WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Feb. 26 – Wed. Mar. 4, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

Agriculture

HF 353         Commercial Manure Application. Reduces the training time for commercial manure applications from three hours to two. ( passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

HF 401         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers of drainage districts, competitive bidding thresholds, and drainage district elections (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 503         Show Animals in Lot Counts. Makes show livestock excempt from capacity counts on animal feeding operations. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 112     Surcharge for Livestock and Theft. Authorizes a $2,500 surcharge for class C or D felony theft of livestock or crops (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 137     Beginning Farmer Tax Credits. Increases the beginning farmer tax credit from 12 months to 24 months. ( passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HSB 187      Honey Bee Sales Tax Exception. Exempts the sale of honey bees from sales and use tax. (passed Committee 20-1) to House Way and Means Committee

Commerce

HF 487         Portable Electronic Insurance. Sets up a process for a vendor of portable electronics to sell insurance on that portable electronic. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 492         Bonds Paid by Wine Direct Shippers. Eliminates the requirement that wine direct shippers pay two $5,000 bonds in certain situation and requires that they only pay one. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 494         Prohibition of Powered Alcohol. Prohibits the sale of alcohol in powder or crystal form. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 97        Motor Vehicle Insurance Verification Program. Requires the Department of Transportation to contract with a third party to maintain a database of all motor vehicles and monitor whether the vehicle is covered under insurance as required by law. Persons who aren’t maintaining insurance will have their vehicle registration revoked. This does not apply to commercial vehicles. (passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar

HSB 104      Broadband. This is the Governor’s bill which has a 10-year property tax exemption to companies that expand the availability of broadband that is capable of providing service at 25 megabits of download and 3 megabits of upload speed. Creates a grant program but doesn’t provide an allocation for the program, and includes the acquisition or installation of information technology infrastructure in the definition of “school infrastructure.” (passed Committee 22-1) to House Ways & Means Committee

HSB 191      Distributive Generation. Requires electric customers that have or will install a distributed generation facility (wind, solar) to an electric line to install a visual disconnection device, or face a civil penalty. Customer is also required to notify nearest fire department of location of the disconnection device. (passed Committee 22-1) to House Calendar

Economic Growth

HSB 98        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 Committee 21-0) to House Ways and Means Committee

HSB 136      Human Capital Enrichment Program. Changes makeup and size of the Workforce Development Board and directs the new board develop plans to address the states workforce needs. (passed Committee 11-9) to House Calendar

Education

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HF 342         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 Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 444         Department of Education Corrections Bill. Eliminates duplicative reporting requirements for programs. Exempts Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) Funds from negotiations in a whole grade sharing agreement. Funds from TLC would stay with the district under a whole grade sharing agreement, and in open enrollment, the district of residence must pay the receiving district, TLC funding. Makes corrections to language for attending school outside the state. Eliminates the teacher exchange program, which is no longer funded, and the modified block schedule. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

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 Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 490         Anti-Bullying Policy and Appropriation. As amended in committee, the bill sets up a mentoring program at a minimum of two middle schools and two high schools and will include both rural and urban schools. Provides an appropriation for mentoring and training. Social networking is added under the definition of bullying. Adds behavior to the list of characteristics of a student affected by bullying. Requires notification of parents of students directly involved in bullying except if the student would be further subjected to rejection, abuse, or neglect by way of that notification. Clarifies current authority of a school to investigate bullying off of school grounds, and allows a student to open enroll to another district and participate in sports right away if they are victim of bullying. Creates the school climate and bullying workgroup to provide recommendations on best practices, training and resources. (passed Committee 20-3) to House Appropriations Committee.

HSB 172      Assessments. Contains intent language that the General Assembly will address the Iowa assessments this session. Per Iowa code, an Iowa assessment will be recommended and in place in schools by July 1, 2016. A taskforce and the Iowa State Board of Education have recommended the Smarter Balance Assessment. The Legislature could also choose the Next Generation Iowa Assessment. (passed Committee 20-3) to House Calendar

HSB 173      Iowa Core Technical Changes and Student Data. Changes references from the “Iowa Core” standards to “Iowa Academic” standards throughout the code. It reinforces that Iowa will not impose curriculum or prescribe a particular method of instruction on a school district. Data protections are also added to the bill. The fiscal impact has yet to be determined including if materials on the standards will have to be rewritten. (passed Committee 13-10) to House calendar.

HSB 206      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. (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection

HF 162         Plasma Gasification. Adds plasma gasification to the list of preferred pollution prevention measures. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 208      “Hub and Spoke” Recycling Program. Requires the Department of Natural Resources to develop a “hub and spoke” recycling program to create a regional recycling processing centers in large communities to encourage small communities to delivery recyclables to the centers. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 217         Licensed Intermediate Care Facility Beds. As a person with intellectual disabilities moves out of a State Resource Center the Medicaid funding will follow that person to a community based intermediate care facility, minus the money for fixed costs and infrastructure included for the Resource Centers. The maximum census limit will reduce with any reduction at a Resource Center. (passed Committee 18-3) to House Calendar

HF 218         Tele-health Service Coverage. Tele-health services may be covered by private insurance, and Medicaid must cover the services. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 251         Mental Health Transportation. Allows a county or a MHDS region to contract with a private company to a transfer 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. An RFP process must be utilized to find a transportation entity. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 448         Confidential Communication – EMS. Allows for emergency medical service providers to communicate confidentially with a patient, similar how a physician can do so now in the provider’s professional capacity. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HF 449         Psychiatric Bed Tracking System. Department of Human Services is required to develop and initially implement an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar)

HF 468         Mental Health Advocates. Requires each county to have an independent mental health advocate, and the advocate must an employee of a county.  Counties can share advocates as well. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 126      Child Support Omnibus Bill. Updates the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act in Iowa Code.  The changes are required by federal law and must be adopted by July 1, 2015. Makes other changes recommended by families. (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

HSB 145      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 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 160      Interstate Contract to Transfer Mental Health Patients. Allows for interstate contracts for transferring voluntary and involuntary commitment patients to facilities outside of and into Iowa for substance abuse or mental health treatment. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar)

HSB 188      Stipends to Support Psychiatric Positions. Adds that stipends must be paid out from the Mental Health Professional Shortage Area Program Fund to support psychiatric positions at nonprofit agencies that provide outpatient mental health services if at least 50% of the outpatient clients are covered by Medicaid. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 190      Hospital Expansion – Tax Break. Removes the sales and use taxes on the construction materials for non-profit hospital being used between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016. Genesis Hospital in Davenport plans to expand. (passed Committee 18-3) to House Ways & Means Committee

Local Government

HF 143         Fees Retained by Treasurers for Drivers License Renewal. Currently county treasurers are able to retain $7 of the driver’s license fee per driver’s license renewed when the cost of processing the licenses is $10. The bill allows $10 of the driver’s license fee to be retained by County Treasurers, without raising the driver’s license fee. (passed Committee 19-1) to House Calendar

HF 249         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 RIZ’s 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 365         Delinquent Sewer Bills with a Utility Management Organization. Allows water to be turned off for a 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. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HSB 166      Land Record Filing Fees. Removes the disincentive to e-file that is $1.50 more than paper filing for land records. Every fee would be the same now $23.00. Requires a legislative review every five years. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HSB 178      Radon Testing Required of Schools. Requires testing following new construction, additions, renovations, or repairs. Rules would be developed by the Department of Public health and the Department of Education on training requirements and best practices. Allows use of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund to pay for testing. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 457         Federal Wastewater and Storm Water Regulations. Establishes that no state law can be more restrictive than federal laws relating to wastewater and storm water unless the Environmental Protection Commission determines more restrictive rules are needed. Requires the Department of Natural Resources to produce an annual report with the estimated costs for upgrades and construction by each city or county as well as an update on the wastewater or storm water systems. (passed Committee 13-8) to House Calendar.

HF 467         Deer and Wild Turkey Reporting Violations. Reduces the penalty for not reporting a legal taking of a deer or wild turkey from $100 and a simple misdemeanor to $20 and a scheduled fine. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 486        Writing Fees for Hunting and Fishing Licenses. Increases the fee received by the retailer for hunting and fishing licenses. Retailers will receive $1.00 for a combination hunting and fishing license and $1.50 for a three-year license. Currently, retailers receive 50 cents for a combination license. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 170      Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grant. Extends the underground storage tank cost share program until June 30, 2026. The Iowa Comprehensive Petroleum Underground Storage Tank fund will be given $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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 195      Hunting License with an Apprenticeship Designation. Allows residents 16 years and older to receive a hunting license with an apprenticeship designation without having to take the hunter education course first. The apprentice hunter must be accompanied and aided by a competent hunter, and if the apprentice hunter is a minor, they must have the consent of a parent or guardian to participate. Only two apprenticeship hunter designations are allowed per person, and only residents are able to hunt deer and wild turkey. Nonresidents may only hunt small game. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

Public Safety

HF 137         Rescue Vehicles. Adds rescue vehicles to the list of types of vehicles that may proceed past a red light or stop sign and exceed the speed limit. (passed Committee 12-9) to House Calendar

HF 279         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. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

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. (passed Committee 19-2) to House Calendar

HSB 162      Confidentiality of Certain Personal Information. Allows for any individual to apply with their county offices to prohibit their name, residential address, and telephone number from being searched on an internet site maintained by the county office. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

State Government

HF 47           Changes the Supervision Requirements of Apprentice Electricians. Reduces the amount of time a journeyman electrician has to be on the job site with an electrician from 100% of the time to 25% of the time. (passed Committee 12-10) to House Calendar

HF 338         Data Processing Under Iowa Open Records Law. Requires that a government entity have data available in a format that is commonly used by data software companies. If the request is in a different format the government entity can charge for reasonable costs for the information to be processed in the requested format. (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 443         Repeal of the Tax Review Board. Repeals the tax review board on July 1, 2016. Allows for the Department of Revenue to hear the appeals of Iowans and expedites the process for the appeal to be heard by an Administrative Law Judge. The members of the tax review board are supportive of the repeal of the board. (passed committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HF 450        Elimination of Board of Regent and Department of Transportation Bidding Exemption.

Removes the exemption for the Board of Regents and the Department of Transportation in Chapter 26, the Iowa Bidding Procedures Act. (passed Committee 12-10) to House Calendar.

HSB 48        Change of Adult Dependent in Health Insurance. Eliminates the reenrollment of adult dependents who are over the age of 25 and who are enrolled in an accredited postsecondary educational program.. (passed committee 13-9) to House Calendar

HSB 124      Government Accountability, Personal Settlement Agreements, and Bonus Pay. Requires that any resignation in lieu or termination or demotion of a public employee to become a public record. Eliminates any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements for personal settlement agreements and mandates that decisions for executive bonus pay be made public record. The bill states that no provision of collective bargaining is to supersede the provision of the legislation. (passed committee 13-10) to House Calendar

HSB 135      Dissemination of Contact Information of Elected Officials. Within 30 days of the swearing in of an elected office of a governmental entity, the officer is required to provide contact information with the government entity. If the entity has a website the information is required to be posted on the website. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HSB 146      Absentee Ballot Deadlines. Requires that all absentee ballots must be in Auditor’s office before the close of polls on Election Day, regardless if there is a postmark on the ballot. (passed committee 14-9) to House Calendar

HSB 148      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 committee 21-2) to House Calendar

HSB 159      County Medical Examiner Fees and Publication of County Resolutions. Requires a county medical examiner office receive a fee and expenses for conducting the preliminary investigation of a death affecting public interest. Allows for a summary of resolutions of the County Board of Supervisors to be published instead of all proceedings. (passed committee 21-2) to House Calendar

Transportation

HSB 66        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 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 103         Emblem on ID and Driver’s License. Allows for an emblem for a driver’s license and non-operator ID for a National Guard or Reserve Forces member who has been honorably discharged and was on active duty other than training. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar

HF 111         One License Plate. Eliminates the requirement that two license plates be displayed motor vehicles in Iowa. (passed committee 21-0) to House Calendar