WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. March 5 – Wed. March 11, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Appropriations

HF 2377       Public Safety Fund. Legislation creates a public safety equipment fund, but has no appropriation. (passed Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2406       Disaster Recovery Fund. Creates an disaster recovery fund under the Iowa Finance Authority with the goal of helping Iowans who have been impacted by a disaster.  (passed Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2419       Supplemental Weighting for ELL. 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 House Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2447       Commission on Veterans Affairs. 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 Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2460       Statewide Pre-School. Iowa’s Voluntary Preschool Program is designated for 4 year-olds. The bill allows 5 year-olds to participate for a period time of the 2021-22 school year to the 2023-24 school year. Priority will be given to the 4 year-olds if insufficient space is available.  (passed House Appropriations Committee 20-1) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2494      Underground Storage Tanks. Moves the Underground Storage Tank Fund and duties of the board to the Department of Natural Resources.  Money in the fund can be used for additional assessments for certification of no further action and $250,000 is appropriated to IDALS for inspecting fuel quality.  (passed Appropriations Committee 24-1) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 2495       Broadband. Makes changes to the Broadband Grant Fund. The bill makes changes to the what an underserved area, changes the name of the fund, and other changes. (passed House Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

HF 2596      Armory Board. Department of Defense bill that creates a loan repayment program and subjects certain individuals to military code.  (passed Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

Commerce

HF 2107       Broadband Certification Program. Creates a broadband certification program for communities to incentivize broadband.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Commerce Committee.

HF 2442       Internet Exchange Point Feasibility. Creates an Internet Exchange Point Feasibility Study. (passed House 95-0) to Senate Commerce Committee.

HF 2510       Future Test Year.  Creates a process for investor-owned utilities that use future test year option in a rate case.  (passed House 100-0) to Senate Calendar.

HF 2575       Broadband Tax Exemption. Creates an individual and corporate tax exemption for broadband service grants. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HF 426         Insurance Division Bill. Updates criminal history checks for licenses granted by the Insurance Division (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor.

SF 2196       Iowa Cell Siting Act. Extends sunset clause on the Iowa Cell Siting Act. (passed House 81-14) to Senate Calendar.

SF 583          MidAm Solar Bill.  Codifies net metering and creates a value of solar methodology under the Iowa Utilities Board.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor.

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 Senate 46-0) to Governor

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 House, 97-0) To Governor

SF 2329       Occupational Therapists Added Under Concussion Protocols.  Includes Occupational Therapists to the definition of a Licensed Health Care Provider under the concussion protocols.  They would now be able to make the judgement if a student can continue in an extracurricular or interscholastic activity or be removed due to a concussion and have concussion protocols with follow up.  (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection Committee

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 Senate 46-0) to Governor

HF 2494       Underground Storage Tank Administration.  Moves the Underground Storage Tank Fund and duties of the board to the Department of Natural Resources.  (passed Appropriations Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 2138       Capping the Cost of Insulin. Caps the cost of a covered prescription insulin to $100 for a 30-day supply. This does not apply to Medicaid or Medicare. (passed House 98-1) to Senate Commerce Committee

HF 2192      Telehealth Payment Parity. Requires a health insurer to reimburse telehealth services at the same rate as in-person office healthcare services. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2218      Prescription Monitoring Program Updates. Clarifies that veterinarians will also have access to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The bill also expands reporting requirements in the PMP to include all Schedule III and IV controlled substances, as well as Schedule V (except for pseudoephedrine). Allows the PMP Advisory Council and the Board of Pharmacy to add substances to the PMP if they determine them to be addictive or fatal if not taken under proper care. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2270      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 98-1) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2271      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 99-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2424       Child Care Assistance Phase-Out Program. Creates state-only funded graduated eligibility phase-out program for Child Care Assistance families. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2437       Smile Direct Regulation. Requires that anyone who provides teeth-straightening services (like Smile Direct) has to do an initial in-person exam of the teeth, the new patient must provide a record that they have visited a dentist within the last two years, and digital radiographs should be included (passed House 96-3) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2485       Child-Staff Ratio Exception. Allows registered child development homes to exceed the child-to-staff ratio when there is a school delay or cancellation. (passed House 98-1) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2492       Medicaid Wellness Plan Re-enrollment Payment. States that if an Iowa Health and Wellness Plan member (Medicaid expansion) was dropped from the program due to not paying their monthly contribution or failure to complete their healthy behaviors, they will not have to pay the outstanding balance to reenroll if it is the first time getting dropped.  However, any other time this occurs, the member will have to pay all outstanding payments to reenroll into the program. (passed House 56-39) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2499       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 House 98-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2542        Physician Assistants. Brings Physician Assistants to the top of their license. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2553       Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Regulates and provides transparency for pharmacy benefit managers. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2561      Anatomical Gifts. Prohibits a person from not receiving an anatomical gift based upon the potential recipient’s disability. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2563     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 House 100-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2600       Child Care Workforce Matching Grants. 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 96-3) to Senate Human Resources Committee

Judiciary

HF 662         Jury Pool Taxpayer Information. Authorizes the Department of Revenue to share taxpayer information with the Judicial Branch for compiling jury lists. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2309       Ban the Ban the Box.  Requires a court to award attorney fees for a successful challenge of a local action.  (passed House 51-44) to Senate State Government Committee

HF 2503       Gender Identity or Orientation Defense.  Prohibits a defense as a result of a person’s discovery, knowledge, or disclosure of a victim’s sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2504       Antisemitism Definition.  Requires a governmental entity to take into consideration the definition of antisemitism when determining whether the alleged act was motivated by discriminatory antisemitic intent.  (passed House 51-45) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2527       Live Music Fraud.  Relates to the advertising, promoting, and conducting of live musical performances and fraud.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate

HF 2536       Substantive Code Edits.  Makes substantive code edits.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 2554       Continuous Sexual Abuse.  Creates a new felony crime for continuous sexual abuse of a child.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate

HF 2599       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 House Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 2619       Court Interpreters.  Standardizes practices for court interpreters.  (passed House Ways & Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

SF 448          Domestic Abuse Consent Agreements.  Removes the requirement for a finding of domestic abuse or sexual abuse in a consent agreement to grant a protective order.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 457          Criminal Penalty and Fine Updates.  Makes changes to criminal penalties, court funds, civil fees, and misdemeanor, felony, and scheduled fines.  (passed Committee 14-7) to House Calendar

SF 460          Obscene Materials to Minors by a Parent.  Prohibits the dissemination of obscene material to minors by a parent or guardian.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2097       Indecent Exposure Expansion.  Expands the crime of indecent exposure and defines masturbation.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate with House Amendment

SF 2225       Theft Amounts.  Increases the amount of property that must be involved in third degree.  (passed House 100-0) to Senate Calendar with House Amendment

SF 2275       Eluding Penalties.  Enhances the penalty for eluding a law enforcement vehicle.  (passed House 78-22) to Governor

SF 2323       Initial Care Plan for Guardianships.  Reaffirms the process currently in place for filing initial care plans and duties of guardianships and conservatorships.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

SF 2337       Asbestos Claim Limitations.  Makes changes to civil actions involving asbestos, including the basis for each claim against each defendant, dismissal of claims that have not made a prima facie case, and awarding attorney’s fees for claims that are materially false.  (passed House 54-46) to Governor

SF 2348       Discharge of Sentence – Restoration of Voting Rights.  Provides for the restoration of voting rights if an Iowa Constitutional Amendment passes that requires discharge of a sentence, including payment of any damages to a natural person because of the conviction.  (passed Committee 14-5) 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 Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 537          Coyote Hunting.  The bill would allow coyote hunters to use infrared lights to hunt as long as they were mounted to the method of take.  (passed Senate 45-1) to Governor

SF 2201       Nonresident Deer and Turkey Tags.  The bill eliminates the current committee that gives out deer and turkey tags to nonresident guests and dignitaries and allows the DNR to distribute the tags.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 2269       Bird Hunting on Game Preserves.  The bill allows hunting preserve operators to apply for an extension to the season for upland birds if the county monthly precipitation is above average at least two months in January – March.  (passed Committee 18-1) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 2259        Human Trafficking Prevention. Allows hotels and motels to voluntarily offer human trafficking prevention training. (passed House 96-0) to Senate State Government Committee.

HF 2468        Cyber Crime Investigation. Creates a Cyber Crime Investigation Unit under the Department of Public Safety. (passed House 100-0) to Senate.

HF 2541        Officer Disciplinary Action. Establishes legislative interim committee relating to officer disciplinary actions. (passed House 100-0) to Senate.

HF 2559        Officer Disciplinary Action Limitation. Prohibits officers from being disciplined or terminated during an administrative investigation. (passed House 100-0) to Senate.

HF 2581        Iowa Hemp Act. Modifies Iowa Hemp Act to allow consumers to sell, produce, and manufacture consumable hemp products. (passed House 99-1) to Senate.

HF 2589        Medical Cannabidiol Act. Amends Medical Cannabidiol Act to raise THC limit and allow employers to terminate employees using the program. (passed House 52-48) to Senate.

HF 2617        Department of Defense. Department of Defense bill relating to armory board leases and scholarship programs. (passed House Appropriations 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar.

SF 2119         Board of Pharmacy Bill. Annual Board of Pharmacy bill that reschedules controlled substances based on Federal law. (passed House 99-1) to Senate.

SF 2299         Background Checks. Allows healthcare facilities, students and providers to perform national background checks. (passed House 100-0) to Governor.

State Government

HF 2196       Debt Setoffs. Allows for a debt offset on sports wagering and other games. Currently an offset is just collected off winnings from slot machines. (passed House Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Ways and Means Calendar.

HF 2406       Disaster Recovery Fund. Disaster relief bill from the Iowa Finance Authority, that creates a disaster relief fund. (passed House Appropriations Committee 25-0)

HF 2417       Adoptive Parent Rights. Requires an employer to give the same rights to an adoptive parent of a child up to 6 years old the same benefits they do a biological parent. (passed the House 94-1) to Senate.

HF 2514       Wine Growlers. Allows for the purchase of wine growlers by consumers. (passed the House 98-0) to the Senate.

HF 2592       Police and Fire Pension. Legislation that deals with the disability and retirement benefits for firefighters and police officers. Requires the cities to pay for hospital or medical attention and increases the benefit for injuries or disease arising out of or over the course of employment. (passed the House 98-1) to Senate.

SF 155          Mobile Barbershop. Allows for the operation and regulation of mobile barbershops. (Signed; effective 3/10/20)

Transportation

HF 2020       Amateur Radio Blackout Plates. Allows for radio operator blackout plates. (passed House Ways and Means 25-0) to House Ways and Means Calendar

HF 2097       Adult Changing Stations. Directs DOT to install adult changing stations in certain rest areas. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Calendar

HF2408        Transfer of License. Allows a person to surrender their registration card and plates to a county treasurer of any county, not simply where its registered. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2620       Flying Our Colors Plates. Creates a special flying our flying our colors registration plate with proceeds going to the flood mitigation fund. (passed House Ways and Means 24-1) to House Ways and Means Calendar

Veterans Affairs

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 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

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 keep confidential. (passed Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 280          Rock Island Hunting and Fishing Licenses. Allows people stationed at Rock Island who live in Iowa to hunt and fish in Iowa. (passed House 94-1 as Amended) to Senate Calendar

Ways & Means

HF 628         Burial Trust Income Tax Exemption.  Exempts earnings from a burial trust fund from individual income tax.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 2196       Wagering Offsets.  Allows for a debt offset on sports wagering and other games. Currently an offset is just collected off winnings from slot machines.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 2234       Radio Operator Blackout Plates.  Allows for radio operator blackout plates.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 2573       Aircraft Parts Sales Tax Exemption. Provides a sales tax exemption for the sale of parts attached or services performed on aircraft. (passed House 89-7) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 2575       Broadband Grant Award Tax Exemption. Exempts broadband grant award recipients from individual and corporate income tax. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2619       Court Interpreters.  Standardizes practices for court interpreters.  (passed Ways & Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 2620       Flying Our Colors Special Plate.  Creates a special flying our colors registration plate with proceeds going to the flood mitigation fund.  (passed Committee 24-1) to House Calendar

HSB 671      EDA Investor Tax Credits.  Changes total tax credits administered by the Economic Development Authority under the Angel Investor Tax Credit and the Innovation Fund Tax Credit.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

SF 604          Probate Court Costs.  Standardizes the calculation of court costs in probate matters.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

SF 621          Adoptee Birth Certificates.  Provides access to a copy of an original birth certificate for an adoptee.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar