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Bill Watch: Look at what they’ve done now

Iowa Capitol

Bob Eschliman
Editor

 

Friday marks the first legislative deadline of the session, when representatives and senators may no longer offer their own bills.

As the House begins to debate bills its members have already offered, however, the pace of new bill creation has slowed down. In the Senate, despite a number of short work days in chamber, the pace of bill creation has caught up with the House.

So far, more than 530 bills have been offered during the 2015 session.

To see what your elected representatives in Des Moines have been up to in the past week, click on the links below and read the bills that have been offered:

 

House Study Bill 91 – an act to increase the penalties for violent sexual offenders who escape or attempt to escape from custody.

House Study Bill 92 – an act to amend the duties and requirements of court-appointed special advocates.

House Study Bill 93 – an act to allow the disposal of yard waste at landfills that use methane collection systems to produce energy.

House Study Bill 94 – an act to make the receipt of payroll payments by debit card or pay card voluntary for employees.

House Study Bill 95 – an act to amend state law regarding the enactment of state percentage of growth for education spending to coincide with the current two-year budgeting process.

House Study Bill 96 – an act to prohibit the state from regulating any Internet Protocol-enabled or voice-over-Internet service.

House Study Bill 97 – an act to establish a statewide motor vehicle insurance verification program.

House Study Bill 98 – an act to modify many duties of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

House Study Bill 99 – an act to modify the administration of certain programs under the purview of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

House Study Bill 100 – an act to provide for the non-profit third-party administration and governance of the Iowa Health Information Network.

House Study Bill 101 – an act to amend the licensure and regulatory requirements for acupuncturists in Iowa.

House Study Bill 102 – an act to mandate that insurance co-payments for services provided by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists cannot be more than those imposed if the same services were provided by those engaged in the practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine.

House Study Bill 103 – an act to provide for the licensing of anesthesiologist assistants under the governance of the Iowa Board of Medicine.

House Study Bill 104 – the Connecting Iowa’s Farms, Schools, and Communities Act proposed by Gov. Branstad.

House Resolution 8 – a resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of the first black Iowans to serve in the General Assembly.

House File 108 – an act to require that talented-and-gifted student program consultants’ employment must be dedicated entirely to the talented-and-gifted program.

House File 109 – an act to establish a statewide chemical substance abuse monitoring pilot program.

House File 110 – an act to broaden the exception from displaying a front license plate to include any model of motor vehicle with a bumper that is less than 24 inches from the ground.

House File 111 – an act to broaden the exception from displaying a front license plate to include any model of motor vehicle not originally built with a front license plate bracket.

House File 112 – an act to prohibit motor vehicles – except motorcycles – from producing an engine exhaust noise of more than 95 decibels.

House File 113 – an act to allow electronic voter registration.

House File 114 – an act to prohibit the disconnection of gas or electric utilities for customers who qualify for low-income energy assistance programs during extreme heat conditions that happen between June 1 and September 1 each year.

House File 115 – an act to define “person” for the purposes of the Iowa Criminal Code.

House File 116 – an act to apply family leave protections currently reserved for childbirth and pregnancy to employees who are taking part in adoptions.

House File 117 – an act to prohibit the hunting and taking of cougars in Iowa.

House File 118 – an act to repeal the sunset date for the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) provision of the state sales tax law, and making the 6-percent sales tax permanent.

House File 119 – an act amend the eligibility criteria for the Iowa Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

House File 120 – an act require vehicle inspections, driver daily logs, and driver qualification reporting for companies that transport railroad workers.

House File 121 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 12.

House File 122 – a successor bill to House File 5.

House File 123 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 7.

House File 124 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 63.

House File 125 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 67.

House File 126 – an act to allow students qualified for the All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship to receive the total scholarship amount in payments over a period of four years, if the student continues to meet the eligibility criteria each year.

House File 127 – an act to provide that school districts may not receive funding from both the Teacher Leadership Supplement and the Professional Development Supplement in the same budget year.

House File 128 – an act to increase the penalties for those who lend their vehicles to those who have had their driver’s license revoked due to an OWI conviction.

House File 129 – an act to prohibit the operation of vehicles with combustion engines supplied with nitrous oxide on Iowa highways.

House File 130 – an act to exempt from the state sales tax certain equipment purchased by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel and reserve peace officers.

House File 131 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 46.

House File 132 – an act to provide additional supplemental weighting for at-risk pupils when determining direct state aid to school districts, to be used to establish and maintain programs for returning dropouts and dropout prevention.

House File 133 – an act require financial institutions to provide banking records for up to five years upon request by an authorized employee of the Iowa Department of Human Services for the purpose of determining Medicaid eligibility.

House File 134 – an act to require parental consent of both parents before providing non-emergency medical services to a child who is under a custody decree.

House File 135 – an act to specify it is the policy of the State of Iowa to protect its citizens from the application of foreign laws that result in violations of their constitutionally protected rights.

House File 136 – an act to provide for application for temporary restraining orders on behalf of minors who are victims of harassment.

House File 137 – an act to add rescue vehicles to those that may ignore stop signs and stop lights, and exceed speed limits when responding to emergency situations.

House File 138 – an act to eliminate same-day voter registration.

House File 139 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 95.

House File 140 – an act to prohibit school districts from adopting policies that criminalize or otherwise punish students who simulate firearms or weapons while playing, who wear clothing depicting firearms or weapons, or who express an opinion regarding the Second Amendment.

House File 141 – an act to mandate drug testing for applicants and recipients of assistance under the Family Investment Program.

House File 142 – an act to provide for a reduction in the marriage license application fee for couples who take part in premarital counseling.

House File 143 – an act to increase the amount of money county treasurers may retain for the issuance and renewal of driver’s licenses.

House File 144 – an act to increase the motor fuel tax in Iowa by six cents over the next two fiscal years.

House File 145 – an act to provide for an annual transfer from the General Fund to the Road Use Tax Fund equal to 2 percent of the adjusted revenue estimate for the fiscal year.

House File 146 – a successor bill to House Study Bill 50.

Senate Study Bill 1102 – an act to provide for the non-profit third-party administration and governance of the Iowa Health Information Network.

Senate Study Bill 1103 – an act to exempt from sales tax items primarily used in the production of electricity.

Senate Study Bill 1104 – an act to increase the aggregate tax credit authorization limit for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Senate Study Bill 1105 – an act to amend the aggregate tax credit limit for certain Iowa Economic Development Authority programs.

Senate Study Bill 1106 – an act to provide for tax exemption for properties designated native prairie or wetland.

Senate Study Bill 1107 – an act relating to the regulation of pharmacy benefits managers.

Senate Study Bill 1108 – an act to modify the criminal offenses of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Senate Study Bill 1109 – an act prohibit access to tobacco products for those who are younger than 19 years of age.

Senate Study Bill 1110 – an act to allow for the expungement of criminal not-guilty verdicts and dismissed charges after one year.

Senate Study Bill 1111 – an act to modify the criminal offense of assault.

Senate Study Bill 1112 – an act to allow emergency management agencies to have access to the Iowa Communications Network.

Senate Study Bill 1113 – an act to require interpreters for anyone who is Low-English Proficient and who is engaged in any legal proceeding.

Senate Study Bill 1114 – an act to create an Iowa Human Capital Enrichment Advisory Council.

Senate Study Bill 1115 – an act to modify many duties of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Senate Study Bill 1116 – an act to modify the administration of certain programs under the purview of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Senate Study Bill 1117 – an act to amend the duties of the Iowa Finance Authority with regard to Title Guaranty Board and the Shelter Assistance Fund.

Senate Study Bill 1118 – an act to eliminate the cap on disbursement of Iowa Anatomical Gift Public Awareness and Transplant Fund monies used as grants.

Senate Study Bill 1119 – an act to allow the operation of snowmobiles on Interstate and highway rights-of-way to use an underpass or bridge for crossing.

Senate Study Bill 1120 – an act amend state laws regarding the calculation and award of victim restitution by the Iowa Department of Justice.

Senate Study Bill 1121 – an act to amend the penalties for first-offense possession of marijuana.

Senate Study Bill 1122 – an act to require the state building code commissioner adopt requirements and standards for radon control in new residential construction.

Senate Study Bill 1123 – an act to create an Iowa Emergency Food Purchase Program within the Iowa Department of Human Services and managed by the Food Bank of Iowa.

Senate Study Bill 1124 – an act to allow the retail sale of native wines for off-premises consumption at a location in which a licensee or permittee has been issued a five-day license.

Senate Study Bill 1125 – an act to define beer as it relates to regulation of beer brewers and wholesalers.

Senate Study Bill 1126 – an act to restore the standing appropriation to the statewide fire and police retirement system.

Senate Study Bill 1127 – an act to allow certain public safety personnel to take part in charitable solicitations on public roadways or streets.

Senate Study Bill 1128 – an act to allow non-state public employers and nonprofit employers to apply for group health insurance coverage under the state employee plan.

Senate Study Bill 1129 – an act to provide for licensing of retired dentists and dental hygienists.

Senate Study Bill 1130 – an act to provide for the licensing and regulation of polysomnographic technologists.

Senate Study Bill 1131 – an act to amend the allocation of and prioritization of allocations from the E911 Emergency Communications Fund.

Senate Study Bill 1132 – an act to expand whistleblower protections for state employees.

Senate Study Bill 1133 – an act to establish state employment policies with regard to “do not rehire” lists.

Senate Study Bill 1134 – an act to establish an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking.

Senate Study Bill 1135 – an act to allow the sale, transfer, possession, and use of “novelties” and consumer fireworks by anyone 18 years of age or older, without registration or restriction.

Senate Study Bill 1136 – an act to increase child care provider reimbursement rates under the Iowa Child Care Assistance Program.

Senate Study Bill 1137 – an act to establish a fine arts task force to review and make recommendations regarding the inclusion of fine arts in the statewide academic standards for K-12 students in Iowa.

Senate Study Bill 1138 – an act to increase the maximum compulsory school age to 18.

Senate Study Bill 1139 – an act to establish the Iowa Next program, as proposed by Gov. Branstad.

Senate Study Bill 1140 – an act to establish the state percentage of growth for school funding at 4 percent.

Senate Study Bill 1141 – an act to establish the categorical state percentage of growth for school funding at 4 percent.

Senate Study Bill 1142 – an act to amend the calculation formula for school districts’ property tax replacement payments.

Senate Study Bill 1143 – an act to establish the state percentage of growth for school funding at 4 percent.

Senate Study Bill 1144 – an act to establish the categorical state percentage of growth for school funding at 4 percent.

Senate Study Bill 1145 – an act to amend the calculation formula for school districts’ property tax replacement payments.

Senate Study Bill 1146 – the Connecting Iowa’s Farms, Schools, and Communities Act proposed by Gov. Branstad.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 – an act to declare the regal fritillary as the State Butterfly of Iowa.

Senate Joint Resolution 3 – a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Iowa to provide home rule for Iowa public school districts.

Senate Joint Resolution 4 – a resolution to declare the General Assembly’s refusal to recognize or support any government act that is in conflict with the Second Amendment.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 – a resolution to request the Congress of the United States to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 – a resolution to declare Iowa’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and to demand the federal government “cease and desist, effective immediately, enacting federal mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1071.

Senate Resolution 4 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1070.

Senate File 87 – an act to allow county treasurers to collect delinquent parking fines from vehicle registrants, providing for an administrative fee for the service.

Senate File 88 – an act to redirect the proceeds from automatic traffic law enforcement systems – in excess of those necessary to satisfy the contractual obligations of those systems – to local nonprofit organizations.

Senate File 89 – an act to redirect the proceeds from automatic traffic law enforcement systems – in excess of those necessary to satisfy the contractual obligations of those systems – will be deposited into Road Use Tax Fund.

Senate File 90 – an act to waive tuition and associated fees at Regents’ universities for members of the Iowa National Guard.

Senate File 91 – an act to prohibit abortions in cases where the unborn child’s gestational age is 20 weeks or older, except in cases of extreme medical emergency; and if a pregnancy is terminated at or after 20 weeks’ gestational age, it must be done in a way that does not end the life of the unborn child, unless doing so puts the mother at a greater risk of death or substantial and irreversible physical impairment.

Senate File 92 – an act to establish an individual income tax exemption for wages earned while providing services to the disabled.

Senate File 93 – an act to create a property assessment adjustment for owners who are 65 years old or older.

Senate File 94 – an act to allow the disposal of yard waste at landfills that operate methane collection systems for energy production.

Senate File 95 – an act to revise the calculation requirements for the state General Fund expenditure limitation, creating an Iowa personal income tax rate reduction fund, making transfers, and providing for related state personal income tax rate reductions.

Senate File 96 – an act to provide for the legal sale and use of consumer fireworks in Iowa, by regulating the licensure of operators to purchase, use, and explode fireworks.

Senate File 97 – an act to repeal the Iowa Plumber, Mechanical Professional, and Contractor Licensing Act.

Senate File 98 – an act to enact a perpetual moratorium on the issuance of gambling permits in Iowa while allowing for the renewal of current licenses.

Senate File 99 – an act to amend the grounds for termination of parental rights in Iowa.

Senate File 100 – an act to redirect the proceeds from automatic traffic law enforcement systems – in excess of those necessary to satisfy the contractual obligations of those systems – will be deposited into a fund to be used by the Iowa Insurance Commissioner to pay claims for motor vehicle owners who suffer losses as a result of uninsured and underinsured motorists and hit-and-run cases.

Senate File 101 – an act to limit the proceeds from automatic traffic law enforcement systems that are given to the vendors of those systems.

Senate File 102 – an act to abolish county compensation boards and transferring the authority to set elected county officials’ salaries to county boards of supervisors.

Senate File 103 – an act to amend the eligibility criteria for the disabled veteran homestead tax credit.

Senate File 104 – an act to reduce individual and corporate income tax rates by 20 percent for all income brackets.

Senate File 105 – an act to repeal the state inheritance and qualified use inheritance taxes.

Senate File 106 – an act to increase reimbursement under the Medicaid home- and community-based services waiver by 3 percent for Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning July 1, 2015).

Senate File 107 – an act amend the statute of limitations on both civil and criminal sexual abuse cases.

Senate File 108 – an act to establish the apprenticeship training tax credit for the individual and corporate income tax.

Senate File 109 – an act to broaden elder abuse laws with regard to financial exploitation of elders.

Senate File 110 – an act to establish the Iowa Employment Rides Initiative and fund to be administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Senate File 111 – an act to increase the tuition tax credit with some retroactivity.

Senate File 112 – an act to exempt investment counseling services from state sales tax.

Senate File 113 – an act to require an annual review of public pension policy by the Iowa Public Retirement Systems Committee.

Senate File 114 – an act amend the rulemaking process to include more citizen engagement and interaction.

Senate File 115 – an act to require verification of Social Security numbers for anyone who applies for assistance services provided by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Senate File 116 – an act to allow public school districts to adopt mandatory student uniform policies.

Senate File 117 – an act to require cost-benefit analysis prior to making plans to construct new highway rest areas, and prohibiting construction of new highway rest areas unless making improvements to existing rest areas is deemed to be cost prohibitive.

Senate File 118 – an act to provide religious conscience protections to employers with regard to the provision of health insurance and benefit coverage that includes abortion and certain contraceptive services.

Senate File 119 – an act to sell or lease the Iowa Communications Network, while allowing existing users to still have access.

Senate File 120 – an act to allow the sale, transfer, possession, and use of “novelties” and consumer fireworks by anyone 18 years of age or older, without registration or restriction.

Senate File 121 – an act to provide transparency in employee termination settlement agreements and for bonuses received while employed.

Senate File 122 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1036.

Senate File 123 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1031.

Senate File 124 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1034.

Senate File 125 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1033.

Senate File 126 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1059.

Senate File 127 – an act to increase the amount of fees county treasurers may retain for the issuance or renewal of driver’s licenses.

Senate File 128 – an act to add lakes to the areas that may be designated rural improvement zones.

Senate File 129 – an act to require proof of financial assurance before construction can begin on a hazardous liquid pipeline.

Senate File 130 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1045.

Senate File 131 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1054.

Senate File 132 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1055.

Senate File 133 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1057.

Senate File 134 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1061.

Senate File 135 – a successor bill to Senate Study Bill 1063.

Senate File 136 – an act to exempt from state sales tax any tangible personal property or services furnished to a nonprofit food bank.

Senate File 137 – an act to amend Iowa’s reasonable force laws to include a “stand your ground” provision.

Senate File 138 – an act to include those who are involved in intimate relationships to the definition of the crime of domestic abuse assault.

Senate File 139 – an act to require the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to grant a gambling casino license for a non-smoking facility proposed for a city of 50,000 or more.

Senate File 140 – an act to require the Iowa Department of Human Services to accept all eligible patients for admission to all four of Iowa’s mental health institutions.

Senate File 141 – an act to require the Iowa Finance Authority to create a multigenerational and sustainable living task force to study the statewide housing needs of the elderly and disabled.

Senate File 142 – an act to study the statewide needs for housing sexually aggressive or combative elders who have unmet geropsychiatric needs.

Senate File 143 – an act to establish a tax credit program for the construction of electric and natural gas vehicle facilities.

Senate File 144 – an act to establish a three-year refugee family support services pilot program through the Iowa Department of Human Services.