Thurs. Mar. 23 – Wed. Mar. 29, 2017




SF 362          Animal Pathogens on Fairgrounds.  A state or county fair is not liable for damages for death of a livestock from a pathogen occurs on fairgrounds. Requires a fair to post a warning sign notifying participants and spectators that they must use sanitary precautions when there. (passed committee 22-0 to House Calendar)


HF 616         Transportation Budget Bill.  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, and inventory and equipment replacement.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 274          Computer Science Education Incentive Fund.  Governor’s bill on computer science.  Requires the Board of Education Examiners establish a rule on endorsements and authorizations for computer science instruction.  Creates a working group for recommendations and sets up a fund for professional development and a loan program for computer Science Teachers.  The fund may receive federal and state appropriations as well as private funds, gifts and bequests.  There is no appropriation, and the Department of Education is authorized to disburse moneys contained in the fund for professional development activities or tuition reimbursement if the fund is “sufficient.”  (passed Committee 18-7) to House Appropriations Calendar


HF 215         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. (sent to Governor)

HF 303         Receivership for Preneed.  Allows the Iowa Insurance Division Commissioner to notify the Attorney General of a potential need for a receivership for both a preneed seller of cemetery and funeral merchandise or funeral services and for a cemetery itself.  (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

HF 309         Certificate of Insurance.  The bill codifies a bulletin from the Insurance Commissioner relating to certificates of insurance, which are documents that provides evidence of coverage for property and casualty insurance.  (passed Senate Commerce Committee 14-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate Labor & Business Relations Committee) to Senate Calendar

HF 518         Workers’ Compensation.  Makes numerous changes to Iowa’s longstanding workers’ compensation law relating to how long a person can receive benefits, the timely payment of benefits, and how a shoulder injury is classified.  (passed Senate 29-21)  sent to Governor

HF 541         Licensed Real Estate Professionals.  Updates Iowa code relating to Licensed Real Estate Professional including changes background information, allowing for the management of more than one office in Iowa, and other clean-up language.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate State Government Committee

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 Senate Commerce Committee 14-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 51            Cytomegalovirus Public Awareness and Testing.  Requires the Iowa Department of Public Health to create educational materials relating to Cytomegalovirus.  In addition, requires testing for certain newborns for Cytomegalovirus.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

SF 409          Credit Union Division Bill.   Makes credit union exams confidential, except if all parties agree in writing to allow them to be shared. In addition, the bill moves language relating to meetings called by the Superintendent for the Board of Directors of a state credit union.  (Signed; effective 7/1/17)

SF 431          Small Wireless Cell Siting.  Allows for the siting of small wireless cell facilities on public properties across Iowa.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar


HF 473         High School Equivalency Diploma and Test.  The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) issued per the bill, would be based on the applicants competency in core areas which will be adopted by the state board of education by rule. Currently it is based on satisfactory competency. Core areas are reading, language arts, literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. Currently you can apply for test at a center, and the bill adds that someone could apply for the test at a community college.  The bill also adds the ability to bundle prior high school course work with secondary or postsecondary education courses.  This alternative pathway for a HSED is currently not recognized by the state.(passed House 96-0) to Senate Floor.

HF 562         “Peace Officer” Allowed to Teacher Drivers Ed.  Currently a licensed teacher may teach classroom drivers ed.  As defined in the bill, a “Peace Officer,” including a Sheriff, Sheriff Deputy, Police Officer, Department of Transportation (DOT) motor vehicle enforcement officer, and a State Trooper, would be allowed to teach drivers ed in the classroom.  This would include those “Peace Officers” that are retired.  They would be required to have a minimum of 15 contact hours of training.  The House added amendments that require public schools (not the private drivers ed companies) to have a hiring preference for fully licensed teacher, and it requires the DOT to study driver education courses currently offered.  (passed House 59-39) to Senate Education Committee.

SF 475          Ed Omnibus and On-Line Education for All K-12 Schools.  Allows any school district to provide on-line courses by private providers who open enroll with no cap. They could do this for two subjects if less than 10 students “typically” register for the course, and it is not offered by Iowa Learning On-line.  DE is allowed to waive, at its discretion, the requirement that subjects offered and taught by a licensed teacher if a school or school district is unable to hire a teacher.  Allows concurrent enrollment for a school district in coordination with a community college for CTE courses if there are more than five and less than 600 students.  Two workgroups are created on state-initiated student health requirements, and Area Education Agencies services.  A biliteracy diploma seal is created if a student demonstrates proficiency in two world languages, one of which must be English.  (passed Committee 13-7) to House floor.

Human Resources

HF 233         Step Therapy Protocol.  Standardizes the step therapy protocol process and the exceptions for when a person can bypass the step therapy protocol process when they change jobs or obtain new insurance after completing the therapy step protocol.  (passed House 98-0) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 234         Mental Health Advocate Reports.  Eliminates the requirement that mental health advocates file quarterly reports with the court.  The advocate is still required to file reports as necessary or as required by the court.  (passed Senate Human Resources 12-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 393         IDPH Omnibus Bill.  Makes various changes and deletes programs that are obsolete or where never initiated.  (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 396         Child Foster Care.  Allows children in child foster care to be placed with a relative if the relative is licensed with the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a child foster care provider.  In addition, adds language that “child foster care” does not include care provided by a relative for more than 20 days in one calendar year, when the child is not under the care/supervision of DHS.  (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) 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 Senate 47-0) sent to Governor

HF 532         Registrations with the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program.  Requires prescribing practitioners that may prescribe controlled substances to register with the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program. (passed House 95-1) to Senate Human Resources Committee

HF 534         Child Care Facility Licensing.  Expands child care licensing to include facilities for children that are at least three years old and eligible for special education. (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 543         Drug Endangered Child.  Expands the types of drugs that can be present, relating to a drug endangered child, to be considered child abuse by the Department of Human Services.  Also a health care practitioner must report fetal alcohol spectrum if there are physical or behavioral symptoms. (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

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.  (sent to Governor)

HF 545         Public Disclosure.  Brings state laws regarding public disclosure in alignment with federal law with regard to child fatalities and near fatalities. (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 547         Background Investigations at Department of Human Services (DHS).  Allows for background checks of potential employees, contractors, vendors, etc., that will have access to income tax information of applicants or participants in state assistance programs administered by the DHS.  (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 548         Stroke Information Database.  Required the Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa to maintain a stroke information database. (passed Senate 47-0) sent to Governor

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 Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

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.  (Signed; effective 3/23/17)

HF 591         Supervision of Physician Assistants.  Requires the Physician Assistant (PA) Board to submit all complaints regarding practice or conduct received by the PA Board to the Medicine Board.  In addition, requires the PA Board to get approval from the Board of Medicine if they want to amend administrative rules regarding supervision by a physician.  (passed Senate Human Resources 13-0) to Senate Calendar

SF 404          Right to Try Bill.  Allows the use of experimental treatments that have passed Phase 1 of a federal clinical trial by terminally ill patient.  The cost of the treatment will be paid for by the drug manufacturer or the patient. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

SF 471          Abortion Restrictions.  Implements a 72 hour waiting period, biased counseling, bans abortions at six weeks  and 20 weeks.  Takes effect upon enactment. (passed Committee 11-8) to House Calendar

SF 479          Educational Services by Dental Hygienists.  Allows dental hygienists to perform educational services without direct supervision by a dentist. (passed Committee 18-0) to House Calendar

SF 484          Pharmacy Omnibus.  Changes are made relating to alternate members for the Board of Pharmacy, funding for the drug disposal program, the impaired professionals program, and the elimination of Iowa Code relating to internet pharmacies. (passed Committee 19-0) to House Calendar


HF 529         OHSA Conformity. Raises maximum and minimum fines for certain OHSA violations in order to comply with federal law. (passed Senate and Labor Business Relations Committee 11-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate and Labor Business Relations Committee 7-4 ) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate and Labor Business Relations Committee 11-0 to Senate Calendar)

Local Government

HF 295         Preemption of Local Ordinances on Minimum Wage, and Products.  Preempts the ability of local county and city governments from establishing a higher minimum wage than state law.  It makes null and void current higher minimum wages adopted by five counties, and prevents local governments from enacting bans or a tax on certain products.  (passed Senate 29-21) Signed, effective March 30, 2017

HF 528         Abolishing County Compensation Boards.  Abolishes County Compensation Boards that assist counties in developing their salaries and help them not have extravagant increases.  They also do the work of comparing salaries of other counties, even across the country, to theirs.  County Supervisors are currently limited to the recommendation of the compensation board or lower. Now under the bill, Supervisors would not have that restriction and they could target reductions to certain county officials which could play favorites, and could politicize the process.  (passed House 53-45) to Senate Local Government Committee

SF 439          Federal Liens Filed with the County Recorder.  Of the federal liens for items such as income taxes filed with the County Recorder, the original lien may now be returned to sender if the lien is filed electronically.   This will allow the recorders to clear out old records in storage that were filed electronically.   (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

SF 451          On-Line Payments Via County Treasurer.  For on-line payments with the county treasurer, this would clarify that the payment is considered received at the time that the customer enters it on the website.  There have been incidents where the payment is processed the next day, and if it is the end of the month, the person was getting a whole next month interest charge.  (passed Committee 20-0) to House Calendar

Natural Resources

HF 410         Palmer Amaranth as a primary noxious weed.  Puts the Palmer Amaranth on the primary noxious weed list as well as the list of invasive plants.  A fine can be applied daily for up to 10 days if a person does not comply. (passed House 95-0 and Senate Agricultural Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar

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

HF 511         State Forest Nursery Operations. This bill allows the State Forest Nursery to set prices, sell bareroot plants to private nurseries, and set the minimum seed order. The nursery will no longer have to go through the rules process to set these items. (passed Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee 10-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 619         Fees at State Parks and Campgrounds.  Allows the Director of the DNR to set dynamic pricing for state parks and campgrounds.  The Director will be given this authority once it goes through the Rules committee.  (passed House Ways and Means Committee 23-0) to House Ways and Means 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 House 98-0) to Senate State Government Committee

HF 602         Children’s Health Facility Education Exemption.  Provides an exemption under the children’s health facility law for educational programs at a facility using Accelerated Christian Education as their primary curriculum, that was in operation prior to the bill taking effect.  The bill would take effect upon enactment.  (passed House 58-40) to Senate Calendar

HF 603         Eminent Domain Procedures.  Makes changes to eminent domain procedures involving merchant transmission lines and lake development. Includes additional provisions which ensure property owners are fully compensated for land taken via eminent domain.  (passed House 93-0) to Senate Judiciary Committee

Public Safety

HF 296         Imitation Drugs.  Moves definition of imitation drugs from Chapter 124A to Chapter 124 and increases penalties.  Increases the time, from 60 days to 2 years, for the Legislature to codify the designation by the Board of Pharmacy of a new substance as a controlled substance.  (passed Senate Judiciary Committee 11-1) to Senate Calendar

HF 523         Medical Examiners to Access Drug Prescribing and Dispensing Information.  Allows for state and county medical examiners, and medical examiner investigators, to have access to information from the drug prescribing and dispensing information program during investigations.  (passed Senate Judiciary Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar

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 Senate Judiciary Committee 12-0) to Senate Calendar with amendment

HF 526         Harassment – Distribution of Photos.  Makes it a crime of harassment to distribute photos or film of another person in full or partial nudity without their knowledge.  (passed House 97-1) to Senate Judiciary Committee

HF 581         Sealing of Certain Search Warrants.  Requires the courts to seal search warrants related to cases where the defendant has been acquitted or when the case has been dismissed.  Search warrants are still able to be accessed by certain entities.  (passed Senate Judiciary Committee 13-0) to Senate Calendar with amendment

State Government

HF 471         Precinct Consolidations.  Current law allows for auditors to consolidate precincts for school and city elections, this would allow for similar actions in a Primary and General elections. (Passed Senate State Government Committee) to Senate Calendar.

HF 516         Voter Suppression. This bill comes from the Secretary of State’s office and will require all voters to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. The legislation also makes changes to provisional ballots and same day registration. The bill also shortens the absentee voting time from 40 to 29 days. There will be a new requirement for post-election audits and certification and the creation of an electronic poll book revolving loan fund. (Passed the Senate 26-21) to House.

HF 522         Architect Licensure. Bill deals with the registration and licensure of architects. This replaces registration with licensure for architects. (Passed House State Government Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

HF 568         Pari-Mutuel Wagering. This legislation is proposed from the Department of Inspection and Appeals, and makes uniform pari-mutuel horse and dog racing standards that come from the industry. (Passed Senate State Government Committee) to Senate Calendar.

HF 569         403b Retirement Plans. Expands the number of providers that can provide 403b style retirement plans in the state of Iowa. (Passed the House 65-31) to Senate Calendar.

HF 607         Alcohol Policy Omnibus. Makes numerous technical changes to alcohol policy in the state. The legislation also takes into account recommendations from the study group made up from the Alcohol Beverages Division and the Department of Economic Development Authority. (Passed House 97-1) to Senate Ways and Means Committee.

SF 237          Practices of Public Accountants. Deals with the practice of public accountants and makes technical changes and industry standards changes, including the allowance to work across state lines. (Passed House State Government Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

SF 399          Elections Technical Bill. Secretary of State Technical bill. This makes changes regarding dementia facilities; withdraw dates, community college vacancies, voting educational programs, and precinct election board members. (Passed House State Government Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

SF 411          Contractor Registration. This bill deals with the registration of contractors through Iowa Workforce Development and Department of Public Health and is an agreement between the two agencies. (Passed House State Government 21-0) to House Calendar.

SF 442          Gaming Voluntary Exclusion. Deals with voluntary exclusion from gaming facilities and moves the ban from a lifetime to a 5 year option, also allows for someone on the self-exclusion list to be in a facility just not on the wagering or gaming floor. (Passed House State Government Committee 18-3) to House Calendar.


HF 203            Money 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. (Signed, effective 7-1-17)

HF 372            Turn on Red Light. Clarifies that one can turn right from a second right hand turn lane or a second left hand turn lane as long as it is on a one way street. (Signed, effective 7-1-17)

HF 463            Motor Vehicle Enforcement. Clarifies what laws of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) officers are permitted to enforce as any other peace officer. Also allows for a Commercial Learners Permits to be valid for one year. (Passed House 90-8) to Senate.

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 49-0) to Governor.

SF 234             Distracted Driving. This makes texting while driving a primary offense and defines what an electronic message is.  A phone may still be used to talk on and is not required to be in hands free mode. (Passed Transportation Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

SF 406             Animal Husbandry. Makes a clarification that a farmer who is carrying an implement of husbandry for repair, between fields or for storage is exempt from certain permit requirements. (Passed Transportation Committee 21-0) to House Calendar.

SF 448             Insurance Salvage. Allows for an insurer to apply and receive a salvage certificate title without surrendering the certificate of title or other documents. Exempts insurers from current law against acquiring a vehicle without also obtaining the vehicles certificate of title or manufacturers or importers certificate. (Passed House 96-0) to Governor.

Veterans Affairs

HF 241         Veteran County Commissions.  Adds language back into the Code that was inadvertently removed in 2014 with SF 303. States that only the County Commissions of Veterans Affairs may administer the duties of the county commissions. (passed Senate Veteran Affairs Committee 9-0) to Senate Calendar

HF 584         Veteran Exposure to Agent Orange. Code clean up. Federal government established exclusive jurisdiction over veteran’s exposure to Agent Orange, therefore this code language is no longer needed. (passed Senate Veteran Affairs Committee 9-0) to Senate Calendar

Ways & Means

HF 510         Fees at State Parks and Campgrounds.  Allows the Director of the DNR to set dynamic pricing for state parks and campgrounds.  The Director will be given this authority once it goes through the Rules committee.  (passed Committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 550         IDALS Code Cleanup.  Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship code cleanup legislation.  (passed committee 23-0) to House Calendar

HF 555         Economic Development Program Changes.  This legislation updates several programs from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Among the changes are changing the wage requirements for the targeted jobs program from a countywide wage to a labor-shed wage and moves the targeted small business program from the Department of Inspections and Appeals to the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  (passed Committee 20-4) to House Calendar

HF 607         Alcohol Policy Omnibus. Makes numerous technical changes to alcohol policy in the state. The legislation also takes into account recommendations from the study group made up from the Alcohol Beverages Division and the Department of Economic Development Authority. (passed House 93-1) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 615         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 Ways & Means Committee 15-10) to House Calendar

HSB 103      Unplatted Property Tax Extension.  Extends the undeveloped tax rate on property, which has been subdivided or platted until construction begins on the property.  Then it will be assessed at the appropriate commercial or residential rate.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

HSB 190      First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account.  Allows individuals to open a First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account and receive a tax credit for contributions.  (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar

SF 444          Increased Penalties for Use of Electronic Device while Driving and 24/7 Sobriety Program.  Increases the penalty for use of electronic devices while driving if there is an accident causing death. Creates a statewide 24/7 sobriety and drug monitoring program, and makes changes to the oversight of OWI monitoring programs.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Calendar

SF 489          Fireworks – Legalize.  Legalizes the sale and possession of fireworks in the state.  (passed Committee 14-10) to House Calendar


To view the last Weekly Bill Tracking document, visit:  http://iowahouse.org/weekly-bill-tracking-thurs-mar-16-wed-mar-22-2017/