Agriculture

HF 710 — Agricultural Development Authority. Requires the Agricultural Development Au-thority to semi-annually report to the Legislature’s Oversight Committee to provide some oversight and accountability. This authority is a stand-alone authority; they are not part of a department. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 735 — Stockpiling Dry Poultry Manure. Establishes new regulations for stockpiling dry poultry manure from confinement operations. Currently, the Department of Natural Resources 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. (Governor signed, ef-fective 4/2/09)

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 ani-mals in a manner that prevents an outbreak of a disease. (passed House 97-0) to Gov-ernor

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 non-general fund dollars are constitutionally protected to be used only for roads, bridges, and other highway activities. (passed Senate 31-19) MTR

HF 811 — Health and Human Services Budget. Appropriates funds to the Department of Elder Affairs, Department of Public Health, Department of Human Services, and the De-partment of Veterans Affairs. The bill appropriates $1.25 billion from the general fund for programs and services of these departments. (passed Senate 31-19) to House Calendar with Senate amendment

HF 820 — Federal Block Grant / American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Federal Block Grant bill provides the mechanism for the state to receive $5 billion in federal funds for FY 2010, which is estimated to be $400 million more than what the state re-ceived in FY 2009. The state is estimated to receive $203.2 million in federal block grant funds in FY 2010. The bill also includes $4.8 billion in federal funds that state agencies are anticipating to receive in categorical grants in FY 2010. The bill includes place-holder language for the allocation of ARRA federal stimulus funds, which will be added on the floor. (passed committee 14-10) to House Calendar

HF 821 — Collective Bargaining, Chapter 20 Technical Changes and Corrections. The bill is a technical clean up bill for errors made to Chapter 20 when it was passed in 1974, including spelling errors. Also codifies existing practices with the PERB board. (Passed Appropriations Committee 14-10) to House Calendar

HF 822 — Infrastructure Budget Bill. The bill is a shell bill so it would be eligible to be de-bated this week, if it was ready. (passed Committee 14-10) House Calendar

SF 344 — Grow Iowa Values Fund Standardization Bill. The bill standardizes and restruc-tures 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 a project. Data for the wage requirements would be obtained yearly instead of quarterly. (passed Appropriations Committee 23-1) to House Calendar

SF 467 — Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget. Appropriates $39.4 million in general fund dollars for the operations budgets 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 $12.1 million cut from FY 2009. The bill also in-cludes $42 million from the environment first fund. (passed Senate 32-18) MTR

SF 471 — Office of Energy Independence – Energy Program Consolidation. The bill con-solidates a number of energy related programs under the Office of Energy Independ-ence. The Office of Energy Independence will become the lead agency for energy re-lated federal funds. (passed committee 13-11) House Calendar

SF 472 — Judicial Branch Budget. Appropriates a total of $149 million from the general fund to the Judicial Branch for operations. Intent language in the bill also states that all 99 county offices are to remain open, and allows the Supreme Court to place all judicial officers on unpaid leave on any day that employees of the Judicial Branch are placed on temporary layoff, and allows judicial officers to waive travel reimbursements. (passed House Appropriations 14-10; passed House 53-43) to Senate Calendar

SF 475 — Justice Systems Budget. Appropriates a total of $515 million from the general fund to a handful of state agencies such as the Dept. of Public Safety, Attorney General, Dept. of Corrections and Board of Parole. The bill appropriates a total of $2.4 million for Victims Assistance Grants, which will result in capturing federal funds above what was received last year. (passed House Appropriations 14-10; passed House 55-43) to Senate Calendar

Commerce

HF 810 — Wind Innovation Zones. Allows local governments to establish Wind Innovation Zones to encourage small wind energy production projects. (Passed House 96-0) Sent to Senate

SF 355 — Mortgage Brokers. Banking Division conforming Iowa’s Mortgage Broker Law with the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement [SAFE] for Mortgage Licensing Act. (Signed by Governor) Multiple Effective Dates

SF 374 — Vehicle Operating Records. Changes restrictions on the use of certified motor vehi-cle operating records by insurance companies and agents who buy such records. (Senate Concurred and Passed 50-0) Sent to Governor

Economic Growth

SF 114 — Historic Preservation Grant program. SF 114 allows up to $200,000 to be awarded to the same county through the Department of Cultural Affair’s Historic Preservation Grant program. The program provides funds to acquire, repair, rehabilitate, and de-velop historic sites. The bill does not change the $100,000 cap per project requirement. (Passed House 98-0) to Governor

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 a project. Data for the wage requirements would be obtained yearly in-stead of quarterly. (Passed Appropriations Committee 23-1) to House Floor

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. Peo-ple are bringing their own beverages, mainly beer in coolers, to these events. This may cause a liability issue since they did not sell the beer to the guests. The bill al-lows the wineries to purchase beer from a wholesaler that they can sell at the bar. (Passed House 97-0, with amendment) to Senate.

SF 480 — Film Program Incentives. The bill makes changes to the film program with the goal of attracting larger film projects. Up to $1 million in compensation would be allowed for a principal producer, the principal director, and the principal cast members towards a qualified expenditure of a tax credit if the person is an Iowa resident or an Iowa based business. The Department of Economic Development would also be allowed to charge a fee for the administration of the program. The bill sets caps on the qualified expenditures tax credit, and allows the vendor tax exclusion to be taken over four years, but still not exceed 25%. The estimated positive fiscal impact is $810,000 (Passed Ways and Means 25-0. Passed House 96-1) to Governor.

HF 750 — Sales Tax on Data Centers. HF 750 creates incentives for data center businesses modeled on existing incentives for web-search portals and IT facilities. The bill pro-vides a graduated scale of incentives based on the relative size of the investment a business makes in the state for large, medium, and small investments. (Passed Ways and Means 24-1) to House Floor

HF 812 — Youth Corps and Green Corps Established. A youth corps and a green corps are established through the Commission on Volunteer Service. The youth corps would provide soft skill development for Iowa’s young people, and allow them to work in communities on community service projects and STEM (Science, Technology, Engi-neering, and Mathematics) related education activities. The green corps would be for high school and college aged young adults. They would work with programs that emphasize energy efficiency, historic preservation and neighborhood development on a more hands-on manual labor setting. The bill also provides an income tax exclusion for Americorps members’ educational allowance. (Passed House 96-0) to Governor

HF 819 — Historic Preservation Tax Credits. HF 819 would expand the Historic Preservation tax credit program that assists developers in remodeling historic buildings from $20 million to $50 million. The breakdown of the tax credits would be as follows:
-10% or $5 million would be allocated for projects less than $500,000
-30% or $15 million would be allocated for projects in Cultural and Entertain-ment Districts and Great Places
-20% or $10 million would be allocated for disaster recovery
-20% or $10 million would be allocated for projects that would create 500 jobs or more
-20% or $10 million would be statewide
(Passed Ways and Means 24-1) to House Floor

Environmental Protection

SF 456 — Wind Energy Tax Credits. Modifies wind energy tax credits for large and small wind projects to more efficiently utilize the credits and create a credit for medium sized projects. Includes colleges and universities and hospitals as “qualified facilities” under the wind energy tax credits. Requires a study to determine if eligible wind pro-jects currently on the tax credit waiting list are still seeking the tax credit. (substituted for HF 814) (passed House 94-2) to Governor

Government Oversight

HF 825 — Boarding home and dependent adult regulation. Increases the period of time the Department of Human Services keeps unfounded reports from one year to five years and rejected reports from six months to three years. The bill also requires boarding homes to register with the Department of Inspections and Appeals and submit resi-dency information. The Labor Commissioner is directed to develop a database of em-ployers utilizing minimum wage certificates. Funding for new agency investigations and training through the Medicaid fraud account and a report to the Governor and General Assembly is required itemizing any and all expenditures. (Passed Committee 8-0) to Appropriations.

Human Resources

HF 317 — HCBS Assisted Living Waiver. Requires Department of Human Services to apply to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a home and community based services assisted living waiver. Quarterly updates must be provided to the Leg-islature on its progress. (Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2009)

HF 380 — Public Health Code Changes. Makes corrective changes to the Iowa law regarding vital records, the Iowa Board of Podiatry, Board of Pharmacy, State Medical Examiner Advisory Council, Board of Optometry, Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy, the Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and teeth whitening. (Signed by Governor, effective April 10, 2009)

HF 580 — Iowa Care Program. Requires that Department of Human Services include provisions for reimbursement of eligible services provided to an expansion population member by a nonparticipating provider in the continuation of the Iowa Care program submitted on or after July 1, 2010. (passed Senate 50-0) to House Calendar with Senate amendment

SF 236 — PMIC Reimbursement Rate. Implements a new reimbursement rate that is acuity-based for psychiatric medical institution for children (PMIC) services. The Depart-ment of Human Services is to work with providers to develop the rate. The rate change is to off set the out-of-state costs, and to reduce the number of out-of-state placements. (passed House 98-0) to Senate with House amendment

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 survey-ors/inspectors. (passed House 97-1) to Senate with House amendment

Judiciary

HF 734 — Uniform Adult Guardianship. Creates the uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings relating to establishing, transferring, and recognizing guardianships and conservatorships in cases involving multiple states. (passed House 54-44) to Senate

SF 364 — Real Estate Foreclosures. Changes civil actions relating to the foreclosure of real estate mortgages including limitations on actions, judgments, and executions. (signed by Governor; various effective dates)

SF 365 — Small Trusts and Estates. Changes provisions relating to small trusts and estates and makes retroactive changes. (signed by Governor; various effective dates)

SF 438 — Dependant Adult Abuse. Changes definitions and penalties regarding actions injurious to dependent adults and residents of health care facilities. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

Labor

HF 821 — Collective Bargaining, Chapter 20 Technical Changes and Corrections. The bill is a technical clean up bill of errors made to Chapter 20 when it was passed in 1974, including spelling errors. Also codifies existing practices with the PERB board. (Passed Appropriations Committee 14-10) to House Calendar

Local Government

HF 206 — Operation of City, Memorial and County Hospitals. Changes laws on public hospitals to update and consolidate section of the Iowa Code. (Passed Senate 50-0) To Governor

SF 43 — Abatement of Property Taxes. Allows a nonprofit organization in Buchanan County to receive a refund or abatement on property taxes. (Signed by Governor, effective immediately)

SF 435 — Land Surveyors Right of Entry onto Private Property. Allows land surveyors to enter private property without permission in limited situations where the owner cannot be located. (Passed House 78-18, Passed Senate 49-1 as amended) To Governor

SF 437 — Drainage Districts. Requires open meetings for drainage district meetings, trustee meetings, and changes definition of pioneer cemeteries. (Passed Senate 50-0) House Calendar with amendment

SF 465 — Identity Theft and County Land Records. Allows county recorders to charge $3 for two years to pay for the redaction of personal identification information from the statewide website. (Passed Senate 43-6) To House Calendar

Natural Resources

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 Senate 49-0) Senate concurred with House amendment; to Governor

Rebuild Iowa

HF 705 — Safe Rooms and Storm Shelters. Requires building code commissioner to establish standards for safe rooms and storm shelters by January 1, 2011. Shelters and safe rooms are not mandated in new buildings but the standards will be available for those who wish to have them. (Passed House 95-0) To Governor

HF 759 — National Flood Insurance. Requires cities and counties to meet the requirements of the federal flood insurance program so property owners are eligible for federal flood insurance. (Passed Senate 45-5) To House Calendar with amendment

SF 415 — Expedited Acquisition of Abandoned Property. Provides cities with a quicker process for acquiring abandoned property in disaster areas. (Passed House 59-38) To Senate Calendar with amendment.

SF 457 — Disaster Recovery Provisions. Legalizes steps taken by cities and counties to cope with the flooding in 2008, changes Code provisions to aid in recovery, and creates dis-aster revitalization areas providing property tax relief to property owners who stay in the area. (Passed House 97-0) To Senate Calendar with amendment

State Government

SF 137 — Pay Equity. Requires employers with four or more employees to pay equal wages for equal jobs performed. (House concurred in Senate amendment and passed 87 – 7) to Governor.

Veterans Affairs

SF 203 — Assisted Living Programs and Veterans. Requires assisted living programs that receive Medicaid to assist the Department of Veterans Affairs in identifying residents who qualify for VA benefits. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 407 — Involuntary Discharge from IVH. Allows the Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home to involuntarily discharge a resident under certain circumstances. Current law does not allow for any involuntary discharges. (signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2009)

SF 440 — Prescription Drug Benefits for Veterans. Directs nursing homes, with the excep-tions of a state MHI and the Iowa Veterans Home, to allow a resident identified as eli-gible for benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, upon ad-mission to the nursing home, access to the prescription drug benefit. (Signed by Governor, effective July 1, 2009)

Ways And Means

HF 750 — Data Processor Incentives. This Economic Growth bill provides property tax exemptions and sales tax refunds for certain data processing businesses which invest a certain amount in Iowa facilities. (Passed Committee 23-1) To House Calendar

HF 764 — Recycling Planning Task Force. This Environmental Protection bill requires the Governor to appoint voting members of the Comprehensive Recycling Planning Task Force and changes the submission date of the task force’s report. (Passed Committee 24-0) To House Calendar

HF 764 — Climate Change Report. This Environmental Protection bill requires Regents institutions to conduct a review assessing the state’s vulnerability to climate change. (Passed Committee 14-10) To House Calendar

HF 810 — Wind Innovation Zones. This Commerce bill allows local governments to establish Wind Innovation Zones to encourage small wind energy production projects. (Passed House 96-0) Sent to Senate

HF 817 — Research Credit for Renewal Energy. Increases the amount of Research Activities Credit may be used for a business to develop and deploy innovative energy generation components from $1 million to $2 million. (Passed House 95-1) Sent to Senate

SF 322 — Iowa Department of Revenue Technical Bill. Noncontroversial technical changes to various tax laws. (Signed By Governor) Multiple Effective Dates

SF 456 — Wind Production Tax Credits. This Environmental Protection bill makes about 200 megawatts of unused large wind tax credits available for small wind projects. (Passed House 94-2) Sent to Governor