Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking April 16-April 22

April 23, 2015
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WEEKLY BILL TRACKING

Thurs. Apr.16 – Wed. Apr.22, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF

 

 

Agriculture

HF 624         Beginning Farmer Tax Credits. Increases the beginning farmer tax credit from 12 months to 24 months. (passed House 93-2) to Senate Ways and Means Committee

HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Department of Agriculture (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways and Means Committee

 

Appropriations

HF 537         Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grants. As amended creates a new Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grant Program, and splits the $14 million allocated to the Underground Storage Tank Program with the new program. The grants can be used to replace underground storage tank infrastructure. (passed Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 560         E911 Communications Fund.  Increases the percentage of moneys distributed to local public safety answering points from 46% to 53% and expands what the money can be spent on.  Requires the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to pay for the lease costs of a statewide land mobile radio communication system.  (passed Committee 21-1) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 637         Transportation Budget. The Transportation Budget reflects the Governor’s recommendation. The funding for the Transportation budget comes from the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) and the Primary Road Fund (PRF), which is an account within the RUTF. There are no general fund allocations in the bill.  The bill spends a total $365 million in FY 16, an increase of $7 million.  (passed House 93-2) to Senate Appropriations Committee

HF 643         Hub and Spoke Recycling Study. The bill allocates $100,000 from the Groundwater Protection Fund to the University of Northern Iowa’s Waste Reduction Center to conduct a study on the establishment of hub and spoke recycling programs that could help establish regional partnerships to more effectively utilize local and regional recycling infrastructure. (passed House 79-16) to Senate Appropriations Committee

HF 648        Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (passed Committee 24-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 649         Teacher Mentoring Funding. Makes school districts receiving Teacher Leadership Supplemental Aid ineligible from receiving Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program funding. (passed Committee 14-10) to House Appropriations Calendar

HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. A total of $198.7 million is appropriated from RIIF, including $114.4 million in new money for FY 16. There is an ending balance of $202,001. The bill spends no money from the Technology Reinvestment Fund (TRF). Some of the major projects include: $500,000 for rural YMCA’s, $16 million to Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for major maintenance, and $500,000 for On With Life, a brain rehabilitation clinic in Ankeny.  (passed Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

 

Commerce

HF 229         Regulations Regarding Buying Clubs and Free Trial Offers.  Exempts the sales of buying club memberships through the internet from current regulation regarding oral notification of cancellations, and adds language to the consumer fraud law regarding free-trial offers.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate with amendment

HF 548         Disconnection Devices for Distributed Generation.  Requires electric customers that will install a distributed generation facility (wind, solar) to an electric line to install a visual disconnection device and notify their fire department of location of the disconnection device.  Requires the Iowa Utilities Board to adopt rules regarding this issue.  (passed House 94-0) to Governor

HF 632         Insurance Division Omnibus Bill.  Makes changes to various entities under the purview of the Insurance Division, including the regulation of intrastate crowdfunding.  Changes include using one standard set of language regarding confidentiality of language and allowing perpetual care cemeteries to purchase equipment that is to be used in the ongoing operation of the cemetery.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 638         Wine Gallonage Taxes.  Changes the frequency of reporting from businesses to the Alcoholics Beverages Division from monthly to twice a year.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 641         Broadband.  Provides for a ten-year property tax exemption for companies that lay fiberoptics to offer broadband services to areas that don’t have 25 mgb per second of download and 3 mgb per second of upload speeds.  Establishes a grant program that is able to accept federal and private funds.  (passed House 90-5) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

SF 487         Portable Electronic Insurance.  Sets up a process for a vendor of portable electronics to sell insurance on that portable electronic.  (passed House 95-0) to Governor

 

Education

HF 347         Child Care Program Licensure.  Moves licensure for a child care center through a school district from the Department of Education to only be under the Department of Human Services (DHS).  Currently under some circumstances they could be either agency.  The bill takes effect January 1, 2016, but DHS may begin implementing prior to that date.  (Passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 421         Community College Instructor Qualifications.  In order for a Career Technical Training Education (CTE) instructor to teach at a community college, they must have a baccalaureate or graduate degree in an area of study or occupational area, special training of at least 6,000 hours of recent and relevant work experience.  The bill allows someone with relevant work experience, including but not limited to a licensed high school teacher with a CTE endorsement, to count towards those 6,000 hours. (Signed, effective 07/01/15)

HF 515         District Management Levy use in Mediation and Arbitration.  Gives school districts added flexibility to pay the cost for mediation and arbitration through the district management levy instead of their general fund account.  This would include legal fees and would take affect FY 2017.  (Signed, effective 07/01/15)

HF 554         Teacher Mentoring Funds Eliminated if a TLC Grant Provided.  If a district receives a Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) grant, then they cannot receive teacher mentoring money. Currently this program provides mentoring for beginning teachers and is funded at $2.3 million.  Over 200 school districts would not be affected by this next year since they do not receive TLC grant. (passed Appropriations Committee 14-10) to House Calendar

HF 599         SAVE Added to Reorganization and Dissolution of a School District.  Adds in reorganization and dissolution of school districts, oversight and protections in the case of any outstanding bonds issued through the Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund.  This includes a review by the Area Education Agencies in the case of reorganization and liabilities issued and the effect of surrounding districts in the case of a dissolution of a school district. (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 646         Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) use for Transportation Repair.  Currently PPEL is allowed for purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students.  The bill expands the use of PPEL for repair of a piece of transportation equipment that is over $2,500.  This would be for a school budget starting after July 1, 2015.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways and Means Committee

 

Environmental Protection

HF 643         Hub and Spoke Recycling Study. The bill allocates $100,000 from the Groundwater Protection Fund to the University of Northern Iowa’s Waste Reduction Center to conduct a study on the establishment of hub and spoke recycling programs that could help establish regional partnerships to more effectively utilize local and regional recycling infrastructure. (passed House 79-16) To Senate Appropriations Committee

 

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.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 201         Physician Assistants – Mental Health Findings.  For situations when a person is brought in by the police or sheriff to a hospital who they believe is dangerous to others or themselves and is examined by a physician assistant, the bill eliminates requirement that the findings of the examining physician assistant must be approved by the examining physician assistant’s supervising physician before the examining physician assistant communicates with the nearest available Magistrate to make a final decision about a civil commitment.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

 

Judiciary

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 Senate 48-0) to House Calendar as amended

HF 172         Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Update.  Updates Iowa Code to reflect changes to the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 258         Sexual Misconduct with Offenders by Peace Officers.  Expands the definition of sexual misconduct with offenders and juveniles to specifically include peace officers  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 259         Workers’ Compensation Exclusions.  Allows a proprietor, LLC member or partner, or a partner to not purchase workers’ compensation coverage and requires a nonelection of coverage to be attached to the workers’ compensation liability policy or filed with the workers’ compensation commissioner.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

HF 648         Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (passed Appropriations Committee 24-0) to House Calendar

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.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

SF 385         Expungement.  Allows for the expungement of not guilty verdicts and dismissals.  (passed Senate 42-0) to Governor

SF 404         Shorthand Reporters.  Allows the board of examiners of shorthand reporters to consider a shorthand reporter applicant’s past record, including criminal record, and specifies that no agreement shall require a certified shorthand reporter to give up control of an original deposition transcript or copies of the transcript before it is certified and delivered to the custodial attorney and clarifies that audio recordings are considered shorthand reporters’ work product.  (passed Senate 42-0) to Governor

SF 451         Bridge Orders – Juveniles.  Allows for the transfer of a Child in Need of Assistance Case (CINA) from the juvenile court to a district court through a bridge order.  (signed; effective 7-1-15)

 

Labor

HF 397         Child Labor Permits. Streamlines process for child labor permits (passed House 97-0) to Governor.

 

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. As amended, it would not affect previous accounts with debt, but would start after July 1, 2015 for new accounts.  The House concurred  (passed House 95-0) to Governor

 

Natural Resources

HF 467        Deer and Wild Turkey Reporting Violations.  Reduces the penalty for not reporting the legal taking of a deer or wild turkey from $100 and a simple misdemeanor to $20 and a scheduled fine.  (Signed; Effective 7/1/15)

HF 537        Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grants. As amended creates a new Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grant Program, and splits the $14 million allocated to the Underground Storage Tank Program with the new program. The grants can be used to replace underground storage tank infrastructure. (passed Appropriations Committee 25-0) to House Appropriations Calendar

SF 218         Operation of Snowmobiles within Right-of-Ways of Interstates and Freeways.  Allows snowmobiles to cross bridges and underpasses on interstates or freeways. This only includes a bridge or underpass that intersects with the interstate or freeway. Currently, snowmobiles are only allowed to use an underpass if it is abandoned or if it is the only travel alternative. (Signed; Effective 7/1/15)

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.  (Signed; Effective 7/1/15)

SF 489        Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grants. Creates a new Underground Storage Tank Cost Share Grant Program, and splits the $14 million allocated to the Underground Storage Tank Program with the new program. The grants can be used to replace underground storage tank infrastructure. (passed Senate Ways and Means  Committee 12-2) to Senate Ways and Means Calendar

 

Public Safety

HF 447         Wireless Service Providers Required to Release Information to Law Enforcement.  Requires wireless service providers to provide location information on a device in certain emergency situations.  (passed House 93-4) to Governor

HF 560         E911 Communications Fund.  Increases the percentage of moneys distributed to local public safety answering points from 46% to 53% and expands what the money can be spent on.  Requires the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to pay for the lease costs of a statewide land mobile radio communication system.  (passed Appropriations Committee 21-1) to House Calendar

HF 585         Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Assault.  Creates a program in the Secretary of State’s Office where victims can sign up to have their mail sent to the Secretary of State, which in turn will forward it to a confidential address.  (passed House 94-0) to Governor

SF 264         Statewide Emergency Mass Notification and Messaging System.   Requires E911 notification centers to provide geographic location and phone numbers to the statewide system.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

 

State Government

HF 146         Creating a Scale for Gambling Penalties. Currently any person caught making a bet after knowing the outcome of a game which is not available to all players is a Class “D” felony which leads to very few prosecutions.  HF 146 creates a range of penalties based on potential winnings.  It also bans anyone from a casino if convicted of the offense of unlawful betting.  (signed; effective 7/1/15)

SF 366         Peace Officer Retirement. As amended by the House changes how much a benefit can be decreased for a retiree who cannot longer do to a disability and finds outside employment. No benefit can be lower to more than half. This only impacts disability retirees who are under the age 55. (Passed the House 95-0) to Senate.

SF 415         Campaign Administration. Allows for the write-in votes to be counted before the official canvass the following Monday as opposed to the night of the election. (Passed Senate 47-1) to Governor.

SF 435         Data Processing Under Iowa Open Records Law.  Requires that a government entity have data available in a format that is commonly used by data software companies. If the request is in a different format the government entity can charge for reasonable costs for the information to be processed in the requested format. (signed; effective 7/1/15)

 

Transportation

HF 563         Vehicle License and Recyclers. 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. (signed; effective 7/1/15)

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, 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. (passed Senate Transportation Committee 12-0) to Senate Calendar.

SF 75            Blue and White Lights on Snow Plows.  Creates a study for snow plows in Department of Transportation in District 1 to use blue and white lights on the vehicles. The pilot project lasts until 2019. (passed House 92-3) to Governor.

SF 155         Rear License Plate Light on Dump Truck. Removes the requirement for dump trucks to have a light illuminating the rear license plate on intra state travel. (signed; effective 7/1/15)

 

Ways & Means

HF 621         Streamlined Sales Tax. Clarifies that “prepared food” excludes food that requires additional cooking and that taxpayers that rely on the state’s taxability matrix receive liability relief to keep the state in compliance with the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement.  (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor

HF 624         Beginning Farmer Tax Credits. Increases the beginning farmer tax credit from 12 months to 24 months.  (passed House 93-2) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 632         Insurance Division Omnibus Bill.  Makes changes to various entities under the purview of the Insurance Division.  Changes include using one standard set of language regarding confidentiality of language and allowing perpetual care cemeteries to purchase equipment that is to be used in the ongoing operation of the cemetery.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Department of Agriculture.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 638         Wine Gallonage Taxes.  Changes the frequency of reporting from businesses to the Alcoholics Beverages Division from monthly to twice a year.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 641         Broadband.  This is the Governor’s bill which has a 10-year property tax exemption to companies that expand the availability of broadband that is capable of providing service at 25 megabits of download and 3 megabits of upload speed.  Creates a grant program but doesn’t provide an allocation for the program, and includes the acquisition or installation of information technology infrastructure in the definition of “school infrastructure.”  (passed House 90-5) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 644         Biogas Tax Credit Clarification.  Expands the definition of “heat for commercial use” under the 476C renewable energy credit to include heat captured at a biogas recovery facility and if the heat is then used, allows a producer or purchaser of a renewable energy to combine types of energy allowable under the bill to qualify for tax credits.  Applies retroactively to the 2015 tax year.  (passed House 93-3) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 645         Renewable Energy Tax Credit Clarifications.  Clarifies that the maximum amount of eligible capacity of thermal units available under the 476C renewable energy tax credit is an annual maximum, clarifies that 476C renewable energy tax credits is available for a 10 year period for a facility, and makes these changes retroactive to the 2014 tax year.  (passed House 93-3) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HF 646         Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) use for Transportation Repair.  Currently PPEL is allowed for purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students.  As amended, the bill expands the use of PPEL for repair of a piece of transportation equipment that is over $2,500.  This would be for a school budget starting after July 1, 2015.  (passed House 95-0) to Senate Ways & Means Committee

HSB 217      Department of Revenue Policy Bill.  Exempts ATVs used primarily in agricultural production from sales tax, changes the definition of reserve deer, clarifies the application process for the disabled veterans tax credit, and provides a property tax exemption for land donated to a cemetery.  (passed Committee 20-2) to House Calendar

SF 487         Portable Electronic Insurance.  Sets up a process for a vendor of portable electronics to sell insurance on that portable electronic.  (passed House 95-0) to Governor

SF 488         Air Quality – Title V Fund.  Creates an air emissions and an air quality fund within the Department of Environmental Protection to support emissions fees, operating permits, major air contaminant sources, minor sources, and asbestos.  (passed House 93-3) to Governor

 

 

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