Appropriations

SF 2400 Administration and Regulation Budget. Appropriates $95.6 million to several agencies of state government including: Department of Administrative Services, Audi-tor of State, Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, Department of Commerce, Gov-ernor’s office, Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Department of Human Rights, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Department of Management, Depart-ment of Revenue, Secretary of State, State Treasurer. This bill appropriates $695,000 less than estimated FY 08. (Passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar

HF 2654 Water Use Permit Fees. Allows the Department of Natural Resources to charge an annual fee to a person who has been granted a permit for diverting, storing, or allocat-ing water. DNR cannot collect more than $500,000 each fiscal year for this purpose. (passed Committee 15-10) to House Calendar

HSB 787 Education Budget. FY 2009 budget for Department for the Blind, Department of Education, College Aid Commission, and Board of Regents and its institutions (passed Subcommittee House 5-3, Senate 3-2) to House Appropriations Committee

SSB xxx Health and Human Services. Funds the Department of Human Services, the De-partment of Public Health, the Department of Elder Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Bill is expected to pass the subcommittee on April 3) to Senate Ap-propriations Committee

HSB 787 Education Budget. FY 2009 budget for Department for the Blind, Department of Education, College Aid Commission, and Board of Regents and its institutions (passed Subcommittee House 5-3, Senate 3-2) to House Appropriations

Commerce

HF 2383 Insurance Division Technical Bill. Making nonsubstantive corrections to Iowa Code provisions relating to insurance. (Passed Senate 49-0) sent to Governor

HF 2384 Credit Unions. Merely corrects an existing Iowa Code reference to a corporate credit union. (Passed Senate 49-0) in Senate under Motion to Reconsider

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 Senate 49-0) on House Calendar with a Senate amendment

HF 2556 Division of Banking Bill. Makes various noncontroversial changes to financial insti-tution laws, including banking, delayed deposit services, mortgage banking, and in-dustrial loan companies, with penalties (Passed Senate Commerce) on Senate Calendar

SF 517 State Building Code / Energy Efficiency. Strengthens energy efficiency provisions of the state building code and state energy policy. (Passed Committee 22-0 ) on House Calendar

SF 2136 Real Estate Broker Trust Accounts. Sends interest from these accounts to the DED Housing Assistance Program rather than the IFA Housing Trust Fund. (Passed House 98-0) sent to Governor

SF 2117 Title Guarantee Closing Protection Letters. Clarifies that an IFA Title Guarantee closing protection letter indemnifies for loss due to acts to a participating loan closer, as well as attorney or abstracter. (Passed House 100-0) sent to Governor

SF 2179 Banking Division Licensing Bill. Makes technical changes to professional licensing under the Division of Banking. (Passed House 100-0) Sent to Governor

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. (Signed by Governor)

SF 2248 State Video Franchises. Makes two technical corrections to the new video franchise law passed last year. (Passed House 99-0) sent to Governor

SF 2277 Identity Theft – Credit Freeze. Lets ID theft victims put a security freeze on their credit info at credit reporting agencies. (Passed House 97-0) Sent to Governor

SF 2306 Long-Term-Care Insurance. Recommendations made to the Governor by the Insur-ance Division after hearings last summer. Appropriates $60,000 for a senior health in-surance information program. (Passed Committee 22-0) sent to House Appropriations

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 other-wise has the information. (Passed House 100-0) to Senate with a House Amendment

SF 2349 Cemetery and Funeral Merchandise Sales. Regulations regarding the preneed sale of funeral and cemetery merchandise and funeral services. (Passed House 98-0) sent to Governor

SF 2357 Small Group Health Insurance Disclosure. Currently, insurers must provide certain policy data to employers of 50 or more. The bill adds smaller employers that grow to 50 or more during the policy’s term. (Passed Committee 22-0) on House Calendar

SF 2386 Energy Efficiency Commission. Creates commission to set energy efficiency stan-dards and practices for all new and existing structures. (Passed Committee 22-0) on House Calendar

Economic Growth

SF 2176 Cultural Affairs CHAT Program and Civil War Committee. Creates the Culture, History, And Arts Teams (CHAT) program, which will encourage cooperation and collaboration among the various state and local organizations to improve Iowa’s qual-ity of life. The bill also creates a Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee to advise and assist the division in its efforts to commemorate the civil war. (Passed House 100-0) to Governor.

SF 2161 Council on Homelessness Codified. Establishes the Council of Homelessness, cur-rently existing since 2003 under former Governor Vilsack’s Executive Order 33. Ad-ministered by the Iowa Finance Authority, the council would advise the Governor and the General Assembly on issues of homelessness. (Passed House 99-0) To Senate Cal-endar with House Amendment.

HF 2450 Economic Development Omnibus Bill. Allows the Director of the Department of Economic Development to appoint a designee to the Vision Iowa Board, and allows a portion of the Renewable Fuels Program funds to be used for marketing. Makes tech-nical corrections to the Film Promotion program and allows the department to contract with service providers for commercialization development services. The Senate amended the bill with some date changes to the consolidated reports section. (Passed Senate 43-6) To House Calendar with Senate Amendment.

Education

SF 2307 Price Laboratory Research and Development. Puts into law the transition of the Price Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa to be a research and de-velopment school for prekindergarten through grade twelve. Requires two committees to be formed to address this transition and funding. (passed House 97-0) to Governor.

Environmental Protection

HF 2400 Surface Water Protection Act. Establishes a Water Resource Coordinating Coun-cil, within the Governor’s office, to coordinate all of the state’s water quality ef-forts. Requires assessments and prioritization of regional watersheds in Iowa, fol-lowed by smaller community-based subwatershed improvement plans including wa-ter monitoring. The bill also requires assessment and prioritization of wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The bill is based on the recommendations from the Water-shed Quality Planning Task Force. (passed Senate 49-0) Sent to Governor

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 ob-tain the vaccination. (passed Senate 41-8 ) to Governor

HF 2310 Substance Abuse and Child Abuse. Requires that DHS and Public Health jointly conduct a study to address the relationship between substance misuse, abuse, or de-pendency by a child’s parent, guardian, or custodian and child abuse. (passed Senate 47-0) to 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 Hu-man Services to the Department of Human Rights. This initially started last year in House File 909, the HHS budget bill. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2372 EBT and Food Assistance. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) fees only apply to Food Assistance (food stamps). With expansion of EBT program to include Family Investment Program (FIP) and Promise Jobs, the EBT fee will not be assessed. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

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 Senate 47-2) to Governor

HF 2423 MH/MR/DD Risk Pool. Amends the application date for counties to apply to the Risk Pool, reporting date for the Risk Pool Board, and the dates for warrants issued to counties for funding from the Risk Pool. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2591 Dependent Adult Abuse. Requires the Department of Inspection and Appeals to in-vestigate cases of suspected dependent abuse by a caretaker in a health care facility, hospital, elder group home, certified assisted living program or an adult day services program. DIA already has the authority to investigate in nursing homes. The bill de-fines 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 Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2603 Court Reports on Substance Abusers and Individual with Mental Illness. Author-izes a chief primary health clinician to file certain periodic court reports on chronic substance abusers and persons with mental illness who do not require full time place-ment in a treatment facility. (passed Senate Committee 12-0) Senate Calendar

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 Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2177 Public Health Omnibus Bill. Updates outdated code language in housing laws and divisions within IDPH; codifies the DHS definition of brain injury, clarifies contract-ing for tattoos, swimming pools, and tanning facilities inspection and enforcement; updates mammography programs; allows for expanded donation of unexpired pre-scription drugs; requires background checks for individuals requesting radioactive ma-terials; and provide medications for certain sexually transmitted diseases to partners of infected individuals. (passed House 99-0) to Governor

SF 2338 Code Revision. Updates the Iowa code relating to Chapters 147, 148, 150, and 150A to reflect current terminology and current practices for the health related professionals. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

Judiciary

HF 2626 Judicial Nominating Commission. The bill makes changes to the terms of members of the judicial nominating commission. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

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 Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 505 Automated External Defibrillators. The bill extends good Samaritan protections to individuals that use automated external defibrillators when someone is suffering from an emergency cardiac arrest. (passed House 99-0, passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2214 Military Custody Leave. The bill requires that a modification of a child custody or-der when one parent is on active duty can only be a temporary modification. Once a parent returns from active duty, a court must reinstate the custody order in place be-fore the parent was on active duty. The bill also says that the history of a parent’s ac-tive duty status cannot be considered an absence in the determination of the best inter-est of the child. (passed House 99-0) to Governor

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 House 100-0) to Governor

SF 2316 Prudent Management of Institutional Funds. The bill creates the “Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act,” replacing the same named act. The bill is in-tended to provide additional guidance for nonprofits and their investors. (passed House 98-0) to Governor

SF 2343 Civil Liability for Social Hosts. The bill changes civil liability for providing alco-holic beverages to individuals under the legal age. (passed Committee Judiciary 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2353 Judicial Officers, Senior Judge Retirements, Temporary Custody Orders. The bill eliminates the residency requirement for application for a district level and below judicial nominee, changes the retirement age for senior judges, and clarifies require-ments for temporary custody orders. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2356 Judicial Branch Bill. The bill makes several changes relating to the judicial branch regarding uncontested parking violations, assessment of city and county fines, filing civil citations of municipal infractions with the clerk, and records kept by the clerk. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2364 Emancipation of a Minor. The bill clarifies procedures for emancipation of a minor. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Labor

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 Me-chanical Engineers regarding inclined vertical wheelchair lifts. Also allows for the regulation of temporary elevators at a construction site. (Signed by Governor).

SF 2157 Amusement Ride Safety Inspections. Eliminates a provision that allows a private industry to sponsor their own amusement ride inspector. Since establishing the amusement ride inspection program in 1973, this process has not to been known to be used. Inspectors would be in-house and under the proper supervision of the Labor Commissioner. The bill also increases fees for amusement ride inspections for the first time since 1992. (Passed Senate 39-8) To Governor.

Local Government

HF 247 Joint E911 Service Boards – Volunteer Fire Departments. A township operating a volunteer fire department, or a city operating a volunteer fire department that is not fi-nanced through city government, will be regarded as a political subdivision having a public safety agency and will be given voting representation on the joint E911 service board under House File 247. (passed Senate 49 – 0) to Governor

Natural Resources

HF 2580 Sustainable Natural Resource Funding Advisory Committee. Re-creates the cur-rent 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 sustain-able sources of funding for natural resources and outdoor recreation needs in Iowa. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2581 Donating Food to DNR and County Conservation Boards. Provides limited liabil-ity 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 Senate 49-0) to Governor

SF 2108 Gift to Iowa’s Future Recognition Day. Authorizes the Governor to annually desig-nate 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 do-nated land or a conservation easement. (House amended and passed 99-0; Senate con-curred with House amendment and passed 49-0) to Governor

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 House 99-0) to Governor

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 House 99-0) to Governor

SF 2380 Water Trails and Low Head Dam Statewide Plan. Requires DNR to conduct a wa-ter 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 House 98-0) to Governor

Public Safety

HF 2119 Fingerprinting Children at Fairs. The bill allows county sheriffs (governmental units) to take fingerprints of children at county fairs or the Iowa State Fair as long as they comply with current requirements, including the parent gave written authorization and the fingerprint cards are returned to the parents. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 2266 Possession of Incendiary or Explosive Devices. Creates an aggravated misdemeanor penalty for possession of an incendiary or explosive device or material (bomb materi-als). Also conforms Iowa’s explosives definition to the federal classifications, and adds overpressure devices to the definition of explosives. The Senate amended the bill and added campus police to the law relating to eluding or attempting to elude a marked law enforcement vehicle. Campus police are already defined as peace officers but were not referenced in the eluding a peace officer Code chapter. (Note: this amendment is the same as HF 2600, which passed the House 97-0, but got funneled in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week because they didn’t have any additional committee meetings scheduled when they got the bill.) (passed Senate 49-0) amended back to House with Senate amendment

HF 2564 Individual Assistance Disaster Aid Grants Program. Amends this disaster aid pro-gram 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%. In-creases 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 Senate 45-3) to Governor

HF 2628 Tasers Defined as Dangerous Weapons. Defines Tasers, or other brands of elec-tronic 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. The Senate amended the bill and struck the exemption for bows and arrows. (passed Sen-ate 49-0) amended back to House with Senate amendment

State Government

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. (House amended and passed 99 – 0; Senate concurred with House amendment and passed 42 – 7) to Governor

SF 2129 Interpreters for Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. Provides that this commission adopt rules to ensure interpreter qualifications. (passed House 100 – 0) to Governor

SF 2131 Equine Industry Promotional Commission. Establishes an Equine Industry Promo-tional Commission within the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Commission is made up of 4 nonvoting members and 11 voting members. Also cre-ates a fund in the state treasury composed of moneys available to and obtained or ac-cepted by IDALS from the United States or private sources. (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 House 98 – 0 ) to Governor

SF 2355 Time off to attend caucuses. Allows employees to request time off to attend presi-dential caucuses. Request must be made in writing 14 days prior to the caucus. De-nial can be made by the employer under various circumstances. (passed Committee 17 – 3) 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. (amended and passed House 96 – 0) to Senate

SF 2379 Changes relating to the regulation of practice of certified public accounting. Provides that CPAs, who hold a valid certificate or license to practice as a CPA in an-other state, are presumed to have qualifications substantially equivalent to Iowa re-quirements and are allowed to practice in Iowa. Additionally, the bill levies penalties of $10,000. (passed House 97 – 0) to Governor

HF 2390 Licensure of Plumbers. Licensure of plumbers technical cleanup. (passed Senate 47 – 2) to Governor

HF 2410 Alarm System Contractors. Policy bill relating to alarm system contractors. (passed Senate 48 – 1) to Governor

HF 2411 Licensure of Electricians – grandfathering provisions. Makes changes in the grandfathering provisions for licensure of electricians. (passed Senate 48 – 1) to Gov-ernor

HF 2547 Licensure of Electricians. Technical changes to electrician licensure as requested by the Electrician Licensing Board. (passed Senate 49 – 0) to Governor

HF 2646 Licensure of fire protection system installers. Requires statewide licensure of per-sons installing fire protection systems. Provides for grandfathering and a transition. Effective August 1, 2009. (passed Senate 47 – 2) to Governor

Transportation

HF 2196 Requires the DOT to consider offering electronic payment options to customers. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

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 disabili-ties or used by persons with wheelchairs to any motor vehicle or station wagon so equipped. (passed Senate Committee 11-0, passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2452 Collector Cars. Allows collector cars to be titled as what the vehicle appears to be, not when the vehicle was completed. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2651 DOT Policy Bill. This bill makes numerous policy changes to the regulation of motor vehicles. (passed Senate Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 34 Child Restraint Systems. The bill requires that individuals under 18 years of age in a motor vehicle must be secured in an approved child restraint system or seat belt. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 2323 Regulation of Vehicles for Hire to Transport Persons. The bill regulates vehicles for hire that are designed to transport 7 to 16 persons. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Veteran Affairs

SF 2125 Vietnam Conflict Bonus Clean-up. The corrects a provision in last year’s Vietnam Conflict Bonus bill to clarify they had to be on active duty for at least 120 days and served any time between July 1, 1973 and May 31, 1975. The bill takes effect upon enactment and retroactively to July 1, 2007. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Cal-endar

SF 2352 Veteran Definition. Makes changes to the definition of a veteran as a person who served on active federal service in the U.S. military, discharged under honorable con-ditions. The bill also includes persons who were honorably discharged due to injuries incurred while on federal active duty service and complete a minimum of 90 days of active federal service. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

SF 2134 County Veteran Commissions. The committee amended the bill to establish training requirements for executive directors of county veteran affairs commissions, mandates for the number of office hours counties must serve veterans, and establishes an appro-priation to defray the cost to counties. Counties will have one year to prepare for the new requirements as the bill takes effect on July 1, 2009. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

SF 2289 War Orphan Educational Assistance Fund. Updates the educational benefits pro-vided to children of military veterans who died in combat. A House amendment clarifies that the child is no longer eligible for assistance once they reach age 31 or if they fail to meet academic progress standards. (House amended and passed 99-0; Sen-ate concurred with House amendment and passed 49-0) to Governor

SF 2333 Veterans Commemorative Property. Expands the authority of the Department of Veteran Affairs over all veterans commemorative property, beyond their current au-thority which is property in cemeteries that is over 75 years old. (passed House 100-0) to Governor

SF 2354 Veterans Home Ownership Assistance. Transfers the statutory authorization for the veterans homeownership program from the Department of Veteran Affairs to the Iowa Finance Authority. The Iowa Finance Authority has been administering the program in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs for the last several years. (House amended and passed 99-0) on Senate Calendar with House Amendment

Ways and Means

HSB 783 Department of Revenue Bill. Makes technical changes to various tax laws (Passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 2520 College Savings Plans. Exempts section 529 state administered college savings plans from the inheritance tax. (Passed Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

SF 2399 Barn Preservation Property Tax Exemption. Changes criteria from barns built be-fore 1937 to barns that are at least 50 years old. (Passed Senate 45-0) in House Ways and Means

SF 2401 High Quality Jobs Program. Limits how long unused tax credits may be carried for-ward from seven to five years (Passed Senate 30-18) in House Ways and Means

SF 2402 Department of Revenue Bill. Makes technical changes to various tax laws (Passed Senate 48-0) in House Ways and Means