Thurs. Jan 26 – Wed. Feb 1, 2017




HF 136         State Supplemental Aid (SSA).  The bill provides a total in state school funding in FY 2018 with an increase for SSA and Categorical funding at 1.11%.  The state cost per pupil would increase from $6,591 to $6,664 (or $73).  The bill also changes the setting of SSA in the future to be for the upcoming fiscal year, not 1 ½ years in advance for proper notice to schools. (passed Committee 14-9) to House Calendar

SF 130          FY 2017 Deappropriations and Supplemental.  Deappropriates a total of $88.2 million, transfers $25 million from other funds to the general fund, and appropriates $4.3 million for Indigent Defense.  (Signed; effective 2/1/17) (passed Committee 14-9; passed House 58-38)


HSB 20         Independent Review Filing Fee.  Eliminates a $25 filing fee for independent review of a benefit trigger determination under a long-term care insurance policy.  This is an Iowa Insurance Division bill, and they have not charged the fee for five years.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

HSB 41         Autism Service Coverage Insurance Mandate – With Limits.  Requires state regulated insurance coverage of applied behavioral analysis for autism spectrum disorder for minors.  The bill includes limits on coverage including financial, and the number of visits, including others.  The bill takes effect January 1, 2018.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Calendar

Economic Growth

HSB 40         Apprenticeship Residence Clarification.  The bill  is in response to a an issue with our apprenticeship program wherein TMC Transportation was using a large amount of our apprenticeship funds training out of state individuals. The bill includes language regarding EDA’s ability to interpret their rules and clarifying language on who is eligible for the apprenticeship program.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar


HSB 17         School Employee Disciplinary Action.  Adds to the list of items that have to be reported to the BOEE as disciplinary action against a school employee, being on school premises or at a school sponsored activity while using illegal drugs, unauthorized drugs or alcohol.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Environmental Protection

HSB 16         DNR Cleanup Bill.  Department of Natural Resources (DNR) bill.  Transfers the duties of the solid waste alternatives program from the council to the DNR, removes language related to a beautification program no longer administered by the DNR, and cleans up language related to the DNR in the code.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar


HF 20           Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee Expansion.  Expands individuals that can commit sexual exploitation by a school employee to include volunteers, contractors, and other full and part time employees.  (passed Committee 14-4) to House Calendar

HF 69           Trespassing Penalties – Scheduled Violations.  Changes the penalty for certain trespassing crimes that are currently punishable as a simple misdemeanor with up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 to scheduled violations.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 133         Guardian Ad Litem Duties.  Clarifies the role of guardian ad litems in civil actions.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 134         Familial Restrictions on Rental Housing.  Prohibits a city from adopting or enforcing any regulation or restriction on residential rental property based on familiar or non-familial relationships.  (passed Committee 14-5) to House Calendar

HF 135         Power of Attorney Powers. Allows a power of attorney to relinquish all of a principal’s rights of dower, homestead, and the elective share.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 184         Administration of Small Probate Estates.  Changes the information required in the petition for small probate estates to be more in line with requirements for larger estates.  (passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HF 183         Notification of Emergency Protective Services for Dependent Adults.  Adds additional individuals to be served if a dependent adult is suffering abuse to additionally include the dependent adult’s parents and grandparents and clarifies language related to a dependent adult’s spouse.  (passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HF 184         Small Probate Estate Administration.  Changes the information required in the petition for small probate estates.  (passed Committee 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 4           Updates Notice for Probate Proceedings.  Updates notice requirements in probate filings to account for the court’s use of the electronic document management system (EDMS).  (passed House 17-0) to House Calendar

HSB 28         Probate Court Cost Calculation.  Excludes joint tenancy property, property transfers during the person’s lifetime, and assets payable to beneficiaries from the value of decedent’s estate for determining court costs.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 30         Paternity Support Order Clarifications.  Clarifies that the violation of any paternity and obligation for support order by any party will be held in contempt, including costs, and requires Children in the Middle courses for any custody action, not just for married parents.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HSB 35         Trespassing Liability.  Codifies trespass law regarding duty of care to the owner of property to a trespasser.  (passed Committee 18-1) to House Calendar

HJR 1           Electronic Communication Search and Seizure Protection.  Amends the Iowa Constitution to provide that a person’s electronic communications and data are secure against unreasonable searches and seizures and that electronic communications and data may only be subject to search and seizure if a warrant has been issued.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 36           Tagging Requirements for Deer Carcasses.  Codifies current operating procedure of allowing a hunter more than the allocated time of 15 minutes to tag a deer if the carcass is located in an unsafe area.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HSB 15         Sex Offender Registry.  Expands registry to include when offender is located at a facility where they can leave for a portion of the day, and allows an offender to be charged with child endangerment if they knowingly have custody of a child where the offender isn’t the parent or guardian.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

HF 2              Prohibits the unauthorized placement of a global positioning device.  A person commits a serious misdemeanor if they place a global positioning device on another person’s vehicle without their consent.  Exceptions are made for circumstances such as automobile insurance ratings, parents and guardians, and vehicle manufacturers.  (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar


HSB 9           Federal Funding Swap. Allows for the Iowa Transportation Commission to allocate money from the state road fund, the Primary Road Fund (PRF) for construction, maintenance, and establishment for the county road system and the city road system in exchange for retaining all federal money that would have been allocated to the project. This allows for local communities to bypass Davis-Bacon and Buy American provisions. (passed Committee 12-7) to House Calendar.

HSB 12         Truck Length. Lengthens the maximum length for single truck from 41 to 45 feet. This puts Iowa in line with other states in the Midwest. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar

Ways & Means

HF 6              Eliminates Political Checkoff.  Eliminates the Iowa Election Campaign Income Tax Checkoff that allows taxpayers to allocate up to $1.50 of their state tax liability to either or both of the political parties in the state.    (passed Committee 15-9) to House Calendar