Economic Growth
HSB 539 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. (Passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 2035 Prison Population Exempt from Enterprise Zone Criteria. Exempts prison population from the population loss criteria, so Page County would qualify for the Enterprise Zone program. It would not bump off another county from the list of eligible counties. Page County would not be eligible for an ethanol plant project through the program. (Passed Committee 19-0) to Ways and Means

HF 2164 Voluntary Desegregation Plans. Aligns state language to a U.S. Supreme Court rul-ing. A district can no longer use race in their plans for diversity or open enrollment. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 583 Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Transfer the administration for the entrepre-neurs with disabilities program from Iowa Finance Authority to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2015 Textbook Notification. Requires Regents Universities and community colleges to post the required course textbooks, including ISBNs, online as well as locations that sell the books. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 2140 Allowable Growth – 4%. Sets allowable growth at 4% for the 2009-2010 school year. Allowable growth was set last year at 4% for the 2008-2009 school year. (passed House 97-2) to Senate Education Committee

Human Resources
HF 2167 Controlled Substance Schedules. Updates the controlled substance schedules and the reporting requirements to the Board of Pharmacy. These new classifications will fall in line with federal standards. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2166 Tech-Check-Tech Programs. Establishes a tech-check-tech program for continued oversight of dispensing medications. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

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. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar

HF 2157 Expanding Time Period for Filing Civil Rights Complaint. The bill expands the time period when a compliant has to be filed with the Iowa civil rights commission from 180 days to 300 days. (passed Committee 14 – 6) to House Calendar

HSB 505 Regulation of Shorthand Reporters. The bill allows the Iowa Supreme Court to ap-point an administrator for the board of examiners of shorthand reporters. The fees col-lected for shorthand certification examinations are used to offset the expenses of the board of examiners for shorthand reporters. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Cal-endar

HF 2002 Minimum wage clean up bill Codifies the current minimum wage rules as to which employers need to pay the wage, and deletes a now defunct federal reference. Busi-nesses will be able to find this easier since it will be stated directly in the statute. (Passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar

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 financed 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 House 97 – 0) to Senate.

Natural Resources
HF 2048 Deer Tags Affixed to the Antlers. For each buck (antlered) deer killed, hunters are required to affix the transportation tag to its antlers. Western states already require this; the intent is to address poachers who cut off the head just for the antlers, which currently are very valuable (up to $3,500 a rack or more). (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 514 Transportation Omnibus Bill. This bill makes numerous technical changes to the regulation of motor vehicles at the request of the DOT. (passed Committee 19 – 0) to House Calendar

HF 2018 Electronic Payments to DOT. The bill requires the DOT to consider offering electronic payment options to customers. The DOT must report its findings by December 31, 2008. (passed Committee 19 – 0) to House Calendar

Ways and Means
HF 902 Land Preservation Tax Credit. The bill creates a charitable conservation income tax credit for Iowa landowners who want to set aside land for preservation and conserva-tion. The tax credit equals to 50% of the fair market value of a qualified real property, conveyed as an unconditional charitable donation in perpetuity by the taxpayer, to a qualified organization exclusively for conservation purposes. The maximum credit is $100,000 and unused credits may be carried forward for 20 years. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Ways and Means Calendar

SF 527 Soy-Based Transformer Fluid Credit. The bill extends the sunset date of the soy-based transformer fluid income tax credit from December 31, 2008, to December 31, 2009, since utilities have had difficulty getting equipment delivered in time. Enacted in 2006 to help utilities switch to biodegradable soy-based transformer fluid, the re-fundable credit is $2 per gallon for a maximum of 60,000 gallons ($120,000). (passed Committee 23-0) to House Ways and Means Calendar