WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Apr.2 – Wed. Apr.8, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

 

Agriculture

HF 529         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers of drainage districts, competitive bidding thresholds, and drainage district elections (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 523         Honey Bee Sales Tax Exemption. Exempts the sale of honey bees from sales and use tax. (passed Ways and Means Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

HF 575         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Department of Agriculture (passed Ways and Means Committee 24-0) to House Calendar.

 

Appropriations

HSB 177      Federal Block Grants. Establishes authorizing legislation for the receipt and expenditure of federal funds in the amounts the state is anticipated to receive in Federal Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.  The bill also provides the mechanism for the State to receive federal block grant funds provided in specific federally designated areas for the same federal fiscal years.  The State is anticipated to receive $7.117 billion in federal funds in FY 2016, and $7.013 billion in FY 2017.  These amounts compare to $6.714 billion the State is estimated to receive in FY 2015. (Passed Committee 25-0) To House Calendar

SF 402         MHI Closure Transition.  Delays the closure of the Mental Health Institutes at Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant until a comprehensive treatment plan is approved by the Mental Health and Disabilities Services Commission. The bill is effective upon enactment. (Passed Committee 25-0) To House Calendar

 

Commerce

HF 454         Insurance Division Omnibus Bill.  Makes changes to various entities under the purview of the Insurance Division, including the regulation of intrastate crowdfunding.  Changes include using one standard set of language regarding confidentiality of language and allowing perpetual care cemeteries to purchase equipment that is to be used in the ongoing operation of the cemetery.  (passed Ways & Means Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 606         Motor Vehicle Insurance Verification Program.  Requires the Department of Transportation to contract with a third party, for four years, to verify that owners of registered vehicles have insurance.  (passed House 75-23) to Senate

SF 125         Alcoholic Beverages Division Technical Bill.  Provides non-substantive changes such as not applying the 50% mandatory mark-up to grape brandy that is purchased and used as an ingredient to make fortified wine.  Conforming changes are made to several Code sections that were missed in 2010 with the authorization of the manufacturing, wholesale selling, and retail selling of high alcoholic content beer in Iowa.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

 

Education

HF 421         Community College Instructor Qualifications.  In order for a Career Technical Training Education (CTE) instructor to teach at a community college, they must have a baccalaureate or graduate degree in an area of study or occupational area, special training of at least 6,000 hours of recent and relevant work experience.  The bill allows someone with relevant work experience, including but not limited to a licensed high school teacher with a CTE endorsement, to count towards those 6,000 hours.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 488         Iowa Reading Corps.  Establishes an Iowa Reading Corps that would use people from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, and AmeriCorps who have already been helping young readers.  The program will use models of current literacy programs. Goals and strategies will align with the Department of Education, a local school district, and the Iowa Reading Research Center.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 515         District Management Levy use in Mediation and Arbitration.  Gives school districts added flexibility to pay the cost for mediation and arbitration through the district management levy instead of their general fund account.  This would include legal fees and would take affect FY 2017.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 462         EpiPens Use in Schools.  Allows schools boards and private schools to maintain a supply of EpiPens.  A health care professional is allowed to prescribe them to the schools and allows personnel to administer the pens to students.  If the trained personnel administers an injection in good faith that the student is having an allergic reaction, the school has legal immunity.  It also allows facilities to maintain a supply of EpiPens at locations where the public is present.  The House amendment makes technical changes and allows an employee or agent of a school to administer the EpiPen. (passed House 97-0, Senate Concurred, 48-0) to Governor

 

Environmental Protection

HF 266         Yard Waste in Landfills.  Allows yard waste to be disposed in a sanitary landfill if the landfill operates a methane collection system that produces energy.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

 

Human Resources

HF 381         Iowa Health Information Network.  Control of the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) is moved from a public entity to a non-profit.  A new code chapter is created, but most of the current language from IHIN’s 2012 establishment is maintained.  An RFP process is established to find the appropriate non-profit to take control of the IHIN.  (passed Senate 46-4) to Governor

HF 449         Psychiatric Bed Tracking System.  Department of Human Services is required to develop and initially implement an psychiatric bed tracking system, which includes psychiatric beds in a sub-acute care facility.  (passed Senate 48-0) to House with Senate amendment

HF 468         Mental Health Advocates.  Requires each county to have an independent mental health advocate and the advocate must be an employee of a county.  Counties can share advocates as well. (passed Senate 46-0) to House with Senate amendment

HF 510         Mental Health Transportation.  Allows a county or a Mental Health and Disability Service region to contract with a private company to transfer a person who is voluntarily or involuntarily committed to the nearest available facility licensed to care for persons with substance abuse or mental illness, or a public or private hospital.  Trained personnel and appropriate vehicles are used for the safe transportation of patients. A request for proposal process must be utilized to find a transportation entity.  (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 12-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 534         Stipends for Mental Health Professionals.  Broadens the criteria for receiving stipends under the Mental Health Professional Shortage Area Program.  The maximum amount of a grant is set at $21,000 per grant.  (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 12-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 579         Disclosure of Information – Health Facilities.  Specifies when information can be disclosed to the attorneys of health care facilities, elder group homes, assisted living programs, and adult day services programs during an investigation.  (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 12-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 200         Dental Board Executive Director.  Clarifies that the Iowa Dental Board can appoint an Executive Director, details the duties of the Executive Director, and specifies that the Director is exempt from the merit system and serves at the pleasure of the Iowa Dental Board.  (passed House 96-0) to Governor

SF 201         Physician Assistants – Mental Health Findings.  For situations when a person is brought in by the police or sheriff to a hospital who they believe is dangerous to others or themselves and is examined by a physician assistant, the bill eliminates requirement that the findings of the examining physician assistant must be approved by the examining physician assistant’s supervising physician before the examining physician assistant communicates with the nearest available Magistrate to make a final decision about a civil commitment.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 203         Nursing.  Changes that Advanced Nurse Registered Practitioners (ARNP) are “licensed” with the Board of Nursing, rather than “registered.”  Separates out code language regarding record checks into a new section, rather than be combined with Education Programs.  Changes that a health care provider, rather than a physician, perform an appropriate medical evaluation on a nurse if a complaint is brought forward such as an issue regarding alcohol abuse or substance abuse.  (passed House 97-0; passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 274         Public Health Omnibus Bill.  The bill changes the term “hearing aid dispensers” to “hearing aid specialists.”  In addition, the bill makes changes to Medical Residency Training Grants program under the Iowa Department of Public Health. The bill fixes an error from last year so that the programs will continue by reinstating the repealed language in 2014.  In the last part of the bill, the newly reinstated language is amended in an effort to make the program more attractive to potential bidders, especially those who may wish to establish new residency programs.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 276         Medical Licenses.  Establishes a clear policy that a medical license is relinquished after five years of being not being renewed.  Creates an administrative medicine license for physicians who engage in nonclinical practice.  A physician with an administrative medicine license may advise organizations, authorize or deny payments for care, organize and direct research programs, review care, and perform other duties not requiring direct patient care.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 335         Release of Information to an Organ Donation Agency.  Allows various reports completed by the Medical Examiner regarding a deceased individual whom an anatomical gift was made to be released to an organ donation agency, if requested by the agency. In addition, a hospital, licensed or certified health care professional, or Medical Examiner is required to release patient information to a procurement organization as part of a referral or retrospective review of the patient as a potential donor.  Both provision only apply to tissue donations.  (passed House 95-0) to Governor

SF 401         Sub-acute Care Facility Beds.  Increases the maximum number of beds sub-acute care beds from a total of 50 beds to 75 beds.  If a facility wants to add sub-acute beds, they do not have to reduce the number of inpatient beds to do so.  The Court has the option of placing a person directly in sub-acute bed, rather than an inpatient bed which may not be needed.  (passed House 97-0; passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

SF 452         Medicaid Managed Care Oversight.  Creates a Legislative committee to oversee the transition to managed care for Medicaid services.  Establishes requirements for the managed care contracts.  (failed to pass Committee 9-11)

SF 463         Mental Health and Disability Services Code Makes non-substantive code changes related to the Mental Health and Disability Services code.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

 

Judiciary

HF 172         Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Update.  Updates Iowa Code to reflect changes to the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 227         Strip Searches – Simple Misdemeanor and Scheduled Violations.  Allows a visual strip search of anyone arrested for a scheduled violation or simple misdemeanor who is housed in the general population of a jail or facility.  (passed Senate 50-0) to House Calendar as amended

HF 258         Sexual Misconduct with Offenders by Peace Officers.  Expands the definition of sexual misconduct with offenders and juveniles to specifically include peace officers  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 259         Workers’ Compensation Exclusions.  Allows a proprietor, LLC member or partner, or a partner to not purchase workers’ compensation coverage and requires a nonelection of coverage to be attached to the workers’ compensation liability policy or filed with the workers’ compensation commissioner.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 616         Equalization Order Notifications.  Requires that individual notices be mailed to each taxpayer where the valuation of the taxpayers property would be increased by the equalization order and changes the dates for notifications and appeals by property owners.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 622         Vehicle Rental Fees.  Allows rental companies to charge recovery fees for licensing and registering vehicles outside of the bundled cost quoted for a vehicle rental.  (passed House 95-2) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

SF 222         Firearm Disposition.  Requires all firearms that are seized by law enforcement to be deposited with the Department of Public Safety, regardless of the fair market value of the firearms.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 267         Officer Confidentiality with Peer Support Group Counselors.  Provides that communications between an officer, including a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or EMT, and a peer support group counselor are confidential communications.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 292         Juvenile Records.  Specifies when juvenile court records are available, including making records not available in the case of a dismissal.  (passed 98-0) to Governor

SF 306         Adult Ward Communication.  Provides a process for assuring an adult ward’s right to interact and visit with another person.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate as amended

SF 412         Juvenile Court Officer Guidance.  Allows juvenile court officers to advisors child judged delinquent until the age of 21.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 426         Doctor/Patient Communications/CANDOR.  Creates the voluntary opportunity for a health care provider to communicate about an adverse health care incident with a patient.  (passed House 96-0) to Governor

SF 427         Suppressors/Gun Omnibus.  Legalizes suppressors; as amended would also  allow a minor to possess handgun and change provisions related to a permit to carry a firearm.  (passed House 73-25) to Senate as amended

SF 448         “A” Felony by Juveniles.  Creates a procedure to sentence juveniles that have committed a Class A Felony.  (passed House 80-18) to Governor

SF 451         Bridge Orders – Juveniles.  Allows for the transfer of a Child in Need of Assistance Case (CINA) from the juvenile court to a district court through a bridge order.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

 

Local Government

HF 615         Rural Improvement Zones (RIZ) Regulations.  Allows a county board of supervisors to approve a RIZ. Currently, they have to approve a RIZ if a petition to create one is filed. Iowa currently has four RIZs and with this bill, eight more would be allowed for a total of 12. A public hearing would be required within 60 days of filing.  Deletes the cap of year 2007 to issue bonds to improve a RIZ. Improvements limited to include dredging, erosion control, water quality control and land acquisition.  Places limits on the use of property taxes for a RIZ.  Requires a financial report of a RIZ and it may be extended for another 20 years.  (Passed House 97-0) to Senate Ways and Means Committee

SF 167         Compensation of Elected Officials.  Prevents a Board of Supervisors from approving a separation allowance or severance pay for a county elected official.  As amended by the House, the bill would require a separate detailed resolution in order to approve any pay increase for county elected officials and to be included in the county budget.  (passed Committee, 20-1, passed House 97-0) to Senate Calendar

 

Natural Resources

HF 467         Deer and Wild Turkey Reporting Violations.  Reduces the penalty for not reporting the legal taking of a deer or wild turkey from $100 and a simple misdemeanor to $20 and a scheduled fine.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

SF 218         Operation of Snowmobiles within Right-of-Ways of Interstates and Freeways.  Allows snowmobiles to cross bridges and underpasses on interstates or freeways. This only includes a bridge or underpass that intersects with the interstate or freeway. Currently, snowmobiles are only allowed to use an underpass if it is abandoned or if it is the only travel alternative. (passed House 98-0) to Governor

 

Public Safety

SF 264         Statewide Emergency Mass Notification and Messaging System.   Requires E911 notification centers to provide geographic location and phone numbers to the statewide system.  (passed House 96-1) to Governor

 

State Government

HF 146         Gaming Prohibited Activities. Prohibits certain gaming activities that give players an advantage over other participants.  Eliminates that every violation is Class D felony and sets a penalty structure.  (passed Senate 49-0) to House

HF 203         Sleep Tech. Creates a licensure and standard for those practicing as polysomnographic technologist or sleep techs. Allows for some grandfathering for those already practicing in sleep medicine. Amended by the Senate to include background checks on applicants for license. (passed Senate 37-13) to House.

SF 135         Campaign and Ethics. Requires all campaign reports be filed electronically. Raises the minimum individual contribution amount to for disclosure as well as the minimum number of dollars raised to file a committee. (passed House 97-0) to Governor.

SF 434         Barbers Continuing Education. Reduces the number of continuing education hours from 8 to 3 every two years. (passed House 60-37) to Governor

SF 435         Data Software, Open Records.  Allows for governmental entities to charge a reasonable fee for processing an open records data request that is not in a readily available format. Makes government entities  have information in a readily available and commonly used format. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

SF 456         Growler Sells. Allows establishments with a class “C” permit to sell beer in “growlers” Sets requirements for persons getting their growler filled and the employee filling the growler. The container must be sealed and is not considered an open container under Iowa law. (Passed committee 20-3) to Governor

SF 457         Ombudsman’s Office Access. Allows for the Ombudsman office to access minutes or recordings of a closed session without obtaining a court order. (passed House 96-0) to Governor

 

Transportation

HF 538         DOT Omnibus. Eliminates outdated code language as well as moves transportation commission language to chapter 307A.  Eliminates the state aircraft pool from private enterprise competition exemption, eliminates paper certificates for aeronautics, aligns fees of replacement for “Under 18” and “Under 21” ID’s. Conforms to federal law with commercial learner’s permit, fixes a catch-22 for temporary restricted license for non-OWI and OWI offense. Allows for federal agents to be issued county standard plates , and allows for car sale negotiations at the State Fair. Lengthens traveler trailers from 40 ft to 45 ft. (passed Ways and Means 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 563         Vehicle License and Recyclers. Allows for recycling of vehicles without a title or junking certificate if the vehicle is 12 years or older and less than $1,000 market value. Those seeking to become auto recyclers must provide proof of registration with the national motor vehicle title information system (NMVTIS) and requires the following of other federal guidelines and makes penalties for noncompliance.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 597         Fines Distribution.  Requires the fine distribution for automated traffic enforcement citations be included on the citation. (passed Senate Transportation committee 11-2) to Senate Calendar

SF 155         Rear License Plate Light on Dump Truck. Removes the requirement for dump trucks to have a light illuminating the rear license plate on intra state travel. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

Ways & Means

HF 454         Insurance Division Omnibus Bill.  Makes changes to various entities under the purview of the Insurance Division.  Changes include using one standard set of language regarding confidentiality of language and allowing perpetual care cemeteries to purchase equipment that is to be used in the ongoing operation of the cemetery.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 538         DOT Omnibus.  Eliminates outdated code language as well as moves transportation commission language to chapter 307A.  Eliminates the state aircraft pool from private enterprise competition exemption, eliminates paper certificates for aeronautics, aligns fees of replacement for “Under 18” and “Under 21” ID’s. Conforms to federal law with commercial learner’s permit, fixes a catch-22 for temporary restricted license for non-OWI and OWI offense. Allows for federal agents to be issued county standard plates , and allows for car sale negotiations at the State Fair.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 557         Rural Improvement Zones (RIZ) Regulations.  Allows a county board of supervisors to approve a RIZ. Currently, they have to approve a RIZ if a petition to create one is filed. Iowa currently has four RIZs and with this bill, eight more would be allowed for a total of 12. A public hearing would be required within 60 days of filing.  Deletes the cap of year 2007 to issue bonds to improve a RIZ. Improvements limited to include dredging, erosion control, water quality control and land acquisition.  Places limits on the use of property taxes for a RIZ.  Requires a financial report of a RIZ and it may be extended for another 20 years.  (Passed House 97-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 575         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup.   Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Department of Agriculture (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar.

HF 606         Motor Vehicle Insurance Verification Program.  Requires the Department of Transportation to contract with a third party to verify that owners of registered vehicles have insurance.  (passed House 75-23) to Senate

HF 616         Equalization Order Notifications.  Requires that individual notices be mailed to each taxpayer where the valuation of the taxpayers property would be increased by the equalization order and changes the dates for notifications and appeals by property owners.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 621         Streamlined Sales Tax. Clarifies that “prepared food” excludes food that requires additional cooking and that taxpayers that rely on the state’s taxability matrix receive liability relief to keep the state in compliance with the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement.  (passed House 96-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 628         TIF Changes.  Updates requirements for the annual TIF reports, prohibits the use of TIF for public buildings, and creates a process for ending TIFs older than 20 years.  (passed Committee 13-10) to House Calendar

HF 622         Vehicle Rental Fees.  Allows rental companies to charge recovery fees for licensing and registering vehicles outside of the bundled cost quoted for a vehicle rental.  (passed House 95-2) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 627         Geothermal Tax Exemption Changes.  Allows for the current geothermal tax exemption allowed for residential property for multiresidential, commercial, industrial, or agricultural property and makes the exemption indefinite instead of the current 10 year limit.  (passed Committee 20-3) to House Calendar

HF 629         Honey Bee Tax Exemption.  Provides an exemption from the sales and use tax on the sale of European honey bees.  (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

HSB 110      Gambling Promo Play.  Excludes promotional play from gambling receipts.  (passed Committee 22-2) to House Calendar

HSB 219      Air Quality – Title V Fund.  Creates an air emissions and an air quality fund within the Department of Environmental Protection to support emissions fees, operating permits, major air contaminant sources, minor sources, and asbestos.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HSB 234      First Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts.  Creates a first-time homebuyers savings account that homebuyers can fund with pre-tax contributions.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar