WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 27 – Wed. March 4, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

HF 2372       Farm Chauffeur License.  The bill exempts certain farmers from needing a chauffeur license to transport their goods. (passed House 79-19) to Senate Agriculture

HF 2566       Grain Depositors Indemnity Fund.  Calls for a study of the expansion to credit-sale contracts for the Grain Indemnity Fund. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture

Appropriations

HF 2345      Financial Exploitation. Insurance Division bill that adds new code sections to provide added protections for eligible adults who are financially exploited. The language is based off model law from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The Iowa Insurance Division is a member as Iowa’s securities regulator. The new sections provide guidance relating to: (1) government and third-party disclosures; (2) immunity for government and third-party disclosures; (3) details when brokers and investment advisors can delay disbursements or transactions; (4) training requirements for qualified individuals relating to identifying financial exploitation; and (5) record confidentiality during investigation. HF 2345 also allows funding for one FTE from the Commerce revolving fund for a complaint analyst to investigate complaints. (passed Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2447       State Public Defender Pilot Project. Allows the State Public Defender to establish a pilot project to assist families involved in the child welfare system. (passed Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2448       Rural Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program. Creates a loan repayment program for veterinary students similar to the program for doctors that targets rural areas.  This bill would require someone to live in the area of practice for 4 years.  The amount received cannot be greater than $15,000.  A trust fund would be established, under the control of the commission, that could receive grants and bequests. This is a policy bill that would require a separate appropriation in the Ed Budget for funding to be available. (passed Appropriations Committee 24-1) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2488       Childcare Work Force. Establishes a child care workforce state matching grants program and fund. This will be administered by the Early Childhood Iowa State Board (Board) to provide matching state grants for the child care WAGE$ Iowa Program, the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps Scholarship Program, or other child care workforce strategies. No appropriation is included in the bill. (passed House Appropriations Committee 20-1) to House Calendar.

Commerce

SF 583          MidAm Solar Bill.  Codifies net metering and creates a value of solar methodology under the Iowa Utilities Board.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Calendar.

SF 2131       Ceding Insurers. Domestic ceding insurers use of credit for reinsurance. (passed House 98-0) to Governor.

SF 2132       Hedging Transactions. Modifies Iowa Code definition of highly effective hedging transactions to National Association of Insurance Commissioners accounting guidance.  (passed House 98-0) to Governor.

SF 2137       Real Estate Conveyances Filing Requirements. Amends Code to allow borrowers to extend mortgage without needing to re-file in the County Recorder’s office. (passed House 98-0) to Governor.

SF 2198       Consumer Lending Notice. Updates consumer lending notice provisions on open-ended credit accounts by incorporation a reference to federal regulations for truth in lending. (passed House 98-0) to Governor.

Education

HF 2443       Concurrent Enrollment Assessment.  To take concurrent enrollment classes currently, a student needs to pass at proficiency level in Math, Science and in English on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISAP).  This bill eliminates the ISAP requirement.  The local college will still have their own entrance test such as Accuplacer, ALEX or Compass, for an individual class.  They could also enter a concurrent enrollment class through their ACT or SAT scores.  The bill takes effect upon enactment.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Education

HF 2454       CTE Instructor Qualifications.  Allows for someone to qualify for a CTE instructor through an AA degree at a community college in CTE instruction with at least 3,000 hours relevant work experience.  The bill also allows for someone to qualify with a BA in any area of study with a minimum of 18 hours in career and technical field instruction.  Currently, the qualification is 6,000 hours work experience, which is still allowed under the bill, or a BA in the field of instruction with no work experience.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Floor, passed on file

HF 2539       Lead K, Literacy Development for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.  Requires the Department of Education, in coordination with the Area Education Agencies and the Iowa School for the Deaf, to create language development milestones in both English and American Sign Language for deaf and hard of hearing children ages 1 through 8. Once established, they will assist parents and educators to measure the progress towards those language acquisition benchmarks. In addition, parent resources related to language acquisition for their deaf or hard of hearing child will be developed and disseminated.  With the strike after amendment adopted on the floor, changes the Department of Education coordinator to consultant, and changes some of their duties.  The plan modification in the amendment is eliminated which will now be developed by the advisory committee created in the bill.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Education

SF 2118       Rural Physician Loan Repayment Program Refinancing.  After refinancing an eligible federal loan with a private company, a recipient would still be eligible for financial assistance through the program.  With the conforming Senate amendment, the bill clarifies that if the loan is under $200,000, it will be divided into five loan repayment amounts.  It also allows the Health Care Loan Repayment program to be refinanced.  The bill does other technical reorganization of that code chapter.  (passed House 96-1) to Governor

SF 2142       PreK-12 School Funding. With the Senate amendment, the bill increases state aid for PreK-12 schools by $106.3 million.  This is below the cost of inflation, so schools will not be able to keep up with their increased costs.  After the enacted transportation and District Cost Per Pupil equity increase of $10 in SF 2164, the state cost per pupil will increase by $168 to $7,048.  At this level, 33% of the school districts will have to increase their property taxes. (passed House 51-46) to Governor

Environmental Protection

HF 2475       City Engineer Sewer Update.  Clarifies that any local public works department may both employ or retain a licensed engineer to review sewer system plans.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

Human Resources

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 Senate Human Resources Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate Human Resources Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2267        Dental Hygienists and Assistants. Scope of practice/locations allowed to practice in for dental hygienists and assistants. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 2526        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 House 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

Judiciary

SF 2187       Uniform Protected Series Updates.  Updates the Uniform Protected Series Act to include consideration of similar laws in other states.  (passed House 98-0) to Governor

HF 2366       Parenting Time.  Changes the term “visitation” in the Iowa Code to “parenting time.”  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2402       Business Entity Resignations.  Standardizes and clarifies the resignation of registered agents for business entities.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Calendar attached to Companion

HF 2444       Disorderly Conduct Mens Rea.  Changes the mens rea requirement for disorderly conduct to require intentionally or recklessly causing unreasonable distress.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2445       Privacy Protections for Sex Crime Victims.  Expands privacy protections for victims of sex offenses.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Calendar attached to Companion

HF 2473       Defrauding a Drug or Alcohol Test.  Creates a criminal offense for defrauding a drug or alcohol test by an employer.  (passed House 55-42) to Senate

HF 2474       State Public Defender Warrant Access.  Allows confidential warrant information to be disseminated to a court appointed attorney and allows a court express authority to grant access to this information.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2529       Peer Counselor Confidentiality.  Provides communications to a peer support group counselor are confidential.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2535       Nonsubstantive Code Edits.  Makes nonsubstantive code edits.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2547       Medical Care of Prisoners.  Creates a process for providing for medical care of prisoners by local governments.  (passed House 97-0) to House Calendar with Motion to Reconsider

SF 329          Expert Testimony is Certain Cases Involving Children.  Makes changes to the use of expert testimony in child sexual abuse, child abuse, and child endangerment cases.  (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

SF 458          Homestead Mechanics Liens.  Allows a homestead to be sold to satisfy the principal, interest, attorney fees, and costs of a mechanic’s lien.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

SF 526          Blue Alert Creation.  Creates a blue alert program to aid in the search for a suspect where there is a death, serious injury, or missing peace officer.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2232       Decanting Trusts.  Allows for the transfer of trusts into a second trust, sometimes referred to as trust decanting.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2300       Real Estate Disclosures in Certain Trusts.  Clarifies trust exemptions where a living person occupies the real estate.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SJR 2002     Voting Age Constitutional Amendment.  Updates the Iowa Constitution to reflect federal Constitutional changes regarding voting age and eligibility.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Local Government

HF 2481       Treasurer’s Land Value Reports.  When someone buys land to get a certificate for the land value, the land value can go up before someone receives the certificate.  The bill requires that a certificate will expire upon the next annual delivery of the tax list from the county Auditor.  The expired certificate cannot then be an acceptable document for the land value.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Floor, Passed on File.

HF 2486       Treasurer’s Seal. Requires the county seal to include the name of the county, and the word “Iowa.”  It strikes the requirement that the county seal include the word, “treasurer.”  The amendment in committee addressed that for election purposes on a ballot, the county seal only has to be an impression or likeness, not a raised county seal.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Local Government

HF 2528       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 House 97-0) to Senate Floor, Passed on File.

SF 2025       County Engineers Employment.  Current law allows county engineers employed jointly by multiple counties that are adjacent under a 28E agreement.  The bill removes the requirement that the counties need to be adjacent.  (passed Committee 97-0) to Governor

Natural Resources

HF 2455       Tracking Wounded Deer.  The bill allows hunters to use dogs to track wounded deer.  (passed House 94-2) to Senate

SF 537          Coyote Hunting.  The bill allows coyote hunters to use infrared lights to hunt as long as they are mounted to the method of take.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

Public Safety

HF 684         Medical Amnesty. Provides immunity to college students who are assisting an emergency. (passed House 95-3) to Senate.

HF 2502       Gun Free Zone Restrictions. Prohibits political subdivisions from having gun free zones without providing additional screening or security. (passed House 52-44) to Senate Judiciary Committee.

State Government

HF 2373    Professional Engineers. legislation eliminates the requirement that applicants for licensure as a professional engineer show practical experience before taking a proficiency exam. (passed the House 95-3) to Senate.

HF 2374    Veterinarian Immunity. Allows a veterinarian to be immune from liability with cooperating with a peace officer, local authority, law enforcement officer, providing evidence in an administrative, civil or criminal case. (passed the House 97-0) to Senate State Government.

HF 2389    Administrative Rules. Makes technical changes to the administrative rules chapter and was proposed by the Rules Committee (passed the House 98-0) to Senate.

HF 2434    EMS Services. Establishes a process that give the ability for the county board of supervisors to declare EMS an essential service.  (passed House Ways and Means Committee 24-0) to House Ways and Means Calendar.

HF 2477    Ag Experience. The legislation bans any county from requiring a conditional use permit, special use permit, special exception, or a variance for the agricultural experience on a property where the primary use is agricultural production. (passed the House 85-11, passed the Senate 45-3) to the Governor.

HF 2512    County Zoning. Changes to the current law by prohibiting a county from requiring an application, approval, or payment of a fee for an ordinance deemed inapplicable for buildings that are used for primary agricultural purposes.  The changes allow a building to qualify for the exemption independently or in conjunction with other agricultural uses. (passed the House 66-29, passed the Senate 37-11) to Governor.

HF 2540    Charity Wine, Spirits and Beer Permit. Creates a new license under the ABD for a charity wine, spirits, and beer permit. (passed the House 97-0) to the Senate.

HF 2556    Government Leases. This legislation creates a requirement for a report to the Legislature on buildings leased by the Government. (passed the House 97-0) to the Senate.

HF 2556    Government Leases. This legislation creates a requirement for a report to the Legislature on buildings leased by the Government. (passed the House 97-0) to the Senate.

HF 2565    Setoff Procedures. Transfers the responsibility of operating the state off set program from the DAS to the Department of Revenue.  (passed the House 93-0) to the Senate.

HF 2585    Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Updates Iowa Code language to reflect the current and preferred terminology for the deaf and hard of hearing community. (passed the House 97-0) to the Senate.

SF 155      Mobile Barber Shops. Allows for the operation and regulation of mobile barbershops (passed the House 92-0) to Governor.

SF 2134    Canned Cocktails. Allows for an Iowa Brewery to purchase liquor from the ABD for the purpose of producing canned cocktails. (passed the House 95-3) to Governor.

SF 2135    Final Disposition and Disinterment. The bill defines cremation and establishes a process and laws for the disinterment of cremated remains. (passed the House 97-0) to the Governor.

SF 2259    Donation of Public Safety Equipment. The bill allows for an emergency medical service provider, fire department, or law enforcement agency to donate used vehicles and equipment to an organization that provides fire response, emergency medical services, or a law enforcement agency. (passed the House 96-1) to the Governor.

Transportation

SF 2089       CDL License Revocation. Conforms with federal law stating that if an individual is convicted of human trafficking they lose their commercial drivers license for life. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2091       Odometer requirements. Conforms with federal odometer requirements. (passed House 98-0) to Governor

SF 2250       Transportation of Timber. Increases the surety bond needed to a maximum of $50,000 and changes requirements for timber ownership certificates. (passed 97-0) to Governor

Ways & Means

HF 2593       High Quality Jobs – Child Care.  Expands the High Quality Jobs Program to new onsite daycare facilities or businesses expanding existing onsite daycare facilities.  (passed Committee 19-5) to House Calendar

HF 2594       Business Tax Credit – Child Care.  Creates a tax credit for 25% of the costs, up to $150,000 per year, for businesses providing child care benefits to employees.  (passed Committee 16-8) to House Calendar

HF 2595       Workforce Childcare Tax Credit.  Creates a Workforce Child Care Facility Program to provide tax incentives for developers that complete a child care facility in the state.  (passed Committee 15-9) to House Calendar

HF 2388       Insurance Division Omnibus. Insurance Division’s annual omnibus bill. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 2601       Property Tax Credit Extension.  Provides additional time for filing a homestead property tax credit, Business Property Tax Credit, and the Military Service Credit for properties acquired near the annual deadline.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 2602       EMS as Essential Service. Establishes a process that give the ability for the county board of supervisors to declare EMS an essential service. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar