Appropriations

HF 414 — FY2009 De-Appropriations Bill. HF 414 amends the FY 2009 budget, making adjustments to reflect action taken last fall to allocate funds for the natural disasters, implement the selective budget reductions of $30 million proposed by the Governor, provide supplemental appropriations of $17 million to areas impacted by the 1.5% reduction in funding due to the across-the-board reductions, and transfer an additional $48 million in funding to the general fund to bolster the ending balance. (passed Committee 14-11) to House Calendar.

Commerce

HSB153 — Diabetes Self-Management Training Coverage. Requires individual and group insurance to, in addition to currently required 10 hours of initial training, to cover up to two hours of such training each year. (Passed Commerce 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 154 — Confidential Records. Requires the Department of Revenue to ensure that Social Security and Tax Identification numbers on property transfer Declaration of Value forms not be obtained by the public. (Passed Commerce 22-0) to House Calendar.

Education

HF 191 — Participation in Varsity Interscholastic Athletic Contests. Changes the requirement from 90 days to 180 days that a student, who is participating in open enrollment, must wait before participating in interscholastic athletic contests. (passed Committee 21 – 1) to House Calendar.

HF 276 — Posting of Required Textbooks. Requires, rather than recommends, that all institutions of higher learning post information on campus and on their respective websites identifying textbooks necessary for courses. The notification is to include the text-book needed as well as the ISBN number. Requires the College Student Aid Commission to notify all postsecondary schools of these requirements. Allows the College Student Aid Commission to adopt rules to administer this requirement. (passed Committee 22 – 0) to House Calendar.

HSB 159 — License Fees Retained by the Board of Educational Examiners. Establishes a limit of $500,000 on the amount of licensing fees collected and retained by the Board of Educational Examiners. Effective upon enactment. (passed Committee 22 – 0) to House Calendar.

Human Resources

HF 314 — Public Health Omnibus Bill. Makes changes to the Code relating to lead prevention program renovator training and certification, universal newborn and infant hearing screening, and the Public Health Disaster Authority. (passed House 98-0) to Senate.

HF 106 — Eligibility of Service Animals under HCBS Waivers. Allows for service animals to be covered under Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waivers. Reimbursement will only cover the maintenance of service animals with a limit of $500 per year. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Floor.

SF 101 — 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 House 96-0) to Senate.

Labor

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 to 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 $1.5 million, and if the project receives 20% of its funding from state funds, the pre-vailing wage would apply. (Failed to Pass the House 49-49) MTR

Local Government

HF 111 — Changes use of local sales and service tax for urban renewal project. This bill would allow citizens to petition for an election if the city council wants to change the use of their local option sales tax so they can use some of the money for projects in an urban renewal area. Increased city revenues only would be usable in the new area. (passed Committee 21-0) To Calendar.

HF 159 — Authority of City to Dispose of Public Property. Current law does not allow a city to give away public property. This bill would allow a city to give property to a county fair. (passed Committee 19-0) To Calendar.

HF 217 — Compensation Paid to County Supervisors. Current law establishes a compensation board to recommend the salaries for county elected officials. The supervisors must then accept the recommendation or reduce all of them equally. This bill allows supervisors to reduce their own salaries without reducing the salaries of the other county officials. (passed Committee 17-2) To Calendar.

HSB 157 — County Land Record System. Certain documents filed with county recorders need to be redacted on the statewide county land record system website because they contain social security numbers. The bill increases fees to pay for the redaction. Also prohibits the county land record system from selling the entire, statewide database. (passed Committee 11-8) To Calendar.

Public Safety

HF 30 — More Humane Treatment for Cats and Dogs. On a complaint basis, gives the Dept. of Ag and Land Stewardship clear authority to inspect a pound, animal shelter, or research facility that applies for, or receives, a state certification. The department will inspect for animal health and welfare violations already adopted in administrative rules. The bill does not require inspection; it only gives the department permission to inspect. (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar.

HF 426 — Accident Reporting Requirements for Reserve Officers. States that motor vehicle accidents that occur while the certified reserve officer is on duty will not be recorded on their driving record. This is current law for sworn peace officers, and career and volunteer fire fighters, and emergency medical services providers. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Calendar.

State Government

HSB 131 — Secretary of State’s Election Law Bill. Makes numerous technical changes to the Code related to administration of Iowa’s election laws. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 138 — Changes the Time of Opening of Polls in Certain City Elections. Allows the county commissioner of elections to open the polls at noon rather than 7:00 a.m. for any city election. (passed Committee 20 – 1) 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 House 96 – 0) to Governor.

SF 52 — Ethics Regulations for the Executive Branch. This bill clarifies and clean-ups existing Code language. (passed House 96 – 0) to Senate.

Transportation

HF 28 — Membership on Airport Commissions. Allows for members of an airport commission to not reside in the city or county where the airport is located, but reside in a city or county that is served by the airport. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 77 — Allows Special Trucks to be Overweight When Hauling Dried Distillers Grains. Allows farmers with special truck licenses (semi’s) to haul dried distillers grains from ethanol plants back to their farms at the current overweight allowance. Current law only allows the transport of the farmer’s own commodity. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 116 — Passenger Rail Policy and Railway Finance Authority. Eliminates the Iowa Railway Finance Authority and moves responsibility over to the Dept. of Transportation. The Department will also oversee the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Fund. Eliminates requirement that no more than 50% of loan and grant fund be awarded for grants. Areas of Authority’s oversight have decreased over the years. Defines “passenger rail” to be long-distance, intercity, and commuter service. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

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 Senate 48-0) to Governor.