WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. May 7 – Wed. May 13, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

 

Appropriations

HF 648         Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Appropriations Committee

HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. As amended by the Senate spends $79.9 million in new money from RIIF for FY 16 and $12.55 in FY 17. It also spends $17.7 million in FY 16 and $500,000 from the Technology Reinvestment Fund in FY 16 and FY 17, respectively.  A total of $4.6 million is spent from the Revenue Bonds Capitals II fund for Major Maintenance for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Also spends $20.7 million in new money from the State Bond Repayment Fund for FY 16. The Senate proposal spends $123.1 million from all funds in new money for FY 16 and $13 million in new money for FY 17. (Passed Senate 26-22, House Refused to Concur and Senate Insisted) to Conference Committee

SF 500         Child Support Programs Agreement. The bill makes the necessary changes to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to be in compliance with federal legislation under the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and to avoid the loss of $38 million in federal funds supporting state child support programs and possibly TANF funds (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). In 2007, the United States signed the Hague convention on the international recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance.  The agreement will help facilitate the recognition and enforcement of child support and other forms of family maintenance orders of parties from the United States seeking enforcement in foreign countries, and reciprocally for orders from foreign countries seeking enforcement in the United States.  In 2014, the U.S. Congress passed federal implementing legislation for the convention, which required each state to enact the legislation proposed in this bill as a condition for continued receipt of federal funds supporting state child support programs. (passed Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 501         State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  Creates exceptions in Iowa law for registration, refund policy and disclosure laws for postsecondary schools so Iowa higher education institutions can take part in SARA effecting on-line courses.  The bill continues protections for Iowa students by creating a fund and allowing the Attorney General to provide tuition refunds not allowed under these reciprocity agreements if an Iowa citizen cannot receive them from another state or out of state institution.  (passed Senate 48-0, passed House 98-0) to Governor

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 a decrease of over $14.8 million compared to FY 2015.  The bill includes cost containment savings for Medicaid Managed Care of over $68 million for FY 16.  The bill closes two of the Mental Health Institutes in Iowa, and underfunds Medicaid by $35.6 million. (Passed House 56-40) to Senate with House amendment

 

Commerce

HF 504         Electronic Delivery of Insurance Notices and Documents & Duties and Responsibilities of Agents.  Clarifies law to ensure that insurance companies cannot notify customers by electronic means concerning a notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, or termination of a policy until allowed by Insurance Commissioner.  Clearly states that agents have a duty and responsibility to the named beneficiary on a policy only if the policy holder is deceased.  (passed House 97-0) to Governor

Education

SF 501         State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  Creates exceptions in Iowa law for registration, refund policy and disclosure laws for postsecondary schools so Iowa higher education institutions can take part in SARA effecting on-line courses.  The bill continues protections for Iowa students by creating a fund and allowing the Attorney General to provide tuition refunds not allowed under these reciprocity agreements if an Iowa citizen cannot receive them from another state or out of state institution.  (passed Senate 48-0, passed House 98-0) to Governor

 

Judiciary

HF 648         Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (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 House 98-0) to Governor.

 

Transportation

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. The House version allows for the DOT to create and administer an electronic insurance verification program, while the Senate version requires the DOT to do a study on lowering the number of uninsured drivers. The Senate also changes texting while driving to a primary offense.  (Senate refused to concur and the House insisted.) to Conference Committee.

 

Ways & Means

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 7-1-15)

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 House 98-0) 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 House 95-3) to Governor