Agriculture

HSB 679 Livestock Odor Research and Air Modeling Study. Requires Iowa State University to consult with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agricul-ture and Land Stewardship to establish and administer a research effort to mitigate odor emitted from livestock operations involving swine, beef or dairy cattle, chickens, or turkeys. If funding is available, ISU is to provide for a livestock odor mitigation evaluation effort, a multi-level approach which would use their current air model for siting livestock operations, and certain permitted confinement operations would be re-quired to conduct the evaluation. This information would only be used as part of the odor mitigation study. (passed Committee 18-3) to House Calendar

HSB 699 Grain Warehouse Updates. Restricts new claims against the Grain Indemnity Fund to five years, and existing claims on the fund will have five years from the effective date. Bars out of state claims on the Iowa fund. Allows the department of agriculture to adopt rules to update language to reflect current practices of electronic documents. Definition changes and language updates in grain dealer law. (passed Committee 18-2) to House Calendar

HSB 701 Egg Lamps Exemption. Exempts fluorescent and incandescent lamps used in egg production from sales tax. (passed Committee 17-3) to House Ways and Means Committee

HSB 702 Aerial Applicator Licenses. Allows the department of agriculture to set rules for out of state applicators. Also eliminates the option for an out of state applicator to operate without a commercial license and to operate under Iowa supervision. (passed Commit-tee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 716 Per Diem Compensation for Iowa Soybean Board. Codifies per diem of the board to be $100 instead of set in rule. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 724 Drainage District Thresholds. Raises the ceiling amount that a drainage district board can utilize for minor repairs or improvements by $5000 from $15,000 to $20,000 that is accessed out of the secondary road fund. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

HSB 725 Cooperatives Code of Conduct. Aligns code of conduct for cooperatives in Iowa to other law that defines code of conduct for an organization. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 746 Renewable Fuels Infrastructure. Updates definitions of renewable fuels, including biodiesel and ethanol. Allows for the use of a new blender pump, changes the cost-share agreement for a retailer from five years to three. Raises the infrastructure dollars for utilization from $30,000 to $50,000, and removes the 50% requirement of sales of biodiesel for tax credits. Requires reporting and tracking data for use of renewable fu-els to be done at the department of revenue. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Ways and Means Committee

HSB 758 Missouri River Authority. Amends the current Missouri River Authority that repre-sents the interests of Iowa along the Missouri river. Changes the name to Missouri River Association of States and Tribes. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 770 Consumer Use of Ethanol Resolution. Resolution urging the Environmental Protec-tion Agency to provide American consumers with opportunity to use higher ethanol blends for use in conventional engines. (passed Committee on a voice vote) to House Calendar

HF 2360 Biodiesel Tax Credits. Amends biodiesel tax credit requirements for retailers that sell 50% or more of blended biodiesel until the credit expires on January 1, 2012. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Ways and Means Committee

HF 2503 Seed Permit Holder’s Bond. Requires a seller of agriculture seed to execute a bond for $25,000 when selling seed to a grower for liability purposes. (passed Committee 18-2) to House Calendar

Appropriations

HSB 772 Judicial Branch Budget. Makes appropriation to the Iowa courts (Passed Justice Subcommittee 5-4 House; 3-2 Senate) in House Appropriations

HSB 773 Justice Systems Budget. Makes appropriation to the Attorney General, Board of Pa-role, Civil Rights Commission, Law enforcement Academy, Indigent Defense, and the Departments of Corrections, Defense and Public Safety. (Passed Justice Subcommittee 5-4 House; 3-2 Senate ) in House Appropriations

HSB 775 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 subcommittee: Senate 3 – 2; House 5 – 4) to House Appropriations

Commerce

HSB 634 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 737 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 Commerce 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 747 Mortgage Foreclosure. Address foreclosure consultants and foreclosed property conveyances. (Passed Commerce 21-0) to House Calendar

Economic Growth

HF 2038 “Boomer Generation” Study A study to investigate ways to recruit people to Iowa and retain people in Iowa that are born by 1946 and no later than 1964. (Passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2296 Minority Recruitment Under a Business Incentives Program Businesses receiving assistance, under the High Quality Jobs Creation Program tax credit program, would be required in contract provisions to make a good faith effort to recruit minority per-sons. (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HF 2497 Council on Homelessness Codified Establishes the Council of Homelessness, cur-rently existing since 2003 under Vilsack’s Executive Order 33. Administered by the Iowa Finance Authority, the council would advise the Governor and the General As-sembly on issues of homelessness. (Passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar.

HF 871 Tourism Funding for CAT Projects Allows $100,000 per year from the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Program to be used for marketing. Iowa has estab-lished many outstanding attractions through the program, and now these attractions would have some marketing assistance. (Passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 535 Endow Iowa Tax Credit Increased Increases tax credits available under the Endow Iowa program from $2 million to $3 million while also reducing the annual percentage amount that can be granted to an individual taxpayer. (Passed Committee 20-0) to Ways and Means.

HSB 586 Enterprise Housing Program Energy Efficiency Currently projects under the De-partment of Economic Development’s Enterprise Housing Program receive a 10% tax credit. This would increase the tax credit to 12% for projects exceeding the energy star or target finder rating performance requirements established through the Envi-ronmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Passed Committee 20-0) to Ways and Means.

HSB 622 Youth Corp. and Green Corp. Programs Established Green Corp. members, age 18-25, would have the opportunity work on projects in communities with an emphasis on energy efficiency, historic preservation, and stormwater reduction. Youth Corp. members, grades six through twelve, could engage in a service learning program tar-geting communities that have disproportionately high drop-out and juvenile crime rates. The program would stress hard and soft job skills and grade appropriate sum-mertime outside the class room learning activities. (Passed Committee 20-0) to Ways and Means.

HSB 686 Economic Development Board Confidential Information Applications to the Eco-nomic Development Board would be assured confidentiality under the application process until the awards are made public, unless the board decides to keep certain in-formation confidential. The board will try to balance the public’s right to know with protecting a company’s product information from competitors. (Passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

SF 2059 Iowa Heritage Fund Administration Changes the administration of the fund from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Board of Trustees, which is an advisory board, to the department of cultural affairs. It also eliminates an insurance program for special exhibits since nonprofits gain appropriate insurance coverage from private organiza-tions (Signed by Governor).

Education

HSB 534 Reporting and Data Collection Requirements. Eliminates certain reporting and data collection requirements at the department of education including out dated graduation rate formula, insurance postings, maximum tuition rates that go to the de-partment of management, and school budget review postings. (passed Committee 13-9) to House Calendar

HSB 577 Preschool Update. Miscellaneous clarifications to four year old preschool law. Al-lows for carry forward, adjusts language on eligibility, removes proration, and updates language for districts and private providers. (passed Committee 13-7) to House Cal-endar

HSB 649 Senior Year Plus. Brings dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and Post Secondary Enrollment Options under one program. Allows high school students to more easily access college level courses. (passed Committee 12-10) to House Appropriations Committee

HSB 678 Drop Out Prevention. The returning drop out/drop out prevention budget enrollment projections are raised from 5% to 7% of a school districts enrollment. (passed Com-mittee 13-9) to House Calendar

HF 2083 Disposition of School Property. Allows a school board to dispose of school property in certain situations without a vote of the public but still giving public notice. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2131 Participation in Varsity Athletics. Removes current requirement of waiting 90 days after open enrollment to participate in varsity athletics and allows the department of education to set the waiting period through rule. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 2144 Compulsory Education. Raises the age that a student can drop out of school from current law of 16 to 17 years of age. Requires students to conduct an exit interview and parent or guardian to fill out exit form. Also forms a working committee at the district level to identify current and future ways to address drop out problems. (passed Committee 14-8) to House Calendar

HF 2399 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 Committee 18-2) to House Calendar

SF 2111 Blood Lead Testing and Dental Screening. Removes exclusion of a child from school for failure to get these tests and screens. Provides for the school to aid parents in finding every avenue to fulfill the requirements of current law. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection

HF 2273 Disposal and Recycling of Waste Oil Filters. Bans landfills from accepting waste oil filters and requires them to be recycled. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calen-dar

HSB 652 Environmental Management Systems. Encourage the responsible environmental management of solid waste disposal projects and to enhance efforts to promote envi-ronmental stewardship. To qualify for the new Environmental Management Systems designation, the solid waste planning area must address the following issues: Yard Waste, Hazardous Household Waste Collection, Water Quality Improvement, Green-house Gas Reduction, Recycling Services, Environmental Education. (passed Com-mittee 18-2) to House Calendar

HSB 691 Water Permit Fee. Allows the Department of Natural Resources to charge an annual fee to a person who has been granted a permit for diverting, storing, or allocating wa-ter. DNR cannot collect more than $500,000 each fiscal year for this purpose. (passed Committee 18-1) to House Calendar

HSB 698 Designated Wetlands, Separation Distances. Designated wetlands, owned by a county or a city, are included in the separation distances from confined animal feeding operations. The distance is 2,500 feet, and applies to all sizes of CAFOs. Current law only applies to designated wetlands own by the federal government or DNR (passed Committee 11-8) to House Calendar

HSB 734 Bottle Bill. Governor’s proposal to expand the bottle bill to include water, tea, juice, and sport drink containers. Also, the handling fee is doubled to 2¢ to assist redemp-tion centers. (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

HSB 742 Energy Efficiency. Establishes a Commission on Energy Efficiency Standards and Practices to assess existing building efficiency standards. The bill sets a goal to re-duce energy use by 1.5% annually in Iowa. Lastly, the bill sets a goal to have Iowa produce or purchase 25% of electrical sales by 2025. This is a Governor’s bill. (passed Committee 11-8) to House Calendar

HSB 744 Greenhouse Gas Reduction. Updates the goals of the Iowa Climate Change Advi-sory Council to adopt the recommendations they passed late last year. Develop strate-gies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 90% by 2050. Make 2005 the baseline year for calculating reductions. (passed Committee 12-7) to House Calendar

SF 261 Sewage Disposal System Inspections. Requires, prior to time of transfer of property, a sewage disposal system must be inspected. At the time of inspection the septic tank must be open and the contents be removed, unless the seller can provide evidence that the tank had been emptied in the last year. This bill was proposed last session by DNR. (passed Senate 42-7) Signed by Governor

Human Resources

HF 2055 Children’s Eye Exams. A student vision card will be distributed to parents or guardi-ans when a child is registered for kindergarten or preschool. Prior to being evaluated for special education services, a student will receive a vision examination. (passed Committee 18-1) to House Calendar

HF 2061 Temporary Dental Permits. Requires the IDPH to issue temporarily dental permits to individuals at no cost if the care they provide is at no cost. This provision is re-pealed July 1, 2010. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 2136 Vital Statistics. Certain vital statistics in the custody of a county registrar may be in-spected and copied by the public upon request. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

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) Signed by Governor

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 Senate 49-0) Signed by Governor

HF 2181 Infection Control in Correctional Facilities. Requires that the IDPH work with the Department of Corrections and AFSCME to develop educational programs regarding infection control practices in correctional facilities. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 2294 Individual Development Accounts. Transfers the control of IDA’s from DHS to the Department of Human Rights. In addition, the State of Iowa is allowed to give match-ing money to assist individuals in starting the accounts. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 2303 Certificate of Employability. Requires the Board of Parole to establish a certificate of employability for ex-offenders. An update report will be submitted to the General Assembly by January 1, 2009, on the implementation of the program. (passed Com-mittee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 2309 Child Support. Increases the ability of DHS to contact non-custodial parents 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 Sen-ate 46-0) back to House

HSB 588 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 Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 619 Death of Resident at State Facilities. Requires a preliminary investigation to be conducted by the county medical examiner when a death occurs at certain state facili-ties. DHS will pay for the preliminary investigation. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 637 Background Checks for Potential Hospital Employees. Requires background checks of individuals who are applying for employment at licensed hospitals (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

HSB 675 Sexual Misconduct with a Juvenile. A employee or other adult in direct connection with a juvenile placement facility will be charged with a Class D felony if they engage in a sex act with a juvenile. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 677 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 Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 692 Child Care Providers. Prevents child sex-offenders from being present at a child care center or child care home. Corporal punishment is banned from child care centers and homes. Requires fingerprints and background checks for child care providers. Es-tablishes a workgroup to address the possibility of mandatory registration. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 693 Mental Health Services System for Children. Establishes a comprehensive com-munity-based mental health services system for children and youth. The system is to improve access and meet the needs of children with mental illness. (passed Commit-tee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 711 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 Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 712 Alzheimer’s Disease. Requires the Department of Elder Affairs to analyze Iowa’s population and determine is appropriate services are meeting the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

HSB 727 Patient Advocate Resolution. Asks the Legislative Council to approve a study committee to review Iowa’s system of mental health patient advocates appointed by the courts. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 729 Reporting Adult Abuse. Bill passed as place holder past funnel. It is a work in pro-gress, but the intent is to protect older Iowans from dependent adult abuse, and in-crease reporting. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 745 Third Party Liability-Medicaid. Requires recovery from third parties liable for health care coverage provided to recipients of Medicaid. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 757 Health Care Proposal. House health care proposal that includes 9 divisions regard-ing Health Care Coverage Intent, Iowa Health Information Technology System, End of Life Care Decision Makings, Health Care Coverage, Medical Home, Prevention and Chronic Care Management, Family Opportunity Act, Quality Improvement, and Healthy Communities, and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition. This proposal is based on the recommendations of the Legislative Commission on Af-fordable Health Care Plans for Small Businesses and Families and the proposal by the Governor. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 2142 Private Cause of Action for Fraud. The bill expresses the intent of the legislature to create a private cause of action for fraud. (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HF 2300 Mandatory Retirement for Senior Judges. The bill allows a senior judge who is 78 years old to be appointed to one additional two year term as a senior judge. The bill effectively increases the senior judge retirement age from 78 to 80 years. (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar

HF 2521 Code Correction Bill. This bill makes statutory corrections to adjust language to current practices, insert earlier omissions, delete redundancies and inaccuracies, delete temporary language, resolve inconsistencies and conflicts, update ongoing provisions, or remove ambiguities. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 62 Criminal Offense for Interference with Judicial Acts. This bill creates an aggra-vated misdemeanor for interference with judicial acts. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 608 Disposal of Animal Carcasses in Water Ways. This bill enhances the penalty for il-legal disposal of an animal carcass in a water way from a simple misdemeanor to a se-rious misdemeanor. The bill increases the civil penalty from $100 to $1,000 to from $1,000 to $5,000. A person may be subject to both a criminal and civil penalty. The bill also requires restitution to the state. (passed Committee 15-6) to House Calendar

HSB 668 Liability Insurance Policy Information to be Given to Claimants. The bill requires insurers, insureds and their agents to provide information about insurance policies that may provide liability insurance to claimants upon the request of the claimant or claim-ant’s representative. The bill also requires the information to be updated when the in-formation is found to be incorrect. (passed Committee 13-7) to House Calendar

HSB 708 Nonsubstantive Code Correction Bill. A bill making nonsubstantive Code correc-tions. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 735 Administration of Small Estates. The bill makes changes to several provisions of the trusts and estates code referring to small estates. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HSB 748 Limited Liability Companies Conversion. The bill updates Iowa law to conform to the Uniform Limited Liability Act. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 751 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Labor

HF 743 Workers’ Compensation Earning Capacity Addresses the reduction of earning ca-pacity due to a worker being unable to return to a similar job after receiving a sched-uled injury. (Passed the Committee 10-5) to House Calendar.

HSB 604 Unemployment Insurance Tax Penalties Fines related to unemployment insurance violations and creating a provision for employer’s bounced checks. (Passed Commit-tee 15-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 653 Workers’ Compensation Out of State and Case Reopening The bill would allow workers’ compensation claims to be made in this state for injuries suffered by an em-ployee while working outside the state under certain conditions. It also allows a case to be reopened under certain conditions by the worker or the employer. (Passed the Committee 10-5) to House Calendar.

HSB 658 Workers’ Compensation Medically Related Expenses Addresses surgical, medical, dental, osteopathic, chiropractic, physical rehabilitation and other medically related expenses deemed to be reasonable for the worker. (Passed the Committee 9-5) to House Calendar.

HSB 672 Workers’ Compensation Shift Differential The bill would make it mandatory that if a worker is employed on a shift where they are paid at a higher rate of pay, the higher rate of pay would be included in their possible workers’ compensation benefits. Cur-rently, a worker that is employed, for example on the grave-yard shift, and is paid at a higher wage rate, may be compensated at the regular shift rate of pay. (Passed Com-mittee 15-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 717 Immigration and Employee Misclassification The bill would require an employer to sign a form within 10 days that a job applicant’s appearance matches a valid photo ID. A photo copy of the license must be kept on file. If the employer falsifies the in-formation in the form, they could be subject to perjury charges. The bill also strength-ens enforcement for misclassifying an employee that should be considered an actual employee by construction contractors. (Passed Committee without Recommendation on a vote of 11-5) To House Calendar.

Local Government

HSB 696 County Recorders technical bill. This bill is the county recorders technical cleanup bill. The bill removes out-of-date references to indexing in the Code because now all documents are filed electronically and it consolidates all fees collected by recorders to one Code section. There are no new fees in this bill. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2211 Compensation paid to county supervisors. The bill allows county boards of super-visors to decrease their compensation as recommended by the county compensation board without affecting the compensation recommended for other elected county offi-cers. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Calendar

HF 2272 Exceptions to conflict of interest restrictions for city officials. This bill amends the exceptions to the conflict of interest provisions in the Code for city officers, city em-ployees, and civil service commissioners as it relates to contracts with the city. The bill increases the allowable cumulative total contract per fiscal year from $1,500 to $5,000 for cities with a population of more than 2,500 and from $2,500 to $10,000 for cities with a population of less than 2,500. (passed Committee 20 – 0) to House Cal-endar

Natural Resources

HF 423 Nonresident Kids Hunting on Hunting Preserves. Allows nonresident kids under 16 to buy a preserve hunting license for $14.50 that allows them to hunt on a hunting preserve without completing the hunter safety and ethics education course as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 2052 Deer Depredation Program. The bill, as amended, expands the farmer advisory committee, creates a deer depredation management program for landowners, and es-tablishes a deer study advisory committee to study the best way to maintain a sustain-able, socially acceptable deer population in Iowa while maximizing and balancing the economic value of deer hunting to Iowa’s economy with the needs of the agricultural industry and public safety concerns. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2111 Mowing Ditches of Interstates and Primary Highways. Updates the Department of Transportation’s mowing policy in regards to ditches along interstates and primary highways. The purpose of the bill is to help protect nesting pheasants. (passed Com-mittee 12-9) to House Calendar

HSB 738 Sustainable Natural Resources Funding Advisory Committee. Re-creates the cur-rent sustainable natural resources 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 741 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 764 DNR Omnibus Bill. This is a department requested bill that amends several DNR laws that are non-controversial in nature. This includes changes to the REAP County Enhancement Committee, ATV program, building private structures on public land, allowing ATV and utility vehicles to drive on ice, reciprocity agreements with neighboring states, the veterans lifetime hunting and fishing license provisions, hunter education, trespass violations, and violations involving aquatic invasive species. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 762 Internet Predators – Webcam Indecent Exposure. As amended, updates Iowa’s law against indecent exposure to address webcams and internet predators. Creates the new crime of indecent exposure by electronic transmission of an image. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2092 “Shall Carry” Weapons. As amended, requires sheriff’s to issue nonprofessional permits to carry concealed weapons if they meet the requirements spelled out in the bill, including firearms training and live fire shooting tests. Current law gives discre-tion to county sheriffs. Reciprocity is also allowed for other states’ “shall carry” pro-visions if there training requirements are equal to or are greater than Iowa’s training requirements. (passed Committee 18-3) to House Calendar

HSB 525 Department of Corrections Central Food Warehouse. Creates a central food ware-house fund under the control of DOC. Currently, DOC purchases most of their food from the Department of Human Services food warehouse in Woodward. DOC is pro-posing a centralized food warehouse in Newton that would be built through a lease-purchase agreement and paid off with the savings achieved by not paying handling fees to DHS. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 659 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 749 Tasers Defined as Dangerous Weapons. As amended, defines Tasers, or other brands of electronic 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 de-vices. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

State Government

HSB 593 Electrician licensure bill – technical changes. This is a technical bill brought by the Department of Public Safety to make changes to the licensure bill passed last session. This bill does a number of things as requested by the Electrician Licensing Board. (passed Committee 21 – 0 ) to House Calendar

HSB 610 Changes relating to the regulation of practice of certified public accounting. Al-lows CPAs who hold a valid certificate or license to practice as an CPA in another state to be presumed to have qualifications substantially equivalent to Iowa require-ments and to practice in Iowa. Additionally, the bill levies penalties of $10,000. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

HSB 612 Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. This bill makes technical changes to the law administered by the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. (passed Committee 18 – 0) to House Calendar

HSB 613 Licensure of fire sprinkler installers. This bill requires licensure of persons install-ing fire sprinkler systems. The licenses will be issued by the Department of Public Safety. The bill is effective August 1, 2009. (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Cal-endar

HSB 627 The Secretary of State’s policy bill. Limits special elections for cities, counties and schools to four times per year, allows the county auditor to set up voting centers, and makes some general changes to elections provisions. (passed Committee 17 – 4) to House Calendar

HSB 655 Provision of ICN Services. The bill authorizes the state to own Part III connections of the ICN based on certain criteria. These include: an incumbent Part III vendor no longer desires to own the connection; an incumbent Part III vendor no longer desires to provide the necessary level of maintenance service to the connections; cost effective private sector solutions are not offered; the competitive bidding process is ineffectual. (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Calendar

HSB 709 Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Bill. Moves the responsibility for determining market place and utility services from DAS to the Department of Man-agement (DOM) as well as moves the responsibility of customer councils from DAS to DOM. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

HSB 713 Provides for a new category, community festival, where bingo can be played and allows bingo at fairs. A community festival is defined as an event of no more than 4 days in length and held by a an Iowa nonprofit, tax-exempt community organization which is open to the general public. Bingo can be held throughout county fairs with a special license for fairs and community festivals. License fee is $25.00 (passed Com-mittee 18 – 3) to House Calendar

HSB 719 Auditor’s technical and policy bill. This bill is a work in progress and makes policy and technical changes to the duties of State Auditor. Allows auditing of governmen-tal subdivisions; includes the Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa Association of School Boards, allows the auditor to have access to individual tax returns for the pur-pose of completing the annual audit of the State of Iowa. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

HSB 765 Reporting requirements for certain non-profit corporations. The bill requires that compensation information of the chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and other executive-level administrators of nonprofit corporations be reported in the bien-nial report filed with the Secretary of State. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Cal-endar

HSB 766 Creating a family friendly business initiative. The bill directs the Iowa Empower-ment Board to implement a family friendly business initiative to identify and recog-nize family friendly Iowa businesses and employers. This is an initiative of the Suc-cessful Families Caucus. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.

HF 2347 Modifies certain election deadlines. Filing, request, and notification deadline times with the county commissioner of elections are changed from 5:00 to 4:30 p.m. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

HF 2379 Establishes a senior administrative law judge program. This bill creates a senior administrative law judge (ALJ) program within the Administrative Hearings Division of the Department of Inspections and Appeals. The division may employ, at its discre-tion, former administrative law judges who are retired to perform duties as administra-tive law judges. This would be on a less than full-time basis. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

HF 2430 Agreements between public agencies to spend funds. This bill will help cities save money by giving them another tool to share services. The bill specifies that the provi-sions of Chapter 28E will not limit a public agency’s authority to appropriate or ex-pend property tax revenues to carry out a duty specified in an agreement with another public agency. (passed Committee 12 – 9) to House Calendar

HF 2507 IPERS Technical Bill. The bill makes technical changes to the IPERS. As passed, the bill allows civil actions to collect unpaid contributions from employers; makes changes relating to how the actuary determines the percentage of a cost of living divi-dend; clarifies that no payments can be made to the supplemental accounts for active members unless the system remains fully funded following the payment of the ac-counts; and makes some changes related to rollover of accounts from IPERS to an-other eligible retirement plan. (passed Committee 18 – 0) to House Calendar.

SF 482 Reporting of gubernatorial inauguration income and expenses. This bill requires disclosure of gubernatorial inauguration committee activities to the Ethics and Cam-paign Disclosure Board. Funds remaining after the event can be donated to a charity. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar

Transportation

HF 2513 Merging Traffic. This bill clarifies rules for merging traffic from traffic lanes, ramps, or converging roadways. The bill codifies common practice, requiring drivers on the lanes, ramps or converging roadways to obey any signage. In the absence of any signs, motorists already on the roadway must move to allow merging traffic onto the roadway. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 648 DOT Policy Bill. This bill makes numerous policy changes to the regulation of motor vehicles. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 674 Administrative Fee for Renewal of Driver’s License or ID Card. This bill allows a county treasurer to charge an additional fee of $3 or less for driver’s licenses or nonop-erator’s identification cards issuance or renewal. The fees would go to the county’s general fund. Currently, county treasurers can retain $7 from fees collected for each driver’s license or nonoperator’s identification card. (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

Veterans Affairs

HF 133 Income Tax Exemption for Military Retirement Income. HF 133 establishes an in-come tax exemption for federal retirement pay received for military service. The bill phases in the exemption from $5000 a year to $20,000 in year four. The bill has a $500,000 impact in FY 08 and $4 million FY 09. (passed Committee 12-0) to House Calendar

HF 2033 Mental Health Parity for Veterans. The bill requires health insurance coverage of mental illness and substance abuse treatment for employees who are war veterans. The requirement applies to all group health insurance plans for all public employees, pri-vate employers with more than 50 employees, and employers with small group health coverage. This requirement would apply to all policies delivered, continued, or re-newed in this state on or after January 1, 2009. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

HF 2191 Bans Sale of Foreign Made Flags. The bill makes it illegal to sale a United States, Iowa, and Missing In Action (MIA) or Prisoner of War (POW) flags that are foreign made. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

HF 2261 County Veteran Affairs Executive Directors. HF 2261 establishes training require-ments for executive directors of county veteran affairs commissions, mandates for the number of office hours counties must serve veterans, and establishes an appropriation to defray the cost to counties. Counties will have one year to prepare for the new re-quirements as the bill takes effect on July 1, 2009. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

HF 2359 Lottery Games for Veterans Trust Fund. The bill directs the lottery to create two scratch tickets and two pull-tabs games to benefit the Veterans Trust Fund. Estimated to generate $3 million annually for fund. (passed House 75-21) to Senate

SF 2124 Veterans Trust Fund Authorized Expenditure Changes. The bill expands the list of authorized expenditures to include durable medical equipment to allow veterans to remain in their home; expenses related to hearing care, dental care, vision care, or pre-scription drugs; expenses related to ambulance and emergency room services for vet-erans who are trauma patients; emergency repair to vehicle; housing repair; or tempo-rary housing assistance. The committee added expenses to establish whether a minor child is a dependent of a deceased veteran, and matching funds for veteran service or-ganizations. (passed Committee 14-0) to House Calendar

Ways and Means

HF 2417 Federal Rebate Tax Exemption. Saves Iowans $67.5 million by exempting federal rebates from state income taxes. (Passed House 100-0) on Senate Calendar

SF 2123 IRC Update – Section 179. Couples Iowa’s tax Code to all 2007 changes in the fed-eral Internal Revenue Code (IRC), plus the 2008 increase in the Section 179 small business expensing deduction from $128,000 to $150,000, including the maximum in-vestment from $510,000 to $800,000. (Passed House 100-0) on Senate Calendar with a House amendment