HF 2518 Public Employees’ Retirement Systems. Makes changes to three of the four public employees’ pension systems.  Changes to the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) include 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.  There are three appropriations in this bill.  (passed House 51-43) to Senate

HF 2519 Federal Block Grants. The Federal Block Grant portion of the bill provides the mechanism for the state to receive $6.3 billion in federal funds for FY 2011, which is estimated to be $96.7 million more than what the state received in FY 2010. The state is estimated to receive $190.8 million in federal block grant funds in FY 2011 and $6.1 billion in federal funds that state agencies are anticipating to receive in categorical grants in FY 2011. The bill also appropriates $25.3 million of the Education Stabilization and $22.6 million of the Government Services Stabilization Funds in lieu of $47.9 million in state aid appropriations for K-12 School Foundation Aid Formula. (passed House 53-41) to Senate

HF 2522 Economic Development Budget. The bill provides more technical assistance to small businesses by increasing funding to the statewide MyEnterenet program at UNI, and the Small Business Development Centers at ISU.  The proposal to expand MyEntre.Net will be a live, online, competent and personable individual who has expertise to connect business owners with services and resources they need.  The increase to Small Business Development Centers would attempt to provide more one-on-one counseling to assist in small business growth.  The bill also backfills funding from the across the board cut made to Labor Services Division, and Workforce Centers.  (passed House55-43) to Senate.

HF 2525 Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget. Appropriates $35.9 million in general fund dollars for the operations budget of the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Natural Resources, and the vet diagnostic lab at Iowa State University (ISU).  This is a $341,000 cut from FY 2010.  The bill also includes $33 million for the environment first fund.  (passed House 53-44) to Senate

HF 2526 Health and Human Services Budget. Appropriates a total of $954.34 million from the general fund to the Departments on Aging, Public Health, Human Services, and Veterans Affairs; and the Iowa Veterans Home.  In addition, the Health Care Trust Fund (HCTF) appropriates $107 million to health and human services programs.  The bill provides funding to programs and services to the most vulnerable Iowans including the elderly, children, disabled, and poor.  (passed House Appropriations 13-11) to House Floor.

SF 2366 FY 2010 Supplemental. Amends the FY 2010 budget, de-appropriate funds from the Judicial and Legislative Branch budgets, and provides supplemental funding in other areas of the budget impacted by the across the board cuts. The bill appropriates an additional $51.1 million for the FY 2010 general fund budget.  The bill also makes $17 million in net reductions in other fund changes through transfers and reductions in spending to the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund for FY 2010.  (passed House55-43 and Senate concurred 32-18) to Governor

SF 2367 Administration and Regulation Budget. Covers 13 departments, agencies, and offices.  Spending increased from FY 10 estimated due to a transfer of $2 million from DHS to DIA and increases created by state reorganization that will lead to overall savings.  Includes auditor, treasurer, secretary of state, governor; departments of administration, commerce, ethics and campaign finance, human rights, inspection and appeal, management, and revenue; drug policy office, and  rebuild Iowa office (Passed House Appropriations 14-11) To House Appropriations Calendar

SF 2377 Judicial Branch Budget Bill. Appropriates a total of $150 million to the Judicial Branch for operations and salaries.  That total includes $1.5 million for jury and witness fund. (passed House 55-41) MTR

SF 2578      Justice Systems Budget. Appropriates a total of $484 million from the general fund for FY 2011 to the Attorney General’s Office; the Departments of Corrections; Inspections and Appeals; Public Defense; and Public Safety; the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy; Board of Parole; and the Civil Rights Commission.  This represents an increase of $18.5 million compared to net FY 2010.  (passed Senate 31-17) to House Calendar


HF 2111 Unemployment Tax Collection.  Requires Secretary of State to notify the Department of Workforce Development prior to approving a filing for reinstatement by a dissolved company, to ensure any back taxes are paid. (Signed by governor)  Effective July 1, 2010

HF 2409 IFA Paperwork Reduction.  Repeals Iowa Finance Authority  requirement that banks file a paper report, as data is available online. (Passed Senate 48-0) Sent to Governor

SF 2224 Condominium Meetings.  Requires meetings to be open to all members with notice delivered at least seven days in advance.  (Passed Senate 46-2) Sent to Governor

SF 2348 Real Estate Closing Agent Licensing.  Division of Banking bill that requires licensing of providers of real estate closing services who is not the lender, seller, purchaser, or borrower.  (Passed House 96-0) Sent to Governor

Economic Growth

HF 2195 Arts Projects at State Buildings. The Department of Administrative Services would now contract for expenses related to acquiring fine art.  The Department of Cultural Affairs would still report on the financial assistance spent for arts projects.  The estimated costs for fine arts would no longer be included in the amount calculated for arts purposes in national surveys.  Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2010.

HF 2449 Veteran Owned Business Assistance. Under the current 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 to the list.  Signed by the Governor, effective July 1, 2010.

Environmental Protection

HF 823 Green Cleaning in Schools. Creates a green cleaning program for schools using state resources to establish green cleaning procedures in school facilities.  (Passed Senate 28-20) to Governor

HF 2418 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 Senate 37-11) to Governor

HF 2437 Septic System Inspection Clarifications. Clarifies requirements on when a septic system inspection is required and expands exclusions to situations that are similar or logically connected to exclusions currently in code.  (Passed Senate 44-6) to Governor

Human Resources

HF 2283 Background Checks for Child Care Providers. Removes the requirement of a federal background check every four years for child care providers and other individuals subject to the law.  The bill now authorizes DHS to adopt rules regarding a national background check for child care providers and all others subject to the check. (signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2010)

HF 2403 Uniform Controlled Substance Act. Updates the state uniform controlled substance act with federal guidelines.  (signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2010)

SF 153 Physician Assistants to Form LLC. Allows physician assistants to form an LLC in the State of Iowa.  In addition, the allowance does not expand the scope of practice for a physician assistant.  All physician assistants must perform medical services under the supervision of a licensed physician. (passed Senate 40-8) to Governor

SF 393 Child Abuse and Obscene Materials. Expands the definition of child abuse to when a parent or guardian knowingly forces a child to view obscene materials.  If the child is likely to suffer harmful effects of being forced to view obscene materials, then the child can be adjudicated as a child in need of assistance (CINA). (passed House 95-0) to Governor

SF 2156 IowaCare Program Extension. Updates the Iowa Code to eliminate old provisions related to IowaCare.  Extends the IowaCare program so that it does not expire in July of 2010. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 2266 Local Public Health Governance Act. Provides for the structure, powers, and duties of the local boards of health.  The bill also provides an optional process for counties to merge and create a district board of health. (signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2010)


HF 726 Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations. Creates a new code chapter based on the “Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.”  (Passed Senate 48-0) to House

HF 734 Uniform Adult Guardianship. Creates uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings relating to establishing, transferring, and recognizing guardianships and conservatorships in cases involving multiple states.  (Passed House 98-0) to Governor

HF 2377 Probation Extension. Allows a judge to extend a period of probation up to one year, including one year beyond the maximum period allowed by law.  (Passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 2392 Abuse of a Corpse. Transfers “abuse of corpse” provisions that do not deal with the sexual abuse of a corpse from Iowa Code Section 709 dealing with Sexual Abuse to Iowa Code Section 708 dealing with Assault.  (Passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 2438 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 Senate 50-0) to House

HF 2473 Destruction of Land Surveyor Markers. Expands the definition of criminal mischief in the third degree to include someone that intentionally injures, destroys, disturbs, or removes any marked placed by a licensed land surveyor.  (Passed Senate 50-0) to House

HF 2478 Limited Liability Company Regulations. Amends current code regulations on limited liability companies under Code Chapter 489.  (Passed House 98-0) to Governor

HF 2483 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 House 97-0) to Senate

SF 285 Magistrate Jurisdiction. Makes changes to magistrate jurisdiction, specifying certain traffic offenses are simple misdemeanors that may be heard by a magistrate, and changes other offenses regarding simple misdemeanors to clarify magistrates can hear those cases.  (Passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 431 OWI Rewrite. Procedural rewrite from the Criminal Code Reorganization Interim for operating-while-intoxicated offenses.  (Passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2200 Transfer of Guardianship in Probate Court. Allows a juvenile court to close a guardianship case once there has been an initial permanency hearing that places the child in the custody or guardianship of another person or agency and to transfer jurisdiction over the guardianship to the probate court.  (Passed Senate 50-0) to House

SF 2343 Appointment of Judicial Officers. Gives the Judicial Branch flexibility in appointing and apportioning judges.  (Passed House 98-0; Passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2345 Judicial Omnibus Bill. Makes changes to the administration of the judicial branch.  (Passed Senate 48-0) to House

SF 2352 Mental Health Hospitalization Notifications. Creates procedures to notify law enforcement of mental health hospitalization discharges where there is an arrest warrant or pending arrest.  (Passed House 98-0; Passed Senate 50-0) to Governor


SF 2286 Mixed Martial Arts Matches Regulated by the Labor Commissioner. Currently, the commissioner regulates professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches.  Some professional MMA events escape regulation by claiming to be an amateur event, and enforcement mechanisms are weak.  Over the past year, at least two incidents with amateur fights, one involving a 17-year old who was not provided emergency medical care, have raised issues with this increasingly popular sport.   SF 2286 enhances enforcement of professional MMA events, and regulates amateur MMA events without any impact to the general fund.  A participant would now have to be 18 under the bill.  An event occurs if merchandise or refreshments are available for purchase.  (Passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

Local Government

HF 2318 Length of Service on City Development Board. Repeals law limiting service on board to two six-year terms.  Also, shortens terms from six years to four years.  Signed by Governor, effective 3/10/10

SF 2254 County Treasurers. Changes process in which charges for fence construction or repair work and water district assessments are handled so notification is given to the county treasurer rather than the auditor to enter the charges.  The amount due will then be collected in the same way as ordinary taxes. Also clarifies when filed documents can be destroyed by treasurers.  (Passed Senate 48-0)  To Governor

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.  Attached magazines have to be unloaded.  This bill only pertains to long-guns, not hand-guns.  (passed House 92-6) Sent to Governor

Public Safety

HF 426 Reserve Peace Officers – Accidents in the Line of Duty. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 674 EMS to Report Wounds from Crime. Certified EMS provider may report a gunshot, stab wound, or other serious injury that was received as a result of a criminal offense, or a motor vehicle accident or crash. (passed Senate 48-0) to House Calendar

HF 2286 Detention in a Brothel. Strikes the criminal offense of detention in a brothel because brothels are illegal and the offense is covered under kidnapping and human trafficking.  Signed – Effective 7-1-10

HF 2287 Simulated Public Intoxication. Separates the current offenses of public intoxication and simulated public intoxication into two different numbered paragraphs.  Signed – Effective 7-1-10

HF 2288 Cowl Lamps. Strikes the current Code language which does not allow a vehicle to have more than two cowl lamps.  Signed – Effective 7-1-10

SF 2197 Penalties for Providing False Information & for Allowing Nude Dancing by Minors. A person is guilty of a simple misdemeanor if they provide false identification information to a known peace officer, emergency medical care provider, or fire fighter.  Business owners who allow or permit minors to perform nude in a live act are guilty of a serious misdemeanor. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 2305 Adam Walsh Act Clean-up. Makes corrections to last year’s sex offender legislation, the Adam Walsh Act, SF 340. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 2357 Domestic Abuse – Forfeiture of Firearms. Persons convicted of domestic abuse, or that are subject to a permanent protective order, must forfeit their firearms. (passed Senate 36-12)

Rebuild Iowa and Disaster Recovery

HF 2487 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 Senate 49-0)  To Governor

HF 2529 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.  Also allows others who mistakenly coupled with other 2008 federal law changes to repay without penalty or interest.  (Passed Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 788 Liquor Licensees Prohibiting Criminal Activity. Requires that holders of certain liquor control licenses are responsible for prohibiting criminal activity in areas adjacent to the licensed premises as well as inside the establishment.  Provides for exceptions in cases where there is a limited number of personnel employed by the establishment.  (passed House 83 – 10)  to Governor

HF 2518 Public Employees Retirement Systems. Makes changes to three of the four public employees’ pension systems.  Changes to the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) include 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 House 51 – 43) to Senate


HF 2456 Texting Ban. Driver’s under the age of 18 years would not be allowed to use an electronic mobile device or an electronic entertainment device unless installed in vehicle. (House insisted) to Conference Committee

SF 2273 Electronic Vehicle Registration & Titling Study. Requires the Department of Transportation to conduct a study on how to implement a uniform statewide system that will allow for electronic registration and titling.  The department must report back to the general assembly by December 1, 2010. (passed House 95-0) to Governor

Veterans Affairs

HF 755 Injured Veterans Grant Program. Expands eligibility for the Injured Veterans Grant Program to include veterans who have suffered an injury requiring at least 30 consecutive days of hospitalization at a military hospital. (Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2010)

HF 2110 Military Spouse Unemployment Benefits. Allows unemployment benefits for an individual who left employment because of the relocation of the individual’s spouse due to a military assignment in another area.  Benefits would be paid out of the Unemployment Trust Fund. (Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2010)

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 95-2) to Governor

HF 2321 Veteran Services to Incarcerated Veterans. Requires city and county jail personnel to notify a prisoner, within 24 hours, that if a prisoner is a veteran of the US Military who has been discharged within the last five years, the veteran is entitled to a visit from a veterans service officer to determine if veteran services are required or available. (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 2384 Notification of Tax Assistance 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 and after deployment. (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 2414 Service in an Honor Guard Unit. Expands the recognized military veterans units to perform honor guard services on public property to include the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Forces.  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 Senate 50-0) to Governor

SF 2274 Educational Benefits for Veterans and Families. Extends educational benefits for service members residing in Iowa and on the Rock Island Arsenal for students of a community college or a state university in Iowa. (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

SF 2318 Benefits for Service Members and Families. Requires the Department of Administrative Services to inform state employees and their families of their rights while the family member is deployed. Allows an active member of the peace officers’ retirement system to purchase service credit for military service that is not otherwise required to be recognized by federal law upon payment of the actuarial cost of the service purchase.  A service member’s obligation or liability to pay a premium for professional liability insurance coverage will be waived  during deployment.  Complies Iowa Code with federal regulations to enforce banking rate limitations for military personnel and their dependents. (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

SJR 2007 Preservation of USS Iowa. Resolution to support the USS Iowa preservation by establishing a committee to support the preservation efforts.  The Department of Cultural Affairs will provide administrative support for the committee.  The BB-61 Fund is created to support the efforts of the committee. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

Ways and Means

HF 2527 Tax Credit Reform.  Repeals three credits, suspends one, adjusts seven, and establishes an ongoing five-year review of credits. (Passed Committee 14-11) on House Calendar

HF 2529 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.  Also allows others who mistakenly coupled with other 2008 federal law changes to repay without penalty or interest.                         (Passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 2530 Auto Repair Paint. Exempts paint and other consumed supplies bought by auto body shops, if listed as separate items on the repair bill and the sales tax is applied to the retail price.  This will increases revenue by a small amount.

(Passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar

SF   2363 Department of Revenue Technical Bill.  Makes technical noncontroversial changes to various tax laws. (Passed Committee 25-0) on House Calendar

SF   2373 Utility Replacement Tax.  Makes changes in the utility replacement tax to take into account new cogeneration facilities. (Passed Committee 25-0) on House Calendar