HSB 704 Soil and Water Conservation Costs. Increases from $10 per acre to $20 per acre the amount of cost a landowner may incur for them to be eligible to establish a soil and water conservation practice under a cost-share agreement. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 2363 Stockpiling of Poultry Manure. The bill allows for stockpiling of dry manure for confinement feeding operations outside their manure storage structure. Current law did not address stockpiling of dry manure for confinement operations, it only allowed for open feedlots. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 2121 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 denied for the same reason. (Passed Commerce 23-0) to House Calendar
HF 2383 Insurance Division Bill making nonsubstantive corrections to several Iowa Code pro-visions relating to insurance. (Passed Commerce 19-0) on House Calendar
HF 2384 Credit Union. Merely corrects an existing Code reference to a corporate credit union from being one that is organized under a specified federal rule to one that is subject to regulation by the National Credit Union Administration. (Passed Commerce 19-0) on House Calendar
HF 2385 IFA Sell Obligations Directly to Treasurer Allows the Iowa Finance Authority to sell obligations directly to the Treasurer’s Office if they have one of the two highest credit ratings. This will significantly increase the speed of execution in transactions, while also reducing our transaction costs. (Passed 19-0) to House Calendar.
HF 2396 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 19-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 557 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, allows the department to contract with service providers for commercialization development services. (Passed 20-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 529 Teacher Quality Adjustments. Makes adjustments to the teacher quality bill passed last year to clarify how money must be distributed and other technical changes. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar
HF 2197 Higher Ed Textbooks. Requires institutions of higher education to post course re-quired textbooks to an online site, including the ISBN. (passed House 94-0) to Senate Education Committee
SF 2101 Entrepreneurs with Disabilities. Transfers the administration for the entrepreneurs with disabilities program from the Iowa Finance Authority to the Division of Voca-tional Rehabilitation. (passed House 97-1) to Governor
SF 2216 Model Core Curriculum. Mandates the Iowa Model Core Curriculum that is cur-rently only voluntary. (passed Senate 36-14) to House Education Committee
HSB 651 Solid Waste Disposal and Sanitary Landfills. Amends definitions of financial as-surance instrument by identifying the ways to ensure financial capability for reason-able and necessary remedial responses. The definitions for rubble and beneficial use are added to code relating to solid waste disposal and sanitary landfills. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.
HSB 690 Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP). Clarifies the creation of the CAP and the mem-bers of the Panel and their duties. In addition, the bill establishes a Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.
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 House 99-0) to Senate
SF 249 DHS – Payment and Eligibility for Services. Clarifies that even though an auto-mated 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 par-ties for medical expenses paid by Medicaid, which is required by federal law. This was originally a Department of Human Services bill. (passed House 99-0) to Gover-nor
HF 2309 Child Support. Increases the ability of DHS to contact non-custodial parents and their ability to garnish wages, 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. (passed Committee 97-3) to Senate
HF 2151 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Repeals the sunset date of the ad-vanced practice registered nurse compact. That compact allows advanced practice registered nurses to hold a license in the state of residency and practice in other com-pact states. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor
HF 2167 Controlled Substance Schedules. Updates the controlled substance schedules and the requirements for reporting to the Board of Pharmacy. These new classifications will fall in line with federal standards. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor
HSB 629 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 538 Access to Personal Records and Juvenile Court Attendance. Allows a child who is in foster care until the age of 18 years to have access to health and educational records. In addition, juveniles are informed of their right to attend their hearing, if age appro-priate. Lastly, consent decrees are extended from six months to one year. This is a Judicial Branch bill. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 630 Emergency Mental Health Crisis Services System. Establish a statewide Emer-gency Mental Health Crisis Services System. The system is to provide an array of time limited services to relieve situations and reduce costs. This is a DHS bill. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 639 Child Development Homes and Record Checks. Clarifies the definition of a child development home by excluding commercial or industrial buildings that are not used as a residence. In addition, for a Child Development Home and for a Child Care home, household members over the age of 14 years and individuals working in the homes must have a criminal and child abuse background check. This is a DHS bill. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HSB 546 Deferred Judgment in Criminal Proceedings. This bill prevents criminal record from being expunged in a deferred judgment until the person has paid the restitution, civil penalties, court costs, fines, fees, or other financial obligations required in the de-ferred judgment case. (Passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar
HF 2227 Minority Correctional Impact Statements. This bill requires a minority impact statement to any correctional impact statement attached to a bill. This bill requires the legislative services agency, the division of criminal and juvenile justice planning and the department of human rights to develop a protocol for analyzing the impact of leg-islation on minorities. (passed Committee 17-3) to House Calendar
SF 445 Punitive Damages for Retention of Rental Deposits. This bill allows a court to im-pose punitive damages of up to two and one half times the rental deposit for a bad faith retention of a tenant’s rental deposit by a landlord. (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 2403 Living Wage Study If funding is made available, a study would be developed to in-clude the economic, fiscal, and social impacts of establishing the living wage. It de-tails aspects of the study including the multiplier effect on wages, if the effect would be positive taking into account business concerns, and suggestions for implementation. (Passed 9-6) To House Calendar.
HF 2402 Initial Review Incentive for Unemployment Claims Provides an incentive for em-ployers to be a part of the initial review process of an unemployment claim to reduce overpayments. In 39% of all the cases, employer representative shows up. Overpay-ments for calendar year 2007 represent over $1.9 million. (Passed 10-5) To House Calendar.
HSB 603 Overdraft Charges on Wages Expands wage claims caused by employee’s overdraft charges when the employer fails to pay wages timely to include all failures, not just for direct deposits. Upon written request by the employee, wages may be sent by mail. The employer has to keep a record of the request for 2 years. (Passed 16-0) To House Calendar.
HSB 598 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. (Passed 16-0) To House Calendar.
HF 861 Patient Safety/Health Care Worker Whistleblower Allows health care workers to report a health violation that has caused or could cause serious harm to a patient and is not being addressed by the health care entity. They could do so without harm of re-taliation or reprisals by an employer because of reporting the violation. The intent is to protect public safety. It is to protect incompetent or unprofessional health care workers. (Passed 10-6) To House Calendar.
HSB 647 Discharge of wastewater from water well drilling sites. The bill directs the Envi-ronmental Protection Commission to adopt rules for water well drilling. The rules are to incorporate the size of the well, best management practices to address wastewater discharge, requirements for notification to DNR prior to the commencement of drilling operations, requirements for retention of records for a well, and reasonable and appro-priate limitations on wastewater discharge that take into consideration the need for the well to protect the environment. The bill requires the rules be adopted by July 2009. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
HF 2093 Hunter Safety and Ethics Certificate – Nonambulatory Soldiers and Veterans. DNR is to issue a hunter safety and ethics certificate to a member of the armed forces, or a veteran, who has not completed the course if they are nonambulatory and they are accompanied and aided by a licensed hunter while hunting. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
SF 308 Designate April as Aldo Leopold Month. Authorizes the Governor to annually pro-claim April as Aldo Leopold month, to encourage all governmental entities and schools to commemorate his life and to highlight the need to conserve and manage wildlife and natural resources for the future of all Iowans. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 2395 EMS as Mandatory Reporters. Requires emergency medical services (EMS) to be mandatory reporters to law enforcement when they treat a patient suffering a gunshot or stab wound, or other serious injury, which appears to have been received in connec-tion with a criminal offense. The bill also expands reportable incidents to include homicide or serious injury by a motor vehicle. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar
HF 2397 Traffic Accidents involving Reserve Peace Officers. A traffic accident by a certi-fied reserve peace officer must be reported to DOT by the reserve officer’s employer. The employer is to certify whether or not the accident occurred in the line of duty while operating an official government vehicle. This is the same as currently required for other law enforcement officers. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar
SF 2036 Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP). Adds a member of the Office of Drug Control Policy to the CJJP advisory council, allows CJJP access to department of workforce development records, and permanently creates a sex offender research council (formerly the sex offender treatment and supervision task force) and expands what issues it is to study. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 757 Truth in campaigning. Creates a new Code section prohibiting the distribution of false statements of fact, made with actual malice, against a candidate for public office. As amended the bill outlines six areas where false statements are prohibited. Any candidate may file a complaint with the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. The bill is effective upon enactment. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar
HF 2390 Licensure of Plumbers. This is a technical cleanup bill to correct some provisions in the bill passed last session. An amendment will be offered on the floor to create the board effective upon enactment and the enforcement provisions will be amended to ef-fective July 1, 2009. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
HF 2410 Alarm system installer or contractor certification program. This bill was also brought by the Department of Public Safety and makes changes to the law passed last session. The bill requires that an applicant for alarm system contractor or installer cer-tification is subject to a fingerprint based national criminal history check; clarifies that the exemption from licensure applies to employees of municipal utilities, rather than municipal corporations; clarifies ambiguous language regarding an exemption that al-lows a person to work within a political subdivision without possession of a state li-cense if the person holds a license issued by the political subdivision. (passed Com-mittee 20 – 0) to House Calendar
HF 2411 Licensure of Electricians. This bill was brought by the Department of Public Safety and makes changes in the grandfathering provisions passed in last year’s bill that re-quired licensure of electricians. The bill changes the condition for licensure without an examination to having performed applicable work activities since January 1, 1998, and for a total of at least 16,000 hours, of which at least 8,000 hours must have been accumulated since January 1, 1998. The original bill set this condition as working since January 1, 1990. The bill also provides that an applicant who can provide proof that they have been employed as a journeyman electrician since January 1, 1998, rather than January 1, 1990, and for a total of at least 16,000 hours, of which at least 8,000 hours must have been accumulated since January 1, 1998, may be licensed without taking an exam. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar
HF 2412 Conflicts of interest, lobbying activities, and receipt of gifts. This is the eth-ics/lobbying bill brought by the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. It deals with conflicts of interest for the executive branch by directing the board to adopt rules for when additional situations may exist that would create an unlawful conflict of interest; clarifies the prohibition on state officials and employees from becoming lobbyists for two years after leaving state government; adds an exception from the gift law for food and beverage provided at a meal that is part of a bona fide event or program at which the recipient is receiving an award but not speaking. This change allows the recipient to eat the meal without being billed for the meal minus $3.00. Current law requires the recipient to speak at the event in order to eat the meal without paying the cost. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar
SF 348 Gambling referendums and horse racing purse amounts. Changes the require-ments for referendums to be conducted for gambling games. Provides that if a facility has one referendum getting 60% or greater approval, the facility is not required to bring this up for a vote for 15 years. If the facility has received less than a 60% af-firmative vote, the county board of supervisors is required to bring the issue up for a vote in eight years. If a referendum has been approved by a majority of the voters in two successive elections, no further votes will be required to authorize gambling games. The bill adds language relating to horse racing purses by providing that Prairie Meadows will pay $1 million each year for three years for horse racing at county fairs. Beginning in 2011, 0.2% of adjusted gross receipts will be allocated annually to pay horse racing purses and allocated as aid for eligible county fairs. The bill requires that two studies be conducted: one for horse racing and one for dog racing. The studies are to show the costs and expenses of the horse and dog racing industries in Iowa. (passed Committee 15 – 6) to House Calendar
HSB 559 Increased Penalties for Speeding in a Road Work Zone. This bill increases the up-permost penalty for speeding in a road work zone to $1,000. Also raises penalties for lesser speeding violations in road work zones. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HSB 560 Regulation of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators. This bill brings Iowa CDL licensures into compliance with federal requirements. Prompted by CDL compliance audit. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HF 2110 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 Committee 19-0) to House Calendar
HF 2078 Specialty Vehicle Titles and Registration Plates. This bill allows collector cars to be titled as what the vehicle appears to be, not when the vehicle was completed. Un-der current law, a scratch built vehicle is titled in the year it was completed and not as the year of vehicle it most resembles. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar
Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals
SSB 3099 Transportation Appropriations. Appropriations to Department of Transportation. (passed Committee 10-4) to Senate Appropriations
Ways and Means
HF 2417 Federal Rebate Tax Exemption. Saves Iowa taxpayers $67.5 million by exempting federal economic stimulus payments from state income taxes. (Passed Ways & Means 24-0) on House Calendar