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Agriculture
House File 311–Removing Personal Identification Numbers from IDALS Forms
Proposes to eliminate a requirement solely applicable in the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for the regulation of commercial establishment (pet animal breeders, sellers, and distributors) that applicants for ‘commercial establishment’ must submit to the department their personal identification number (social security number) or taxpayer identification number. This legislation is sought by IDALS to reduce the likelihood that should its database could be hacked from outside; this personal identification information could be accessed by unauthorized persons.
Status: On the House Calendar

HF 571– Soil & Water Conservation Code Updates to Include Water Quality Projects
Proposes to update a number of Soil & Water Conservation Code provisions to include references to the Water Quality projects and the Iowa Nutrient reduction strategy. The measure also explicitly states that Soil & Water Conservation districts may implement water quality projects and involve public purpose entity and financing entities.
Status: Passed House Agriculture Committee

House File 647–Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Rewrite and Restoration of $12-million annual cap
Proposes to rewrite beginning farmer program Code provisions for beginning farmer tax credits and restores the $12-million annual cap of beginning farmer tax credits. The bill also streamlines approval of beginning farmer loan and tax credits application by removing Iowa Finance authority board approval.
Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee

House File 649–Agricultural Production Facility Trespass
Proposes for a new agricultural production facility trespass provisions that specifies certain criminal offenses relating to agricultural production operations. The measure provides for a criminal offense of agricultural production facility trespass that involves the use of deception to obtain access to a facility not open to the public with an intent to cause physical or economic harm or other injury to the facility’s operation, property or persons.
Status: House Calendar

House Study Bill 218– Self-propelled Implements of Husbandry Weight Limit Operations
Proposes to apply the limitations currently set forth for implements of husbandry such as fence-line feeders and grain carts and tank wagons to self-propelled implements of husbandry (including so called floaters) used exclusively for the application or organic or inorganic plant food (fertilizers, soil conditioners and lime) or agricultural chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides). The bill allows an axel weight of not to exceed 25,000 on any one axel of a self-propelled implement of husbandry that is moving organic, nonorganic plant food, lime or agricultural chemicals and directs that these self-propelled implements of husbandry must comply with bridge restrictions. However, local authorities may issue special permits based on statewide standards allowing operation over a bridge with a weight in excess of weight allowed by this chapter.
Status: Passed House Agriculture Committee

House Study Bill 241–Industrial Hemp Growing Regulations
Proposes to create the “Iowa Hemp Act” under Title V, subtitle 4, of the Code regulating persons operating under licenses issued by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). The bill creates a new Code chapter 204 and authorizes the production of hemp under the IDALS’ regulatory supervision when acting under the provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-334 (2018 Farm Bill) which defines hemp as a species of Cannabis having a maximum concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that does not exceed three-tenths of 1 percent. The measure creates a hemp fund (fund) into which license fees are deposited and from which are appropriated to IDALS for purposes of administering and enforcing the program provisions and specifies that the department of public safety (DPS) is required to assist DALS in preparing the plan and administering and enforcing the provisions of the Code chapter. DPS is designated the chief criminal enforcement agency under the new Code chapter and also provides for police involvement by local law enforcement agencies. The legislation requires IDALS to accept and approve or disapprove applications for the issuance of a hemp license (license) on a one-year basis subject to renewal and license may be no more than 40 acres to any given entity/person.
Status: Passed House Agriculture Committee

House Concurrent Resolution 10– House Concurrent Resolution in Support of the Multilateral Trade Agreement Between the United States, Mexico, and Canada
Proposes a House Concurrent Resolution in support of the proposed multi-lateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The Concurrent Resolution will be sent to Leaders of the United State Congress, (both the President of the U.S. Senate and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) and to each member of the Iowa Congressional delegation. The concurrent resolution urges Congress to enact legislation to implement the multilateral trade agreement which the leaders of each nations have bargained and agreed to.
Status: House Calendar

Commerce
HF327/HSB 5 – Franchisor – Franchisee Relationships
This bill clarifies that in the franchisor –franchisee relationship, a franchisor is not considered an employer for workers’ comp, wages, minimum wage, unemployment compensation, or civil rights issues unless agreed to in writing.
Status: House Calendar

HF 260/HSB 3 – Consumer Loans
This bill increases the amount of a consumer loan that the superintendent of banking has authority to set the interest rate from $10,000 to $30,000. It also allows lenders to collect a service charge.
Status: House Calendar

HF 262/HSB 4 – Pyramid Scheme Prohibition
This makes it unlawful to establish, promote, or operate a pyramid scheme. It defines a pyramid promotional scheme as a plan or operation by which a person provides consideration for the opportunity to receive compensation derived from introducing others into the plan or operation and not from the sale or consumption of goods, services, or intangible property. It also defines other terms related to pyramid schemes.
Status: Passed House

HF 264/HSB 35 – Insurer Stock Division
This bill creates the framework for the division of a domestic insurer in the state of Iowa.
Status: Passed House

HF 355/HSB 107 – IUB Department Bill
Authorizes an administrative law judge. Streamlines utility assessments. Provides flexibility for payment of dual party relay assessments. Brings pipeline safety penalties into compliance with Federal law. Offers parity for interstate and intrastate pipeline inspection fees.
Status: House Calendar

HF 669/HSB 185 – Private Generation Infrastructure Equity
This bill stops the transferring of infrastructure costs from one customer onto another and makes sure everyone pays their share for using the energy grid system. Customers with private generation (e.g. solar or wind) will have billing options to choose from, based on their self-selected level of sophistication for energy management.
Status: House Calendar

HF 537/HSB 32 – Public Utilities, Public Right of Way
This would define the costs and require justification for costs charged to utilities in public right of ways.
Status: House Calendar

HF 593/HSB 181 – Workers’ Compensation – Idiopathic Falls
Personal injuries due to idiopathic falls from a level surface to the same level surface are not covered under an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Status: House Calendar

HF 668/HSB 210 – Three Tier System Reform
Defines an institutional investor. Cross tier employment prohibitions only apply to senior level employees. Manufacturers of nonnative wine may sell their wine at their principal office located in Iowa. Allows for limited cross tier interests. Brewers may sell up to 30,000 barrels annually at wholesale.
Status: House Calendar

HSB 220 – Solid Waste Definition
Post-use polymers and recoverable feedstocks and gasification and pyrolysis facilities are not subject to solid waste requirements.
Status: Passed House Commerce Committee

HF 573 – PBM Pharmacy Networks
Requires qualified retail pharmacies who apply, to be a member of the PBM pharmacy network. It also requires retail and mail order pharmacies be treated equally.
Status: Passed House Commerce Committee

HF 261/HSB 3 – Municipal Utility Trustee Removal
Elected officers may only be removed for a defined reasons including: neglect or refusal to perform duties, misconduct or maladministration, corruption, extortion, conviction of a felony or intoxication.
Status: House Calendar

HF 651/HSB 187 – Domestic Surplus Lines
Allows domestic surplus lines insurers to offer surplus lines insurance in the state.
Status: House Calendar

HF 356/HSB 106 – Credit Union Mergers
Materials in a merger notice must be provided to Credit Union Division at least 15 days prior to notice sent to credit union members. The Credit Union Division must review and approve at least 10 days prior to notice being sent.
Status: House Calendar

HF 357/HSB 89 – Subpoena Power of Credit Union Superintendent
This bill expands the subpoena power of the credit union superintendent to include entirety of examinations, reports, and filings.
Status: House Calendar

HF 358/HSB 90 – Good Faith Requirement – Credit Union Records
This bill requires submissions made to Credit Union Division be made in good faith and establishes penalties for violations.
Status: House Calendar

HF 263/HSB 34 – Small Loan Application Fee
This bill removes the requirement for a loan application fee even when consumer is not approved for the loan.
Status: House Calendar

HF 321/HSB 40 – Debt Management Services in Education Loans
This bill creates a framework for educational debt management services to be licensed and operate in Iowa. Violations are prosecuted under consumer protection laws.
Status: House Calendar

HF 417/HSB 33 – Residential Contractors, Assignment of Benefits
This bill sets the parameters for when an insured homeowner can assign insurance benefits post loss to a residential contractor. It protects consumers against storm chasers who are bad actors.
Status: House Calendar

HF 426/HSB 92 – Insurance Division Department Bill
This bill clarifies the Insurance Division’s authority to investigate insurance fraud. It also requires criminal background checks including fingerprinting for new license applicants.
Status: House Calendar

HF 502/HSB 105 – Real Estate Appraiser Certification
This bill sets parameters for out of state licensed or certified real estate appraisers to practice in Iowa.
Status: House Calendar

HF 225 – Demolition Reserves
This bill increases demolition reserves for fire and casualty insurance to $20,000 or 20% of damages payment. It also creates an interim study committee to review demolition reserve minimums who must report findings and recommendations to legislature.
Status: House Calendar

HF 605/HSB 182 – Electronic Notice, Insurers
This bill allows for electronic communication to the consumer by the insurer for insurance covering portable electronics.
Status: House Calendar

HF 489 – PBM Transparency
This bill requires an annual report by PBMs to Insurance Commissioner on prescription drug benefits that is available to the public. It also requires an annual review of formulary by independent P&T committee. In addition, at least 51% of prescription drug rebates must be passed on to consumer.
Status: House Calendar

HF 670/HSB 186 – Self Storage Facilities
This bill creates and updates processes for lien holder claims against personal property in self-service storage facilities.
Status: House Calendar

HF 667/HSB 219 – Life and Health Insurance Guaranty
This bill includes several technical updates to conform to the NAIC model act. It also adds HMOs to the assessment base and splits assessments 50/50 between life and health insurers to cover any company insolvencies.
Status: House Calendar

HF 665/HSB 225 – Service Contracts
This bill consolidates code chapters governing residential service contracts and motor vehicle service contracts. It also updates Iowa Code to closer align with NAIC model language.
Status: Ways and Means

Education
HF 306 / HSB 109 – FY20 Supplemental State Aid
HF 306 sets Supplemental State Aid (SSA) at 2.06% for FY20 for both the Regular Program and the Categorical Supplements. It also extends the Property Tax Relief Payment (PTRP) an additional year which has the state pick up any property tax growth in the Additional Levy portion of the school funding formula. The State Cost Per Pupil (SCPP) amount on which the school aid formula is based increases from $6736 to $6875, a $139 increase. However, this amount will increase to $6880 and $144 after passage of HF 307, which includes a $5 State Cost Per Pupil increase to narrow the District Cost Per Pupil (DCPP) gap. Estimated total state aid to schools for FY20 is $3.289 billion.
Status: Signed by the Governor February 14, 2019

HF 349 – Radon Testing and Mitigation
Requires school districts to test for radon in all attendance centers by 2024 and every 5 years thereafter. Any attendance center that tests above a specific level in two consecutive tests (averaged) must be mitigated by district within 2 years, with some exceptions. Schools can use SAVE and PPEL dollars for testing and mitigation expenses.
Status: Passed House Education Committee

HF 420 / HSB 128 – Financial Literacy Implementation
Amends language passed last year by the legislature regarding financial literacy. The legislation last year required all students pass a half-unit of financial literacy as a condition of graduation. It was effective immediately. This bill delays implementation, applying it to next year’s incoming freshman class.
Status: On House Calendar

HF 445 – Weighted Funding for Students in Foster Facilities
The bill allows student placed in 24/7 foster care facilities and receiving education from the school district in which the facility is located to be counted for weighted funding at special education level 1, which is 0.72.
Status: Passed House Education Committee

HF 499 / HF 136 – 10-Passenger School Vehicles
Amends the definition of non-bus school vehicles designed to carry fewer students than a bus, such as a passenger van. Current statute is inconsistent not only with itself, but with federal regulations. Federal definition (49 C.F.R. § 571.3) defines a bus as “a motor vehicle with motive power, except a trailer, designed for carrying more than 10 persons.” This bill defines passenger vehicles that aren’t busses as those carrying 10 or fewer passengers
Status: On House Calendar

HF 513 / HSB 17 – Teacher Preparation Program Assessment
Current law requires students in Iowa teacher preparation institutions to pass an end of program assessment in both content and pedagogy in order to complete their course of study. Student are considered to have passed if they score above the 25th percentile nationally. The bill changes this 25th percentile minimum score by requiring the Department of Education to instead set a minimum score that considers the scores of neighboring states and the current supply and demand of teachers in the state. It also provides for a one-year license for those who have completed their prep programs, have been offered a teaching contract, but have not yet passed the assessment.
Status: On House Calendar

HF 546 / HF 425 / HSB 18 – SAVE Extension and Modifications
This bill makes some modifications to the uses of SAVE (Secure and Advanced Vision for Education) dollars, the distribution to the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund, and extends the sunset on the statewide penny that funds SAVE by 20 years. It increases the distribution amount that goes to the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund from 2.1% to 12%, getting there by 1% increments per year, assuming a specified growth in the SAVE fund is achieved each year. From the increased funds (from 2.1% to 12%), 2/3 will be used in the same manner as the 2.1% is being used–to buy DOWN the rate for high-rate districts. The remaining 1/3 will be used in a newly created “Foundation Base Percentage Fund” (FBPF) which provides property tax relief to all districts by buying UP the school foundation aid level of 87.5%. It also requires voter approval to use SAVE funds for athletic facilities and makes changes to the Certificate of Need requirements, namely to demonstrate the need for using the funds for new construction vs. doing repairs or remodeling.
Status: On Ways and Means Calendar

HF 560 / HSB 79 – All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship Eligibility
The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship is currently available to student aged 18 through 23. This bill strikes the age requirement. Some students are possibly going to age-out of the scholarship and this will help students continue to receive the scholarship.
Status: On House Calendar

HF 563 – School Board Student Liaison Position
Requires school boards to have a student liaison on the board to serve in a non-voting position. The student would have a seat at the table to advocate for student viewpoints and will have access to all nonconfidential material, but no access to closed session meetings or confidential materials.
Status: Passed House Education Committee

HF 592 / HF 184 – Preschool Age Eligibility
Currently the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) is available to students who are age 4. The bill changes this to include 5-year-olds. Students are able to enroll in preschool as both a 4 and 5-year-old.
Status: In House Appropriations Committee

HF 596 / HSB 130 – Whole Grade Sharing and Reorganization Incentives Extension
The bill extends the Whole Grade Sharing incentives for 5 years, from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2024. Whole grade sharing allows districts to generate funding for 0.1 weighting per student affected by the sharing agreement. The maximum is for 3 years. However, it can be for an additional 3 years after, and if, districts reorganize.
Status: On House Calendar

HF 598 / HF 197 – Sibling Classroom Assignments
Regarding the assignment of siblings in the same grade to classrooms, the bill requires school districts to, upon parent request, consult with and give deference to the parent’s preference.
Status: On House Calendar

HF 633 / HF 256 – Board of Educational Examiners Licensing Fees
The Board of Educational Examiners, the state’s licensing board for educational professionals, is funded by fees collected through licensing. Iowa Code requires the Board to deposit 25% of fees collected into the state’s general fund. This bill eliminates that 25% transfer and requires the Board to lower their licensing fees accordingly.
Status: In House Ways and Means Committee

HF 637 / 145 – Misconduct Reporting Period
Current law requires a school district to report to the Board of Educational Examiners any instance of action taken against a licensed employee for a list of specific instances of misconduct: soliciting or consummating a romantic relationship with student; falsifying grades or test scores; use public property for personal use; or being at school or school activities in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This bill sets a 30-day timeline by which this action on misconduct needs to be reported to the Board.
Status: On House Calendar

Economic Growth
HF 290—Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant Program
This bill strikes references to a quarterly report that the Department of Workforce Development will no longer be filing (was eliminated last session). Additionally, it provides that if a community college no longer identifies an industry as having a shortage of skilled workers or IWD no longer identifies an industry as a high-demand job—a student who received the tuition grant based on those identifications can continue to receive the grant assuming they meet all other eligibility requirements.
Status: House Calendar

HF 303—Statewide Welcome Centers
This bill changes references from agency to authority to reflect that the Economic Development Authority is no longer an agency. It also removes references to a pilot project because welcome centers are no longer in a pilot phase. Additionally, the bill requires the authority to collaborate with other state agencies as necessary to operate the welcome centers and provide information to travelers.
Status: House Calendar

HF 305—Enhance Iowa Board
This bill increases the board term from two years to three. Additionally, the bill removes the requirement that $100,000 of the fund be set aside for marketing the approved projects (thus allowing that money to be used to fund more project awards).
Status: House Calendar

HF 477—Bioscience-Based Economic Development Corporation
This bill changes the Iowa Innovation Corporation to the Bioscience Development Corporation and provides for its administration and structure.
Status: House Calendar

HF 485—State Purchasing, Targeted Small Business Goals
This bill concerns state purchasing requirements from targeted small businesses (TSB). Current law allows the state to directly purchase from a TSB if that purchase would comply with TSB procurement goals and the amount does not exceed $10,000. This bill would change that threshold to $25,000.
Status: House Calendar

HF 486—Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grants for Emergency Projects
This bill allows an emergency project to be eligible for a grant from the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program Fund. An emergency project is a remediation of an underutilized building that may present a unique and immediate opportunity, or a unique and immediate threat.
Status: House Calendar

HF 307 – Transportation and DCPP Equity Funding
The bill contains two funding provisions for school districts, transportation and District Cost Per Pupil. First, the bill establishes the Transportation Equity Fund created in 2018 as a permanent Categorical fund, subject to Categorical Supplemental State Aid (SSA) increases. It also appropriates $19 million into the fund for FY20. Second, the bill adds $5 to the State Cost Per Pupil (SCPP) for those districts that have a District Cost Per Pupil (DCPP) equal to the SCPP. This effectively narrows the gap between the highest and lowest DCPP districts from $170 to $165.
Status: Signed by the Governor February 19, 2019

Environmental Protection
House File 512– DNR Fee In Lieu of Onsite Wetland Mitigation
Proposes to allow DNR to establish a third option for DNR/U.S. Corp of Engineers permit holders who adversely impact streams and wetlands by construction activities that would allow a ‘in-lieu fee program’ option to addressing adverse impacts. The ‘in lieu program’ would allow the permittees to pay a fees to a DNR fund created by this legislation that would pay for wetland and stream mitigation offsets projects offsite from the permit area that is being adversely affected and moneys in the funds shall only be used for wetland mitigation purposes. The DNR ‘Fee in-lieu program’ is required to be approved by the U.S. Corps of Engineer.
Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee

House Study Bill 81– DNR Administrative Procedures Updates and Modernization
Proposes to update and modernize several Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administrative procedures, largely to
create a uniform 60-day period during which an person may appeal an order issued by the director or DNR pursuant to the state agency’s authority for environmental regulations throughout Code Chapter 455B. The bill allows DNR to exempt from permit requirements a class of waste disposal systems from permit requirements that do not discharge into water of the state and are not currently exempt and removes two dormant Code provisions that have been duplicated or superseded elsewhere in the Code or the timeframe has passed.
Status: Passed Environmental Protection Committee

Human Resources
HSB 75 / HF 291 – Community Spouse Resource Allowance
This bill was requested by DHS. The bill aligns Iowa Code with the minimum spousal impoverishment standards released by CMS. As the amount allowed to be retained for the benefit of the community spouse of an institutionalized individual increases with CMS regulation, Iowa will no longer need to increase the threshold in Code. Medicaid allows for the community spouse (spouse not living in the nursing home and still living independently) to keep a minimum amount of money and a maximum amount of money, in addition to their primary residence. Current Iowa law limits the community spouse to $24,000. CMS had increased that amount to $24,180 in 2017, $24,720 in 2018, and $25,284 in 2019.
STATUS – Passed House Floor

HSB 76 / HF 292 – Medicaid Appeals Analysis
This bill was requested by DHS. The bill simply changes that the report to be submitted to the legislature on Medicaid appeals is to be sent annually, rather than twice a year. This gives Iowa Medicaid Enterprise more time to interpret the data and provide a more thorough analysis of appeals dismissed, withdrawn, and overturned. The original language was part of the Medicaid Oversight language passed last year.
STATUS – Passed House Floor

HF212 – 4 Board’s Executive Director Oversight
The bill requires the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health to appoint and supervise the executive directors of the Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Dental Board, and Board of Pharmacy. The respective licensing boards will work in an advisory capacity to the DPH Director on oversight of the Executive Directors.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HSB 73/ HF 421 – Mental Health Institute Code Cleanup
This bill conforms to other areas of code in requiring the Mental Health Institute administrators to get consent from the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections before applying for a patient transfer to the Iowa medical and classification center in Coralville. This bill also removes the two former MHIs in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant from Code.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 211 / HF 422 – CCUSO Telehealth
This bill requires the Cherokee Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) to use telehealth for the delivery of health care services, when it is medically appropriate. The CCUSO Nurse Practitioner and a clinician with UIHC would determine if the use of telehealth is medically appropriate. UIHC is already required by law to provide treatment and care for individuals that are involuntarily committed to CCUSO.
STATUS – House Calendar
HSB 74 / HF 304 – Personal Degradation Code Cleanup
This bill allows the Department of Inspections and Appeals to categorize dependent adult abuse by personal degradation that DIA finds is minor, isolated, and unlikely to reoccur as “confirmed, not registered.” DIA characterizes this as a technical change that was an oversight when the Legislature passed House File 544 in 2017 to add personal degradation to the dependent adult abuse law.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 209 / HF 423 – Inmate Medicaid Suspension
This bill clarifies that DHS shall not terminate the Medicaid eligibility of an inmate at any point during their confinement as long as that individual remains eligible for the Medicaid program except for their institutional status. Rather, DHS will place the individual in a suspended status. This bill arose from concerns that individuals in jail or prison receiving substance abuse treatment are then released without any option to continue their treatment.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 447 – Emergent Unit Dosing
This bill allows a pharmacist to refill a prescription once a year emergently in a unit dose package, not to exceed a 30-day supply. Iowa Code has allowed pharmacists to exercise professional judgment by refilling a prescription emergently without prescriber authorization since 1987. However, the standard practice has been for up to 72 hours-worth of the prescription. This bill will allow pharmacists to have the protection from liability for providing a unit dosed prescription that exceeds a 72 hour supply. Examples include insulin, Epi Pen, and inhalers.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HF 295 / HF 518 – Hospice Room and Board Pass-Through
Currently, when hospice care is provided in a nursing facility, the hospice provider submits a claim to Medicaid (either through Fee-for Service or managed care) for nursing home room and board for members who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Medicaid pays the hospice provider 95% of the nursing facility base rate. The nursing facility and hospice provider enter into a contract for room and board reimbursement. Current practice for most hospice providers it to pay 100% of the nursing facility base rate (called the “room and board pass-through”).
This bill requires DHS to submit a waiver to CMS to eliminate the pass-through, and will relieve administrative burdens on Iowa Medicaid, MCOs, hospice providers and nursing facilities once approved by CMS. Hospice providers will still be able to reimburse the nursing facilities for the remaining 5% of the daily rate.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 372 / HF 532 – Medical Residencies
This bill requires medical residencies in Iowa that are at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and residencies funded through the Medical Residency Training State Matching Grants Program to give priority to applicants that have an Iowa connection (resident of Iowa, went to undergrad in Iowa, or medical school in Iowa). This bill also requires those medical residencies to provide the opportunity to participate in a rural rotation to expose medical residents to rural areas of Iowa.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 340 / HF 533 – CARE Act
This bill addresses discharge procedures for hospitals regarding aftercare assistance by a designated lay caregiver upon discharge from the hospital. Once a lay caregiver is designated, the hospital must provide the caregiver with aftercare assistance instructions and notify them when the patient is ready for discharge. This bill is part of a national legislative push by AARP.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 538 – Mandatory Reporters
This bill comes from recommendations made by the Mandatory Reporter Workgroup this interim. The Workgroup recommended that a core curriculum be developed by DHS for mandatory reporters of child abuse and dependent adult abuse, these separate trainings be provided to mandatory reporters for free, and that the frequency of trainings be increased from every 5 years to every 3 years. This amendment allows for an hour-refresher course after the initial 2-hour DHS training has been completed. Employers may still supplement the DHS training with a more specific training for their employees.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HF 548 – MHDS Region Ending Fund Balances
This bill pushes back the requirement for MHDS Regions to decrease their ending fund balances by 5 years and increases the amount of cash flow allowed to 40%.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HF 549 – Health-Related Boards
This bill eliminates 10 boards/commissions/advisory councils within the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services. Many of these boards are no longer necessary and work can be absorbed by their respective public department board/council (Board of Health and Council on Human Services). This bill also decreases the membership of some committees, requires a teleconference option be provided for official meetings, and eliminates per diem expenses for members.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HF 294 / HF 570 – Brain Injury HCBS Waiver Monthly Budget Cap
This bill eliminates the monthly budget maximum for individuals on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Brain Injury Waiver. The current maximum dollar amount per month is $3,013.08 for the BI Waiver. This maximum has not been increased since 1996 when the BI Waiver was established. There are around 1,500 members currently on the BI waiver. DHS granted all 98 exceptions to policy that were requested in FY 2018. Because all exceptions have been granted to go above the monthly cap, this bill is not expected to have any fiscal impact.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 166 / HF 597 – Cliff Effect Interim
This bill requests the legislative council establish an interim study committee to evaluate the “cliff effect” for the state child care assistance program, food assistance program, and other state assistance programs with income restriction guidelines. The committee will report to the legislature before the next legislative session.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 158 / HF 601 – Polysomnography
This bill relates to the practice of polysomnography, a type of sleep-related disorder diagnosis and treatment. This bill adds requirements for the performance of polysomnography in a patient’s home or mobile testing facility to ensure proficient patient care.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 159 / HF 606 – Online Continuing Education
This bill removes the limitation on the number of continuing education credits that can be obtained online for social workers, marital and family therapists, and mental health counselors. The online CEUs must comply with the standards of their respective boards.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 619 – Commitments
This bill includes proposed changes to Iowa’s mental health and substance abuse commitment laws. The amendment incorporates some recommendations from the Commitment Workgroup that met over the legislative interim, and also updates some provisions related to law enforcement notification.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HSB 200 / HF 623 – Medication Assisted Treatment Prior Authorizations
This bill requires the Medicaid program to provide at least one form of medication-assisted treatment in 5 distinct categories of MAT that does not require prior authorization. Individuals seeking MAT are likely to pursue substances for their addiction if they are not able to obtain MAT in a timely manner. Prior Authorizations often take 72 hours to be completed.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 451 / HF 624 – Inpatient Psychiatric Clearinghouse Workgroup
This bill creates a workgroup to provide recommendations to the legislature on the creation of a statewide clearinghouse for psychiatric patient placements and improvements to the current bed tracking system.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 183 / HF 625 – hawk-i Eligibility
This bill was requested by DHS and eliminates the use of a third party administrator under the hawk-i program to determine eligibility, payment, and administrative functions and transfers those duties to the Department of Human Services.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 435 / HF 642 – Confidential Information
This bill allows the Department of Human Services to release confidential information to a multidisciplinary team if DHS approves the composition of the team and the sole focus of the team is on identifying services for children who are victims of, and children at risk of becoming victims of, human trafficking. Current law restricts multidisciplinary teams from receiving confidential information unless it is during the course of a child abuse assessment. The difficulty is that child abuse assessments are open for less than 20 days and the work needed to identify services for children of trafficking often occurs well beyond a 20 day assessment. This bill will assist with the ongoing collaboration that is needed to identify and aid victims of human trafficking during a lengthy process.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 184 / HF 644 – Family First
This bill was requested by DHS to align Iowa law with changes at the federal level due to the Family First Prevention Services Act. Family First changes the direction of child welfare services across the country, and will require states to look at ways to prevent removal of children through evidence-based family preservation services; to place removed children with relatives if possible and then look for licensed foster families; and limits the use of group care settings to children in need of mental health treatment. Iowa plans to fully implement Family First by July 1, 2020.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 206 – Children’s Mental Health
This is the Governor’s Bill to establish a Children’s Mental Health System in Iowa.
• The bill codifies a Children’s System State Board to act as the central entity advising on the administration of the children’s mental health system within DHS. Regional governance will be established with the existing MHDS Regions. Each Region must hire a children’s services coordinator who will serve as the subject matter expert and focus solely on the development of children’s mental health services. This bill establishes eligibility criteria for children and core services that will be provided to eligible children including crisis services, inpatient treatment, and outpatient therapy.
• This bill is a part of the Governor’s Budget proposals to expand the statewide crisis hotline to children’s mental health services, provide additional funding for developing mental health professionals in rural areas, and eliminate the waiting list for the Children’s Mental Health Home and Community-Based Services Waiver. House Republicans are also addressing the need for MHDS Regions to hold on to funds to implement this bill and adequately reimburse Assertive Community Treatment teams.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HSB 214 – Contraceptives
This is the Governor’s Bill on Contraceptives.
• The bill creates a statewide standing order with the medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, and allows pharmacists to dispense initially 3-months of an oral hormonal contraceptive, hormonal vaginal ring, or a hormonal contraceptive patch, and then subsequent year supplies. This bill only applies to patients 18 years and older.
• Before being dispensed the contraceptive, the woman must complete a self-screening risk assessment. If the screening indicates that it is unsafe for the patient, the pharmacist cannot dispense the contraceptive to that patient. The patient who is dispensed the contraceptive must consult with a primary care or women’s health care practitioner during the preceding 27-months before again being dispensed birth control under this law.
• Pharmacists who dispense contraceptives under this bill must complete a standardized training program and continuing education requirements as approved by the Board of Pharmacy, in consultation with the Board of Medicine and IDPH. The bill provides for immunity from liability for pharmacists dispensing under this law and the DPH medical director.
• This bill also expands the contraceptive mandate for health insurance in Iowa to require payment for the initial 3-month supply and subsequent year supply.
• 9 states and Washington D.C. allow women to get their birth control prescription directly from a pharmacist. Utah also allows for a birth control prescription through a standing order issued by their state medical director, similar to this bill.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

HSB 238 – Dispensing Fees
This bill relates to multiple dispensing fees being charged to a patient if a pharmacist dispenses a partial quantity of a prescription drug, and later dispenses the remaining quantity of the prescription, the total dispensing fee charged by the pharmacist cannot exceed the standard dispensing fee as if the total quantity had been provided at one time. The bill applies to both Medicaid, private pay, and third-party insurance.
STATUS – Passed House Human Resources Committee

Judiciary
HF 223- Witness Mileage Rates
HF 223 standardizes mileage rates paid for out of state witnesses. The money is paid out of the jury and witness revolving fund.
STATUS-In Senate

HF 266- Civil Commitment and Sexually Violent Predators
Makes changes to code sections addressing the commitment of sexually violent predators. These changes are in response to court cases and recommended changes by the Attorney General.
STATUS-In Senate

HF 323- Dependent Adult Abuse
Ensures a person can be found guilty of dependent adult abuse even if they didn’t personally profit from the abuse.
STATUS-In Senate

HF 224/ HSB 23- Lascivious Conduct with a Minor
Current law has a loophole that fails to protect children between the ages of 14 and 15 from abuse by persons of power. HF 224 makes it clear that if a person 14 to 15 is groped or fondled by a person 18 or over, the abuser can be charged with an aggravated misdemeanor and be required to register as a sex offender. This ensures that our young people are protected from predators who may use their position of power to coerce children in to sexual situations.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 233- Child Life Support
This bill prevents the courts from removing a child from life support or denying them medical care over the objection of the parents with limited exceptions.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 265/HF 5- Confidential Search Warrants
All information filed with the court for the purpose of securing a search warrant shall be made confidential if charges are dismissed, the person is found not guilty, or receives a deferred judgement.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 267/HSB 8- Clerks of Court
HF 267 Allows the clerk of court to work in different counties within the district.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 322/HSB 9-Practicing Law in Iowa
HF 322 removes the requirement that a person who applies for admission to practice law in Iowa be a resident of the state.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 324/HSB 25-Trusts
HF 324 changes the requirement that a certification of trust must have a statement signed by all of the acting trustees. The bill only requires an acting trustee or their attorney sign the certification.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 328/HSB 30- Vulnerable Elder
HF 328 amends the definition of vulnerable elder to clarify that a person’s age does not necessarily make them vulnerable, but their mental or physical condition or personal circumstances is what makes them more vulnerable after the age of 60.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 336/HSB 28-Postconviction Relief
HF 336 allows the underlying trial court record as well as court file containing previous post-conviction relief applications filed to automatically become part of the record in a claim for post-conviction relief. This information can be electronically transmitted.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 337/ HSB 10-Indemnification of State Employees
HF 337 is in response to an Iowa Supreme Court Case and ensures that state employees who are acting within the scope of their employment will be defended by the state.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 351-Expungment of Records
HF 351 requires an expunged record to be sealed by the court.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 371-Alcohol Violations
HF 371 provides that a person convicted for consuming alcohol in public is not subject to sentencing enhancements for a second or subsequent conviction.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 395 Pretrial Contact and Juveniles
This bill protects juveniles from having to give a deposition while facing their abuser. HF 395 allows a deposition to be taken by closed-circuit TV or by other formats to shield the child.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 503/HSB 110- Judicial Nomination Commission
HF 503 would make changes to the Judicial Nominating Commissions by changing how members are appointed to the commissions. Instead of lawyers electing lawyers to the state commission, the bill would have the Governor appoint 8 people (at least 4 lawyers) and leadership in both the house and senate appoint 2 people each, for a total of 8. The new system would not change the Merit Based Selection system but simply ensure the commissioners adequately represented the entire state.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 534/ HSB 115 – Female Genital Mutilation
HF 534 would prohibit female genital mutilation and prohibit people from taking children out of the country to have this gruesome act performed. Members of the subcommittee met with community representatives as well as advocates. After careful consideration, penalties were altered to help protect women and their daughters while still ensuring the proposed law could adequately be enforced.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 544- Dissolution of Marriage
Under current law, if a party asks for marriage counseling in the initial filings of a divorce the court must order it, unless there is domestic or elder abuse. The bill allows discretion in all circumstances and no longer requires the court to order marriage counseling.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 582- Child Support
Under current law, a parent who is paying child support can be required to continue paying child support even if they have custody of the child in a CINA case. HF 582 requires the court to issue an order to stop child support so long as the parent who was paying support has custody of the child.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 1- Massage Parlors
HSB 1 makes it a serious misdemeanor to operate or work at a massage parlor without a license.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HSB 68- Restoring Voting Rights
HSB 68 will amend Iowa’s constitution to restore voting rights to felons who have discharged their sentence.
STATUS- Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 116- Rental Agreements
This bill makes changes to late fees that can be charged on rent. Late fees on rent greater than $700 per month will be capped at $20 per day and $100 per month. Rent that exceeds $1,400 per month, late fees are capped at $30 per day and $150 per month.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 134- Power of Attorney for Juveniles
HSB 134 allows parents to sign over a power of attorney for their children to another person for a limited time. The bill lays out conditions for the transfer of POA and requires that it be renewed every six months. A temporary POA cannot allow a child to get married, obtain an abortion, be adopted, or terminate parental rights.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 276- Free Speech on College Campus
HF 276 ensures free speech will be allowed on college campuses. The bill also allows university groups to set membership standards.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 408- Class “D” Felonies-Indeterminate Sentence Options
The DOC may commit a person convicted with a class “D” felony who will be serving an indeterminate sentence to the county jail.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 514/HSB 29- OWI Habitual Offender
HF 514 allows a person charged with a 3rd offense OWI to be charged as a habitual offender. This would triple the time they could be required to serve in prison.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HF 529/HF 4- Fees for Documents
HF 529 requires copies of certain documents to be provided free to the public defender’s office.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 583- Parental Time
HF 583 changes the phrase “visitation” to parenting time.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee
HSB 19- Expert Witness Testimony
This bill allows an expert witness to testify in child sex abuse cases and child endangerment cases. The expert may testify on reasons victims may delay disclosing the circumstances of the abuse, the process a perpetrator may use to groom a victim, various reasons child recant allegations and other symptoms or behavior of a child following abuse.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 22- Adult Guardianship
HSB 22 comes from the Taskforce on Adult Guardianships and Conservatorships. It makes changes to the procedures for adult guardianships and conservatorships.
STATUS- Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 41- Home Improvement Fraud
A contractor who enters into a home improvement contract and makes false claims they can be charged with a class “D” felony.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 69- Non-assistance of Child Support
HSB 69 eliminates fees for a person who applies for child support services in non-assistance cases. The bill also allows a fee of $35 to be collected from the oblige after $550 in support has been distributed to the family.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 112- Personal Degradation of Adult
HSB 112 adds language to the code to criminalize degradation of a dependent adult. This would include taking photos intended to shame, degrade, humiliate, or otherwise harm the personal dignity of a dependent adult. A caretaker who engages in this action could be charged with a serious misdemeanor for this offense.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 114- Animal Abuse
This bill, as amended, adds additional penalties for animal abuse, torture, and neglect. The bill ensures those who abuse animals will be appropriately penalized while not interfering with livestock laws.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 118- Juvenile Guardianship
HSB 118 moves juvenile guardianship cases to juvenile court to ensure there is a consistent judge working on the case. It also makes various changes to juvenile guardianship in accordance with recommendations from the Taskforce on Minor Guardianship.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 136- Non-Substantive Code Editor
This is the non-substantive code editors bill from LSA.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 142-DNA
HSB 142 modernizes Iowa’s post-conviction DNA testing procedures.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 144- Indigent Defense
If a person pays for a private defense attorney and then becomes indigent the indigent defense fund will pay that attorney at the same rate as other indigent defense attorneys.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 177- Notice and Opportunity to Repair
HSB 177 allows a contractor a chance to repair a defect for which there was a class action lawsuit filed.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 178- Jury List from Taxpayer Information
This allows a jury list to be derived from taxpayer information provided by the Department of Revenue.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 195- Court Interpreters
HSB 195 makes changes to the law regarding court interpreters. The bill provides all limited-English-proficient people are entitled to interpreters to assist without a cost when they are participating in court proceedings. The Jury and Witness Revolving Fund shall pay for these costs.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 203- Substantive Code Editors Bill
This is a bill from the code editor with substantive changes
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 209- Series LLC
Makes changes based on the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act as adopted by the Uniform Law Commission. The changes allow a series LLC to be formed.
STATUS- Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 223- Disclosure of Donors for Tax Exempt Organizations
HSB 223 prevents 501C(3) organizations from being required to disclose their donors. This does not allow them to hide donors if the money was given for specific political activity.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 224- Service of Process for Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings
In some circumstances, HSB 224 will allow notice of proceedings to be given by email with a receipt system, if a person opts in to the system.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 237- Criminal Law Reform Omnibus
HSB 237 makes changes to the criminal code. Including areas of expungement, robbery, property crimes, theft, fraud and forgery, criminal proceedings, medical examiner investigations and criminal penalties.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

HSB 242- Guardian Ad Litem Visits
HSB 242 requires a guardian ad litem for a child to visit the child each month.
STATUS-Passed House Judiciary Committee

Labor
HSB 42/HF 531 – Unemployment Compensation
This bill changes the number of weeks an individual can receive unemployment compensation after a business closing. It also updates the requirements for the Voluntary Shared Work Program.
Status: On the Calendar

HF 471/HF 650 – Employer Liability Shield
This bill creates an employer liability shield in certain instances for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 180/HF 666 – Professional License Review
This bill requires the State Government Efficiency Board to review every professional license, certification, and registration and prepare reports for the General Assembly to vote on.
Status: On the Calendar

Local Government
HSB 160 – Public Notice for Open Meetings
The bill amends sections of the Open Meetings laws of the State. It states that governmental bodies subject to the open meetings laws are those that are “formally and directly” created so as to clarify which meetings are required to be open to the public. Additionally it further defines which meetings are subject, by stating not just those that have “policy-making duties” as the subject but those that are in regards to policy and budgetary issues. Lastly it allows not just the news media, but rather anyone, to request reasonable notice for public meetings. And it clarifies that the 24-hour notice period for meeting notices does not include weekends or holidays.
Status: Passed House Local Government Committee

HSB 234 – Pioneer Cemeteries
The bill allows counties to vote to redefine locally the definition of a pioneer cemetery from one that has 12 or fewer burials in the past 50 years to one that has had 24 or fewer. Additionally it allows a cemetery commission to continue to have jurisdiction over a cemetery that was a pioneer cemetery but no longer is because of recent burials.
Status: Passed House Local Government Committee

HF 178 – Conflicts of Interest Threshold
Current code prevents members of school boards, officers or employees of the county, and city officers or employees from having an interest, direct or indirect, in a contract for goods or services issued by the board. There is an exception that allows compensation or benefit if it does not exceed $2500 for school boards, or $1500 for cities and counties. This bill increases the threshold to $6000.
Status: Passed House Local Government Committee

HF 466 – Township EMS Services
Currently townships are required to provide fire services and they may provide EMS services. The bill gives eligible electors the option to petition the township for a vote to establish EMS services in the township. If the vote is approved, the township can use existing levy options under 359.43 to provide funding for these services. This levy is currently 40.5 cents, with an option of adding an additional 20.25 cents if the initial 40.5 cents doesn’t cover the costs, for a total of 60.75 cents. The bill allows the 20.25 to be 40.25 if the township is to provide EMS services per the provisions in the bill, for a total of 80.75.
Status: Passed House Local Government Committee

Natural Resources
HF 179 – Hunting Firearms
This bill requires Natural Resources Commission rules on firearms to be consistent with federal definitions and aligns other hunting laws with Iowa Code (under 21 years old supervision).
STATUS – Passed Natural Resources Committee. Referred to Public Safety

HF 49 / HF 325 – Nonambulatory Hunters
• This bill allows nonambulatory hunters to be issued one any sex deer hunting license during any established deer hunting season using the method of take authorized during each season being hunted. Currently, nonambulatory persons could only be issued a deer hunting license during shotgun or muzzleloading rifle seasons.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 156 / HF 326 – Eagle Taking Penalties
This bill increases the penalty for unlawfully selling, taking, catching, killing, injuring, destroying, or having in their possession an eagle from $50 to $2,500. These penalties go to the Fish & Wildlife Trust Fund. An individual who violates this section also violates Iowa Code 481A.32 and is guilty of a simple misdemeanor.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 363 – Leashed Dog Tracking
The bill allows a hunter to use a dog to track and retrieve wounded deer as long as the dog is leashed with a maximum of a 50-foot lead. The dog and hunter must be certified in blood tracking.
STATUS – Passed House Natural Resources Committee

HF 530 – Wild Animal Disease Management
This bill clarifies that the DNR is the agency that works to prevent, control and eradicate wild animal diseases in the state. The bill also allows the DNR to establish wild animal disease management zones and prohibits the importation of deer carcasses (with certain exceptions) that could spread CWD and other animal diseases in the state.
STATUS – House Calendar

HF 164 / HF 599– Hunting under 16
This bill allows non-resident children under 16 years of age to hunt without a hunting license if accompanied by an adult with a valid hunting license.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 104 / HF 603 – Snowmobiles
This bill removes a requirement that resident snowmobile operators obtain a user permit from the DNR in addition to registering the snowmobile to operate a snowmobile on public land, public ice, or a designated snowmobile trail of the state. This bill raises the annual registration fee for a snowmobile from $15 to $30. User permits will still be required of non-resident snowmobile operators.
STATUS – Passed House Natural Resources Committee

HF 318 / HF 604 – Commercial Fishing
This bill removes certain exemptions to future contractors with the Department of Natural Resources that remove underused, undesirable, or injurious organisms from the waters of the state. Those exemptions include obtaining a commercial fishing license, tagging equipment, and submitting monthly reports. By removing those exemptions, these contractors will need to be based in Iowa. Currently, Iowa does not have reciprocity with South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin for commercial angling.
STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 216 – Discharge of a Weapon from a Motor Vehicle
This bill prohibits the discharge of a hunting weapon from a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or any other motor vehicle, unless it is a stationary land conveyance used by a non-ambulatory hunter.
STATUS – Passed House Natural Resources Committee

HSB 217 – Unmanned Vehicles
This bill prohibits a person from using an unmanned vehicle from disturbing, pursuing, fishing, or hunting, of a wild animal. However, this bill allows for the use of a UAV to track a downed deer over land open to the public for hunting, property on which the person has received permission from the owner or tenant to operate a UAV, or property owned or leased by the person.
STATUS – Passed House Natural Resources Committee

Public Safety
HJR 13/HJR 3- Freedom Amendment
House Joint Resolution 13 adds firearms rights to the Iowa Constitution. The Federal Constitution has the 2nd Amendment (A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.), but Iowa’s Constitution is silent on this right. The proposed language would recognize the right of the people to keep and bear arms and subject any infringement on this right to a strict scrutiny review by the Courts.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 16- Interlock Requirements
Under current law, most people convicted of a first offense OWI must install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles they own and operate. This bill strikes the requirement the interlock is installed on all vehicles owned by the offender, but keeps the requirement interlock devices must installed on any vehicle the person drives. Failure to install an ignition interlock on a vehicle being driven is a contempt of court charge.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HF 179- Firearms Requirements for Hunting
HF 179 clarifies the law regarding ammunition that can be used to hunt deer. Additionally, the bill conforms hunting laws with other areas of the code by allowing persons under the age of 21 to hunt with approved handguns and ammunition if they are under the direct supervision of someone over the age of 21.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HF 259-Family Defense Act
HF259 makes changes to the laws regarding where a person can carry their legally owned firearm. There are four separate changes addressed in the bill. First, a person, with a valid permit to carry, who has passed all necessary background checks, may bring their legal firearm on limited areas of school property. The second portion of the bill ensures a person who legally possess firearms can leave it securely locked in their vehicles while at work. This bill does not allow an employee to carry while at work, if their employer prohibits firearms. The third part of this bill applies firearms laws equally across the state and prevents cities and other municipalities from enacting ordinances that differ from the state.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HF487/HSB 155-Nextgen Towers
Allows towers to be built in specific locations to support the nexgen program.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF516/HSB 156- E-911-Sheriff Voting
HF 516 ensures sheriffs or their designee will be voting members on the E911 board.
STATUS-House White Calendar

HF 553/HSB 82 Agricultural Theft
HF 553 requires a person convicted of a class “C” or “D” felony for theft of livestock, crops or honey bees to be assessed an agricultural theft surcharge of 35% on top of other financial penalties in code. The additional surcharge is remanded to the courts.
STATUS- Passed House Public Safety Committee

HF 539- Public Safety Equipment Fund
Allows a person who is renewing their motor vehicle registration to voluntarily contribute to the public safety equipment fund.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HF567- Excessive Speed and Unintentional Death
A person speeding 25 miles an hour or more over the speed limit who unintentionally causes the death of another person commits a class “C” felony.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HF 585- 24/7 Sobriety Program
Extends the sunset date on the test program for 24/7 until 2024. The bill also makes changes to the program regarding how reports are submitted and small changes to participation requirements.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 71-Trespassing
HSB 71 allows a person to receive a citation or to be arrested for trespassing if it is not related to hunting or fishing.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 72- DOC and Relationships With Offenders
DOC employees are prohibited from having sexual relationships with any offenders in the DOC system. This includes prisons, CBC’s, and persons on parole. This bill increases the penalty for a relationship to a class “D” felony from an aggravated misdemeanor.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 125-Traffic Camera Regulations
HSB 125 adds restrictions on the use of traffic cameras to ensure they are being used uniformly across the state. Funds collected from these cameras shall be divided between the local entity and the state. Locals can keep 40% of the funding to use towards public safety issues and 60% of the money collected shall go to the state for use by the Department of Public Safety.
STATUS- Passed Public Safety Committee

HSB 137-Medical Costs and County Jail
This bill creates a study between the county sheriffs and hospitals to review processes for payment of medical aid provided to prisoners in county jail. The group shall make recommendations to the legislature.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 139- Establishing the Justice Advisory Board
HSB 139 establishes the Justice Advisory Board and eliminates the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council, the Public Safety Advisory Board and the Sex Offender Research Council. The new board will take over these duties.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 140-Controlled Substances
Updates the schedule of multiple controlled substances in accordance with changes made at the federal level.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 175- Immunity From Certain Alcohol Offenses for Seeking Assistance
HSB 175 provides immunity from certain alcohol-related criminal offenses for a person who seeks emergency assistance for alcohol overdoses or protection from certain crimes.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 191-Speeding Fines
HSB 191 increases the penalty for speeding 20 miles and more over the speed limit. Current law fines a person $100, plus $5 for each mile. The bill will increase it to $10 per each mile over 20 miles per hour. Speeding fines in a work zone more than 25miles per hour over the limit will be increased from $1,000 to $1,500. The additional money collected will be transferred to DPH for the emergency medical service fund to help with rural EMS.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 192- Interstate EMS License Interstate Compact
This bill establishes an emergency medical services personnel licensure interstate compact. This would allow licensed EMT or paramedics in Iowa to practice in other states in the compact and vice versa.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 193- Fireworks Local Ordinances
This bill allows cities and counties to classify violations of local fireworks ordinances as municipal infractions or county infractions. Unless a city or county classes the violation as a violation of an ordinance, the crime is a simple misdemeanor.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 208-DPS Background Checks
This bill is an update to the code needed to ensure DPS has access to the FBI National Criminal History Record Check.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 212- Notice of Veteran Hiring Appeals
HSB 212 gives veterans notice of their appeal rights if they wish to challenge hiring practices in a public sector job. The bill expands and improves the appeals process to assist veterans who believe they have wrongly been denied a position.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 224- Cannabidiol Updates
HSB 224 makes changes to the current Medical Cannabidiol Program. The bill removes the 3% THC cap and replaces it with a maximum of 20g of THC per 90 days. Nurse practitioners and physicians assistances would be allowed to recommend the use of Cannabidiol to their patients and pharmacist or pharmacists technicians would be allowed to work at dispensaries. Additionally, the bill would prevent people from going to different dispensaries to exceed the allowed dose of THC.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

HSB 228-Length of Service Award
This bill creates a volunteer firefighter length of service award. Under current law, volunteer firefighters get a $100 tax credit. HSB 228 would allow them to either take the tax credit or have $100 deposited by the state in to a life time service award program that would be a pension for the volunteer firefighters. The firefighters and others would also be able to contribute to the fund.
STATUS-Passed House Public Safety Committee

State Government
HSB 55/HJR 6 – Gubernatorial Line of Succession
This amendment to the Iowa Constitution allows the Governor to appoint a Lieutenant Governor if the Lieutenant Governor’s position is vacant.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB64/HF310 – Optometry Scope of Practice
This bill allows optometrists to perform three additional types of injections on the eye.
Status: Passed House Floor; Referred to Senate State Government

HSB 59/HF 309 – Canned Cocktails
Canned cocktails with an alcohol content between 6.25%-15% are treated as beer under IA Code 123 & 123A.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 51/HF 392 – Competitive Bid Process for Professional Services
The competitive bid process is not required for professional services rendered by certain public employees.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 60/HF 419 – Music Therapist Title Protection
This bill gives title protection to the music therapist profession.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 53/HF 393 – Gift Reporting
All gifts worth at least $50 received by a Department or the Governor shall be reported to the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board.
Status: On the Calendar

HF 53/HF 528 – Access to Original Birth Certification of Adult Adoptee
This bill allows an adult adoptee that has had his or her original certificate of birth substituted to get access to their original certificate of birth.
Status: In Ways & Means

HSB 120/HJR 12 – ABATE Toy Drive
This Joint Resolution allows ABATE of Iowa District 4 to sell memorabilia at their motorcycle rally toy ride at the Capitol.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 146/HF478 – Elimination of the Education Telecommunications Council
This bill eliminates the education telecommunications and regional telecommunications councils established by the ICN.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 94/HF568 – Professional Landscape Architects Board
This bill changes the requirements of one of the members of the Professional Landscape Architects Board and allows for the use of a standardized professional test.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 95/HF641 – Alcohol Beverage Division Technical Bill
This bill makes a number of technical and conforming changes to the alcohol chapter.
Status: In Ways & Means

HSB 99/HF589 – Flood Mitigation
This bill allows for the use of general obligation bonds in regards to flood mitigation projects.
Status: In Ways & Means

HSB 147/HF 590 – Tax Return Preparer
This bill establishes what a tax return preparer is and continuing education standards.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 170/HF 595 – Deputy County Auditor Salaries
This bill allows the Deputy County Auditor in charge of elections to make up to 85% of the salary of the County Auditor.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 48/HF 652 – Combined City & School Elections
This bill updates the time of the canvas for the combined city and school elections. It also allows for school boards to have an organizational meeting prior to the first meeting.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 198/HF 648 – Sports Wagering
This bill allows sports wagering to be conducted in person and through mobile devices through licensed casinos. This bill also authorizes Daily Fantasy Sports to be conducted in Iowa.
Status: In Ways & Means

HF 320 – Honoria Limit
This bill places a $499 per day limitation on a honorarium from public officials and public employees.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HF 437/HF660– License Denial for Student Loan Debt
This bill requires the state’s licensing boards to adopt administrative rules to prohibit the suspension or revocation of a licensed issued to a person who is in default of student loans.
Status: On the Calendar

HSB 235/HF 656– State Auditor Cap
This bill eliminates the $375,000 cap on the total periodic examination fees collected by the Auditor of State.
Status: In Ways & Means

HSB 226– Uniform Electronic Legal Act
This bill implements the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act which allows for the creation of official electronic records.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 608– Statewide Postal Service Barcodes
This bill implements the statewide use of postal service barcodes to determine the date that an absentee ballot was placed into the federal postal service.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 172– Abatement of Public Nuisance on Abandoned Structurers
This bill allows for the district court sitting in small claims to have jurisdiction of abandoned structures and the abatement of public nuisance. This bill establishes a responsible building official to determine the state of abandoned structure.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 100– Restrictions on Preexisting Nonconforming Uses by Cities & Counties
This bill states that City Council and County Board of Supervisors shall not adopt or enforce any ordinances, regulations, or restrictions that would prevent that continuance of the property owner’s lawful nonconforming use that existed relating to preexisting homes.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 119– Groundwater Hazard Statement
This bill requires a groundwater hazard statement to be submitted to the county recorder and a fee of $12 charged in certain circumstances.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 167– E-Notary
This bill allows for the use of an electronic notary.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 227– Nonagricultural Animals
This bill regulates commercial dog breeders.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 233– Residential Rental Property
A city shall not adopt or enforce regulation that put rental permit caps on single-family homes or duplexes.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

HSB 231– Barbering & Cosmetology Arts
This bill combines the Cosmetology & Barbering Board. This bill also gets rid of the barbering chapter of the IA Code. It also restructures the cosmetology license.
Status: Passed House State Government Committee

Transportation
HF482/HSB 37 – Motor Vehicle Enforcement Authority
DOT employees designated as peace officers have the same powers, duties, privileges, and immunities as peace officers relating to enforcement of laws and apprehension of violators, within certain limitations. The sunset on this authority is extended until July 1, 2022
Status: House Calendar

HF 388/HSB 88 – Airplane Manufacturers Certification
This bill makes changes to the aircraft manufacturer’s certificate. It can be annually extended up to three years, increases the fee of the certificate, and moves the expiration date. The additional funds are earmarked for the state aviation fund.
Status: Ways and Means

HF 655/HSB 196 – Shortline Railroad Tax Credit
This bill creates a tax credit for shortline railroad restoration projects.
Status: Ways and Means

HF500/HSB 38 – Electric Scooters
This bill defines and gives parameters for the use of electric scooters.
Status: House Calendar

HF 481/HF 74 – Left Lane Obstructions
This bill requires drivers to move out of the left lane if there are vehicles behind them, with certain exceptions.
Status: House Calendar

HF 535/HSB 122 – Autonomous Vehicle Framework
This bill creates a framework to provide for the definition, operation, and liability of autonomous vehicles in the state.
Status: House Calendar

HF 345/HSB 12 – Motorcycle Lemon Law
This bill includes motorcycles and autocycles in definition of vehicles covered under Iowa’s lemon law.
Status: House Calendar

HF 343/HSB 39 – Pickup Trucks as School Bus
This bill includes pickup trucks in the definition of a school bus.
Status: House Calendar

HF 342/HSB 46 – Length Requirements for Automobile Transporters
This bill increases the maximum length for automobile transporters to comply with federal regulations.
Status: House Calendar

HF 483/HF 75 – Special Truck Weight Limit Registration
This bill increases the allowed gross weight for special trucks (noncommercial use).
Status: Ways and Means

HF 484/HSB 123 – Hit and Run, Rules of the Road
This bill would require a driver without knowledge of an accident to contact emergency services when they become aware of involvement in an accident.
Status: House Calendar

HF 387/HSB 127 – Following Too Closely
This bill prohibits all vehicles from following closer than is reasonable and prudent. It makes the standard for following too closely the same for personal and commercial vehicles.
Status: House Calendar

HF 391/HSB 13 – Bond for Travel Trailer Dealer License
This bill increases the surety bond amount for travel trailer dealers from $25,000 to 75,000.
Status: House Calendar

HF 418/HSB 43 – CDL Federal Training Requirements
This bill requires CDL applicants to have driving records checked against a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse.
Status: House Calendar

HF 387/HSB 44 – Registration and Titling of Vessels, Snowmobiles, and ATVs
This bill increases the time dealers have to forward money and applications from snowmobile and ATV titles. Vessel registrations must be renewed every three years, due by July 1 in year due. It also updates the process for notifying county recorder of address change or ownership transfer.
Status: House Calendar

HF 390/HSB 45 – Aircraft Registration Paper Requirement
This bill removes unnecessary references to paper registration for aircraft registration.
Status: House Calendar

HF 517/HF 237 – Private School Permits
This bill increases the distance a private school student can travel from home to school from 25 miles to 50 miles.
Status: House Calendar

HF 643/HSB 194 – DHH Designation
This bill allows a deaf or hard of hearing individual to choose to have their drivers’ license or nonoperator ID marked with a designation indicating their status.
Status: House Calendar

HF/HSB 197 – Electric Vehicle Registration
This bill creates a supplemental registration fee for electric vehicles to make RUTF whole. It also creates an excise fee for hydrogen fuel of $0.65/gallon and a $0.026/kWh excise fee on electric fuel. Funds are directed to RUTF.
Status: Ways and Means

Veteran Affairs
House File 424/ House Study Bill 135 – Green Alert
This bill relates to the creation of a green alert program for missing veterans-at-risk. This bill adds “veterans-at-risk” to the definition of a “missing person” under Code section 694.1. A “veteran-at-risk” is defined as a veteran or an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, a member of a reserve component therof, or a member of the national guard who, based on the information provided by a person filing a complaint pursuant to Code section 694.2, is a veteran or member with a physical or mental health condition related to the military service of the veteran or member. This bill directs the Department of Public Safety to establish a green alert. This will require a law enforcement agency that receives a report for a public alert to the state patrol as soon as practicable. It shall be implemented in a substantially similar fashion to the activation procedures for an AMBER alert pursuant to administrative rules of the department of public safety relating to missing and abducted children. Requires the Department of Public Safety to develop the criteria to be used by the state patrol in determining whether a green alert shall be issued.
Status: Passed House Veterans Affairs Committee
House File 386/ House Study Bill 121 – Driver’s Licenses
In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation that authorized driver’s licenses to be marked to reflect a licensee’s veteran status if the licensee presented their DD form 214 to the Department of Transportation and the form indicated that the licensee was honorably discharged. This bill strikes that provision. This will revert to the procedure used before and require veterans to go to their county VSO first.
Status: Passed House Veterans Affairs Committee
House File 288/ House Study Bill 65 – National Guard Bill
This bill eliminates the requirement that the veteran be injured in a combat zone or zone where the veteran is receiving hazardous duty pay in order to qualify for the program. This will allow for soldiers who are seriously injured to qualify for the Injured Veterans Grant Program so their families can be flown to where they are. (Example: Kuwait is not an active combat zone so if a soldier is injured there, this would not currently qualify for the IVG program).This bill establishes an expedited licensing process for spouses of active duty members of the United States military who are stationed in Iowa. Licensing Boards must establish procedures by January 1,2020 to expedite the licensing of an individual who is licensed in a similar profession in another state and who is the spouse of an active duty member of the military forces of the United States. This gives them more time to complete required education or training if necessary. Provisional licensing procedures are also required to be made. It also requires the National Guard, the Veterans Commission, and Department of Veterans Affairs to collaborate on a report regarding the sustainability of future funding for the Injured Veterans Grant Program.
Status: Passed House Veterans Affairs Committee
House File 289/House Study Bill 67 – Gambling Receipts
This bill requires a qualified sponsoring organization licensed to operate gambling games under Code chapter 99F to provide that any veterans organization exempt from federal income taxes under section 501 (c) (19) of the Internal Revenue Code shall be eligible for a distribution of adjusted gross receipts for educational, civic, public, charitable, patriotic, or religious uses.
Status: Passed House Veterans Affairs Committee

HSB 229 – Removal of County Veterans Service Officers
Currently there is no clarification on the termination of county Veterans Service Officers. This bill implements the termination process to mirror the appointment method for this position.An executive director or administrator shall only be removed from office by the commission, subject to the approval of the board of supervisors.
Status: Passed House Veterans Affairs Committee

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