WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Apr. 30 – Wed. May 6, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

 

Agriculture

HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Was Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal feeding operations code section (signed; effective 7-1-15)

 

Appropriations

HF 637         Transportation Budget.  The transportation budget bill spends no general fund dollars and comes from two sources: the Road Use Tax Fund and the Primary Road Fund.  The bill follows the Governor’s recommendation of $365 million, a $7 million increase from the previous Fiscal Year. (passed Senate 26-24) to Governor.

HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. As amended by the Senate in Appropriations committee, the bill spends $79.9 million in new money from RIIF for FY 16 and $12.5 million in FY 17. Also spends $17.7 million in FY 16 and $500,000 from the Technology Reinvestment Fund in FY 16 and FY 17, respectively.  The bill spends $4.6 million from the Revenue Bonds Capitals II Fund for major maintenance for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). (passed Senate Appropriations Committee 13-4) to Senate Calendar

HF 658         Education Budget.  The bill appropriates $977.6 million in FY 16, an $8.6 million cut compared to FY 2015, $48.4 million below the Senate level, and $44.9 million below the Governor.  The Senate amendment appropriates $1.026 billion in FY 2016, a $39.8 million increase compared to FY 2015, $48.4 million above the House level, and $3.5 million above the Governor.  The Education budget bill provides funding for the Department of Blind; College Student Aid Commission; the Department of Education; and the Board of Regents and its institutions.  (passed Senate 26-23, the House refused to concur) to Conference Committee

HF 659        Administration and Regulation Appropriations Budget. This budget bill covers 14 departments, agencies, and offices.  An appropriation of $49.8 million has been proposed for the FY 16 budget by the House, which is a decrease of $2 million compared to FY 15. The Senate added an amendment that increased the total budget to $51.9 million, which is $2 million above the House (passed House 55-41; passed Senate as amended 26-23; House refused to concur) to Conference Committee

HF 663         Postsecondary Interstate Reciprocity Agreements.  The bill creates some exceptions in Iowa law for registration, refund policy, and disclosure laws for postsecondary schools that are part of the interstate reciprocity agreements.  These changes will allow Iowa to join the interstate reciprocity agreements.  The bill will continue to protect Iowa students by creating a fund and allowing the Attorney General to provide tuition refunds for the difference of Iowa law and what is allowed under these reciprocity agreements. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 492         Disaster Case Management Fund. The bill creates a Disaster Case Management Fund with the State Treasury that would receive funds as they are authorized by the Executive Council.  The Executive Council is allowed to authorize up to $1 million each fiscal year for disaster case management services.  Each fiscal year, an additional $100,000 is appropriated for case management training and continued preparation for emergencies.  The funding is authorized by the Executive Council would be appropriated from the Economic Emergency Fund. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 494         Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget.  As amended by the House, appropriates $42 million in general fund dollars for the operations budget of the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Natural Resources, the Vet Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University (ISU), and the Nutrient Research Center at ISU.  This is approximately a $1.1 million decrease from FY 2015.   The bill also includes $42 million for the Environment First Fund.  (passed House 57-42, Senate refused to concur) to Conference Committee

SF 496         Judicial Branch Budget for FY 16.  Appropriates a total of $180 million in general fund dollars to the Judicial Branch for the fiscal year 2016.  This represents an increase of $5.5 million compared to FY 15, and all of that is in the operations line item.  The Jury & Witness Revolving Fund is funded at status quo at $3.1 million.  The House amendment takes away the $5.5 million increase.  (passed House 56-43; Senate refused to concur) to Conference Committee

SF 497         Justice Systems Budget Bill FY 16.  Appropriates a total of $562 million from the general fund to various agencies, which represents an increase of $5.2 million compared to FY 15.  A total of $14 million is appropriated from other funds, which represents an increase of $250,000 compared to FY 15.  Some of the additional funds are appropriated to replace expired federal drug court funds in various community based corrections districts, and to maintain 4 narcotics agents in the Dept. of Public Safety that were previously funded with federal monies.  (passed Senate 26-2; passed House 56-42; Senate refused to concur) to Conference Committee

SF 499        Economic Development Budget. Appropriates $41.4 million from the general fund, a decrease of $1.2 million from FY 15 and appropriates $33.86 million from other funds . The budget funds the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Economic Development Authority, Economic Development activities at the Regents Institutions, Iowa Workforce Development, the Public Employment Relations Board and the High Quality Jobs Programs (Passed House 57-42; Senate refused to concur) to Conference Committee

SF 505         Health and Human Services Budget.  This budget bill provides funding for the Departments of Human Services, Public Health, Aging, Veterans Affairs, as well as the Iowa Veterans Home.  The bill appropriates a total of $1.904 billion.  This is an increase of over $45.8 million compared to FY 2015.  The bill includes a supplemental for Medicaid for FY 15 and cost containment savings for Medicaid Managed Care of over $100 million for FY 16.  The bill fully funds all four Mental Health Institutes.  The bill funds Medicaid at the same amount as the Governor’s level of funding. (Passed Senate 26-22, has not been voted upon in the House) to House Appropriations Committee

 

Commerce

HF 504         Electronic Delivery of Insurance Notices and Documents.  Clarifies law to ensure that insurance companies cannot notify customers by electronic means concerning a notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, or termination of a policy.  (passed Senate 50-0) to House with Senate amendment

HF 548         Disconnection Devices for Distributed Generation.  Requires electric customers that will install a distributed generation facility (wind, solar) to an electric line to install a visual disconnection device and notify their fire department of location of the disconnection device.  Requires the Iowa Utilities Board to adopt rules regarding this issue.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

HF 638         Wine Gallonage Taxes.  Changes the frequency of reporting from businesses to the Alcoholics Beverages Division from monthly to twice a year.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 655         Cell Tower Siting.  Establishes rules and regulations that governmental authorities must follow regarding applications for new or to modify existing wireless communications facilities.  (passed House 59-39) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

SF 487         Portable Electronic Insurance.  Sets up a process for a vendor of portable electronics to sell insurance on that portable electronic.  (signed; effective 1/1/16)

Economic Growth

HF 654         IEDA Miscellaneous Program Changes.  This bill is a collection of miscellaneous program changes proposed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The changes are related to life cycle cost analysis for public buildings and stem internships. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Ways and Means Committee.

 

Education

HF 347         Child Care Program Licensure.  Moves licensure for a child care center through a school district from the Department of Education to only be under the Department of Human Services (DHS).  Currently under some circumstances they could be either agency.  The bill takes effect January 1, 2016, but DHS may begin implementing prior to that date.  (Signed, effective 01/01/16)

HF 599         SAVE Added to Reorganization and Dissolution of a School District.  Adds in reorganization and dissolution of school districts, oversight and protections in the case of any outstanding bonds issued through the Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund.  This includes a review by the Area Education Agencies in the case of reorganization and liabilities issued and the effect of surrounding districts in the case of a dissolution of a school district. (Signed, effective 07/01/15)

HF 646         Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) use for Transportation Repair.  Currently PPEL is allowed for purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students.  The bill expands the use of PPEL for repair of a piece of transportation equipment that is over $2,500.  This would be for a school budget starting after July 1, 2015.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

 

Judiciary

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 Senate 47-3) to Governor

SF 336         Sex Crime Omnibus.  As amended, allows victims to receive a civil sexual abuse protective order which is similar to a domestic abuse protective order, expands the definition of school employees covered by sexual exploitation of a student, creates a new crime for trespass – invasion of privacy, provides for the termination of parental rights of rapists, and makes human trafficking offenses forcible felonies.  (passed House 98-1) to Senate as amended

SF 385         Expungement.  Allows for the expungement of not guilty verdicts and dismissals.  (signed; effective 1-1-16)

SF 404         Shorthand Reporters.  Allows the board of examiners of shorthand reporters to consider a shorthand reporter applicant’s past record, including criminal record.  Specifies that no agreement shall require a certified shorthand reporter to give up control of an original deposition transcript or copies of the transcript before it is certified and delivered to the custodial attorney and clarifies that audio recordings are considered shorthand reporters’ work product.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

 

Local Government

HF 507         Delinquent Sewer Bills with a Utility Management Organization.  Allows water to be turned off for delinquent sewer bills where a Utility Management Organization (UMO) has contracted with a city and or county for sewer services.  Also includes cases where the city or county has water delivered through a rural water district.  It would not affect previous accounts with debt, but would start after July 1, 2015 for new accounts.  (Signed, Effective 07/01/15)

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.  (Signed, Effective 07/01/15)

HF 662         Vital Record Statistics Fee and Electronic Birth Certificates.  Changes current law which requires a fee be charged by the Department of Public Health or a County Recorder if there is a search for records and no copy made, to allowing the fee to be charged.  Adds that the electronic birth certificate records system available to Recorders include single parent births or adoptions.  (passed House 79-19) to Senate Ways and Means Committee

 

Natural Resources

HF 652        Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grant. Gives the Iowa Comprehensive Petroleum Underground Storage Tank fund $1.75 million per quarter to replace old underground storage tank infrastructure with new tanks compatible with E-85. Any owner or operator of a location where gas or petroleum is sold may apply for these grants (up to 50% of the replacement cost), not to exceed one million dollars per calendar year.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Appropriations Committee

 

Public Safety

HF 447         Wireless Service Providers Required to Release Information to Law Enforcement.  Requires wireless service providers to provide location information on a device in certain emergency situations. (signed; various effective dates)

HF 567         Synthetic Drugs.  Extends the amount of time, from 60 days to 2 years, that the Legislature has to enact into law the designation of controlled substances by the Board of Pharmacy.  Adds new compounds to the list of controlled substances.  Moves imitation controlled substances to the controlled substance chapter which increases the penalties.  The Senate amendment does many items including rescheduling of marijuana and making 5 grams or less of marijuana a simple misdemeanor.  (passed Senate 27-23)

HF 585         Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Assault.  Creates a program in the Secretary of State’s Office where victims can sign up to have their mail sent to the Secretary of State, which in turn will forward it to a confidential address.  (signed; various effective dates)

HF 651         E911 Communications Fund.  Increases the percentage of moneys distributed to local public safety answering points from 46% to 53% and expands what the money can be spent on.  Requires the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to pay for the lease costs of a statewide land mobile radio communication system.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Appropriations Committee

 

State Government

HF 626       Tax Review Board.  Sets in code the future repeal of the tax review board. Also eliminates the sunset on the Property Assessment Board. Senate amended to remove the repeal of the Property Assessment Board and extend the sunset to 2021. (Passed Senate 50-0) to House as amended.

SF 199        Campaign Finance. Eliminates the requirement for those making independent expenditures to file committee creation and dissolution documents. All independent expenditures must be reported within 48 hours of the expense. (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 415        Campaign Administrations. Allows for the write in votes to be counted before the official canvass the following Monday, as opposed to the night of the election. (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 482         Social and Charitable Gaming. Code update and modernization of the social and

charitable gaming laws in the Iowa Code. (passed Senate 45-0) to Governor.

 

Transportation

HF 617         Special License Plates. Changes the procedure for special license plates through the Department of Transportation. Non-profit organizations with 200 valid signatures can apply through the Department to have a decal place on a special license plate. (Passed Senate Ways and Means 14-1) to Senate Ways and Means Calendar.

HF 635         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, and 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 travel trailers from 40 ft. to 45 ft. Allows for the DOT to create and administer an electronic insurance verification program. (Passed House 85-12) to Senate.

SF 75            Blue and White Lights on Snow Plows.  Creates a study for snow plows in Department of Transportation in District 1 to use blue and white lights on the vehicles. The pilot project lasts until 2019. (Signed; effective 7/1/15)

Ways & Means

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.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

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 Senate 47-3) to Governor

HF 626         Tax Review Board.  Sets in code the future repeal of the tax review board. Also eliminates the sunset on the Property Assessment Board. (passed Senate 50-0) to House as amended

HF 631         First Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts.  Creates a first-time homebuyers savings account that homebuyers can fund with pre-tax contributions.  (passed House 91-7) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Department of Agriculture.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 638         Wine Gallonage Taxes.  Changes the frequency of reporting from businesses to the Alcoholics Beverages Division from monthly to twice a year.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 646         Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) use for Transportation Repair.  Currently PPEL is allowed for purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students.  The bill expands the use of PPEL for repair of a piece of transportation equipment that is over $2,500.  This would be for a school budget starting after July 1, 2015.  (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

HF 653         Department of Revenue Policy Bill.  Exempts ATVs used primarily in agricultural production from sales tax, changes the definition of reserve deer, clarifies the application process for the disabled veterans tax credit, and provides a property tax exemption for land donated to a cemetery.  (passed House 97-1) to Senate

HF 654         IEDA Miscellaneous Program Changes.  This bill is a collection of miscellaneous program changes proposed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The changes are related to life cycle cost analysis for public buildings, stem internships, reinvestment districts, flood mitigation districts, enterprise zones, and the creation of a revolving loan fund to help cities with cleanup of nuisance properties and abandoned buildings. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 655         Cell Tower Siting.  Establishes rules and regulations that governmental authorities must follow regarding applications for new or to modify existing wireless communications facilities.  (passed House 59-39) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 656         Chemical Production Tax Credit. Uses up to $15 million of the Economic Development Authorities $170 million tax credit cap to incentivize the production of building block chemicals from biomass feedstocks. (passed House 84-9) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 660         Franchise Fee Public Hearing.  Requires a city that is considering an increase to the franchise fee to hold a public hearing.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 662         Vital Record Statistics Fee and Electronic Birth Certificates.  Changes current law which requires a fee be charged by the Department of Public Health or a County Recorder if there is a search for records and no copy made, to allowing the fee to be charged.  Adds that the electronic birth certificate records system available to Recorders include single parent births or adoptions.  (passed House 79-19) to Senate Ways and Means

SF 479         Broadcaster Taxing.  Changes the apportionment of income for a broadcaster under Iowa corporate income taxes.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

SF 482         Social and Charitable Gambling. Complete update and rewrite of chapter 99B. Updates the code language and does clean up to modernize the language and regulation. (passed House 98-1; passed Senate 45-0) to Governor

SF 486         Community College Property Tax Levy Elections.  Allows for the extension of the community college Facilities Levy or Equipment Levy if the tax has previously been imposed for at least 20 consecutive years.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

SF 487         Portable Electronic Insurance.  Sets up a process for a vendor of portable electronics to sell insurance on that portable electronic.  (signed; effective 1-1-16)