WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 20 – Wed. Feb. 26, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

HF 2325       Drainage District Publication. Makes changes to what must be posted for land classification for purposes of assessing land. (22-0) to House Calendar

HF 2548       Special Minors Farm Drivers License. Creates a new special minors farm drivers license for minors who reside or work on a farm. (passed committee 18-4) to House Calendar

HF 2567       Renewable Fuel Infrastructure.  Makes changes to the Renewable Infrastructure Program. (passed committee 21-1) to House Calendar

Appropriations

SF 2164       Transportation Equity. This is the transportation equity bill that appropriates $26,250,000 for transportation equity. The appropriation also appropriates an additional $10 to the state cost per pupil. (signed; effective 2/25/20)

Commerce

SF 583          MidAm Solar Bill.  Codifies net metering and creates a value of solar methodology under the Iowa Utilities Board.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

SF 612          Utility Board Omnibus. Iowa Utilities Board annual division bill. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

Education

HF 2291       College Student Aid Commission Non-Profit Organization.  Allows the College Student Aid Commission to organize a non-profit corporation.  The chair would be the commission’s Executive Director and the board of directors would be the nine members of the commission.  They would be subject to open meetings, and could receive public and private funds to educational financial assistance. (Passed House 96-0) To Senate Calendar

HF 2340       College Savings Used for Out of State Schools.  For special education students, the bill allows the College Savings Iowa to be used for out of state, private, elementary, middle school or high schools.  Currently it is allowed for any student going to a private school in Iowa.  (Passed House 96-0) to Senate Education Committee

HF 2359       Praxis I Entrance Exam into Teaching would be an Option.  Allows teacher preparation programs the option of having the Praxis I or other teaching entrance exams.  Currently, it is required.  If they choose to keep their entrance exam, they would have to report on the results.  The report would include cut score, criteria including the process for students not passing the minimum cut score set by the institution.  (Passed House 98-0) to Senate Education Committee

HF 2418       Reports Allowed to be Corrected.  Currently if a school district makes a mistake in classifying employees in their reporting information to the Department of Education (DE), it can affect a teacher’s licensure. The bill allows the DE Director to accept a correction in reporting, and coordinate this information with the Board of Educational Examiners.  (Passed House 95-0) to Senate Education Committee

SF 2082       Department of Education Technical Corrections.  Makes various technical corrections to programs within the Department of Education.  Updates the titles of certain entities represented by members of the Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) and eliminates certain duties required of the council.  The bill adds that under open enrollment, the child must not cause the caseload to exceed the maximum caseload in that special education instructional program under state board of education rules and there must be sufficient classroom space for the general education classes to which the child would be assigned.  (Passed Committee, 22-0) To House Calendar

Environmental Protection Committee

HF 2494       Underground Storage Tank Administration.  Moves the Underground Storage Tank Fund and duties of the board to the Department of Natural Resources.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Appropriations Committee

Human Resources

HSB 533        Board of Pharmacy Bill. Allows a pharmacist to make certain adaptations to prescriptions and to refill a prescription for a chronic maintenance drug if unable to obtain authorization from the prescriber. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 582        Partially Filled Prescriptions. If a person has a 30-day supply of a prescription but the pharmacist dispenses only some of the medication (example-opioids), the cumulative copayment will not exceed the amount that it would have been if they prescription was filled fully. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 685        Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Regulates and provides transparency for pharmacy benefit managers. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 702        Physician Assistants. Brings Physician Assistants to the top of their license. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2118        Anatomical Gifts. Prohibits a person from not receiving an anatomical gift based upon the potential recipient’s disability. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2151        CSS Mental Health Region. Allows counties in the CSS Mental Health Region form a new region in a specified amount of time. (passed Human Resources Committee 11-10) to House Calendar

HF 2197        Medical Residency State Matching Grants Program. Expands the primary care practice areas to include obstetrics, gynecology, family medicine, internal medicine, and emergency medicine for the medical residency training state matching grants program. (passed House 95-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2220        Preparation for Adult Living Program. Department of Human Services bill that allows those youth aging out of a relative foster care placement to receive the same Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) benefits that the young adults who are leaving a state foster care placement receive. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2221        Local Health Boards. Changes the makeup of local Boards of Health to allow one of the five board members to be a physician assistant, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, or an advanced practice registered nurse, instead of a physician. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2222        Study for Institutions for Mental Diseases 1115 Waiver. Requires DHS to conduct a statewide study of the current availability of mental health services in the state. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2269        HCBS Elderly Waiver Cap. Removes the monthly budget maximum or cap for those on the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Elderly Waiver. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2295        Iowa ABLE Saving Accounts. Allows any funds retained in a medical assistance special needs trust to be transferred to an Iowa ABLE savings account. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2296        Child Fatality Protocol. Directs DHS, the State Medical Examiner and law enforcement to develop a protocol for responding to the scene of a death of a child that involve abuse. (passed Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2383        University of Iowa Medical and Dental School Acceptance Rate. Mandates the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Dentistry to have at least 75% of the admitted students either be from Iowa or who attended undergrad in Iowa. Also includes two reporting requirements. (passed House 54-43) to Senate Human Resources Committee

Judiciary

HF 2219       GAL Responsibilities. Expands the responsibilities and reporting requirements of a guardian ad litem for children. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2361       Microchips Required by Employers.  Prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to have a microchip implanted.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2339       Anti-SLAPP.  Provides protections for actions arising from a person’s participation in matters of public significance.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

Local Government

HF 2318       Statewide Mutual Aid Compact.  Currently, for disaster purposes, participating governments in the Statewide Mutual Aid Compact includes the Emergency Management Commission, counties, cities, townships and political subdivisions.  However, for authorization of services, political subdivisions, such as school districts, are not included.  The bill would include them as a chief executive officer or designee of the participating government.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2516       Open Enrollment to Schools not Adjacent.  The bill allows a student to open enroll to a non-adjacent school district if the child’s parent or guardian’s place of employment is located in a noncontiguous school district. (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar

HF 2572       Design Build Contacts Banned for Regents, Allows Construction Manager At-Risk.  The HF 2572 version of Alternative Delivery Systems on public bidding contracts, bans the Board of Regents from doing Design Build type of building projects, and allows all public entities to do Construction Manager At-Risk type of building contracts.  Currently, cities and counties are only allowed to use the competitive bid process, but the bill specifically bans all government entities from using Design Build projects, which the Regents currently use.  An amendment was added to the bill in committee that removed restrictions on using union job training apprenticeship laborers on Construction Manager At-Risk projects.  (passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 2369       Lifetime Trout License.  The bill mandates the DNR establish a lifetime trout fishing stamp for people over the age of 65.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee

HF 2410       Senior Cross Bow License.  The bill lowers the age an Iowa resident is eligible for one statewide antlerless deer crossbow license from 70 to 65.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate

Public Safety

HF 2036       Emergency Medical Care Providers Permit to Carry. Allows emergency medical care providers to obtain a professional permit to carry weapons. (passed 18-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2502       Gun Free Zone Restrictions. Prohibits political subdivisions from having gun free zones without providing additional screening or security. (passed Committee 11-8) to House Calendar.

HF 2541       Brady-Gigglio Interim Committee. Creates a legislative interim committee to study Brady-Gigglio violations. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2549       Peace officer Health Insurance. Allows peace officers to have group health insurance negotiated by the State Police Officers Council labor union. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2559       Officer Disciplinary Actions. Prohibits peace officers from being disciplined during an administrative investigation. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2562       Child Sex Assault Awareness and Prevention. Requires school boards to provide age-appropriate materials as part of human growth and development instruction in K-12. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2568       Cybersecurity.  Creates a cyber crime investigation unit in DSP to investigate child exploitation on the web.  (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2570       Device Retailer Permits and Regulations. Creates a permit process for device retailers and sellers relating to tobacco devices. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Ways and Means.

HSB 646      Consumable Hemp Regulation. Amends Iowa Hemp Act to allow selling and manufacturing consumable hemp. (passed 18-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 704      Peace Officer Bill of Rights. Expands peace officer’s due process rights during an internal investigation. (passed Committee 17-1) to House Calendar.

 

State Government

HF 2135     Tobacco Purchase Age. Raises the smoking age in Iowa to 21 (passed Committee 17-6) to House Calendar.

HF 2238    Definition of a Meeting. Expands the definition of a meeting to include budgetary meetings, as well as the notice requirements for meetings. (passed the House 96-0) to Senate.

HF 2250    Lobbyist Reports. Requires lobbyists to file their reports with the campaign and ethics board. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2266    Port Authorities. Changes current Iowa law on port authorities. Current law allows port authorities for two or more political sub divisions, this would allow for one or more political sub divisions. Also expands what a port authority can spend resources on.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2308    Lemonade Stands. Legalizes the sale of lemonade stands and other products in Iowa when operated by a minor. (passed the 96-0) to Senate.

HF 2416    Public Information Board. Extends the timeline someone has to file a complaint with the Iowa Public Information board from 60 to 90 days. (passed the House 94-0) to Senate.

HF 2511    Puerto Rico Workers. Sets up a grant fund administered by the Department of Economic Development to help recruit workers from Puerto Rico.   (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2534    Bottle Bill. Makes various updates to the bottle bill by increasing the handling fee from 1 cent to 2 cents. (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar.

HF 2540     Charity Wine, Spirits and Beer Permit. Creates a new license under the ABD for a charity wine, spirits, and beer permit. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2556     Government Leases. This legislation creates a requirement for a report to the Legislature on buildings leased by the Government. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 545     Elections. Election changes including the restoration of fellow voting rights and election cyber security. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 552     DCI Agents in Gaming Facilities. Puts a freeze on hiring DCI agents at licensed gaming facilities in the state.  (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar.

HSB 651   Interior Designer. Allows for interior designers to stamp their own work instead of the requirement of having an architect do it.  (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HSB 682      County Commission of Veteran Affairs Fund.  Appropriates an extra $300,000 per year from the state General Fund to the County Commission of Veteran Affairs Fund. Each county will get an extra $3,000 every year for county veteran service officers to attend educational trainings. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Appropriations Committee

HF 2236       Public Records Filing Claims Fee.  Prohibits County Recorders from charging a fee to examine and copy the public records needed to complete and file claims for veteran’s benefits. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

HF 2312       Iowa Veterans Home Applicant.  Repeals the requirement that an applicant for the Iowa Veterans Home file an affidavit signed by two members of their county office to the commandant of the facility. This requirement is outdated. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

HF 2313       Iowa Coast Guard Members.  Includes Coast Guard members in the definition of “federal active duty.”  Also adds the coast guard to these sections: leave of absence requirement, prohibition of discrimination, and unemployment compensation. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

HF 2382       Veteran Confidentiality.  States that the name and address of an individual who is eligible for a disabled veteran tax credit and military tax exemption shall be kept confidential. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

HF 2421       Military Service Tax Exemption Verification.  When a veteran applies for a military service property tax exemption, the claim will be verified by a veteran services office and not another entity. (passed House 95-0) to Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

Ways & Means Committee

HF 607         Aircraft Parts Sales Tax Exemption.  Provides a sales tax exemption for the sale of parts attached or services performed on aircraft.  (passed Committee 22-2) to House Calendar

HF 2023       Broadband Grant Award Tax Exemption. Exempts broadband grant award recipients from individual and corporate income tax. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 2176       School District Property Reduction Notification.  Requires the assessor to notify a school district when a property assessed at more than $5 million is reduced by a board or judicial action.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HSB 673      County Driver’s License Fees.  Requires the assessor to notify a school district when a property assessed at more than $5 million is reduced by a board or judicial action.  (passed Committee 22-2) to House Calendar