Agriculture

HF 374 — Grain Indemnity Fund Update. Pays farmers 90% of their losses, up to $300,000, due to non-payment of grain sold to an elevator or ethanol plant that went out of business. The current maximum payment is $150,000. The bill also changes when fees paid into the fund are no longer required to be assessed. Current law says the fees are automati-cally waived once the balance in the fund exceeds $6 million. The bill increases this to $8 million. (Signed by Governor; effective 3/19/09)

HF 735 — Stockpiling Dry Poultry Manure. Establishes new regulations for stockpiling dry poultry manure from confinement operations. Currently, the Department of Natural Re-sources has a guidance document producers must follow, but do not have specific rules. The bill differentiates between stockpiling on karst terrain and other soils. Karst terrain is generally the limestone rock land in northeastern Iowa, which provides direct conduits to our groundwater. The regulations on karst terrain are stricter. It also establishes a 1,250 feet minimum separation distances for the stockpiles from residences, schools, businesses, churches, and public use areas. (passed House 87-8; passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 404 — Local Food and Farm Task Force. Creates a Local Food and Farm Task Force, which is to prepare a local food and farm plan containing policy and funding recommendations for expanding and supporting local food systems and for assessing and overcoming obstacles necessary to increase locally grown food production. (passed Committee 15-6) House Calendar

SF 405 — Disposal of Dead Animals by Veterinaries. Clarifies that veterinarians can cremate animals and not be defined as a disposal plant. It also allows vets to retain dead animals in a manner that prevents an outbreak of a disease. (passed Committee 21-0) House Calendar

Appropriations

HF 805 — FY 2010 Transportation Budget. The bill appropriates a total of $352.4 million to the Department of Transportation for operations, capital projects, and special purpose items, which is an increase of $15.6 million (4.6%) from FY 2009. This total includes $49.9 million from the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF), which is a 2.8% increase from FY 2009, and $302.4 million from the Primary Road Fund (which receives 47.5% from the RUTF formula), which is a 4.9% increase from FY 2009. These are non-general fund dollars that are constitutionally protected to be used only for roads, bridges, and other transporta-tion activities. (passed Committee 14-10) House Calendar

Commerce

HF 180 — Credit Union Division Bill. Makes technical corrections to Chapter 533, the credit union code. (Passed Senate 50-0) Sent to Governor

HF 375 — Mortgage Broker Duty of Agency. Requires mortgage brokers to deal in good faith and put the borrower’s interest first, including over the broker’s interest. (Passed House 89-9) Senate Commerce

HF 477 — Confidential Records. Requires the Department of Revenue to ensure that Social Security and Tax Identification numbers on property transfer Declaration of Value forms not be obtained by the public (Passed House 94-0) Senate Calendar

SF 176 — Preneed Funeral Merchandise Sales. Allows Insurance Commissioner to waive the $500 penalty for failure to timely file an annual report, with showing of good cause or financial hardship. (Passed Commerce 23-0) House Calendar

SF 311 — Regulating Debt Management Businesses. Expands regulation of debt management firms to include debt settlement firms under the Banking Division. (Passed House 98-0) Sent to Governor

Economic Growth

SF 207 — Iowa Finance Authority immunity for board members. Members of the Iowa Finance Authority, or members of the board, will not be subject to personal liability while acting on the actions of the board. The bill also eliminates some of the required subcommittees under the Council on Homelessness. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Floor.

SF 304 — Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credits Sunset Extended. The bill extends the sunset on the Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credit program. It allows 3% of employee’s withholding payments that would normally go to the state, to be deposited into an urban renewal program for a business. It is only available in the approved cities of Burlington, Council Bluffs, Fort Madison, Keokuk and Sioux City. The bill eliminates the local match requirement if property tax revenues are not increased by at least 10%. It also allows the local match to be any tax abatement provide by the city. (passed Committee 18-1) To Ways and Means.

SF 344 — Grow Iowa Values Fund Standardization Bill. The bill standardizes and restructures the business assistance program requirements under the Grow Iowa Values Fund so the process is simpler for applicants. It restructures the categories of tax credits under the High Quality Jobs Creation Program, conforms the Enterprise Zone program to requirements of other programs, and allows a start-up wage requirement for the first three years of an applicant. Data for the wage requirements would be obtained yearly instead of quarterly. (passed Senate 40-8) Passed on File on House Calendar.

SF 403 — Native Wineries Allowed to Purchase Beer from a Wholesaler. The growing winery industry in Iowa is having a lot of weddings or receptions at their vineyards. People are bringing to these occasions their own beverages, mainly beer, in coolers to these events. This may cause a liability issue for them since they did not sell the beer to the guests. The bill allows the wineries to purchase beer from a wholesaler that they can sell at the bar. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Floor.

Education

HF 687 — Department of Education Technical Bill. This bill is a technical clean-up bill brought by the Department of Education. Removes outdated Code sections and makes other changes as requested by the Department. (passed House 59 – 39) to Senate

HF 703 — Pre-school Grants under Community Empowerment. Clarifies that empowerment areas can use funds for English Language Learner (ELL) services for preschool children as needed. (passed House 99 – 0) to Senate

SF 360 — Accreditation and Reorganization of School Districts. Clarifies the necessary steps and chronological order to be taken when the state board of education removes accreditation from a school district. (passed Committee 20 – 1) to House Calendar

SF 445 — Teacher Compensation. Rolls Phase II and Teacher Quality into one salary schedule with regular salary. (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection

SF 339 — Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure. Makes multiple changes regarding wastewater treatment funding and infrastructure requirements. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 423 — Dispensing of Ethanol Blended Gas. Allows retail dealers to dispense ethanol blended gasoline with high content ethanol, including E-85, using a special dispenser that is listed by an independent testing laboratory. The bill also allows use of a dispenser if the dis-penser is submitted to an independent testing laboratory to be listed as compatible with E-85 and the dealer installs electronic monitoring. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 122 — Precursor List and Database Extension. Adds two substances to the list of precursors, which is a substance that may be used in the illegal production of a controlled substance. Also, extends the prescription drug database program containing a record of the dispensing of prescriptions for identified controlled substances. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 314 — Public Health Omnibus Bill. Makes changes to the Code relating to lead prevention program renovator training and certification, universal newborn and infant hearing screening, and the Public Health Disaster Authority. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 315 — Iowa Collaborative for Youth Development Council and Iowa Youth Advisory Council. Codifies the existing Iowa Collaborative for Youth Development Council and Iowa Youth Advisory Council. (passed House 65-30) to Senate

HF 562 — Child Care Advisory Council. Clarifies the membership to the Child Care Advisory Council. Requires advisory council to make recommendations to Department of Human Services. (passed House 94-0) to Senate

HF 672 — Individual Development Accounts. Clarifies enrollment language by conforming to federal language. The bill shifts income eligibility to the time of enrollment, allowing for an ongoing eligibility. In addition, the bill eliminates the age limit of 59 ½ years old. (passed House 67-28) to Senate

SF 152 — DHS Foster Care Bill. Aligns state code regarding foster care with federal regulations. The aspects of the bill include transition planning, education requirements, relative placement, and sibling consideration. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 231 — IowaCare Program Amendment. Directs the Department of Human services (DHS) to seek an amendment to the Medicaid waiver for the IowaCare program to allow for payment to nonparticipating providers. Iowa Care portion of the Medicaid waiver is to be renewed by July 1, 2010. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 291 — Certified Retirement Communities. Establishes a certified retirement communities program within the Department of Elder Affairs for the recognition and promotion of communities in Iowa that have made themselves attractive destinations for retirees. A fund is created consisting of fees paid by applicants of the program. (passed Committee 17-3) to House Calendar

SF 319 — DHS Child Support. Updates code to comply with federal regulations regarding the withholding of an employee’s pay, the use and disclosure of confidential information, and the annual collections fee. Requires DHS to do a cost-benefit analysis of calculating interest on overdue child support payments. (Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2009)

SF 323 — Foster Child Information. Allows a foster care provider to request specific health information regarding the child. In addition, requires notifying foster parents if a child is listed on the sex offender registry. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 366 — Emancipation of a Minor. Allows a minor 16 years of age or older to file a petition for an order of emancipation in juvenile court provided the minor is a resident of the state, and is not in the care, custody, or control of a state agency. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

SF 389 — Health Care Reform Bill. Administers expansion and retention programs to increase coverage of children, including a dental only plan for hawk-i members. Establishes workforce shortage initiatives. Directs the Iowa Choice Council to make recommendations regarding comprehensive coverage for children, and what constitutes qualified health care coverage for adults and families that are ineligible for public programs. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 414 — High Quality Child Care Pilot Project. Establishes a pilot project supporting high-quality child care for low income children under the state child care assistance program. (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

SF 433 — Regulation of Nursing Facilities. Increases fines for severe incidents which result in serious harm or death. Conforms with federal guidelines related to surveyor conflict of interest and related to timeframes the Department of Inspections and Appeals should follow regarding notifying facilities of deficiencies and related to return visits to check corrected practices. Establishes health care training requirements for surveyors/inspectors. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 726 — Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations. Creates a new code chapter based on the “Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.” (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary

HF 758 — Wrongful Death. Makes changes to damages recoverable for the wrongful or negligent death or injury of a person, including recovering losses for support, services, companionship, and society and loss of enjoyment of life. (passed House 58-41) to Senate

SF 27 — Human Trafficking. Amends the definition of a “commercial sexual activity” to include a sexually explicit performance for which anything of value is given or received. The bill extends protections to child victims from human trafficking and allows a guardian ad litem to be appointed for a child victim of human trafficking. (Signed by Governor, effective 7-1-09)

SF 118 — Judicial Branch Issues. Relates to contested and uncontested parking violations, filing civil citations of municipal infractions with the clerk, cemetery records kept by the clerk of court, and service in small claims actions against corporations, partnerships, or associations through certified mail. (Signed by Governor, effective 7-1-09)

SF 150 — Special Charter City Statute of Limitations. Changes the requirement of notice to a special charter city be filed with the city clerk within 30 days after the injury or damage. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 199 — Uniform Athlete Agent Act. Replaces current law on registration of athlete agents with the uniform athlete agents act. (passed House 98-0) to Governor

SF 320 — Charitable Trusts Document Filing. Requires charitable trusts of over $25,000 to be registered and annually file a report with the Attorney General. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 446 — Nonsubstantive Code Editor’s Bill. Makes nonsubstantive and noncontroversial changes and corrections to the code. (passed House 98-0) to Governor

SJR 5 — Oath for Crimes with no Imprisonment. Proposes an amendment to the Constitution eliminating the requirement that a criminal offense where imprisonment is not permitted by law be prosecuted on an information under oath. (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

Labor

SF 318 — Amusement Ride Insurance and Elevator Plans. The bill increases insurance policy minimums needed for amusement ride insurance. It also directs the elevator safety board to adopt rules regarding the submission of plans, drawing and measurements for elevators. (Passed Senate 47-0) To House Labor Committee

SF 413 — Wage Payment Collection and Employer Retaliation for a Complaint. Increases liquidated damages for employees when wages are unpaid. SF 413 requires that the employer must obtain a written authorization for certain deductions in advance, and estab-lishes personal liability for certain corporate officers. The bill strengthens enforcement to collect wages owed to employee and further protects whistle blowers of wage complaints. This is the second bill to address problems exposed in labor law due to the Postville incident but specifically this bill addresses wage payment problems exposed from Henry’s Turkey Service in Atalissa (passed Senate 32-16) to House Labor Committee

Local Government

SF 266 — Property Tax Equalization and Assessment. Requires assessors to provide notice in April of any reassessments and of possible equalization orders. (Passed House 97-2, as amended) Senate Calendar

SF 288 — County Recorders Technical Changes. Makes technical changes to laws affecting county recorders (Signed by Governor, 3/25/09, effective July 1, 2009)

SF 434 — Nuisance Properties. Allows cities to file municipal infraction citations with the clerk of court and treasurer so that potential buyers are aware of the problems. (Passed Committee 21-0) To House Calendar

SF 437 — Drainage District Meetings. Put Drainage Districts under the open meetings law and open records law. (Passed Committee 21-0) To House Calendar

SF 441 — Statewide Mutual Aid Compact. Makes emergency management commissions part of the statewide mutual aid compact. (Passed Committee 21-0) To House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 722 — DNR Conservation and Recreation Policy 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, all-terrain vehicles, off-road utility vehicles, blaze orange exemption for falconers, increases civil penalties for illegally taking bobcats and fish, updates commercial harvesting laws for fish, turtles, and roe (fish eggs harvested for caviar) and increases their license fees, updates definition of resident for hunt-ing and fishing purposes, allows DNR to sell hunting and fishing license packages, and creates an upland game bird study advisory committee. (passed House 59-39) to Senate Natural Resources Committee

SF 187 — Special Deer Hunting License for Residents who are Nonambulatory. Allows a nonambulatory hunter to get one any sex deer hunting license that can be used during any deer hunting season and they can use either a shotgun or muzzleloader. A nonambulatory person is someone who is either paralyzed on the lower half of their body, usually due to disease or a spinal cord injury; has loss or partial loss of both legs; or has any other physical affliction which makes it impossible for them to walk about or move successfully. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 762 — Training for Reserve Peace Officers. Reserve peace officers who completed the training requirements and were appointed prior to July 1, 2007, are exempt from the new training requirements for state certification. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Judiciary

SF 3 — Drunk Boating. Changes illegal BAC from .10 to .08. Defines “operation” of a motor-boat or sailboat to be in control and operating at either 10 horsepower or more, or at a speed great enough to cause a wake. States that an officer must observe a violation, or what could be a violation, before being able to stop for operating while intoxicated. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

SF 108 — Interoperability Board. Requires professional and volunteer organizations to make recommendations to the Governor for memberships. Specifies that of the two fire fighter members, one shall be a career and the other a volunteer fire fighter. Adds four legislators to serve as ex-officio members; one from each party within each chamber. (Signed by Governor on March 19, 2009)

SF 154 — Notification of 911 Calls. Allows a customer to permit their phone company to use limited information when that customer calls 911. The customer gives permission to the phone company to inform a specific persons that the customer has called 911. (passed House 98-0) to Governor

SF 209 — Dept. of Public Safety Technical Bill. States that any renovation or repair to a building owned by the state, a state agency or the regents shall only be subject to a review of the plans, not an inspection. Allows for judges, at the same time that they are approving a drug destruction order, to allow law enforcement agencies to keep a portion of those drugs for K-9 training. Does not allow for the destruction of juvenile criminal records if that juvenile is required to be on the sex offender registry past age 21 years. (Signed by Governor on 3-25-09)

SF 237 — Pseudoephedrine – Electronic Logbooks. Establishes a statewide electronic logbook system for pseudoephedrine purchases. Establishes a pseudoephedrine advisory council under the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, which will set up a warehouse of all the electronic information collected. If money is not available for the electronic system, then it will not be established. (signed by Governor on 3-25-09)

SF 380 — Dept. of Public Safety Policy Bill. Establishes a fine of $500 for persons under the age of 21 who enters or attempts to enter the gaming floor or waging area at a gaming facility. Updates definitions to Iowa’s “pen register” law, which enables law enforcement to identify numbers called in or out of communication devices, and ensures that actions taken by Iowa’s law enforcement will be in line with federal law. Clarifies that if state troopers are working under the direction of federal officers, Iowa’s Tort Claim Act will still be applicable. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Rebuild Iowa

SF 268 — Watershed Grants. Changes the original grant period to 5 years from 3 years. (Passed House 98-0) To Governor

SF 280 — Good Samaritan. Clarifies that Iowa’s Good Samaritan law applies during natural disaster. (Passed House 95-1) To Governor

SF 289 — Jumpstart Loan Forgiveness. Shortens loan forgiveness period to 5 years from 10 years. (Passed Committee 17-0) To House Calendar

SF 336 — Waiver of CAT/RECAT Local Match. Allows the Vision Iowa Board to waive the local government or private match for projects awarded in FY10 if they are in the 2008 disaster area. (Passed Committee 16-0) To House Calendar

SF 377 — Prescription Drug Depository Program. Allows department of public health to use depository to distribute drugs during natural or health disasters. (Passed House Committee 17-0) To House Calendar

SF 415 — Expedited Acquisition Process. Allows cities affected by the 2008 floods and tornadoes to expedite the process to acquire abandoned property in the disaster area. (Passed Committee 9-7) To House calendar

State Government

HF 278 — Occupancy Rates to be Noted on Liquor License. Assists in knowing which liquor licensee establishments must train security personnel by requiring the occupancy rate be stated on the liquor license. (passed House 99 – 0) to Senate

HF 400 — Licensure of Sprinkler System Installers. Makes changes to the law requiring state-wide licensure of fire sprinkler system installers passed in 2008. (passed House 55 – 43) to Senate

HF 475 — Secretary of State’s Technical Bill. Makes numerous technical changes to the Code related to administration of Iowa’s election laws. (passed Senate 50 – 0) to Governor

HF 682 — Post-election Audits. Requires a random audit of voting equipment across the state after each general election to ensure the machines are working properly. Criteria is outlined in the bill as steps to be taken and who is responsible for conducting the audit. Selection process and audit are open to the public. (passed House 98 – 0) to Senate

HF 708 — Absentee Ballots Delivered to Care Facilities. Allows the county commissioner of elections to send the absentee ballot team out ten days after ballots are printed as well as 14 days prior to Election Day. Current law provided that the teams would go out one time ten days prior to Election Day. (passed House 98 – 0) to Senate

HF 776 — False Caller Identification. Prohibits using false caller identification when making calls urging someone to vote for or against a candidate or a ballot issue. (passed House 99 – 0) to Senate

HF 801 — Transparency in Government. Requires the Department of Administrative Services to establish a free searchable database for citizens to access to see expenditures and reve-nues of each agency of state government. (passed House 96 – 3) to Senate

SF 98 — Establishes a Lean Enterprise Office within the Department of Management. This bill formalizes current practice to reflect what has been taking place since 2003. Lean practices are concerned with taking out waste in government and is a collection of principles and tools, the most common is the Kaizan method. (signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2009)

SF 159 — Licensure of Electricians. Makes technical changes to the electrician licensing program allowing the board to more efficiently implement the program. (passed House 88 – 10) to Governor

SF 436 — Notice of Satellite Voting Station. Requires the county commissioner of elections to notify the chairs of each central committee at least seven days before voters can vote at a satellite voting station. (passed Committee 19 – 0) to House calendar

Transportation

HF 552 — Airport Commissioners. Allows for a limited number of members of an airport commission to not reside in the city or county where the airport is located, but reside in a city or county that is served by the airport. (passed House 77-21) to Senate

HF 783 — Small Business Contractors. Requires DOT to assess, before awarding federal and non-federal highway contracts, the impacts of those contracts on socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Requires DOT, by November 1, 2009, to submit recommen-dations to the Governor and Legislature concerning methods to track and assess the participation of small businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises in receiving federal and nonfederal highway funding. (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

SF 151 — Passenger Rail. Noncontroversial language defining “passenger rail”, eliminates the Iowa Railway Finance Authority and moves responsibilities and duties to the Dept. of Transportation. Strikes non-reversion language on interest earned on the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Fund and the Passenger Rail Revolving Fund. (passed Commit-tee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 356 — Motor Vehicle Violations as a Result of Identity Theft. Applies to situations where a person’s identity has been stolen, and then numerous scheduled motor vehicle violations have been wracked up under the stolen identity. DOT is authorized to work on behalf of the victim to assist in dismissing the violations. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Veterans Affairs

HF 503 — Definition of a Veteran. Expands the definition of a veteran to an individual who served at least 18 months and was honorably discharged and served starting April 6, 1917. This does not change the property tax exemption for certain veterans. The effective date is July 1, 2010. (passed House 98-0) to Senate

SF 241 — US Department of Veterans Affairs. Updates Iowa Code to correctly reference the current United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (Signed by Governor)

SF 254 — Report by Department of Veterans Affairs on County VA Commissions. Requires the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs to file an annual report on counties regarding training requirements, operating schedules, hours of services provided, number of veterans, and the amount of compensation to veterans. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

Ways And Means

SF 253 — Income Tax Filing Deadline for Military. Allows any member of the military serving overseas the same income tax filing extension allowed those serving in combat zones or hazardous duty areas. Mirrors current federal income tax law. (Passed Ways and Means 23-0) House Calendar.

SF 322 — Iowa Department of Revenue Technical Bill. Noncontroversial technical changes to various tax laws. (Passed Ways and Means 22-0) House Calendar