial literacy course curriculum in statute, and required the course to be taken to graduate. It applied to the class of 2020. This created course scheduling conflicts for students. The bill pushes back the graduation requirement to the class of 2023, which is next year’s incoming Freshman class. (passed Senate 48-0) to House Calendar, passed on file
HF 291 Spouse Protected Income. Amount that the spouse may retain when their partner is institutionalized is raised from $24,000 to $25,284 to match federal law. This is protected income for the spouse that cannot be used to pay for the institutionalization or other costs. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee
HF 292 Medicaid Appeal Reports. States that the Department of Human Services (DHS) must submit their report on all Medicaid appeals every year, not biannually. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee
HF 4 Public Defender Fee Costs. Assessment of fees when the public defender requests copies of certain documents. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HF 223 Out-of-State-Mileage Reimbursements. Increases the mileage for an out-of-state witness from 10 cents per mile to the rate set by the Supreme Court to cover actual and necessary expenses. (passed House 98-0) to Senate
HF 266 Commitment Procedure for Sexually Violent Predators. Changes the civil commitment procedure for Sexually Violent Predators (SVP). (passed House 98-0) to Senate
HF 323 Exploitation of a Dependent Adult Definition. Removes the requirement that exploitation for a dependent adult be for someone’s own personal or pecuniary profit. (passed House 98-0) to Senate
HSB 29 OWI Habitual Offender. Allows a person convicted of a third or subsequent Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offense to be sentenced as a habitual offender. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 69 Child Support Fees. Eliminates the filing fee for application for child support services in nonassistance cases and increases the annual fee in cases where support has been distributed to the family. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 110 Judicial Nominating Commissions. Eliminates the current Judicial Nominating Commission and creates new procedures for choosing members of the commissions. (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar
HSB 115 Female Genital Mutilation. Creates a new criminal offense of female genital mutilation. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 42 Unemployment System Changes. Removes provisions giving individuals additional unemployment benefits if they were laid off because their place of employment went out of business. (passed committee 9-8) to House Calendar
HSB 162 Disease Management in Wild Animals. The bill designates the DNR as the state agency in charge of preventing infectious diseases from spreading in wild animals. It gives the Natural Resources Commission the ability to establish zones, establish special hunting seasons, prevent the artificial movement of wild animals, and require sample collections from harvested wild animals. The bill also dictates which parts of harvested cervidae (deer, elk, moose) carcasses can be transported into the state. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HF 53 Adult Adoptee Birth Certificates. This establishes a process for the ability of an adult who was adopted to be able to receive their original birth certificate. (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar.
HSB 120 ABATE Toy Run. This resolution allows for ABATE to do their toy run at the capitol and sell merchandise. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 146 Education Telecommunications. Eliminates the education telecommunications council, at the request of the council. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 37 Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers. Extends the sunset on Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers for two years until July ,1 2022. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 38 Electric Scooters. Defines and implements regulations related to electric scooters.(passed committee 17-4) to House Calendar
HF 74 Driving in the left lane Prohibits continuing to drive in the left lane if a driver knows that another vehicle is trying to pass.(passed committee 19-2) to House Calendar
HF 75 Truck Gross Weight Limits. Increases the gross weight allowed for special trucks to 39 tons from 32 tons.(passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 123 Leaving the scene of an accident. Emimalees law. States that if someone is unknowingly in an accident that results in injury or death, leaves the scene and later becomes aware, they must call 911 and report their involvement in the incident. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 135 Green Alert Program. This bill creates a Green Alert Program for missing veterans-at-risk through the Department of Homeland Security. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 16-0) to House State Government Committee