WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Mar. 19 – Wed. Mar. 25, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

Agriculture

HF 503         Show Animals in Lot Counts. Makes show livestock excempt from capacity counts on animal feeding operations. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 529         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers of drainage districts, competitive bidding thresholds, and drainage district elections (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

HF 578         Observation of Investigation. An owner of a property cannot be prohibited from observing an investigation and taking pictures on their own property (passed House 95-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee.

HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Was Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal feeding operations code section (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee

 

Commerce

HF 371         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 Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 394         Transportation Network Companies. Establishes regulations regarding vehicle insurance requirements and other areas for transportation network companies that would like to come into Iowa and provide transportation services. (passed House 95-5) to Senate Transportation Committee

HF 395         Regulation of Pharmacy Benefits Managers. Gives the Insurance Commissioner explicit authority to investigate, examine and audit pharmacy benefit managers as well as authority to suspend or revoke a manager’s certificate. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 455         Insurance Division – Model Act for Corporate Governance. Adopts the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) Model Act for Corporate Governance which requires insurers residing in Iowa to file an annual disclosure. This disclosure will allow the Division to get a comprehensive understanding an insurer’s governance structure, policies, and practices. (passed House 98-0) (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor

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 House 100-0) to Senate

HF 600         Telehealth Regulations & Study. Requires licensing boards and commissions of health care professionals to adopt rules regarding the use of telehealth in their health care field and requires the Department of Human Services to adopt rules regarding the use of telehealth in Medicaid. Co-pay for telehealth visits must be the same as for in-person visits. Requires various state agencies to convene a study regarding the implementation of telehealth. (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

 

Economic Growth

HF 595         Manufactured Housing Fund. Creates a fund within the Iowa Finance Authority that would direct funds to financing agents or financial institutions to finance the purchase. (passed House 94-4) to Senate Economic Growth Committee

SF 217         Shelter Assistance Fund. Codifies current practices in distributing Shelter Assistance Fund money, including removing  rehabilitation and expansion as permissible uses of fund money. (passed House 97-0) to Governor

 

Education

HF283         AllIowaOpportunityScholarshipProgram.SpreadsoutthefundingtoRegentandprivatecollegestudentsforthescholarshipprogramundertheCollegeAidCommissiontotwoyears,in‐steadofthecurrentoneyear.Currentlycommunitycollegestudentscanreceivethescholarshipfortwoyears.(passedHouse 97-0)to Senate Education

HF 284         Iowa Tuition Grant Cap. Removes the current cap of $5,000 to the Iowa Tuition Grant program, which applies to both non-profit and for-profit private colleges. Funding for the program would still be subject to the amount appropriated. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Education

HF 346         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 House 97-0) to Senate Education

SF 176         School Aid Property Tax Replacement, FY 2017. Extends the freeze through FY 2017 and keeps the additionallevyportionofthestatecostper pupil from school aid growth covered by the general fund. The Governor signed a bill earlier, SF 173, which extended this through FY 2016. (Passed Ways and Means Committee 23-2) to House Floor

SF 227       SchoolStartDate.Asamendedby the House,setstheschoolstartdateatAug.23rd or later withnowaiverprocessforschoolstostartearlier. Within 30-days of the bill’s enactment, a school district or a nonpublic school may apply to the Department of Education for authorization to maintain a year-round school for grades preK-8. The application is allowed for an individual school, not district wide, and must hold a public hearing prior to submitting the request. (passedHouse 71‐29, passed Senate 28-22 with MTR)to Senate Calendar

 

Human Resources

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 Committee 20-0) to House Floor

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 Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

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 Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

 

Judiciary

HF 3             Invasion of Privacy and Trespassing. Makes changes to the offenses of invasion of privacy and trespassing. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 6             Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee. Expands the definition of school employee for the criminal offense of sexual exploitation by a school employee. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 172         Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Update. Updates Iowa Code to reflect changes to the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act. (passed House 100-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

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 House 97-3) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 192         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 Ways & Means Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 299         Loess Hills Development Authority Agreements. Prohibits the Loess Hills Development and Conservation Authority or the Loess Hills Alliance from entering into any agreement with the local, state, or federal government that regulates, on an involuntary basis, the actions of a private landowner or the use of a private landowner’s land. (passed House 95-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 372         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 Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 493         Summoning Emergency Assistance. Prohibits local governments from penalizing a resident, owner, tenant, or landlord from contacting law enforcement or emergency personnel if the person reasonably believed there was an emergency. (passed House 98-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 535         Nonsubstantive Code Corrections. Makes nonsubstantive code corrections to the code. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 536         Substantive Code Corrections. Makes substantive corrections to the code. (passed Senate 47-0) to Governor

HF 569         Garnishment. Revises the notice requirements for garnishment. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 570         Sledding Liability Exemption. Provides a liability exemption for municipalities for any recreational activity on public property where the injury or damages are from the normal and expected risks inherent in the activity. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HJR 8           US Constitutional Convention. Petitions Congress to propose an amendment to the US Constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government. (passed House 54-43) to Senate State Government 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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

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 Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 306         Adult Ward Communication. Provides a process for assuring an adult ward’s right to interact and visit with another person. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 448         “A” Felony by Juveniles. Creates a procedure to sentence juveniles that have committed a Class A Felony. (passed Committee 15-6) to House Calendar

 

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. (passed House 99-0) to Senate Local Government

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 Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Floor

 

Natural Resources

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 Ways and Means

SF 392        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 House 99-0) to Governor

 

Oversight

HSB 222      Clean Line Electric Lines. Makes changes to the eligibility of applicants to receive a petition for franchise for an electrical line from the Iowa Utilities Board, and applies retroactively. (passed Committee 5-4) to House Calendar

HSB 223      Eminent Domain Authority for Lake Creation. Makes changes to Iowa’s eminent domain law by limiting condemnation to the number of acres needed to provide adequate water supply in the county where the lake is being created. (passed Committee 9-0) to House Calendar

 

Public Safety

HF 501         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 House100-0) to Senate Transportation Committee

 

State Government

HF 202         Volunteer Dentist. 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 Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 203         Sleep Tech Licensure. 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. (Passed House 100-0) to Senate

HF 550         Contact Information for Elected Officials. Requires government entities that maintain a website put contact information of elected officials on the website. (Passed House 97-0) to Senate

HF 552         Reenrollment Coverage for Children. Eliminates the continuation of health insurance of dependents over the age of 25 who are currently enrolled in an accredited institution in a post-secondary program. (Passed the House 56-41) to Senate

SF 135         Campaign and Ethics Changes. Raises the minimum amount for an individual donor to disclose from $10 to $25, increases the minimum raised for filing a committee report from $750 to $1000 and requires electronic filing for all reports. (Passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 198         Regulation of Certified Public Accountants(CPA) Updates code to conform with the standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Harmonizes laws regarding ownership of CPA firms and exempts CPAs from being license private investigators when doing forensic work. (Passed House 98-0) to Governor

 

Transportation

HF 245         Special Plates Decal. Changes the process for requesting a special license plate for a motor vehicle. Currently, everything is run through the Department of Transportation and this bill would allow a nonprofit with at least 200 members to design and produce the decal rather than the DOT. New plates will have a spot on the plate reserved for the decal. Eliminates the special plate fee at the time of the registration of a new vehicle because the fee will now be paid to the organization producing the decal. Outlines that the DOT may establish guidelines and criteria for approval of the decal design. (Passed Ways and Means 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 563         Vehicle Recyclers, Transfers, National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. 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 House 97-0) to Senate

HF 597         Distribution of Fines Imposed by Automated Traffic Enforcement. Requires a citation imposed by a traffic camera to give a list of where the money from the citation is distributed. (passed House 97-0) to Senate

 

Ways & Means

HF 192         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 Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HF 245         Special Plates Decal. Changes the process for requesting a special license plate for a motor vehicle. Currently, everything is run through the Department of Transportation and this bill would allow a nonprofit with at least 200 members to design and produce the decal rather than the DOT. New plates will have a spot on the plate reserved for the decal. Eliminates the special plate fee at the time of the registration of a new vehicle because the fee will now be paid to the organization producing the decal. Outlines that the DOT may establish guidelines and criteria for approval of the decal design. (Passed Committee 25-0) 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 Committee 25-0) to House Calendar

HSB 161      Legalize Fireworks. Legalizes the sale and use of consumer fireworks and novelties. (passed Committee 15-10) to House Calendar

SF 176         School Aid Property Tax Replacement, FY 2017.  Extends the freeze through FY 2017 and keeps the additionallevyportionofthestatecostper pupil from school aid growth covered by the general fund.  The Governor signed a bill earlier, SF 173, which extended this through FY 2016. (Passed Committee 23-2) to House Calendar