WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Jan. 30 – Wed. Feb. 5, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

HF 2244       Supplemental Appropriations. This makes a supplemental appropriation to Homeland Security for flood mitigation efforts of $20,000,000 and $330,000 to Department of Human Services for Glenwood.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 2455       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 Committee 24-0) to House Appropriations Committee.

Education

HF 2243       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 Committee 12-10) to House Calendar

SF 316          Special Education Study.  Requests Legislative Council to establish an interim committee to study special education including state and federal laws, classroom placements, teacher ratios, evidenced based practices, and strategies to improve outcomes.  It will include input from education groups, and provide a report by the end of this calendar year.

HF 2126       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.

Human Resources

HSB 153      Dental Hygienists and Assistants. Scope of practice/locations allowed to practice in for dental hygienists and assistants. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 536      Behavioral Analyst Grants Program. Adjust how the Behavioral Analyst Grants program distributes money. Goes from a grant to a stipend. Does not change requirements or dollar amount. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2051       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 Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2067      Child Care Assistance Provider Rate Increase. Child care programs that take CCA and are reimbursed below the 50th percentile will now get reimbursed at the 50th percentile of the market rate survey completed in December 2017. Fiscal impact would be $7.2 million. (passed House Human Resources Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2128      Definition of Infant and Toddler. Directs DHS to define “infant and toddler” as a child between the ages of two weeks and three years for the purposes of CCA reimbursement rates. This will allow providers to use the increased infant/toddler rates for another year. (passed House Human Resources Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary Committee

HF 2068       Sex Offender Modifications.  Makes modifications to sex offender registry requirements, including removal from the sex offender registry.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 538      Uniform Protected Series Updates.  Updates the Uniform Protected Series Act to include consideration of similar laws in other states.  (passed Committee 19-0) 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.  (Committee Vote 19-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 2224       EMS Funding. Creates a special fund for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) . All revenue from sports wagering and fantasy sports will be deposited into the fund.  (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar.

HF 2238       Lemonade Stands.  Makes lemonade stands legal for operation in the state of Iowa when operated by a minor.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2242       Dual Office Holding. Applies the prohibition of a member of the General Assembly from holding two offices to a member of the county board of supervisors. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Transportation

HSB 541      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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2020       Amateur Radio Blackout Plates.   Allows for radio operator blackout plates (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2079       Flying Our Colors Plates. Creates a special flying our colors registration plate with proceeds going to the flood mitigation fund (passed committee 21-0) to House Ways and Means Committee.

Veterans Affairs

HF 2022       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 Veterans Affairs Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

Ways & Means Committee

HF 2005       Increase Fire Fighter/EMT/Reserve Police Officer Tax Credit.  Increases the volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT/Reserve Peace Officer individual income tax credit.  (passed Committee 24-1) to House Calendar

HF 2098       Hotel/Motel Taxation Extension.  Extends the exemption of hotel/motel taxes from the current law of 31 consecutive days to 90.  (passed Committee 24-1) to House Calendar

HSB 562      Special Fuel Excise Taxes.  Extends the modifies the fuel excise tax on biofuels.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar