WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 6 – Wed. Feb. 12, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

HSB 530      Farm Chauffeur License.  The bill exempts certain farmers from needing a chauffer license to transport their goods (passed committee 17-6) to House Calendar

Appropriations

SF 2144       Supplemental Appropriations. This makes a supplemental appropriation to Homeland Security for flood mitigation efforts of $21,003,186  and $330,000 to Department of Human Services for Glenwood.  (passed House 100-0) to Senate.

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. (passed the House 99-1) to Governor.

Commerce

HSB 574      Financial Exploitation of Eligible Adults. Allows investors, brokers and financial advisers to report financial exploitation of eligible adults and provides immunity for such reporting. (passed Commerce Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 543      ACA State Innovation Waiver. Allows Iowa Insurance Division to apply for a State Innovation Waiver Plan from Obamacare. (passed Commerce Committee 13-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 575      Insurance Division Omnibus. Insurance Division’s annual omnibus bill. (passed Commerce Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 589      Public Improvement Code Definition. Modifies public improvement code definition relating to public utilities improvement on infrastructure. (passed Commerce Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 607      Future Ready Iowa. Governor’s bill that modifies and extends Future Ready Iowa program. (passed Commerce Committee 19-4) to House Calendar.

HSB 614      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 Commerce Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

Education

HSB 576      English Language Learner (ELL) Students.  The bill increases the supplemental weighting for ELL students to provide more funding, and recategorizes students to fit their English language proficiency to direct their education.  (Passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar

HF 2147       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 Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 2340       College Savings Used for Out of State Schools.  The bill allows the College Savings Iowa to be used for out of state, private, elementary, middle school and high schools.  Currently it is allowed for private schools in Iowa.  (Passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 2359       Praxis I Entrance Exam into Teaching would be an Option.  Allows teacher preparation programs the option of doing 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 Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

SF 2142       PreK-12 School Funding.  The bill increases state aid for PreK-12 schools by $110 million.  This is below the cost of inflation, so schools will not be able to keep up with their increased costs.  The state cost per pupil will increase by $172 to $7,052.  At this level, 31% of the school districts will have to increase their property taxes. (passed House 52-48) to Senate Calendar

Human Resources

HSB 535      Judicial Branch Code Clean-Up. Strikes the provision requiring the state court administrator to prescribe practices and procedures for the preapplication screening assessment program for people being involuntarily committed with a substance abuse disorder. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2026      Ambulatory Surgical Center Emergency Procedures. Requires ambulatory surgical centers to have emergency care and procedures in place. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2066       Ambulatory Surgical Center Licensure. Licensing of ambulatory surgical centers. Similar to HF 617 from 2013 that passed unanimously in the House. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2115      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 Human Resources Committee 11-10) to House Calendar

HF 2122      Ambulatory Surgical Center Disclosure. Mandates that a health care provider who refers a patient to an ambulatory surgical center must disclose certain information to the patient. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 2309       Ban the Ban the Box.  Requires a court to award attorney fees for a successful challenge of a local action.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

HF 2338       Eluding Penalties.  Enhances the penalty for eluding a law enforcement vehicle.  (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HF 2339       Anti-SLAPP.  Provides protections for actions arising from a person’s participation in matters of public significance.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2361       Microchips Required by Employers.  Prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to have a microchip implanted.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2366       Parenting Time.  Changes the term “visitation” in the Iowa Code to “parenting time.”  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB529       Business Entity Resignations.  Standardizes and clarifies the resignation of registered agents for business entities.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB577       Abortion Constitutional Amendment.  Proposes an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that the Constitution shall not be construed to recognize, grant, or secure a right to an abortion or require public funding of abortion.  (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

Labor

HSB 601      Nonprofit Unemployment Appeals. Under the bill an unemployment appeal by a nonprofit of a redetermination of for reimbursement of UI rates will go to an Administrative Law Judge instead of appeals court (passed committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HSB 603      Unemployment Contribution Rates for Landscapers. Under the bill, new landscaping companies are in the same UI tax class as construction their first year until a rate is established. (passed committee 15-1) to House Calendar.

HSB 604      Employer Unemployment Violations. Allows Iowa Workforce Development to file an injunction on employers if they fail to provide requested info (passed committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HSB 605      Unemployment Notifications. Allows employers to pick how they would like their UI notices to be delivered (passed committee 16-0) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HSB 565      The bill would lower the age an Iowa resident is eligible for one statewide antlerless deer crossbow tag from 70 to 65.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 654      The bill requires people to wear an article of blaze orange when passing through public land or water when approaching a tree stand during a muzzleloader season.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 326         The bill would raise the fine for illegally selling, taking, catching, killing, or possessing an eagle from $50 to $2,500.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2341       The bill would make it illegal to hunt black bears out of season and sets the fine at $2,500 for violating the law.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2369       The bill mandates the DNR establish a lifetime trout fishing stamp for people over the age of 65.  (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

SF 537          The bill would allow coyote hunters to use infrared lights to hunt as long as they were mounted to the method of take.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HSB 571          Sobriety and Drug Monitoring Program. Modifies Interlock Ignition Device requirements relating to participation in sobriety program. (passed Public Safety 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 682           Public Safety Equipment Fund. Establishes a fund for voluntary donations and legislative appropriations relating to DPS equipment expenses. (passed Public Safety 16-5) to House Calendar.

State Government

HSB 568      Administrative Rules. This legislation makes technical changes to the administrative rules chapter and was proposed by the Rules Committee. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 512      Promo Play.  This eliminates the promo play tax for casinos. The elimination is phased in over five years.  (passed Committee 20-3) to Ways and Means Committee.

HSB 556      Veterinarian Immunity.  This legislation 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 Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 546      Engineering License. This legislation eliminates the requirement that applicants for licensure as a professional engineer show practical experience before taking a proficiency exam. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar.

Transportation

HF 2004       Rumble Strips. Requires DOT to construct and maintain rumble strips at certain highway crossings (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2033      Road Jurisdiction Transfer. Changes requirements for the transfer of roads from the state to the county, stating that if the road has not been repaved in the last five years it must be paved. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2097       Adult Changing Stations. Directs DOT to install adult changing stations in certain rest areas. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2119       Hands Free Driving. Expands hands free driving law to include of the use of any electronic communication device while driving (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 525      Load Requirements.   Allows for radio operator blackout plates (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 542      Odometer requirements. Conforms with federal odometer requirements(passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 563      Drivers License Age. The bill changes the upper limit of the 8 year license renewal from 72-78 (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HSB 547      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 Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 548      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 Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 550      County Veteran Service Officers Training.  Allows county commissions to use the money allocated to them by the state for training, education, and other related expenses for the county veteran service officers. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 560      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 keep confidential. (passed House Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar