Thurs. Mar. 16 – Wed. Mar. 22, 2017




SF 447          CAFO Nuisance Excemption.  Creates a permanent nuisance category for confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and caps damages for offending entities (passed House 60-39) to Governor.


HF 311         Rule 2A-7 Money Market Fund.  Updates Iowa Code renaming the “Class one money market fund” to “Rule 2a-7 money market fund” among other changes.  The bill takes effect retroactively to January 1, 2015.  (Signed; effective retroactively to 1/1/15)

HF 441         Laundry Occupations and Minors.  Allows minors to be employed to use laundry machinery.  For fourteen and fifteen year olds, the machinery must have less than a ten cubic foot capacity and the internal temperature does not exceed 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  (passed House 94-3) to Senate Labor Committee

HF 445         Iowa Utilities Board Omnibus Bill.  The bill contains three parts relating to the Iowa Utilities Board.  Exempts information and records related to including cyber security information and infrastructure from open records requirements.  Updates language regarding temporary utility rates.  Updates terminology relating to an informational meeting on an electric transmission franchise petition.  (passed Senate 49-0) sent to Governor

HF 586         Iowa Finance Authority.  Eliminate antiquated requirement to record bond issuance with the Secretary of State.  Codifies the Home and Community Based Services rent subsidy program under IFA.  Changes when grants are awarded from the Shelter Assistance Fund.  Codifies the change relating to the Mechanics Lien, due to a State Supreme Court decision.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Commerce Committee

SF 1              Jobs Impact Statements.  Codifies the requirement that jobs impact statements be part of proposed administrative rules.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 230          Legislative Branch Health Insurance Premiums.  Requires full time employees of the Legislative Branch and Legislature to pay the same portion, 20%, of the total monthly health insurance premium. (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 331          Energy Efficiency Reporting Requirements.  Allows gas and electrical utilities that are not rate-regulated to use one form to meet to reporting requirements regarding energy efficiencies.  In addition, the bill updates what is required to be contained in the report. (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

Economic Growth

HF 572         Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Conformity. Conforms Iowa’s state Workforce Development Board and programs with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 . (passed House 88-9) to Senate and Labor Business Relations Committee.


HF 217         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.  (Signed, effective 07/01/17)

HF 472         Teacher Loan Programs.  Prevents someone from applying and receiving assistance from both teacher loan programs at the same time, the Teach Iowa Scholar program the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program.  (passed Committee 97-0) to Senate Floor.

HF 573         Home Rule.  Through a new code section and not a constitutional amendment, the bill directs school boards to have home rule for certain programs.  This code section would be in conflict with other code sections requiring school boards to perform certain duties or functions to facilitate the education of Iowa’s PreK-12 students.  The bill states that schools would be allowed to “exercise any implied power, not inconsistent with the laws or administrative rules related to the operation, control and supervision of those public schools.”  Also School Boards would not have power to levy any taxes unless expressly authorized by the General Assembly. (passed House 61-38) to Senate Education Committee

SF 455          Equity in School Funding.  Addresses the District Cost Per Pupil inequity issue through a direct dollar increase to the DCPP and provides supplementary weighting for transportation funding inequities. The additional amount to DCPP in FY 2018 starts at $5 starting in FY 2018, and then scales the amount eventually up to $20 until 2027.  Factors included in the transportation weighting formula would include: 1) a three year average transportation cost, 2) a district’s budgeted enrollment and 3) a district’s route miles.  All 333 districts would be assisted by bill, not just those with transportation costs above the statewide average.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Appropriations Committee

Human Resources

HF 232         Pronouncement of an Expected Death.  Allows nurses and physician assistants to pronounce the death of patient at a prison, when the death is expected. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 10-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 306         Online Nursing Training.  Allows other entities to provide online training for certified nursing assistants (CNA). In addition, a veteran may bypass the training if they can show evidence of training and experience.  The veteran must still pass the certification test to be included on the state registry. (passed Senate Human Resources Committee 10-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 531         Report on Medicaid Asset Verification Program.  Requires the Department of Human Services to report to the Legislature on the status of the Medicaid Asset Verification Program, which was put in place in 2016.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 544         Dependent Adult Abuse.  Expands the definition of dependent adult abuse to include personal degradation.  This is intended to cover cell phone/social media issues that were not present when the original law passed.  (passed Senate 49-0) sent to Governor

HF 548         Stroke Information Database.  Required the Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa to maintain a stroke information database. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 576         Background Checks for Temporary Employees.  Requires that employees hired by a temp agency, which will work in a health care facility and provide direct care services, must complete and pass background checks, which are the same as direct hires by the facility.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 577         Lyme’s Disease Treatment.  Prevents physicians who use alternative treatments to treat Lyme’s Disease from being subject to discipline by the Iowa Board of Medicine.  (passed Senate 49-0) sent to Governor

HF 593         Mental Health Professionals and Civil Commitment. Allows mental health professionals to perform examinations and submit written statements and reports relating to the involuntary civil commitment process for persons with a substance-related disorder or serious mental illness. (passed House 99-0) to House Senate Human Resources Committee

SF 250          Mammography Reporting Requirements.  Requires facilities that perform mammograms to include information about the patient’s breast density in mammogram reports that are sent to all mammogram patients.  The facility is exempt from liability for providing the information.  The bill takes effect upon enactment.(passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar


HF 146         Forcible Entry Detainer Notice.  Changes the notice requirements for forcible entry detainer proceedings.  (passed House 96-1) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 539         Civil Rights Commission Complaints.  Requires an action for unfair or discriminatory practice to be filed with the district court within 90 days of an administrative release of the claim by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  (passed House 58-39) to Senate Judiciary Committee

SF 405          Substantive Code Corrections.  Makes substantive corrections to the Code.  (passed House 99-0) to Governor

HF 579         Criminal Sentencing Reform.  Reduces penalties for possession of crack, changes mandatory minimums for certain crimes, and reduces the mandatory minimum for certain robbery offenses.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

SF 332          Controlled Substance Scheduling.  Updates the schedules of a variety of controlled substances to match federal changes.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar

SF 403          Theft of Rental Property.  Expands the definition of theft to include theft of equipment rental property.  (passed Committee 15-6) to House Calendar

SF 413          Statute of Repose.  Changes the statute of repose for cases arising out of the unsafe or defective condition of an improvement to real property.  (passed House 57-39) to Governor


HF 533         Unemployment benefit disqualification. Codifies an existing rule that states that if you miss work because of incarceration that is considered a voluntary quit in determining benefit determination.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Labor and Business Committee

HF 542         Unemployment benefits in second year. Raises benefits needed for second benefit year from $250 to eight times the individuals weekly benefit amount. (passed House 58-39) to Senate Labor and Business Committee

SF 438          Project Labor Agreements.  SF 438 codifies Governor Branstads executive order 69 prohibiting PLAs on projects using state funds and extends that prohibition to all governmental entities (now state, cities, counties, schools, community colleges) and prohibits these entities from requiring a bidder to provide information  the bidder may deem confidential or proprietary. (passed Committee 10-6) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 475         Use of Straight Wall Cartridge Rifle. This bill allows the use of a straight wall cartridge rifle to hunt deer during the youth and disabled deer season and the first and second shotgun deer seasons.  A fine of $250 and a two-year suspension of a hunting license will be assessed if someone has a prohibited rifle in their possession.  (passed Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee 12-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 257          Bass Fishing Tournament Regulations.  For DNR sponsored bass fishing tournaments, allows a person to submit five fish instead of three, and takes out the minimum length requirement needed to submit a bass for official weigh-in.  (passed House Natural Resources Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

SF 472          Snowmobile User Permits and Registration. This bill changes the percentage of registration and trail fees that snowmobile clubs receive from 50% to 70% and allows the DNR to donate old trail grooming equipment to the snowmobile clubs.  (passed House Natural Resources Committee 18-0) to House Calendar


HF 600         Genetic Counseling.  This bill deals with the licensure of genetic counselors. There are currently 19 states that license genetic counselors. Genetic counselors can currently be educated and trained at the University of Iowa. (passed Committee 8-1) to House Calendar.

HF 601         Confidential Information for Municipalities.  Expands information that is confidential to include cyber security and critical infrastructure information.  (passed Committee 9-0) to House Calendar

HF 602         Children’s Health Facility Education Exemption.  Provides an exemption for educational programs at facilities under the children’s health facility regulation passed in 2016 after the Midwest Academy incident.  The exemption would be for a facility using Accelerated Christian Education as their primary curriculum, and the facility was in operation prior to the bill taking effect.  The bill would take effect upon enactment.  (passed Committee 9-0) to House Calendar

HF 603         Eminent Domain Procedures.  Makes changes to eminent domain procedures involving merchant transmission lines, lake development, and pipeline installation. Includes additional provisions which ensure property owners are fully compensated for land taken via eminent domain.  (passed Committee 9-0) to House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 524         Drug Prescribing and Dispensing Program.  Requires pharmacists that prescribed controlled substances to update the Dispensing Program on a daily basis, rather than the currently prescribed weekly basis.  Authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to enter into a data sharing agreement with any state, not just the bordering states and Kansas.  (passed House 96-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

State Government

HF 89           Des Moines Schools to IPERS. Allows for a school board operating a retirement system to move their retirement fund to IPERS. (Passed the House 96-1) to Senate State Government Committee

HF 462         Gaming Confidential Records. Clarifies certain records from the Racing and Gaming Commission, including promotional play receipts, customer records, and surveillance records. (Passed Senate 49-0) to Governor.

HF 566         School Board Elections. Moves the date of school board elections from September to the same date as city elections in November and makes conforming changes. (Passed the House 68-31) to Senate State Government Committee.

HF 571         Confidentiality of Audio or Video Recordings. Adds information from an audio or video recording regarding an injury or medical condition as a confidential record, a parent or guardian of someone under the age 18 may request to receive information in the audio or video of the call. (Passed the House 99-0) to Senate State Government Committee.

SF 351          Emergency Response Commission. This eliminates the Emergency Response Commission as most of the duties have been assigned to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. (Passed House State Government Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.

SF 410          Disposition of Remains. This eliminates the requirement that a person names a designated adult to make decisions concerning final disposition of remains and ceremonies not be attached to a durable power of attorney. (Passed House State Government Committee 22-0) to House Calendar.


HF 289            Issuance of Driver’s License. Allows for Clay and Carroll counties to issue driver’s licenses. (Passed Senate 49-0) to Governor.

HF 312            Unattended Vehicles. Changes current law to allow cars to run unattended, including warming up the car in the winter. (Signed, effective 7-1-17)

HF 313            Moving a Vehicle. This bill requires that a driver involved in accident to move their car off the drivable roadway to a shoulder or a median, if able. The bill also allows another person at the scene of the accident to move the vehicle to the side of the road. (Passed Senate Transportation Committee.)to Senate Calendar.

HF 314            Utility Vehicle. Defines utility maintenance vehicle in code and maintains that a driver must pass a utility vehicle with due caution and make a lane change if possible; if not possibly the driver must slow to a reasonable speed. (Passed Senate Transportation Committee) to Senate Calendar.

HF 464            ATV Highway Crossing. Eliminates the provision of current law that requires a local agency get permission from the DOT to have an ATV cross a primary road and sets the parameters for safe ATV crossing of a primary road. (Passed Senate Transportation Committee) to Senate Calendar.  

Ways & Means

HF 42           Geothermal Tax Exemption – Commercial/Agricultural.  Extends the geothermal property tax exemption to multiresidential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural property.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 494         Financial Crime and Wire Transmitter Fund.  Requires a surcharge on drug paraphernalia convictions and a money service transfer fee of 1% on any money transfer service transaction.  This money is placed in the newly created Financial Crime and Wire Transmitter Fund to investigate criminal offenses committed for financial gain.  (passed Committee 15-10) to House Calendar

HF 538         Water Quality. The Republicans’ water quality plan, which is similar to the bill that passed off the floor last year. It takes $232 million out of RIIF to support in field and edge of field practices. Additionally, the bill takes the 6 cents water excise tax that currently goes to the general fund and uses the money for water quality projects and municipal water infrastructure.  The legislation also allows for nutrient credit trading in an attempt to address problems higher up in the watershed. (passed Committee 21-4) to House Appropriations

HF 608         Department of Revenue Technical Bill.  Makes technical and administrative changes to the tax laws.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HF 609         Hotel/Motel Tax Land Use Districts.  Allows a land use district to impose the local hotel and motel tax.  (passed Committee 21-3) to House Calendar

HSB 52         Fantasy Sports.  Legalizes internet fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports contests.  (passed Committee 23-2) to House Calendar

Transportation Budget

LSB 1053     Transportation Budget.  Appropriates $384,146,793 to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for fiscal year 18 and $187,379,099 for fiscal year 19. In FY 18 there is $50.8 million appropriated from the Road Use Tax Fund and $333.3 million from the Primary Road Fund. Projects include a new maintenance garage in Dubuque, rest area maintenance, inventory and equipment replacement.   (passed Committee 9-0) to House Appropriations Committee



To view the last Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit:  http://iowahouse.org/weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-mar-9-wed-mar-15-2017/