Appropriations

HSB 772 Judicial Branch Budget. Makes appropriations to the Iowa courts. (passed Commit-tee 14-11) to House Calendar

HSB 779 Optical Scan Voting System Equipment. Appropriates $4.9 million to the Secretary of State’s office for the purchase and distribution of optical scan voting system equip-ment to counties. The money comes from deappropriating FY 2008 RIIF dollars from two DAS appropriations. (passed Committee 19-6) to House Calendar

LSB 5004 Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget. Makes appropriations to the Depart-ment of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Natural Resources, the vet diagnostic lab at Iowa State University, and the Department of Economic Devel-opment from the general fund, other funds, and the environment first fund. (passed subcommittee: House 5-4; Senate 3-1) to House Appropriations Committee

Education

HF 2164 Voluntary Desegregation Plans. Aligns state law with the United States Supreme court ruling that desegregation plans can not use race as a factor. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Education Committee

SF 2111 Blood Lead Testing and Dental Screening. Updates law passed last year and gives more direction to schools and parents to get kids screened. Strikes provision that a student will be kept out of school if tests not performed. (passed House 97-0) to Sen-ate Calendar with House amendment

Commerce

HF 2128 Health Insurance Mandate Commission. Creates a commission to review the finan-cial and health care impact of any bill mandating health insurance coverage. (Passed Commerce 16-5) to House Calendar

HF 2212 Smoke Free Air Act. The bill prohibits smoking in the workplace and most public places including casinos. (House concurred with Senate amendment as amended) sent back to Senate with House amendment to Senate amendment

HF 2238 Spouses of Retired Public Employees. A public employee retiring prior to age 65 may continue in the employer’s group health plan. The bill allows the spouse to also participate at the spouse’s own expense. (Passed Commerce 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2240 Power Fund Cleanup Bill. Establishes criteria to keep applicants’/awardees’ infor-mation confidential to protect trade secrets. Also, allows spending for technical and scientific review of applications for due diligence purposes. (Passed Commerce 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2268 Bans Sale of Motor Vehicles Under Rent-To-Own Law. Prohibits the sale of motor vehicles under the Rent-to-Own statute, and updates a Code reference to the federal Truth in Lending Act. (Passed House 98-0) on Senate Calendar

HF 2336 Hydropower. Requires the Office of Energy Independence to study feasibility of low-head dam hydropower facilities. (Passed Commerce 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2384 Credit Unions. Merely corrects an existing Iowa Code reference to a corporate credit union. (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2448 Children Product Disclosure. Requires manufactures and distributors of products for children age 12 or younger (toys, clothes, etc) to provide information regarding the safety of their products. (Passed Commerce 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 2594 Real Estate Disclosures. Strikes the requirement that mandated disclosures include whether property is in a real estate improvement district. (Passed Committee 21-0) House Calendar

HF 2602 Real Estate Licensure. Expands reasons for denying a license for five years to in-clude offenses similar to those already listed and for moral turpitude. (Passed Com-mittee 21-0) House Calendar

Economic Growth

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 House 98-0) to Senate Economic Growth.

HF 2450 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, and combines re-ports to the general assembly under one report. (Passed 97-0) to Senate Economic Growth.

Environmental Protection

HF 2400 Surface Water Protection Act. Establishes a Water Resource Coordinating Coun-cil, within the Governor’s office, to coordinate all of the state’s water quality ef-forts. Requires assessments and prioritization of regional watersheds in Iowa, fol-lowed by smaller community-based subwatershed improvement plans including wa-ter monitoring. The bill also requires assessment and prioritization of wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The bill is based on the recommendations from the Water-shed Quality Planning Task Force. (passed House 98-0) to Senate

Human Resources

HF 2166 Tech-Check-Tech Programs. Establishes a tech-check-tech program for continued oversight of dispensing medications. (passed Senate 49-0) to Governor

HF 2372 EBT and Food Assistance. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) fees only apply to Food Assistance (food stamps). With expansion of EBT program to include Family Investment Program (FIP) and Promise Jobs, the EBT fee will not be assessed. (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2423 MH/MR/DD Risk Pool. Amends the application date for counties to apply to the Risk Pool, reporting date for the Risk Pool Board, and the dates for warrants issued to counties for funding from the Risk Pool. (passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 2539 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 House 97-0) to Governor

HF 2539 Health Care Bill. House health care proposal that includes divisions regarding 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, Healthy Commu-nities, and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition and Transpar-ency. This proposal is based on the recommendations of the Legislative Commission on Affordable Health Care Plans for Small Businesses and Families and the proposal by the Governor. (passed House 97-0) 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 Senate 47-0) to Gover-nor

SF 473 Designee of Disposition of Final Remains. Identifies a designee for the disposition of a person’s final remains. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 2235 The bill allows expunging a conviction for persons under the legal age concerning al-cohol under code section 123.47. A conviction can be expunged after two years for a simple misdemeanor conviction by a person under the legal age if the person has had no other criminal convictions other than simple misdemeanor violations during the two year period. (passed Committee 17-3) to House Calendar

HF 2584 The bill allows the Supreme Court to prescribe rules requiring confidentiality of cer-tain court records and information maintained by the court. The rules created by this bill may include the manner and format the information can be provided to a clerk of court, authorize the degree and nature of the disclosure of this information, and indi-cate the manner and format this information can be stored in and disclosed. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

HSB 94 The bill sets standards and fees to provide medical records to patients. The bill as-sures that if a medical professional is required to testify in a civil proceeding that a convenient time and place are utilized and that a medical professional can receive a reasonable fee. (passed Committee 12-8) to House Calendar

HSB 508 The bill creates a $100 filing fee to be collected by the clerk of a district court for the filing of a tribal judgment. The bill allows funds from the jury and witness fee revolv-ing fund to be distributed for costs relating to providing information to and supporting potential jurors. The bill increases the filing and docketing fee for a complaint, infor-mation, or uniform citation and complaint for a parking violation. The bill transfers the authority for fees for the bar exam from the board of law examiners to the supreme court and directs fees collected from the bar exam to be used to offset the costs of ad-ministering the exam and admission process to practice law. (passed Committee 17-3) to House Calendar

HSB 687 The bill requires the clerk of a district court to segregate deferred judgments into a separate area or database. The bill requires deferred judgments so separated to be con-sidered a confidential record exempt from public access. (passed Committee 15-4) to House Calendar

HSB 767 The bill states that after two years from the date of entry of judgment on a mortgage for agricultural purposes or a one-family or two-family dwelling, which is the mortga-gor’s residence, any action on a claim for rent are null and void, all liens are extin-guished, and no execution shall be issued for any purpose other than as a setoff or counterclaim. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

HSB 768 The bill provides that a treasurer’s deed issued after expiration of the period of re-demption is void if it is established that notice of expiration of right of redemption was not served on the owner of record or the person in whose name the parcel is taxed if other than the owner of record. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

HSB 776 The bill makes changes to the terms of members of the judicial nominating commis-sion. The bill provides that the terms for each appointed and elected member ends on December 21, 2012, and that the term for new members begins on January 1, 2013, based on the four congressional districts that will be established by the 2010 census. The bill establishes terms for appointed and elected members at two years, four years, and six years to stagger members of the commission. The bill requires gender balance on the commission. The bill states that if the number of congressional districts follow-ing the 2010 census is not equal to 4 this bill is void and the bill is repealed. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Labor

SF 2304 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 Senate 47-0) Passed on file.

Local Government

HF 2366 Defines Peace Officer Communication Equipment as an Essential County Pur-pose. This bill amends the definition of “essential county purpose” and “essential cor-porate purpose” to include peace officer communication equipment and other emer-gency services communication equipment and services. This will allow cities and counties to bond for this equipment. (passed House 98 – 0) to Senate

HF 2392 Notification and collection procedures for delinquent utility charges. Changes procedures for notices and collection of delinquent charges and billing notifications under certain conditions and allows landlords to give written notice only once to the city utility of residential rental property. (passed House 98 – 0) to Senate

Natural Resources

HF 2440 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 House 97-0) to Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee

Public Safety

HF 2119 Fingerprinting Children at Fairs. The bill allows county sheriffs (governmental units) to take fingerprints of children at county fairs or the Iowa State Fair as long as they comply with current requirements, including the parent gave written authorization and the fingerprint cards are returned to the parents. (passed House 96-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2265 Pharmacies to Track Pseudoephedrine Sales. This is the policy bill which creates a statewide central repository for pharmacies to track pseudoephedrine sales electroni-cally, and creates an advisory committee to help the Board of Pharmacy implement such a system. The bill makes the repository contingent upon funding; there is no funding in this bill. The bill also includes language to make our pseudoephedrine law conform to the federal law. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 2600 Campus Police Added to Eluding Peace Officers Law. Adds campus police to the law relating to eluding or attempting to elude a marked law enforcement vehicle driven by a uniformed peace officer. Campus police are already defined as peace offi-cers in 801.4 (11). However, they were not referenced in the eluding a peace officer Code chapter. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

Transportation

HF 2562 The bill raises fees and appropriates the revenue to the TIME-21 fund. The bill changes the registration fee schedule for cars and multipurpose vehicles, raises regis-tration fees for 3, 4, and 5 ton trucks, raises registration fees for 6, 7, and 8 ton trucks, raises the special truck registration fee, raises trailer registration fees, and raises title fees. (passed Committee 12-7) to House Ways and Means Committee

HSB 753 The bill, as amended, establishes an interim study committee to consider issues related to the federal REAL ID requirements. The interim study would consider procedures the DOT needs to develop to issue REAL IDs, costs of implementing REAL ID, im-pact of REAL ID on Iowans, how not implementing REAL ID would affect Iowa, and anything else the interim committee believes is relevant. The interim committee must submit a report to the General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2009. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Veterans

HF 2125 Vietnam Conflict Bonus Modification. Changes the Vietnam Conflict bonus pro-gram to allow veterans who served in an Iowa unit, but were denied the bonus in the past because they failed to meet all the residency requirements, to receive the bonus. (Passed House 98-0) in Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

HF 2287 Military Courts-Martial. Updates Iowa’s Military Justice Code penalties for courts-martial. (Passed House 97-0) to Senate 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. (Signed by Governor)

Ways and Means

HF 2417 Federal Rebate Tax Exemption. Saves Iowans $67.5 million by exempting federal rebates from state income taxes. (Passed Senate 48-0) Sent to Governor

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, increasing the maximum investment from $510,000 to $800,000. (Passed Senate 47-0) Sent to Governor