Administration and Rules

SCR 2 — Joint Pay Resolution. Establishes the pay ranges and job classifications for the em-ployees hired by the General Assembly. (passed Committee 13-0) to House Calendar.

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 automatically waived once the balance in the fund exceeds $6 million. The bill in-creases this to $8 million. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

Commerce

HF 311 — Prosthetic Devise Coverage. Requires individual and group insurance to cover medically necessary prosthetic devices for an arm or leg, with no annual or lifetime caps. (Passed House 64-33) sent to the Senate.
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 Committee 13-10) on House Calendar.

Economic Growth

HF 281 — Administration of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF). HF 281 reorganizes the administration of the SRF funds so the Iowa Finance Authority is in charge of the finance side and the Department of Natural Resources is in charge of the permitting side. Since 1989, SRF has loaned more than $1 billion for safe drinking water and pollution control, and in FY 08, investment in Iowa’s water tripled. (Passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 42 — Historic Preservation Grant program. HSB 42 allows $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 develop historic sites. The bill does not change the $100,000 cap per project require-ment. (Passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.
SF 82 — Ex-Officio Member of the Workforce Development Board. SF 82 would add a representative from the vocation rehabilitation community and a representative of the federal government Office of Apprenticeships as ex-officio members to the Workforce Development Board. (Passed House 99-0) to Governor.

Education

HF 138 — Transportation for School Districts Participating in Open Enrollment. Clarifies that in cases of open enrollment when the road is changed due to road construction, the receiving school district is allowed to pick up open enrolled students at the same location prior to the road construction without the neighboring district’s consent. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.
HF 182 — Increases the Allocation to the All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant Program. Increases the allocation from $500,000 to $750,000 to be used for grants under the All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant Program for fiscal year 2009-2010 only. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar
HF 186 — Transfer Authority of Registering Postsecondary Schools. Transfers the authority of registering postsecondary schools in Iowa from the Secretary of State to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. All affected parties are in agreement. This affects only those schools which do not have a physical presence in Iowa. It does not affect community colleges or Regents universities already doing business in Iowa. (passed Committee 22 – 0) to House Calendar.
HF 233 — Disposition of School Property. This bill corrects a mistake last session that gave citizens up to 12 months to challenge a decision by the school board to sell or dispose of property. Requiring school boards to wait for 12 months to transfer property has proven problematic especially when schools have been damaged or destroyed by tornadoes or other weather-related events. This bill shortens the time for citizens to challenge a disposition of property from 12 months to ten days. (passed House 95 – 0) to Senate.

Ethics

HR 11 — House Rules Governing Lobbyists. Establishes Iowa House rules for lobbyists. (passed House, voice vote).

Human Resources

HF 45 — Suspension of Medicaid Benefits. Suspends Medicaid benefits, rather than terminate benefits, for up to twelve months while a person is in jail. (passed House 98-0) to Senate.
HF 65 — Shaken Baby Prevention Program. Establishes a Shaken Baby Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health. The program is voluntary for parents and adults responsible for the care of a child. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor.
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 House 97-0) to Senate.
HSB 51 — Registration of Pharmacy Support Staff. Requires the registration of pharmacy support staff. Regulates internet prescription drug sales by pharmacies. Requires internet pharmacies to obtain certification as a valid internet pharmacy site from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacies. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Floor
HSB 111 — Public Health Modernization Act. Establishes a voluntary accreditation of public health agencies and an adoption of standards. Establishes a new Governmental Public Health Advisory Council and a new Governmental Public Health Evaluation Committee. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor.
HSB 132 — 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 and the Board of Nursing Home Administrators. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor.
HSB 146 — Department of Elder Affairs Omnibus Bill. Make numerous technical changes to Iowa law, specifically changing the name of the Department and Commission to the Department on Aging and the Commission on Aging. Other changes involve the Office of the Substitute Decision Maker, the Long-Term Care Resident’s Advocate, the Senior Internship Program, and the Elder Abuse Prevention Initiative. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Floor.

Judiciary

HF 256 — Tax Sale Bidders. Requires a bidder at a tax sale to be a “person” under the Iowa Code. Requires a bidder that is not an individual to have a federal tax identification number and either a designation of agent for service of process or file the proper statement of a trade name of a business. (passed House 97-0) to Senate.
HF 257 — 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. (passed Committee 16-2) to House Calendar.
HF 280 — Compensation for Guardian Ad Litem. The bill puts in place a procedure for paying guardian ad litem for children who are witnesses in certain criminal cases (i.e. sex crimes). The clerk’s office will pay the same as other witnesses. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary.
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. (passed Committee 18-2) to House Calendar.

Labor

HF 80 — Civil Service Commission. HF 80 makes changes to the local civil service commission for fire fighters and police officers. Civil service commissioners could not have an indirect or direct conflict of interest by furnishing work or services for the city. Under HF 80, an employee cannot be appointed, demoted, or discharged by the civil service commission based on retaliation against the employee for filing a complaint with the commission. A temporary appointment made to a civil service commission must be made by an eligible list of applicants when possible. (Passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar.
HF 333 — Prevailing Wage. HF 333 would establish the Public Project Quality Protection Act that would set a prevailing wage for all 99 counties in Iowa for certain public improvement projects. The Labor Commissioner is given authority set the prevailing wage for all crafts based on a set of criteria for public vertical infrastructure projects. There would be thresholds for when the wage would apply for projects by the Regents, school districts, counties and cities. On any public construction project greater than $1 million, the prevailing wage would apply. (Passed Committee 10-7) to House Calendar.

Local Government

SF 45 — County General Obligation Bonds. Changes wording of ballot for local referen-dums on county general obligation bonds so voters vote on the total amount of bonds to be issued rather than the estimated cost of the project. This is the process already used for cities and schools. Still requires 60% vote to pass referendum. Also allows Buchanan County to proceed with building a new jail. Signed by Governor, effective 2-16-09.
HF 260 — County, Memorial and City Hospitals. The bill deals with the operation of public hospitals by updating references in the Code and making the different code sections compatible. (passed House 99-0) To Senate.

Natural Resources

HJR 1 — Natural Resources Sustainable Funding Constitutional Amendment. The bill is a resolution to add an amendment to Iowa’s constitution. It creates a natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund for protecting and enhancing Iowa’s waters, parks, trails, fish and wildlife habitat, and agricultural soils. No revenue will be credited to the fund until the Legislature increases the sales tax in the future, after the public votes on the amendment. The intent is to credit 3/8th of 1¢ of a future sales tax increase to this fund, which would generate approximately $150 million. The Legislature would establish the parameters for distribution of the funds, but they can only go for protecting and enhancing water quality and natural areas in Iowa. (passed House 82-14; passed Senate 49-1) Will be placed on the November 2010 ballot.

Public Safety

HF 330 — Notification of 911 Call. 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 specific persons that the customer has called 911. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar.
HF 331 — Pseudoephedrine – Electronic Logbooks. Establishes a statewide electronic log-book system for pseudoephedrine purchases. Establishes a pseudoephedrine advisory council under the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, which will set up a ware-house of all of the electronic information collected. If money is not available for the electronic system, then it doesn’t have to be established. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.
HF 332 — 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 approve 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. (passed Committee 21-0) 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 fire fighter and the other a volunteer fire fighter. Adds four legislators to serve as ex-officio members; one from each party within each chamber. (passed House 97-2) to Governor.

State Government

HSB 18 — Licensure of Fire Sprinkler System Installers. Makes changes to the law requiring statewide licensure of fire sprinkler system installers passed in 2008. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar.
HF 195 — Allows Individuals Who are Seventeen and a Half to Vote in a Primary Election. This bill allows individuals who are 17 ½ to vote in a primary election if they will be 18 by the General Election. (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Calendar.
SF 50 — Prohibits Certain Uses of Campaign Funds. This bill prohibits paying the candidate or the candidate’s family members a salary with campaign funds. Family member include spouse and dependent children. The bill was brought by the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.
SF 51 — Requires Electronic Filing of Campaign Disclosure Reports. This bill requires state parties and PACS to file their campaign reports electronically beginning May 1, 2010. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HF 214 — Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. Allows Iowa to join the compact, which will remove barriers imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents. (passed House 97-0) to Senate.
HF 283 — County Commissioners of Veterans Affairs Fund. Requires that the annual appropriation to county VA commissioners be used only for services to veterans. County’s must meet compliance requirements or lose the annual appropriation. Each county that shares an executive director or administrator must meet the minimum number of hours of service. (passed House 95-0) to Senate.
HSB 130 — Veterans Trust Fund. Requires a 2/3 majority vote by the Legislature to appropriate money from the Veterans Trust Fund for a purpose not specifically authorized by Iowa code. (passed Committee 13-4) to House Floor.