Agriculture

HF 327 — Stockpiling Dry Poultry Manure. Establishes new regulations for stockpiling dry poultry manure from confinement operations. Currently, the Department of Natural Resources has a guidance document producers must follow, but do not have specific rules. The bill differentiates from stockpiling on karst terrain and other soils. The regulations on karst terrain are stricter. It also establishes a 1,250 feet minimum separation distances for the stockpiles from residences, schools, businesses, churches, and public use areas. (passed committee 14-3) to House Calendar.

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 increases this to $8 million. (passed House 97-0) to Senate.

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 House 55-43) to Senate.

Commerce

HSB 67 — Credit Union Division Bill. Makes technical corrections to Chapter 533, the credit union code. (Passed Commerce 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 137 — Regulating Mortgage Escrow Agents. Requires the Real Estate Commission to register and regulate mortgage escrow agents. An escrow agent is person who facilitates the closing of a real estate loan. (Passed Commerce 22-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 151 — Insurance Division Omnibus Bill. Makes technical and noncontroversial changes to insurance laws. (Passed Commerce 23-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 152 — Regulating Debt Management Businesses. Expands regulation of debt management firms to include debt settlement firms under the Banking Division. (Passed Commerce 23-0) to House Calendar.

HF 334 — Adverse Possession Regarding Cemeteries. Prohibits acquiring a cemetery or pioneer cemetery through adverse possession, unless it is shown that all remains have been removed to another location. (Passed Commerce 23-0) to House Calendar.

Economic Growth

HSB 166 — Film Program. The bill makes changes to the film program with the goal of attract-ing larger film projects. Up to $1 million in compensation would be allowed for a principal producer, the principal director, and the principal cast members towards a qualified expenditure of a tax credit if the person is an Iowa resident or an Iowa based business. The Department of Economic Development would also be allowed to charge a fee for the administration of the program. (passed Committee 21-0) to Ways and Means.

SF 197 — Unemployment Modernization. Provides an extra 26 weeks in unemployment benefits for people seeking Workforce Development approved job training. Creates an alternate base period so more people would qualify for unemployment. Codifies current rule that allows people that are unemployed after working part-time to not to have to seek full-time work to be eligible for unemployment. Those provisions would allow Iowa to be eligible for $71 million in Federal Reed Act to assist in unemployment issues. The bill also waives an employer’s unemployment charges in the cases where a temporary worker is replaced by a returning military employee. (passed Committee as HSB 183, 14-7; passed Senate 47-0) on House Calendar.

HSB 184 — Venture Capital Investment Tax Credits. The bill makes changes to Iowa’s venture capital program to encourage investment in developing businesses. It repeals the venture capital investment tax credits and sets the maximum aggregate limit for business investment tax credits at what is left to be available, which is $2.7 million. This cap is reduced from $10 million. The business investment tax credits that may be issued in a fiscal year is reduced from $3 million to $1 million. (passed Committee 21-0) Referred to Ways and Means.

HSB 217 — Grow Iowa Values Fund Standardization Bill. The bill standardizes and restructures the business assistance program requirements under the Grow Iowa Values Fund so the process is simpler for applicants. It restructures the categories of tax credits under the High Quality Jobs Creation Program, conforms the Enterprise Zone program to requirements of other programs, and allows a start-up wage requirement for the first three years of an applicant. Data for the wage requirements would be obtained yearly instead of quarterly. (passed committee 20-0) Referred to either Appropriations or Ways and Means.

SF 82 — Ex-Officio Member of the Workforce Development Board. The bill adds 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. (Signed by Governor)

SF 207 — Iowa Finance Authority immunity for board members. Members of the Iowa Finance Authority, or members of the board, will not be subject to personal liability while acting on the actions of the board. The bill also eliminates some of the required subcommittees under the Council on Homelessness. (passed Senate 50-0) Referred to Economic Growth.

Education

HSB 26 — Department of Education Technical Bill. This bill is a technical clean-up bill brought by the Department of Education. Removes outdated Code sections and makes other changes as requested by the Department. (passed Committee 17 – 6) to House Calendar

SF 177 — 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 House 66 – 32) to Governor.

SF 217 — Categorical State Percent of Growth. Sets the growth rate at 2 percent for teacher salary, professional development, and early intervention supplements in the school aid formula for FY 2011. (passed House 55 – 42) signed by Governor

SF 218 — Allowable Growth. Sets the allowable growth rate at 2 percent for FY 2011. (passed House 53 – 44) signed by Governor.

HF 351 — Sets a Uniform School Start Date. Changes the date schools can begin classes in the fall to no earlier than the fourth Monday in August. The Department of Education can no longer give waivers to schools to start earlier than this date. Exceptions are made for year-round schools. (Passed Committee 16 – 7) to House Calendar.

Environmental Protection

HF 468 — Unsewered Revolving Fund. Requires the Iowa Finance Authority to create and ad-minister an usewered community revolving loan program offering no interest loans, with a term of not over 40 years, to be used to install ssweage disposal systems where sewage systems are not available, and creates an unswered community revolving loan fund in the state treasury. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 489 — Hazardous Substance Cleanup Costs. Requires a person in control of a hazardous substance to be strictly liable for costs and damages incurred by the hazardous substance. Requires any money collected by the DNR to be deposited in the Hazardous Waste Remedial Fund or for any funds collected by a political subdivision to be used to offset costs of reimbursing emergency response to the hazardous condition. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 90 — Residential Burn Ban. Prohibits the open burning of residential waste beginning January 1, 2010, for cities with population of 2,500 or more, January 1, 2011, for cities with a population of 1,000 or more, January 1, 2012, for cities with a population of 500 or more, and on January 1, 2013, in all cities in the state. (passed Committee 12-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 168 — Public Comment for CAFOs. Requires County Board of Supervisors to hold a public hearing for a permit application to construct a confinement feeding operation within their county. (passed Committee 11-10) to House Calendar.

Human Resources

HF 488 — 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 Governor.

HF 354 — Iowa Care Program. Requires that Department of Human Services include provisions for reimbursement of eligible services provided to an expansion population member by a nonparticipating provider in the continuation of the Iowa Care program submitted on or after July 1, 2010. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Floor.

HSB 227 — Individual Development Accounts. Clarifies enrollment language by conforming to federal language. The bill shifts income eligibility to the time of enrollment, allowing for an ongoing eligibility. In addition, the bill eliminates the age limit of 59 ½ years old. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Floor.

HF 383 — Child Care Advisory Council. Clarifies the membership to the Child Care Advisory Council. Requires advisory council to make recommendations to Department of Human Services. (passed Committee 18-2) to House Floor.

SF 204 — Department of Elder Affairs. Changes the name of the Department of Elder Affairs and Commission on Elder Affairs to the Department on Aging (DA) 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 House 67-29) to Governor.

HF 381 — 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 House 98-0) to Senate.

Judiciary

HSB 29 — Charitable Trusts Document Filing. Requires charitable trusts of over $25,000 to be registered and annually file a report with the Attorney General. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HSB 170—  Real Estate Foreclosures. Changes civil actions relating to the foreclosure of real estate mortgages including limitations on actions, judgments, and executions. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 196 — Small Trusts and Estates. Changes provisions relating to small trusts and estates and makes retroactive changes. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 220 — Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act. Enacts the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act to create a structure for courts to deal with imminent child abductions. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

Labor

HSB 62 — State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN). Federal law requires a business to give employees a 30-day notice if there is a closing or lay-off of 100 employees or more or if half the workforce is laid off. Much of Iowa’s economy is made up of small employers, and the bill would require that Iowa employees be given a 30-day notice for a layoff of 25 or more full-time employees. This would help workers find a new job more efficiently. Workforce Development has found through their rapid response teams that the sooner assistance can be provided there is a greater chance of long-term placement. There are exemptions for an employer offer to transfer an employee within a reasonable commuting distance, a strike or lockout, a natural disaster, or unforeseeable business circumstance. (passed Committee 9-7) to House Calendar.

HSB 63 — Agriprocessors Bill, Wage Payment and Child Labor Violations. As a response to the Agriproccessors’ raid last spring, which resulted in 57 child labor violations and wage violations for non-payment of workers, HSB 63 would increase the fine for violations in both areas. The wage violation is increased from $100 to $500 per pay period for each violation. The bill also allows the labor commissioner to use federal documents to verify a child’s age in order to get a child labor permit. A child labor violation would be increased from a simple misdemeanor to a serious misdemeanor, which could mean a year in jail. An employer who violates Iowa’s child labor law would also be subject to a civil penalty up to $10,000. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Calendar.

Local Government

HF 216 — Pioneer Cemetery. Changes definition of pioneer cemetery to one without 12 burials in the last 50 years; current law says 6 burials. Allows counties to take over maintenance sooner. (Passed Committee 20-0) To Calendar.

HF 397 — Township Levies for Emergency Services. Current law allows townships to levy up to 40 ½ cents per thousand dollars of assessed value, going higher in specified circumstances. This bill requires townships to levy 40 ½ cents per thousand dollars assessed value and allows them to go as high as 80 cents. (Passed committee 13-8) To Ways and Means.

HF 571 — Public Notice of Township Trustee Meetings. Requires board of trustees to give 24-hour notice before a meeting discussing budget, levies, fire protection or EMS service. (Passed Committee 20-0) To Calendar.

HSB 155 — Publication of Assessment Equalization Orders. When county auditors publish notice of an equalization order, the publication must now also inform property owners that they may protest the equalization order with the county board of review. (Passed committee 21-0) To calendar.

HSB 206 — County Recorder Technical Changes. Makes technical changes to change obscure language and outdated sections of the law relating to county recorders. No fees are increased or new fees established. (Passed Committee 20-0) To Calendar.

SF 43 — Abatement or Refund of Certain Property Taxes. This is an enabling act allowing a nonprofit in Buchanan County to receive an abatement of their property taxes due to the failure to file as a non-profit organization. (Passed Committee 11-9) To Calendar.

Public Safety

HF 82 — Protecting Volunteer First Responders’ Jobs. States that both public and private employers cannot terminate a volunteer first responder because they are late or absent from work due to an emergency. Employers can ask for written verification from volunteer supervisors and can deduct pay for time not at work. Volunteers can bring forth a civil action if terminated under these conditions. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 93 — Requires EMS to Report Wounds from Crime. Adds certified EMS providers to the list of health professionals that must report a gunshot, stab wound, or other serious injury that was received as a result of a criminal offense, or a motor vehicle accident or crash. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 95 — Indecent Exposure. Rewrites the definition of indecent exposure to define three types of acts and circumstances or conditions that must be present. Each offense must be done in a place and under circumstances in which the persons know, or reasonably should know, it is likely to cause affront or alarm. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar.

Rebuild Iowa

HSB 180 — Standards for Safe Rooms. This bill directs the state building commissioner to establish, by rule, standards for community safe rooms and storm shelters. Communities do not have to include safe rooms or storm shelters in buildings. However, if they choose to construct them, these standards would apply. (Passed Committee 16-0) To Calendar.

HSB 208 — Local Government Assistance Program. This bill allows the Executive Council to provide up to $3.5 million in grants to local communities affected by gubernatorially declared disasters. The money is for disaster related expenses and cannot exceed 75% of those costs. Right now, the council can only provide up to $1 million in loans. (Passed Committee 10-6) To House Appropriations Committee.

HSB 238 — Disaster Assistance Loan and Credit Guarantee Program. The bill creates a program to help businesses impacted by the summer floods and tornadoes, or new businesses, that want to locate in or near a disaster area. It cannot exceed 10% of the loan arranged through a bank or credit union, but no more than $25,000. The guarantee does not pledge the credit of the state. Appropriates $1.8 million in interest or earnings from 2003 federal stimulus funds. (Passed Committee 16-0) To House Appropriations.

State Government

HSB 133 — Counting of Absentee Ballots. This bill requires the county commissioner of elec-tions to begin counting absentee ballots the day before the General Election. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.

HSB 178 — Audits Conducted by Pari-Mutuel Licensees. Allows licensees of gambling establishments to conduct their audits of operations 90 days after the end of each calendar year rather than at the end of each fiscal year. (passed Committee 18 – 0) to House Calendar.

HSB 200 — Bidding Requirements for Public Improvement Projects. Requires the Department of Administrative Services to use either competitive quotations or competitive bidding for all public improvements of any cost. (passed Committee 19 – 0) to House Calendar.

HSB 201 — Leases on Real Estate Property. Allows the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to manage existing leases on buildings purchased by the state where there are multiple leases within the building. This will limit the length of time that DAS will be a landlord in those instances. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.

HF 278 — Occupancy Rates Listed on Liquor License. Requires persons in Polk County obtaining a liquor license to state the occupancy rate of their establishment and to update this with the Alcoholic Beverages Commission if the number changes during the time prior to renewal of their license. This requirement will assist in knowing which establishments are to be training security personnel. (passed Committee 21 – 0) to House Calendar.

HF 396 — Post Election Audits. Requires a random audit of voting equipment across the state after each General Election to ensure the machines are working properly. Criteria is outlined in the bill as steps to be taken and who is responsible for conducting the audit. Selection process and audit are open to the public. (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 House 96 – 0) to Governor.

SF 52 — Ethics Regulations for the Executive Branch. This bill clarifies and cleans-up exist-ing Code language. (passed House 96 – 0) to Governor.

Transportation

HF 386 — Parking on Left Side of Street. Allows for local governments to adopt an ordinance that will allow, on a two-way street, parking on the left side of the street if it is deemed to be safer than normal parking regulations. (passed Committee 15-6) to House Calendar.

Veterans Affairs

HF 283 — County Commissioners of Veterans Affairs Fund. Requires that the annual appro-priation 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. (Signed by Governor)

HF 503 — Definition of a Veteran. Expands the definition of a veteran to an individual who served at least 18 months and was honorably discharged and served starting April 6, 1917. This does not change the property tax exemption for certain veterans. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Floor.

HF 504 — US Department of Veterans Affairs. Updates Iowa Code to correctly reference the current United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Floor.

HF 505 — Volunteer Record Checks at IVH. Requires the Iowa Veterans Home to complete record checks on prospective or current volunteers. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Floor.

HF 520 — In State Tuition for Veteran and Family. Requires that the community colleges and the Regent Universities charge in state tuition to veterans whom have served since September 10, 2001, their spouses and their dependents. All eligible individuals must be residents of Iowa during their course of study to qualify. (passed Committee 15-1) to House Floor.

HF 522 — Preferential Hiring Treatment by Government for Veterans. Removes the requirement that a person must be a resident of Iowa to receive a veterans preference in appointment or employment of a governmental position. (passed Committee 15-1) to House Floor.

HF 523 — Distinguished Flying Cross License Plate. Establishes a license plate for recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross medal. Current law regarding special plates would apply to this new license plate as well. (passed Committee 16-0) to House Floor.