WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb 12 – Wed. Feb 18, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Commerce

HF 167         Electronic Documents Available for Competitive Bids for Public Improvement Contracts. Prohibits governmental entities from charging a fee to obtain electronic or digital documents made available for public improvement contracts. (passed House 99-0) to Senate

HF 308         Private Employer Alcohol Testing. Changes the minimum alcohol content level allowed from .04 to .02 for private employers. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 119      Disclosure of Radon Test for Sale of Nonpublic Buildings. Allows for the results of the radon test to go directly to the interested buyer, if the interested buyer has paid for the test and made an offer to purchase the nonpublic building. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

 

Economic Growth

HSB 99        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 committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Education

HF 156         Preschool Administration. Allows for transportation of preschool children with other children, and administrative costs can cover rent and outreach activities. Of the dollars passed on to preschool providers, the bill changes the amount that can be used for administration costs from 5% to 10%. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Education

HF204     On‐LineSchools.RemovesthesunsetonCAMandClaytonRidgeSchoolDistrictswhichoperateon‐lineprograms.Thestudent enrollmentcapiseliminatedforstudentsthatare”emotionallyfragile.”TheDepartmentofEducationwouldnolongerhavetosurveystudentsintheprogramon FreeandReduced Price Lunch.Thereportingrequirementswouldnowincludesomeadditionalitemsthatschoolsarealreadyrequiredtodo.(passedHouse 58-40)toSenate Education

HSB 9           Child Care Program Licensure. Moves licensure for a child care center through a school district 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.   (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 61        Dropout Prevention Funding Flexibility. Allows for one set of rules so school districts can use the funds from either Supplementary Weighting or Modified Allowable Growth (MAG) for a dropout prevention programs for greater flexibility. It does not affect the current district cap on MAG. Funding can also now be used under the bill to address pupils that may inflict self-harm or harm others. Those funds cannot be used on students in special education placement in juvenile court facility or a psychiatric medical institution.   (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 171         State Supplemental Aid (SSA) FY 2016. Provides SSA as amended in committee, at 1.25% for FY 2016. This is $2.966 billion total in state aid, an increase of approximately $92.3 million compared to FY 2015. This will increase the state cost per pupil from $6,366 to $6,446 (or $80). Previously, the Senate passed the bill at 4%. (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

SF 172         Categorical State Aid FY 2016. Provides Categorical funding for FY 2016, as amended in committee, at 1.25% which provides funding for the Teacher Salary Supplement, Professional Development, Early Intervention, and the new Teacher Leadership Compensation package. Previously, the Senate passed the bill at 4%. (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

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. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

 

Human Resources

HSB 81        Tanning Ban for Minors. Prohibits minors from using a tanning bed at a tanning facility. (passed Committee 15-5) to House Calendar

 

Judiciary

HF 159         Guardianship and Conservatorship Combined Petition. Considers a combined petition for a conservatorship and guardianship as one proceeding with one docket number. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 315         Establishing Parenthood in Juvenile Proceedings. Includes an individual whose parenthood was established because the individual was married to the mother at the time of conception, birth, or at any time in between for juvenile proceedings. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 340         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 Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 348         Notification of Crime Victims by the Board of Parole. Extends the number of days that a crime victim must be notified of a board of parole hearing. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 41        Probate Code Update. Updates code provisions related to probate and estate-related laws. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 91        Sexually Violent Predator Escape Penalty Increased. Increases the penalty for a sexually violent predator that escapes or attempts to escape custody from a simple misdemeanor to a serious misdemeanor. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

HSB 92        Special Advocate Confidentiality. Allows court appointed special advocates to attend family team decision-making meetings or youth transition decision-making meetings and disclose information about the child to certain individuals. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

 

Local Government

HF 23           Vital Records Copies. Currently, only people that are working for a County Recorder or the Iowa Department of Public Health can make a copy of a vital record in the capacity of their job.  The bill keeps current law, and allows someone to make a copy of their record in their possession. The bill also allows a County Recorder or the department to charge a fee for records that were searched for but not found.   Currently they are required to charge a fee in that instance. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

HF 89           Surplus Reserve Accounts for Bonding Usage. Allows cities the flexibility to use surplus money from reserve accounts to be used for general purpose bonds to finance projects. Such loans cannot cause the balance of reserve accounts to fall below a minimum balance, and a city cannot become indebted under such loans in excess of $6 million. The bill requires a city council to follow similar procedures for issuance of general obligation bonds. It would have the effect of cutting bonding issuance expense paid to bond attorneys, financial consultants and rating agencies, and it could lower property taxes by creating an income stream from interest income previously paid to out of state lenders. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HSB 109      Disability Parking Permit. The bill conforms civil and criminal code sections on the penalty for someone parking in a disability parking permit. It makes the code sections uniform to the scheduled fines. It does not lower or increase the fine of $100. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

 

Natural Resources

HF 288   Taking of catfish by bow and arrow. Allows catfish to be taken by bow and arrow in designated state parks and preserves. The current rule allows rough fish to be taken in this manner, and the bill expands the rule to include catfish. Bow and arrow must have an attached bow fishing reel and a violation of this rule is punishable by a $50 fine. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

State Government

HF 1            Zero Based Budgeting Changes the current legislative budgeting process from incremental to a zero based approach. Makes all departments and agencies start with a zero budget and justify every expense of the department. Currently Georgia is the only state in the United States to use a true zero based budgeting approach. (passed State Government Committee 12-10) to the House Calendar

HF 146         Creating a Scale for Gambling Penalties. Currently any person caught making a bet after knowing the outcome of a game which is not available to all players is a Class “D” felony which leads to very few prosecutions. HF 146 creates a range of penalties based on potential winnings. It also bans anyone from a casino if convicted of the offense of unlawful betting. (passed the House 97-2) to the Senate.

HF 202         Creation of Volunteer Dentist and Dental Hygienist License. Creates a volunteer license for dentists and dental hygienist who have retired in good standing. The volunteer dentist will be under the same guidelines governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygienists except those relating to fees, license renewal, and continuing education requirements. A volunteer dentist is not allowed to charge a fee or receive any form of compensation for dental work. (passed the House 98-1) to House Calendar

HF 281          Legalization of Fantasy Sports Iowa is currently one of five states that do not allow its citizens to win monetary prize for fantasy sports. Under this legislation Fantasy Sports would be defined as a game of skill in Iowa Code and would be not be considered gambling and allow for Iowan’s to collect winnings in fantasy sports contests. (passed State Government Committee 16-5) to the House Calendar

 

Transportation

HSB 129      Gas Tax Increase. Raises the Gas Tax on ethanol blended fuel by a uniform ten cents until the year 2020 as well as a ten cent increase on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and liquefied petroleum. Also increases permit fees for over size and overweight vehicles and sets limitations on bonding by counties. Creates a distribution formula on diesel sales based on the percentage of B11 sold. Extends the sunset on Iowa Access Highways until July 2025, and requires the Department of Transportation to find $10 million of efficiencies for FY 16 and FY 17. All revenue raised by the increase must be used for the repair of critical roads and bridges projects only.

 

Veterans Affairs

HF 205         Veteran Reporting Requirements for Colleges and Universities.  Currently, they are required to file annual reports with the Governor and the Legislature relating to the award of educational credits to veterans for  military education, training, and experience. The bill amends the definition of veteran to include members of the reserve forces of the United States and of the National Guard who have served at least one year of the service commitment and are eligible for, or have exhausted, federal education benefits for veterans. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Calendar

 

HSB 6           National Guard Educational Assistance Program. The bill changes the parameters of the National Guard Educational Assistance Program. Under current law, a qualifying student can receive assistance for up to eight full time semesters, or 16 semesters for part-time students. The bill changes the limitations to a total of 120 hours. There is also language regarding current students who have received some assistance. (passed Committee 15-0) to House Calendar

 

Ways & Means

SF 126         IRC Coupling. Makes changes to Iowa state taxes to correspond to changes in the federal tax code, including coupling with federal changes to Section 179 expensing. (signed; effective 2-17-15)