Agriculture

HF 2551 Aerial Applicator Licenses. Allows the department of agriculture to set rules for out of state applicators. Also eliminates the option for an out of state applicator to operate without a commercial license and to operate under Iowa supervision. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 2553 Per Diem Compensation for Iowa Soybean Board. Codifies per diem of the board to be $100 instead of set in rule. (passed House 94-1) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 2554 Drainage District Thresholds. Raises the ceiling amount that a drainage district board can utilize for minor repairs or improvements by $5000 from $15,000 to $20,000 that is accessed out of the secondary road fund. (passed House 94-2) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 2601 Missouri River Authority. Amends the current Missouri River Authority that represents the interests of Iowa along the Missouri river. Changes the name to Missouri River Association of States and Tribes. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 2606 Grain Warehouse Updates. Restricts new claims against the Grain Indemnity Fund to five years, and existing claims on the fund will have five years from the effective date. Bans out of state claims on the Iowa fund. Allows the department of agriculture to adopt rules to update language to reflect current practices of electronic documents. Also makes definition changes and language updates to the grain dealer law. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

SF 2133 Iowa Crop Improvement Association. Updates provisions to the association for reporting purposes and incorporation purposes. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2337 Iowa Fair Insurance. Allows the county fairs to purchase liability insurance from an insurance pool. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2369 Manure Applicator Licensing. Relates to the licensure and certification of a commercial manure service and manure applicator. (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar

Appropriations

HF 2662 Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget. Makes appropriations to the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Natural Resources, and the vet diagnostic lab at Iowa State University, from the general fund, the environment first fund, and other funds. (passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar

SF 2286 Federal Block Grant Bill. Provides the mechanism for the state to receive $4.6 billion in federal funds for FY 2009, which is estimated to be a $90.8 million more than what the state received in FY 2008. The state is estimated to receive $154.1 million in federal block grant funds in FY 2009. The bill also includes $4.4 billion in federal funds that state agencies are anticipating to receive in categorical grants in FY 2009. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

SF 2394 Transportation Budget. Appropriates $328.1 million to the Department of Transportation for operations and maintenance of Iowa’s transportation system. (passed Committee 14-10) to House Calendar

Commerce

HF 2268 Bans Sale of Motor Vehicles Under Rent-To-Own Law. Prohibits the sale of motor vehicles under the Rent-to-Own statute, and updates a Code reference to the federal Truth in Lending Act. (Signed by Governor)

HF 2383 Insurance Division Technical Bill. Making nonsubstantive corrections to Iowa Code provisions relating to insurance. (Passed House 98-0) in Senate Commerce

HF 2555 Insurance Division Bill – Consumer Advocate. Makes various noncontroversial changes to insurance laws. It also establishes a consumer advocate within and under the control of the Insurance Division. (Passed House 97-1) in Senate Commerce

HF 2556 Division of Banking Bill. Makes various noncontroversial changes to financial institution laws, including banking, delayed deposit services, mortgage banking, and industrial loan companies, with penalties (Passed House 98-0) in Senate Commerce

HF 2650 Health Insurance Mandate Commission. Creates a commission to review the financial and health care impact of any bill mandating health insurance coverage. (Passed House 60-39) in Senate Commerce

HF 2653 Mortgage Foreclosure. Address foreclosure consultants and foreclosed property conveyances. (Passed House 100-0) in Senate Commerce

SF 2179 Banking Division Licensing Bill. Makes technical changes to professional licensing under the Division of Banking. (Passed Committee 23-0) on House Calendar

SF 2199 Dental Insurance Outside Review. Establishes an external review process for dental insurance claims that are denied as being medically unnecessary, as is already done for regular health insurance claims. (Passed House 98-0) sent to Governor

SF 2248 State Video Franchises. Makes two technical corrections to the new video franchise law passed last year. (Passed Committee 23-0) on House Calendar

SF 2277 Identity Theft – Credit Freeze. Lets ID theft victims put a security freeze on their credit info at credit reporting agencies. (Passed Committee 23-0) on House Calendar

SF 2308 Identity Theft – Notice of Security Breach. Requires notice to Iowa consumers of a security breach of personal information by the person who owns, maintains or otherwise has the information. (Passed Committee 23-0) on House Calendar

SF 2349 Cemetery and Funeral Merchandise Sales. Regulations regarding the preneed sale of funeral and cemetery merchandise and funeral services. (Passed Committee 23-0) on House Calendar

Economic Growth
HF 2215 Bond Activity Procedures and Cap under IFA Extends the time allowed to prepare an industrial activity bond through the Iowa Finance Authority, while reducing the time for an extension. The bill also caps a single bond project at $10 million so more projects would be allowed in one year. Signed by Governor.

HF 2538 Enterprise Housing Program Energy Efficiency Currently projects under the Department of Economic Development’s Enterprise Housing Program receive a 10% tax credit. This would increase the tax credit to 12% for projects that meet or exceed sustainable design standards, and an additional 2% if they meet energy star or target finder standards developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for multi-family, and single-family homes and for projects that include commercial space and residential units. (Passed Commerce Committee 23-0) To Ways and Means.

HF 2558 Economic Development Board Confidential Information Addresses certain confidential information in applications for financial assistance that may aid a business’s competitor. Applications will be held confidential through the review process. The board is required to adopt rules to address issues of confidentiality so that an appropriate balance between private information and the public’s right to know is maintained. (Passed House 96-0) To Senate Economic Growth.

SF 2325 Infrastructure Assistance Under the Values Fund SF 2325 would allow up to $5 million from the Values Fund to be used for the Physical Infrastructure Assistance Program (PIAP). The projects would not have to meet the wage threshold requirements initially, but the tenant must meet the 130% wage threshold requirement within three years. This is the standard time to meet such obligations. (Passed Economic Growth 20-0) To House Calendar

Education

HF 2526 Disposition of School Property. Allows a school district to dispose of district property by a decision from the board. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Education Committee

HF 2663 Statewide Penny (SILO). Removes county imposed local option sales tax and replaces it with a permanent statewide one cent sales tax for a total six cent sales tax. (passed Ways and Means 18-6) to House Calendar

SF 2111 Blood Lead Testing and Dental Screening. Removes exclusion of a child from school for failure to get these tests and screens. Provides for the school to aid parents in finding every avenue to fulfill the requirements of current law. (Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2008)

SF 2216 Model Core Curriculum. Mandates the Iowa Model Core Curriculum that is currently voluntary. This includes literacy, mathematics, and science. Districts will consider the 4-3-3-3 model as part of the mandate. (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

SF 2251 Eye Examinations. Requires that a student must be given a vision card prior to entering school with the goal of having an eye exam by the age of seven. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

SF 2279 Healthy Kids Act. Requires schools to implement nutritional standards, kids to have CPR certification prior to graduation, and for 120 minutes of physical activity in schools per week. (passed Committee 17-3) to House Calendar

SF 2329 Categorical Allowable Growth Roll-In. Establishes a categorical allowable growth rate for teacher compensation, professional development, early intervention, and educational excellence phase II funding starting in FY10. (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection

HF 2570 Environmental Management Systems. Encourages the responsible environmental management of solid waste disposal projects and to enhance efforts to promote environmental stewardship. To qualify for the new Environmental Management Systems designation, the solid waste planning area must address the following issues: yard waste, hazardous household waste collection, water quality improvement, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling services, and environmental education. Also, establishes a Comprehensive Recycling Planning Task Force. (passed House 96-0) to Senate

SF 2321 Mercury-Containing Lamps. Requires DNR to conduct a study for the implementation and financing of a convenient and effective mercury-containing lamp recycling program. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 2145 Insurance Coverage of HPV Vaccination. Requires insurance companies to cover the Human Papilloma Virus vaccination. It is not a mandate for women or girls to obtain the vaccination. (passed House 81-16 ) to Senate

HF 2166 Tech-Check-Tech Programs. Establishes a tech-check-tech program for continued oversight of dispensing medications. (Signed by Governor)

HF 2309 Child Support. Increases the ability of DHS to contact non-custodial parents and eliminates the usage of Social Security numbers on notices from DHS. The bill also updates language to conform to federal regulations. This is a DHS bill. (Signed by Governor)

HF 2328 Relocation of FaDSS Council and Program. Completes the transfer of the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Council and Program from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Human Rights. This initially started last year in House File 909, the HHS budget bill. (passed House 97-1) to Senate

HF 2393 Minority Impact Statements. Requires all grant applications with a state agency to include a minority impact statement. Also, requires correctional impact statements to include the impact of the legislation on minorities. Minorities is defined as a gender and racial minority. (passed House 99-0) to Senate

HF 2591 Dependent Adult Abuse. Requires the Department of Inspection and Appeals to investigate cases of suspected dependent abuse by a caretaker in a health care facility, hospital, elder group homes, certified assisted living program or an adult day services program. DIA already has the authority to investigate in nursing homes. The bill defines abuse. Caretaker is defined as a staff member who provides care, protection or services to a dependent adult. DIA must notify DHS if they find dependent abuse so the caretaker can be included on the central registry of abusers and the county attorney of any abuse reports. (passed House 100-0) to Senate

HF 2609 Open Records of Inspections. Requires the DIA to make findings of fact public after the informal review process is completed. This applies to elder group homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day services programs. (passed House 100-0) to Senate

HF 2648 Background Checks for Hospital Employees. Requires background checks of individuals who are applying for employment at licensed hospitals and self-report mandate for current employees. (passed House 100-0) to Senate

SF 249 DHS – Payment and Eligibility for Services. Clarifies that even though an automated case management system or the Department of Human Services (DHS) accepts a paid premium for Medicaid, IowaCare, or hawk-i, this does not automatically mean that the person is initially or continuously eligible for any program. If a premium is wrongly collected, DHS has to provide a refund. In addition, the bill amends language regarding Medicaid recipients assigning their rights to reimbursement from third parties for medical expenses paid by Medicaid, which is required by federal law. (Signed by Governor)

SF 2266 Death of Resident at State Facilities. Requires a preliminary investigation to be conducted by the county medical examiner when a death occurs at certain state facilities. DHS will pay for the preliminary investigation. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

SF 2252 Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Master Social Workers. Expands Medicaid coverage for behavioral health services performed by licensed marital and family therapists and licensed master social workers. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2319 Governor’s Wellness Bill. Establishes the Iowa Healthy Communities Initiative Grant Program and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar

SF 2340 Documents for foster children. Requires DHS to have foster children obtain a certified birth certificate and a Social Security card before turning 18 and aging out of foster care. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 2165 Business Corp. Act – Distributions to Shareholders and Business Opportunities.
The bill clarifies the Business Corporations Act in regard to corporate distributions to shareholders and corporate directors making business opportunities available to the corporation. The bill essentially sets the time to determine if a corporation has sufficient assets to make a distribution to a shareholder at the time of the distribution, not the time of the agreement to make the distribution. The bill creates a safe harbor procedure for corporate directors to make business opportunities available to the corporation, requiring the director to disclose the opportunity to the corporation and for the corporation to indicate that the corporation does not want to pursue the opportunity. (signed 3-25-08; effective 7-1-08)

HF 2626 Judicial Nominating Commission. The bill makes changes to the terms of members of the judicial nominating commission. The bill provides that the terms for each appointed and elected member ends on December 21, 2012, and that the term for new members begins on January 1, 2013, based on the four congressional districts that will be established by the 2010 census. The bill establishes terms for appointed and elected members at two years, four years, and six years to stager members of the commission. The bill requires gender balance on the commission. The bill states that if the number of congressional districts following the 2010 census is not equal to 4 this bill is void and the bill is repealed. (passed House 100-0) to Senate

HF 2633 Limited Liability Companies Conversion. The bill updates Iowa law to conform to the Uniform Limited Liability Act. (passed House 100-0) to Senate

HF 2642 Treasurer’s Deed. The bill provides that a treasurer’s deed issued after expiration of the period of redemption is void if it is established that notice of expiration of right of redemption was not served on the owner of record or the person in whose name the parcel is taxed if other than the owner of record. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Judiciary

SF 2211 Residency of District Judicial Nominees. The bill removes the requirement that a nominee for a district judicial position reside in the judicial district. The bill does not change the requirement that a nominee must become a resident of the judicial election district if the nominee is selected. (passed Committee 15-6) to House Calendar

SF 2212 Termination of Parental Rights in Other Jurisdictions. The bill allows Iowa courts to consider terminations of parental rights in courts of competent jurisdictions in another state for termination of parent rights to another child in Iowa courts. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

SF 2214 Military Custody Leave. The bill requires that a modification of a child custody order when one parent is on active duty can only be for a temporary modification and that once a parent returns from active duty a court must reinstate the custody order in place before the parent was on active duty. The bill also says that the history of a parent’s active duty status cannot be considered absence in the determination of the best interest of the child. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

SF 2217 Defense of Indigent Persons. The bill makes several changes to the representation of indigent persons and to the appointment of a guardian ad litem in cases involving the state public defender. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 2281 Employee Witnesses. The bill prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee serving as a witness in certain domestic abuse or family law cases. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

SF 2156 Regulation of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators. This bill brings Iowa CDL licensures into congruence with federal requirements. It was prompted by aCDL compliance audit. (signed 3-26-08; effective 7-1-08)

SF 2213 Transportation Omnibus Bill. This bill makes numerous technical changes to the regulation of motor vehicles at the request of the DOT. (signed 3-25-08; effective 7-1-08, with exception of sections 23-26 and section 29 effective 3-25-08)

Labor

HF 2194 Minimum Wage Clean Up Bill Codifies current rules on what businesses are required to pay the minimum wage. Helps businesses find this information easier and eliminates an obsolete federal code reference from 1989. Signed by Governor.

HF 2645 Public Employee Collective Bargaining Iowa would change from a “limited scope” collective bargaining state to an “open scope” collective bargaining state by expanding the list of items that could be discussed with management by public employees. This would be similar to rights allowed by private employees. The list would include class size and preparation time for teachers, equipment issues for police officers, staffing for safety sensitive positions or health insurance for fire fighters and retirees. Teachers would have the same rights as other public employees, and rural water district employees would be allowed to organize. (Passed House 52-47. Passed Senate 27-23). Currently a Motion to Reconsider in the Senate.

SF 385 Unarmed Combat Fighting Regulation Act The Ways and Means amendment strikes everything originally in Senate File 385, which removed the Labor Commissioner from regulating the industry. Now the bill provides regulation of a sport that has grown extensively over the past few years. The amendment would require a pre-fight physical and a license for fighters, fees and regulation of promoters and the events. Due to the fees imposed in the provision, there would not be a need for an appropriation, and amateur bar fights would probably end. (Passed Ways and Means, with amendment, 24-0) To House Calendar.

SF 417 Elevator Contractor and Mechanic Licensure SF 417 establishes licensing procedures for elevator contractors and elevator mechanics including minimum standards requiring properly trained people to install and maintain elevators through the labor commissioner. It includes an emergency license in the case of disaster, continuing education, a temporary license provision if personnel are not in the area, and a revoking of a license procedure. (Passed committee 10-6) To House Calendar.

SF 2002 Unemployment of Temporary Workers Replaced by Military Personnel SF 2002 deals with unemployment of a replaced temporary worker due to returning military service person. An employer would not have their account charged for unemployment benefits for such a person. The State Unemployment Trust Fund would cover the cost. (Passed Committee 16-0) To House Calendar.

SF 2154 Regulation of Wheel Chair Lifts and Construction Elevators Updates the elevator laws to be in compliance with recent changes made by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers regarding inclined vertical wheelchair lifts. SF 2154 would also allow for the regulation of temporary elevators at a construction site. (Passed Senate 49-0) To Governor.

SF 2221 Workers’ Comp. Burial Expense Amount Increases the amount of a burial expense allowed under workers’ comp. from $7,500 (last raised in 2003) to $7,868, which would now be based on twelve times the average weekly wage. The expense will now be indexed and would no longer need to be raised by changing the statute. Signed by Governor.
SF 2304 Boiler Clean Up Bill Strikes a provision in the code that terminates the boiler and pressure vessel safety revolving fund and elevator safety revolving fund on July 1, 2012. Signed by Governor.

Local Government

SF 2249 Hotel and Motel Tax. Clarifies who votes on a hotel and motel tax. If the tax is imposed only in the city, the registered voters of the city will vote. If the tax is imposed only in the unincorporated areas, the voters in the unincorporated areas will vote. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2267 Discharge of wastewater from water well drilling sites. Directs the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) to adopt rules for water well drilling. Allows the EPC to impose a fee, not to exceed $50, to recover costs in issuing a general permit. (passed Ways and Means Committee 23 – 0) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 2580 Sustainable Natural Resource Funding Advisory Committee. Re-creates the current sustainable natural resource funding advisory committee (first created in 2006) through July 1, 2010. The committee is to study how to provide one or more sustainable sources of funding for natural resources and outdoor recreation needs in Iowa. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee

HF 2581 Donating Food to DNR and County Conservation Boards. Provides limited liability protection for people who donate food to the Department of Natural Resources or county conservation boards for use in a free interpretive educational program. This protection is currently allowed for people who donate food to food pantries for the needy. (passed House 96-1) to Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee

HF 2612 DNR Policy Bill on Conservation and Recreation. This is a department requested bill that amends several DNR laws that are non-controversial in nature. This includes changes to the REAP County Enhancement Committee, ATV program, building private structures on public land, allowing ATV and utility vehicles to drive on ice, reciprocity agreements with neighboring states, the veterans lifetime hunting and fishing license provisions, hunter education, laser sights by blind hunters, youth hunting preserves licenses, trespass violations, and violations involving aquatic invasive species. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee

SF 203 Kids Required to Wear Life Jackets. Requires children 12 and under to wear their life jacket only when the boat is moving. They do not need to wear them in an enclosed cabin or below deck, or if they are a passenger on a commercial boat with a capacity of 25 people or more. A one-year warning period is provided so that if the bill is signed into law, officers can only issue warning citations for the first year. After that, there would be a $25 fine. (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

SF 310 Liquidated Damages for Illegally Taking Fish and Bobcats. Increases the civil penalties for illegally taking certain sport fish and the bobcat to better reflect the value of the bobcat or the sport fish. If people are poaching, there is a value to that animal or fish and they are required to pay the state for the value of that animal as a penalty. The bill came from the Department of Natural Resources. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

SF 2108 Gift to Iowa’s Future Recognition Day. Authorizes the Governor to annually designate the first Monday in April as Gift to Iowa’s Future Recognition Day to recognize, celebrate, and honor those public-spirited individuals and corporations who have donated land or a conservation easement. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 2198 Brushy Creek Advisory Board. Members of the Brushy Creek Advisory Board will be appointed by the Natural Resources Commission instead of the Legislature and Governor. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 2230 Nonresident Hunting License to Terminally Ill Person. DNR is to issue a special turkey hunting and deer hunting license to nonresidents 21 and younger who have a severe physical disability or are diagnosed with a terminal illness. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 2328 Deer Depredation Program. Expands the farmer advisory committee, creates a deer depredation management program for landowners, and establishes a deer study advisory committee to study the best way to maintain a sustainable, socially acceptable deer population in Iowa while maximizing and balancing the economic value of deer hunting to Iowa’s economy with the needs of the agricultural industry and public safety concerns. (passed House 99-0) to Governor

SF 2380 Water Trails and Low Head Dam Statewide Plan. Requires DNR to conduct a water trails and low head dam public hazard study of Iowa waterways for recreational purposes and to develop a statewide plan by January 1, 2010. This study is contingent upon funding. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

SJR 2 Channel Catfish and State Fish. Designates the channel catfish as the State fish. The resolution directs the Department of Cultural Affairs to display pictures and representations of the channel catfish in an appropriate place in the State Historical Museum, and the editor of the Iowa official register to include an appropriate picture and commentary in the Iowa official register. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SJR 2002 Constitutionally Protect Natural Resources. The bill is a resolution to add an amendment to Iowa’s constitution to create a natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund for the purpose of protecting and enhancing water quality and natural areas in Iowa. This would include parks, trails, fish and wildlife habitat, and conserving agricultural soils. Moneys in this fund can only be used for these purposes. No revenue will be credited to the fund until the tax rate in effect on the effective date of the joint resolution is increased, which is after the general public votes on it. The intent is to credit 3/8th of 1¢ to the fund when the sales tax is increased, which would generate approximately $150 million. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 2564 Individual Assistance Disaster Aid Grants Program. Amends this disaster aid program created last year for state-declared disasters. Increases the federal poverty level to be eligible for the assistance from 130% of the federal poverty level to 200%. Increases the maximum grant amount from $3,319 to $5,000 for repairs. The program helps needy Iowans without property insurance pay for repairs after a state-declared disaster. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 2600 Campus Police Added to Eluding Peace Officers Law. Adds campus police to the law relating to eluding or attempting to elude a marked law enforcement vehicle driven by a uniformed peace officer. Campus police are already defined as peace officers in 801.4 (11). However, they were not referenced in the eluding a peace officer Code chapter. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2628 Tasers Defined as Dangerous Weapons. Defines Tasers, or other brands of electronic stun devices, as dangerous weapons. Members of the joint public safety board requested this change because there is currently no training, background checks, or permits required of individuals who purchase, possess, or carry these devices. The bill also exempts bows and arrows from the definition of a dangerous weapon. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

SF 2132 Disposal of Seized Property. Updates language adopted last year related to seized property and abandoned property with law enforcement agencies. Adds the option of “personal service” for notice regarding seized property, clarifies that a person has 30 days to file a claim to property and then another 30 days to take possession, specifies the content of the notice that must be provided to potential claimants, and allows notices be sent by regular mail for property with a value of $500 or less. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2335 Peace Officers Stay at Scene of a Crime. Peace officers must remain with the victim at the scene of the alleged sexual assault as long as there is still danger to them. Victims also have right to request the presence of a victim counselor at medical exams. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HF 898 Taxing Bingo Games. Changes current law so that the tax is imposed on the gross amount less the amounts awarded as prizes. (passed Ways and Means Committee 24 – 0) to House Calendar

HF 2367 Recording of absentee ballots. Requires county auditors to record absentee ballots in the precinct where the voter resides. This is for the general election only. (passed House 97 – 0) to Senate

HF 2620 Special elections, school board members terms, voting centers and other election law provisions. Limits special elections, changes the terms of school board members from three to four years; allows the county commissioner to establish voting centers and make other changes to Iowa’s election laws. (passed House 79 – 21) to Senate

HF 2646 Licensure of fire protection system installers. Requires statewide licensure of persons installing fire protection systems. Provides for grandfathering and a transition. Effective August 1, 2009. (passed House 98 – 0) to Senate

SF 2089 Absentee ballot request forms. Allows a person to request an absentee ballot on a sheet of paper no smaller than 3 x 5 if it includes all the information as required by law. Also provides that when an application for an absentee ballot is solicited by or returned by a person acting as an implied agent for a political party, the prescribed form is to be used. (amended and passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 2129 Interpreters for Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. Provides that this commission adopt rules to ensure interpreter qualifications. (passed Committee 19 – 0) to House Calendar

SF 2301 Uniform finance procedures. Makes revisions and modifications to uniform finance procedures for bonds issued by the state. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar

SF 2361 Procuring biobased products for state government. Requires certain state agencies to give a preference to purchasing designated biobased products when purchasing for state government. The bill also requires the establishment of a preference program for procuring the maximum content of biobased materials. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

Transportation

HF 2407 Registration Fee for Vehicles Equipped for Persons with Disabilities. This bill expands the $60 fee that applies to motor vehicles equipped for persons with disabilities or used by persons with wheelchairs to any motor vehicle or station wagon so equipped. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Transportation

HF 2651 DOT Policy Bill. This bill makes numerous policy changes to the regulation of motor vehicles. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Transportation

Veteran Affairs

SF 2333 Veterans Commemorative Property. Expands the authority of the Department of Veteran Affairs over veterans commemorative property beyond property in cemeteries that is over 75 years old. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

SF 2354 Veterans Home Ownership Assistance. Transfers the statutory authorization for the veterans homeownership program from the Department of Veteran Affairs provision to the Iowa Finance Authority provisions. The Iowa Finance Authority has been administering the program in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs for the last several years. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

HF 2287 Military Courts-Martial. Updates Iowa’s Military Justice Code penalties for courts-martial. (Signed by Governor) effective 7-1-2008.

HF 2559 Restriction on Government Flag Purchases. Requires all government agencies and political subdivisions to purchase flags made in the United States, when purchasing flags on or after July 1, 2008. The requirement applies to the United States, Iowa, and Missing In Action (MIA) or Prisoner of War (POW) flags. (passed House 99-0) to Senate

Ways and Means

HF 898 Bingo Sales Taxes. Changes the sales tax on bingo from applying to all gross receipts to the gross receipts minus amounts awarded as prizes. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

SF 2174 Child Abuse Tax Checkoff. Creates an income tax checkoff for a child abuse prevention fund. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 2417 Federal Rebate Tax Exemption. Saves Iowa taxpayers $67.5 million by exempting federal economic stimulus payments from state income taxes. (Signed by Governor)

HF 2536 School Aid Adjustment. Grants an adjustment to districts that must repay property taxes when a commercial or industrial property appeals and gets a reduced valuation. (Passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar