Agriculture

HF 763       Watershed Improvement Review Board Administrative Support.  Allows the Watershed Improvement Review Board to authorize the Soil Conservation Division to use interest on the moneys in the fund to provide administrative support to the board (mileage, food, etc.)  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 2182     Exempts Farms from Electrician Requirements.  Exempts farmers from the electricians and electrical contractors licensing, permitting, and inspection requirements. Under the bill, electrical installations on a farm do not require a permit and would not have to be inspected.  (passed Committee 17-2) to House Calendar

HF 2206     Extends Agricultural Drainage Well Closure Date.  As amended by committee, extends the deadline when an owner must close their agricultural drainage well until December 31, 2020.  The state has a 75%/25% cost-share assistance program, but not enough money has been provided to help these people close their wells.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2273     Drainage Districts Bid Thresholds and Security Requirements.  Increases the bid threshold for a drainage improvement from $15,000 to $20,000 to reflect the increased cost of doing business.  Also, when a company bids a drainage project, it currently must post security of 10% of the amount of bid, not to exceed $10,000.  The bill removes the $10,000 maximum and reduces the security cap from 10% to 5%, which is consistent with municipal law.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2324     Manure Application on Frozen or Snow Covered Ground.  Current, application of manure on frozen or snow covered ground between December 21 and April 1 can only be done for emergency purposes.  This does not include the improper design or management of the manure storage structure, which includes failure to properly account for the volume of the manure to be stored.  The bill says a confinement feeding operation constructed before July 1, 2009, and not expanded after that date, is not required to construct or expand a manure storage structure to comply with this provision.  It grandfathers them in. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 679     NPDES Permit Requirements from EPA.  Addresses two issues that the U.S. EPA said needed to be changed to comply with federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program authorization.  The bill addresses conflict of interest provisions and NPDES permit requirements.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 688     Weight Limits for Vehicles Carrying Grain.  As amended by committee, allows vehicles carrying grain, fertilizer, agricultural lime, or agricultural chemicals on non-interstate highways to have six or seven axles, as long as they meet the same weight limits as currently allowed for livestock or construction vehicles.  It also extends the weight allowance currently allowed for livestock or construction vehicles to these other similar vehicles (max is 86,000 lbs for five axles). (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 690     Grain Indemnity Fund Assessment Fees for Industry.  Changes the way indemnity assessment fees, which are deposited into the grain indemnity fund, are charged to the grain industry (not producers) when the fund is in an assessment mode (required if fund goes below $3 million, and waived when the fund reaches $8 million).  The last time the fund was in assessment mode was 1988.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 696     Standardbred Horse Racing Purses at County Fairs.  As amended by committee, the bill includes the current $1 million payment from Prairie Meadows to the standardbred industry for county fair racing as a “purse” and therefore regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.  Currently, this $1 million payment is not considered a “purse” and therefore not regulated by Racing and Gaming.  (passed Committee 15-3) to House Calendar

 

Commerce

HSB 529     Anti-Epilepsy Drugs.  Requires pharmacists to notify the subscribing physician if they substitute anti-epilepsy drugs.  (passed committee 12-10) to House Calendar

HSB 628     Broadband Deployment Grants.  Allows proprietary information in grant applications to the Iowa Broadband Deployment Governance Board to remain confidential. 

(passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 674     IFA Paperwork Reduction.  Repeals Iowa Finance Authority  requirement that banks file a paper report, as data is available online. (passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 2100     Nuclear Power Plants.  Establishes electric generation source diversity as desired public policy and allows IUB flexibility to help utilities plan for future generation needs.

(passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 2131     Truth In Lending Act.  Updates Iowa Consumer Credit Code references to the Federal Truth in Lending Act (FTLA) from the Act as amended through January 1, 2008, to the Act as amended through July 1, 2010.  (Signed by Governor)

HF 2157     Municipal Utility Joint Financing.  Technical cleanup of various statutes regarding municipal utilities to enter into agreements with other entities to jointly finance generation or transmission facilities.  (passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar

SF 2108      Auto Repair Shop Artisan Liens.  Creates an exception to a repair shop’s ability to hold a vehicle to force payment of a disputed bill, if the Attorney General decides that the shop violated the auto trade practices law.  (passed House 100-0) sent to Governor

 

Economic Growth

HF 783       Small Business Contractors under the Department of Transportation.  Due to court decisions in the 1990’s, the set aside program for minority business contractors under the Department of Transportation (DOT) is unusable.  As amended in committee, an assessment would be made of the DOT on an annual basis of the impact of federal and nonfederal contracts awarded on socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, women, and persons with disabilities.  Recommendations would be submitted to the Governor and General Assembly.  The bill would have a set aside of 10% of the portion of highway contracts for bidding by prequalified small businesses, as defined in the bill.  (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar. 

HF 2076     Iowa Innovation Council.  Combines three separate advisory councils in targeted industries into one Iowa Innovation Council.  The council would review economic development programs, collaborate relationships, and coordinate state government applications for federal funds for targeted industries.  Requires additional items to be reported on by the Commercialization Division including this new council.  (Passed House 100-0) On Senate Floor.

HF 2107     Boundary Adjustment Agreed to Severance.  A processes where a property owner could apply for severance to the city where they live, and then agree to be annexed by a neighboring, city would be allowed.  City councils of both cities would have to agree to the proposal, and the cities would file an application with the City Development Board.  The agreement would have conditions, including that an island would not be created.  (Passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2162     Veteran Owned Business Assistance.  Under the list of  primary duties of the Department of Economic Development, the department is to encourage and assist small businesses.  The bill would add small businesses owned and operated by disabled veterans.  (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.   

HSB 665     Young Adult Representation on Boards and Commissions.  All boards, commissions, committees, and councils are to the extent practicable, have at least one member of the board who is at least 18 and younger than 35.  (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

SF 2076      Technical Changes to DED Programs and Board.  Makes technical changes to the  High Quality Jobs tax incentives and the report required by the regents on the Values Fund. Under the Iowa Student intern program, an Iowa high school graduate who attends a college in another state would qualify.  The bill would stagger the terms for the DED board members.  (Passed Senate 46-0) On House Floor.

 

Education

HF 2040     Use of Physical Plan and Equipment Funds (PPEL).    This bill allows school districts flexibility in how they use their PPEL funds.  The expanded uses, as outline in the bill, can be funded only with the board approved 33 1/3 cent levy.  Since school districts co-mingle the board approved levy with the voter approved levy, the bill outlines how to figure what portion of the fund can be used.  (passed Committee 21-2) to House Calendar

HF 2185     Recruitment of Minority Teachers.  This bill, as amended by the Education Committee, requires the Department of Education and Area Education Agencies (AEA) to conduct a study of the opportunities for recruiting racial and ethnic minority teachers from outside the state.  The study is to examine the impact of requiring racial and ethnic minority teachers in communities whose population is less than five percent racial and ethnic minority citizens and communities whose population is greater than five percent.  The report is due to the General Assembly by January 10, 2011.  (passed Committee 23 – 0)  to House Calendar

HSB 620     Establishes Market Factor Teacher Incentives.  This bill, as amended, allows school districts to establish market factor teacher incentives using an appropriate revenue source.  (passed Committee 23 – 0)  to House Calendar

HSB 671     School Business Managers – Training.  This bill directs school business managers, hired on or after July 1, 2010, to complete a training program related to the financial operations of a school district.  Upon successful completion of the program, they will be issued a school business official authorization by the Board of Educational Examiners.  The Department of Education is to convene an advisory committee to determine the standards, procedures, content, and processes of training programs and issue a report to the General Assembly by December 31, 2010.  Individuals employed as a school business manager as of July 1, 2012, who meets the requirements of the board, other than the training requirements, will be issued an initial authorization by the board, but are required to take continuing education courses.  (passed Committee 14 – 9) to House Calendar

 

Environmental Protection

HF 823       Green Cleaning in Schools.  Creates a green cleaning program for schools to use state resources to establish green cleaning procedures in school facilities.  (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

HSB 587     DNR Omnibus Bill.  Makes changes to matters within the purview of the DNR, including the coordinating collection of greenhouse gas emissions and allowing for drinking water SRF loans at state parks.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 660     Watershed Quality Planning Advisory Council.  Establishes a Watershed Quality Planning Advisory Council to report on improving water quality in the state.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 662     Financial Assurance for Sanitary Disposal Projects.  Allows the DNR stop a sanitary disposal project from accepting additional solid waste within 30 days of notice if the project has an inadequate financial assurance instrument.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 663     Septic System Inspection Clarifications.  Clarifies requirements of when a septic system inspection is requirement, expanding exclusions to exclusions that are similar or logically connected to exclusions currently in code.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 664     Periodic Review of Air Quality Monitors.  Requires the DNR to review the location of air quality monitors and create procedures to maintain attainment of federal air quality standards.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

 

Ethics

HF 2109     Ethics Reforms.  Reforms, including pre-registration of receptions, requiring clients to disclose the total amount they spend on lobbying activities, and expanding the powers of the House Ethics Committee, to increase the accuracy and transparency of reports and provide better public access to this information.  Signed by Governor (effective upon enactment, 2/10/10)

 

Human Resources

HSB 609     Home Modification Under HCBS Elderly Waiver.  Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to review requirements for home modification under the Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver.  In addition, DHS is to make recommendations and determine a fiscal impact to the waiver.  The recommendations are due by December 15, 2010. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor

HSB 626     Uniform Controlled Substance Act.  Updates the state uniform controlled substance act with federal guidelines.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Floor

HSB 634     Nursing Workforce and Iowa Needs Nurses Now Initiative.  Creates a nursing workforce data center within the Iowa Workforce Development for the purpose of collecting and maintaining data regarding Iowa’s nursing workforce.  Renames the Nursing Workforce Shortage Initiative to the Iowa Needs Nurses Now Initiative.  In addition, the Iowa Needs Nurses Now Infrastructure Account and the Nurse Residency Training Matching Grants Program Account are added to the Health Care Workforce Shortage Fund.  Implementation is subject to available funding.  (passed Committee 15-6) to House Floor

HSB 682     Audiological Coverage for Children.  Mandates coverage of audiological services and hearing aids for children.  This will only apply to state regulated insurance plans, about 25% of the total market in Iowa.  (passed Committee 12-9) to House Floor

HF 2078     Assisted Living Certification.  A certified assisted living program cannot de-certify and continue to offer services by a company which is a subsidiary or affiliate of the original assisted living program. The bill would become effective immediately.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Floor

HF 2129     Stroke Triage System and Registry Plan.  Requires the Iowa Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, to develop a plan to implement a stroke triage system and registry.  The plan is due by January 15, 2011.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor

HF 2150     Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Updates state code with the federal Americans with Disability Act.  This includes updating replacing “persons with physical disabilities” with “persons with disabilities”, and specifications for the construction of ramps and curb cuts.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor

HF 2223     Intent Language on Due Process and Abuse Registries.  Creates intent language that Iowans’ due process must be recognized when a state agency is determining if a person is to be placed on the child abuse registry or the dependent adult abuse registry.  In addition, it is the intent of the Legislature that no individual can be placed on an abuse registry without prior notification of an allegation of abuse.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor

 

Judiciary

HF 744       Attempted Enticement of a Minor.  Changes the penalty for attempted enticement of a minor to the same as actual enticement.  The penalty for attempted enticement is a felony under the bill.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2372     Assault Causing Injury.  Modifies assault so a person that commits assault without the intent to inflict serious injury, but who causes serious injury, is guilty of a Class “D” felony.  This is not a forcible felony.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2373     Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.  Adds a mens rea component to the elements necessary for a Class “D” felony offense of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.  “Mens rea” is the basic building block of criminal law that states that any criminal offense requires a guilty mind.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2374     Serious Injury Definition.  Defines “serious injury” throughout the code the same as it is defined in Code Section 702.18.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2377     Extending Probation.  Allows a judge to extend the probation of a defendant for up to one year, including one year beyond the maximum period of probation.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2378     Escape or Attempted Escape.  Changes the penalty for escape or attempted escape to equalizes the criminal penalty as a Class D felony.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar 

HSB 556     Retired Judicial Employment.  Strikes Code Section 602.9110 prohibiting retired judges from receiving a retirement annuity if the retired judge is employed in any other public employment.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 586     Judicial Omnibus Bill.  Makes changes to the administration of the judicial branch.  (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 639     Posthumously Conceived Children.  Treats a child that is born of married parents as the legitimate child of both parents if the child is conceived and born after the death of one of the parents.  (passed Committee 18-2) to House Calendar

HSB 646     Abuse of a Corpse.  Transfers some “abuse of corpse” provisions from Code Section 709 (Sexual Abuse) to Code Section 708 (Assault).  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 650     Driver’s License Sanctions – Ignition Interlocks.  Allows greater freedom and streamlines the process for the DOT to issue temporary restricted licenses, including the requirements for ignition interlock devices, for violations of operating while intoxicated laws.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 694     Nonsubstantive Code Corrections.  Makes nonsubstantive and noncontroversial code corrections to the Iowa Code.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 704     Substantive Code Corrections.  Makes substantive code corrections to the Iowa Code.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 709     Trusts and Estates.  Relates to trusts and estates and changes provisions relating to state inheritance tax, uniform transfers to minors, and medical assistance claims.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 358        Foreign-Country Money Judgments.  Implements the “Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act” to provide uniform enforcement of foreign-country judgments in all state courts.  (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar    

 

Labor

HF 2375     Personnel Files of Former Employees.  Right now, upon request and a reasonable fee charged to the employee, a current employee may have a copy of their personnel files.  A former employee does not have access to these records unless it is through a court order through a trial proceedings.  The bill, as amended by committee, allows former employees access to their records for up to two years after termination.  Current employees could still access their records at anytime.  This in response to several constituents over the past year that were not able to access their personnel records from a previous employer.  (Passed Committee 10-7) to House Calendar.

HF 2382     Police and Fire Fighter Choice of Doctor.  Under the retirement plan for police and fire fighters, currently if they are injured on the job, they receive full hospital, nursing and medical attention for disabilities and illness that occurred on the job.  The bill would allow members under this retirement system only, which receives an average of 35 accidental disabilities annually, to be allowed to choose their own doctor.  (Passed Committee 9-8) to House Calendar.

HF 2383     Workforce Development Department Bill.  The bill makes technical corrections to OSHA, a report on elevators, boilers, and Child Labor.  It replaces obsolete provisions concerning the adoption of OSHA standards with contemporary rule making standards.  Per recommendations of the Boiler Pressure Vessel Board, it moves an inspection schedule under the boiler inspection law, and it allows the board to write a rule governing conversion power boilers to low-pressure boilers.  It updates and moves a provision governing boilers manufactured without  an inspection plate.  It removes a redundant child labor law section, and requirements for both youth migrant labor permits and regular youth labor permits would now be similar by removing a requirement that applicants under 14 must obtain a certificate from a registered nurse or physician.   (Passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 699     Prevailing Wage with Local Opt. Out Provision.  The bill would require a prevailing wage to be paid to workers on a public construction project.  The project would have to be greater than $100,000.  An approved OSHA safety course is required for workers who participate in the project, and a county, city or school district would have the local option to not pay the prevailing wage on a per project basis.  By resolution, county, city or school district would have the option to not pay the prevailing wage, on a project per project basis.  There are 32 states and the District of Columbia that currently have a state prevailing wage law.  Iowa is one of eight states that have never had a prevailing wage law.  (Passed Committee 9-8) to House Calendar.

 

Local Government

HF 2143     City Civil Service Commissioners.  Allows commissioners to sell goods and services to a city if there is a competitive bidding process.  (Passed Committee 20-0)  To House Calendar

HSB 636     Recorder’s Technical Bill.  Expands definition of grantee and grantor for indexing purposes so only one index is needed for all real estate transactions.  (Passed Committee 20-0)  To House Calendar

 

Natural Resources

HF 2200     Loaded Detached Magazines.  Allow hunters to keep the detachable magazine on their shotgun or rifle (clips) loaded in their vehicle, as long as the gun is taken down (disassembled) or totally encased.  Permanently attached magazines have to be unloaded.  This bill only pertains to long-guns, not hand-guns.  (passed House 96-4) to Senate Natural Resources Committee

HF 2210     Restrictions on Mowing Ditches.  Updates Iowa’s ditch mowing regulations (both state and county roads).  The purpose of the bill is improving habitat to help protect nesting pheasant populations.  The bill prohibits mowing within the ditch prior to July 15, with numerous exceptions.  After July 15th, they can mow as much of the ditch as they like.  There are no penalties attached to this law.  (passed Committee 21-0)

HSB 631     DNR Conservation and Recreation Omnibus Bill.  This is the Department of Natural Resources’ annual bill that makes policy changes to their conservation and recreation laws.  The bill makes changes to:  snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles; allows state nursery to sell small bare-root stock out-of-state; DNR leases; boater education and safety on-line courses; using boat registration revenue for aquatic invasive species on border waters; dog trials; nonresident falconers license fee; and prohibits the baiting and feeding of wildlife, with numerous exceptions. (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

 

Public Safety

HF 426       Reserve Peace Officer – Accidents in Line of Duty.  Adds reserve officers to the list of public safety officers that, if involved in an automobile accident while in line of duty, will not be recorded on the person’s driving record. (passed Committee) to House Calendar

HSB 711     Sex Offender Clean-up.  Makes corrections to last year’s sex offender legislation or Adam Walsh Act, SF 340. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 721     Issuance to Carry Weapons.  Intent language to enact a law regarding the issuance of permits to carry weapons. (passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

 

Rebuild Iowa and Disaster Recovery

HF 2088     Disaster Loss Deduction.  Allows disaster victims who mistakenly assumed the state would couple with federal tax laws in 2009 to pay the money they owe in income taxes without paying any penalty or interest.  (Passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HF 2160     Residential Landlord Support Program.  Changes the loan forgiveness from after 5 years to 20% per year under the CDBG residential landlord assistance program, if HUD approves.  (Passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HF 2173     Local Purchasing Preference.  Requires the state and local governments to purchase Iowa products and from Iowa businesses, if the costs are within a specified increase over out-of-state products and businesses.  Only applies in declared disaster areas.  (Passed Committee 14-3) to House Calendar

HF 2215     Fines Doubled in Disaster Areas.  Fines are doubled for certain property crimes, such as stealing cooper wire out of the homes, if the property is in a declared disaster area.  Fines can be doubled for up to three years after the disaster declaration.  (Passed Committee 14-3) to House Calendar

HSB 576     Disaster Case Management.  Codifies the case management system used in the 2008 floods and tornadoes so it will be available for future disasters.  Also creates a task force to establish a case management system for businesses.  (Passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HSB 707     Recovery Zone Bonds.  These bonds were allotted to disaster-affected counties and certain cities as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but not all counties are using their allotment.  IFA is required to reclaim the unused allotments and redistribute them to counties or cities that will use the allotment.  (Passed Committee 14-3) to House Calendar

 

State Government

HSB 533     Ethics and Campaign Disclosure.  Technical cleanup bill from the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 563     Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.  This bill makes several changes related to laws administered by the board.  This includes:  requiring disclosure of the political activities of an organization when the organization is advocating that an individual run for office but the individual has not announced intent to run, adopting rules to define “fair market value” for purposes of campaign property, clarifying that a permanent organization temporarily engaging in political activity is required to disclose its campaign activities when involved in a ballot issue election as well as an election of a candidate, and directing the board to adopt rules prohibiting the owner, etc. of a sham newspaper from promoting the candidacy of any person.  (passed Committee 21 – 0)  to House Calendar

HSB 566     Public Employees Pensions.  Make changes to three of the four public employees’ pension systems.  The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) makes changes including changing the final average salary from the high three years to the high five years, increasing the age reduction penalty from 3% to 5% per year, and changing the vesting requirements from 4 years to 7 years.  These are effective July 1, 2012.  Changes are also made to the Peace Officers’ Retirement System and the Municipal Fire and Police Officers’ Retirement System.  (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Calendar

HSB 534     Certain Campaign Reports to Be Filed Electronically.  Effective January 1, 2011, a county statutory political committee and candidates or committees raising a certain threshold of money, as outlined in the bill, are required to file reports electronically.  (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar

HSB 564     Licensure of Fire Protection System Installers.  Technical clean up bill revising apprenticeship requirements, eliminates references to four-year apprenticeship, and requires completion of a fire protection apprenticeship program approved  by the U.S. Department of Labor, or completion of two years of full-time employment as a trainee.  (passed Committee 13 – 7) to House Calendar

HSB 668     Secretary of State Technical Election Bill. Technical cleanup bill from the Secretary of State’s office regarding elections and voter registration. (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 713     Dog Racing at Pari-Mutuel Tracks.  Creates a process to exempt the two dog tracks from racing requirements. Puts a racing exemption fee in place to be paid in installments. (passed Committee 12 – 9)  to House Calendar

HF 781       Licensure of Midwives.  Creates an entry-level licensure program for midwifery.  This is a work-in-progress.  (passed Committee 15 -6 ) to House Calendar

SF 2088      Reorganization of State Government.  This bill puts in place numerous changes in state government designed to increase efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars.  Some of these include consolidating state purchasing and information technology, eliminating and consolidating boards and commission, and reducing the number of FTE’s throughout state government.  (Passed committee 20-1) to House Calendar

 

Transportation

HF 97         Windshield Wipers Required in Certain Weather Conditions.  Requires a driver to turn on their headlights, or use daytime running lights, if weather conditions are such that the windshield wipers are used to improve visibility. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HF 2010     Texting Ban.  Makes it illegal to write or send a text message while driving.  Violation is a scheduled fine of $30; warnings will be issued for first year.  Violations are not considered a moving violation. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HF 2035     Driver’s Education Teachers.  Allows for persons, certified by the Department of Transportation to teach street and highway driving to be involved in an accident, during a two-year time period and still be authorized to teach street and highway driving. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2156     Commercial Motor Vehicle Registration Exemption.  Changes which years the Department of Revenue can look at when auditing to see if an owner of a commercial truck complies with the 25% of mileage outside of state to be exempt from the fee for new registration.  Current law states that the department is allowed to look at the first four years of operation.  The bill states that the department can only go back three years from the date of the audit. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 613     Payment for Warranty Work by an Auto Dealer.  Does not allow a motor vehicle manufacturer, distributor, or importer to reduce the amount of compensation, or to disallow the claim for warranty work done by the dealer, if it is submitted within 60 days from the date that work was completed. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 614     Motor Vehicle Franchise Contracts.  Puts in language stating that laws from other jurisdictions cannot be applied to Iowa’s auto dealers.  States that contract with franchise cannot require a dealer to offer only one make of autos. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 616     Graduated Driver’s License.  Increases the time, from 6 months to 12 months, that a person must hold an instruction permit before moving on to the intermediate license.  Changes time from 12:30am to 11pm, as the beginning time period when intermediate license holders cannot be driving without an adult or waiver for work or school related activities.  Limits the number of underage minor passengers for persons with an intermediate license and a school license. (passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

HSB 617     ATVs on City and County Streets.  Expands the definition of ATVs to include off-road utility vehicles, and allows operation on all roads where ATVs are currently allowed by local governments.  Authorizes local governments to allow ATVs and off-road vehicles to be able to stop at service stations or convenience stores along designated streets.  Exempts cities and counties from liability to damages or injuries incurred to property or persons. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

HSB 678     Motor Carrier Contracts.  Does not allow certain indemnity clauses in motor carrier contracts which holds one of the parties harmless, regardless of their actions or omissions. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 695     Transportation Omnibus Bill.  Brings all vehicles that have been modified to accommodate persons with a disability under the $60 registration fee.  Specifies that business trade trucks, as defined with the TIME-21 bill, applies to trucks model year 2010 and newer.  Allows for parents needing a persons with disability placard for a child under the age of one year to get that placard without supplying a social security number. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

Veterans Affairs

HSB 539     Promotion of the U.S.S. Iowa.  Requires the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs to promote and support the preservation of the U.S.S. Iowa as a permanent naval museum.  (passed Committee 15-0) to House Floor

HSB 633     Assignment of Visitation During Deployment.  Allows a parent to file a petition with the court, to modify visitation rights to another family member, while deployed. The modification must be in best interest of the child and will end upon return from deployment. The bill takes effective immediately. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HSB 677     Tax Notification for Service Members.  Requires the Iowa National Guard to work with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs to notify service members to contact the Iowa Department of Revenue regarding current or possible tax issues while deployed.  Notification must occur prior to deployment. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

HSB 712     Service in an Honor Guard Unit.  Expands the recognized military veterans units to perform honor guard services on public property to include auxiliary forces of the United States.  Currently, only the Iowa National Guard, reserve forces of the United States, and reserve officers training corps are allowed to perform honor guard services on public property.  (passed Committee 14-0) to House Floor

HSB 722     Veterans Outreach Initiative.  Creates a Veterans Outreach Fund.  Requires the County VA Commissions to conduct outreach to veterans and to community agencies to educate them on the services available to veterans in Iowa.  Establishes an income tax check-off of $5 for the Veterans Outreach Fund.  No monies can be appropriated out of the fund until the balance is at least $250,000.  However, if the balance is above $100,000, monies can be used to match with federal funding for the purpose of veterans outreach. (passed Committee 17-0) to Ways and Means

HF 2197     Veterans Day Leave for Veterans.  Allows all Veterans to have Veterans Day off from work.  Each veteran must request the holiday at least 30 days in advance and show proof of being a veteran.  The employer determines if the time off is paid or unpaid. (passed House 93-2) to Senate

HF 2198     Trailers Used Exclusively in Veterans Flag Ceremonies and Parades.  Exempts trailer registration for any trailer that is used exclusively for the transportation, display, and distribution of flags in parades or ceremonies.  The trailers can only be used on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or other patriotic occasions.  A local government must pass a resolution allowing for the exemption of the registration of the trailer; the resolution must accompany the trailer at all times.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2202     State Job Opportunities for Disabled Veterans.  Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Workforce Development, the Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Labor to develop programs to inform disabled veterans about federally funded job training opportunities in state government, and develop other job training programs to qualify for federal funding.  (passed Committee 17-0) to House Floor

HF 2237          Homestead Credit for Disabled Veterans.  Freezes the homestead property tax credit for eligible disabled veterans.  To qualify, a veteran must be at least 50% disabled as determined by the United State Department of Veterans Affairs.  (passed Committee 14-1) to Ways & Means