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House File 2164/HSB 500—Land Devoted to CRP is not Residential Land

Proposes to clarify that agricultural land that is under a federal USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is not to be classified by County assessors as residential land.

Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee

House File 2380/HF 2088—Hemp Acreage Caps

Proposes to increase the number of acres of hemp that may both be grown at on location and cumulatively held by a person from 40-acres to 160-acres, of which no more than 40acres can be grown for CBD purposes.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2433/HF2308—Dairy Processing & Milk Production Innovation Program, Task Force & Fund

Proposes to create both a program and fund for Dairy Processing & Milk Production Innovation to support small dairy farmers and possessors. Program will be implemented by the Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship with recommendation by a task force established by this legislation.

Status: Referred to House Appropriations Committee

House File 2439/HSB 673—IDALS Code Updates & Choose Iowa Local Food Promotion Program

Proposes a number of Code updates for various Iowa Department of Agriculture programs and authorize a renewed ‘Choose Iowa Program’ that promotes the sale of food grown/raised in Iowa or processed in Iowa. and ‘Local Farm Produce fund’. The measure empowers IDALS to accept or reject applicant for use of a ‘Choose Iowa’ logo, charge a fee for use of the logo that is deposited into a ‘Choose Iowa’ fund created by this legislation to support Choose Iowa programming.

Status: Referred to House Appropriations Committee

Commerce

HSB 689 – Travel Insurance

This bill is model legislation to ensure that travel products will continue to be offered to customers in a manner that provides a seamless consumer experience

Status: Passed House Commerce Committee

HSB 709 – Bottle Bill Reforms

This bill makes a number of changes to the beverage container deposit laws including modifying the convenience standard, requiring DNR to keep a list of redemption centers and participating dealers throughout the state, and increasing enforcement penalties.

Status: Passed House Commerce Committee

HF 2155/HSB 546 – Preneed Sellers

This bill updates requirements and safeguards for funeral and cemetery services sales

Status: House Calendar

HF 2217/HSB 547 – Insurance Holding Companies

This bill is model NAIC legislation that creates framework and protections to review the solvency of insurance holding companies.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2219/HSB 587 – Life Insurance Investments

This bill allows for limited investment of life insurance funds in foreign jurisdictions

Status: House Calendar

HF 2299/HSB 588 – Fire Appraisals

This bill clarifies use of an appraisal when there is a loss. The appraisal can only be used to identify the amount of loss, not the cause of loss or whether the loss is covered by the insurance policy

Status: House Calendar

HF 2297/HSB 585 – Insurance Mandates – Medicaid

This bill exempts Medicaid and hawk-I programs from state insurance mandates.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2301/HSB 602 – Alcohol Beverage Division

This is the ABD department bill that allows for the autorenewal of class E licenses, combines off premise sales into one license, eliminates seasonal permits, and consolidates charity permits.

Status: House Appropriations Committee

HF 2377/HSB 617 – Office of Financial Wellness

This bill creates an office of financial wellness within the department of Commerce

Status: House Appropriations Committee

HF 2330/HSB 637 – Electronic Delivery of Health Insurance Documents

This bill allows for the electronic delivery of some health insurance documents and allows for individuals still opt for the paper version of their documents

Status: House Calendar

HF 2384/HSB 623 – PBM Reimbursement

This bill provides a framework for pharmacy prescription drug reimbursements from pharmacy benefit managers

Status: House Calendar

HF 2381/HSB 671 – Municipal Utilities

This bill creates a statutory framework for non-rate-regulated utilities and IUB’s jurisdiction over these utilities.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2379/HSB 649 – Beer Distribution Parity

This bill allows for restaurants and bars to make limited retail beer purchases for resale, just like wine.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2387/HSB 686 – Catalytic Converters

This bill requires signed statement of ownership to sell catalytic converters to a scrap metal dealer.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2399/HSB 650 – Prior Authorization for Healthcare Services

This bill establishes that prior authorization cannot be revoked after care is given and authorization must be valid for at least 90 days from issuance

Status: House Calendar

HF 2411/HSB 668 – Work Comp, Prosthetics

This bill allows for subsequent prosthetics to be covered by work comp insurance if medically necessary.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2401/HSB 687 – Online Marketplace Disclosures

This bill sets a framework for disclosure of high-volume third-party seller information who use online marketplaces

Status: House Calendar

HF 2408/HSB 688 – Third Party Delivery Services

This bill requires an agreement between a restaurant and food delivery service before food may be delivered and establishes food safety requirements for third party delivery service.

Status: House Calendar

SF 468 – Iowa Coal Requirements

This bill removes requirement that governing bodies in Iowa must use coal produced in Iowa. The sulfur content of Iowa coal is too high to be used under the current clean air standards, so this bill removes sections from Iowa law that are no longer used or necessary.

Status: House Calendar

SF 496 – Noncompete Agreements

This bill prohibits the use of noncompete agreements for “low-wage employees.” A “low-wage employee” is defined as an employee making an hourly wage of $14.50 or less.

Status: House Calendar

SF 586 – Iowa Department of Banking

This is a department technical bill updating code to reflect current best practices. It eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements, clarifies and/or deletes outdated language, and promotes community and economic development.

Status: House Appropriations Committee

Education

House File 2080/House File 2037 Operational Sharing

This bill states changes the shared operational weighting for superintendents from 8 to 9 so schools are able to reach the 21 cap on shared operational functions.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2081/House Study Bill 520—Elimination of Praxis/Ed TPA Standardized Assessments

This bill removes the requirement for practitioner preparation students to take and pass the Praxis II or edTPA Exam prior to being eligible for licensure. This bill also strikes language relating to the Praxis I test being administered prior to entering into a teacher prep program.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2082/House Study Bill 521—TIF Districts with Wind Turbines Tax Money to Schools

This bill states that in TIF districts with wind turbines the foundation property taxes of a school district will be paid to the school district.

Status: House Ways and Means Committee

House File 2083/House Study Bill 519—Teach Iowa Scholar Eligibility

This bill removes the requirement that an applicant must be in the top 50% of their class to receive the Scholarship. This bill also states that 50% of the awards shall go to applicants who are teaching in small districts with 1,000 students or less and 50% of awards shall go to applicants who are teaching in large districts with more than 1,000 students.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2148/House Study Bill 518—Teacher Resignation Deadline

This bill requires that the teacher file their written resignation on or before the date specified by the employing board or June 30 of the current school year.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2156/House Study Bill 542—College Student Aid Consumer Protection Technical Change

This bill is a College Student Aid Commission pre-filed bill that is a technical change to their consumer protection code section. This bill strikes exceptions that are no longer necessary because the colleges no longer meet that criteria or the college no longer exists.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2165/House Study Bill 541—Last-Dollar Scholarship Eligibility

This bill allows students to remain eligible to receive the scholarship if they are part-time.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2218/House File 2052—Public School Filtering of Social Media Sites

This bill allows public schools to filter social media sites from the district’s internet server.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2294/House File 2109—Crisis Number on Student ID Cards

A public school shall put the Your Life Iowa Crisis phone number on student ID cards for grades 7-12. Only applies to ID cards issues after the effective date. Schools must use up their supply of cards prior to complying with requirements.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2298/House File 2040—COVID-19 Vaccines in Schools

This bill does not allow licensed child care centers, elementary, secondary, or postsecondary schools to require the COVID-19 vaccine for enrollment whether virtual or in-person.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2316/House Study Bill 658—SSA

Sets Supplemental State Aid (SSA) at 2.50% for FY22 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 $7234 to $7413, an $186 increase. This bill includes a $5 State Cost Per Pupil increase to narrow the District Cost Per Pupil (DCPP) gap. This bill also includes a transportation equity piece that makes all payments necessary to get all school districts up to the state-wide average. This total amount equals at right around $2 million.

Status: Signed by Governor

House File 2398/House Study Bill 656—Permanent Teacher Licensure

Creates a permanent teacher license for those who have a master’s or doctoral degree where there are no renewal requirements.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2409/House Study Bill 611— English Language Learner Code Clean-Up

This bill changes term “limited English proficient to “English learners” to follow federal terminology.

Updates higher education terminology to match code elsewhere.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2412/House File 2264—Radon Testing in Schools

This bill directs schools to establish a radon plan to test at least one time prior to July 1, 2027. Either an employee of the school who is certified or a program that is approved by IDPH can be used for the testing.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2416/House File 2309—Protect Women’s Sports

This bill only allows females to participate in any team, sport, or athletic event designated as being for females in K-12 schools. Sex is determined as a person’s biological sed on their original birth certificate or certificate issued upon adoption. Includes legal protections for students and schools.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2417/House File 2139—90 Calendar Day Sports Eligibility

This bill changes the 90 school days requirement for open enrolled and transfer students so sit out of varsity athletics to 90 calendar days

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2418/House File 2099—Social Studies Curriculum

Establishes specific social studies curriculum for public schools prior to competing 8th grade and high school. Adds Civics and Civil Discourse as half units within the Social Studies curriculum.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2421/House Study Bill 632—Alternative Teacher Licensure

Creates an alternative teacher licensure path for those who have at least a bachelor’s degree and three years of work experience to apply for a teacher intern license while completing additional coursework. Upon meeting requirements, an initial teacher license is granted at the recommendation of the school they are an intern at.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2186—School Contracts for Dyslexia Service Providers

This bill allows schools to contract with an independent Dyslexia service provider. The provider shall be highly trained in dyslexia and have a minimum of three years of field experience in screening, identifying, and treating dyslexia and related disorders.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2085—Alternative Teacher Certification Program

This bill creates an alternative licensure program and lays out specific requirements that must be met for in-state versus out-of-state programs. An applicant would receive a temporary initial teaching license for one year prior to applying for a standard initial license.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House File 2306—Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program Scholarship

This bill creates a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program Scholarship Program for the College Student Aid Commission to administer. The scholarship is for individuals with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in an approved CTP program in Iowa to help offset costs for the program’s tuition and fees.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House Study Bill 702—BOEE Re-Write

Makes teacher mandatory reporters to each other as well as requiring mandatory reports for all children.

Creates a committee made up of members of the public and school to investigate complaints against teachers. Changes make-up of the BOEE board. Schools must keep written records of all complaints. The BOEE must track all complaints including those that are dismissed.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House Study Bill 705— Special Education, Open Enrollment, School Librarians

This bill strikes the requirement that a child requiring special education needs to have the AEA to sign off prior to being eligible for competent private instruction. Allows siblings of students who are open enrolling for good case to be allowed to open enroll as well. Removes the requirement that K-12 librarians need a Masters.

Status: Passed House Education Committee

House Study Bill 706 – School District Transparency and Social Studies Instruction

This bill requires schools to post their curriculum and learning materials online by August 23 as well as the process for review of materials. This bill requires schools to post a list of all library books online. Schools must have protocols for the review and removal of library books and the Dept. of Ed. must have a flow chart explaining the process to parents and guardians. Adds that a student must get a 70% on the US Immigration Services Civics test, taken as many times as needed, prior to graduation.

STATUS – Passed House Education Committee

House Study Bill 720–Para-Educator Substitute Authorization

For the 2021-2022 school year, a para-educator with a substitute authorization may substitute in any classroom in grades pre-k through 12. A district shall make a good-faith effort to hire a substitute who is not a para for a position first and will pay the para at the same rate as a non-para sub.

STATUS – Passed House Education Committee

Economic Growth

HSB 682—Governor’s Workforce Bill

The bill makes various changes to departments and programs and is organized into ten divisions:

  • Division I—County and City Zoning and Inspections: makes changes to zoning laws.
  • Division II—Work-Based Learning: makes changes to the work-based learning programs by districts.
  • Division III—Health Care Workforce Recruitment: makes changes to the loan repayment program.
  • Division IV—Professional Licensing—Military Spouses: streamlines licensing processes for military spouses.
  • Division V—Emergency Medical Care Provider Certificate—Federal Active Duty or National Guard Duty
  • Division VI—Fishing and Hunting Licenses—Military Veterans: provides for free hunting and fishing licenses for all veterans.
  • Division VII—Driver’s License and Parking Fees—Veterans: provides for free registrations and parking for certain veterans.
  • Division VIII—Military Service Property Tax: increases the property tax credit.
  • Division IX—Temporary Licenses—Insurance Producers: provides temporary licenses while background checks are conducted.
  • Division X—State Building Code: adopts statewide code as the only enforceable code.

Status: Passed House Economic Growth

HF 2292—Iowa Economic Development Authority Omnibus Bill

The bill extends the Iowa Energy Center until 2027 (was set to repeal in 2022). The bill also makes changes to criteria for eligibility for a High Qualify Job award. It adds factors to the definition of “economically distressed area” and requires an awardee to meet 3 of 6 criteria. The bill also makes changes to the Workforce Housing Tax Credits. It gives the authority the ability to approve a second extension of up to an additional 12 months for extenuating circumstances.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2470—Butchery Taskforce

The bill requires the department of education to collaborate with the state board of education and establish a framework for a one-year community college certificate program for artisanal butchery. A college that elects to establish a certificate program shall use the framework provided by the department as the minimum requirements, and may modify the curriculum based on the unique circumstances of the specific college. The college shall obtain approval of its certificate program prior to implementation of the program.

The bill also requires IWD to collaborate with IEDA to develop and maintain a library of resources that serves as a single resource point at which any Iowa-based business involved in meat processing may obtain education and financial assistance information. It also requires IWD to add butchery, artisanal butchery, and meat processing to the list of high-demand jobs by July 31, 2022.

IDALS will be required to collaborate with Iowa state university extension and outreach to develop and maintain a direct-to-consumer tool-kit that contains the information detailed in the task force’s final report.

Status: House Calendar

Environmental Protection

House File 2337/HF 840—Repeal of UST Board, Transfer of Residual UST Funds to DNR Tank Fund

Proposes to repeal both the Iowa comprehensive petroleum underground storage tank fund and eliminates the Iowa comprehensive petroleum underground storage tank fund board on July 1, 2023. The bill provides a new standing annual general fund appropriation of $250,000 to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for sole and exclusive purpose of inspecting fuel quality at pipeline terminals and renewable fuel production facilities to replace annual allocation of this amount from the UST fund. It also specifies that specifies that at least $4-million of remaining fund must be used for permanent closure, and allocates annually up to $150,000 to DNR for administrative cost of the department for this program.

Status: On the House Appropriations Calendar

House File 2343/HSB 553—Groundwater Hazard Statement Exemptions

Proposes to provide for an exemption to filing a groundwater hazard statement in situations where no hazardous conditions exist. In lieu of such a statement when on groundwater hazard exists, any deeds, instrument or writing by which real property is transferred in this state shall for such property include a notation on the first page of such documents that no known groundwater hazard exists.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2347/HSB 550—DNR Floodplain/Floodway General Permits

Proposes to amend Code provisions dealing with floodplain and floodway DNR permitting to allow permit application to be submitted in manner other than only ‘written’ and allows the Environmental Protection Commission to devise rules for issuance of general permits for floodplain/floodway activities that by their nature do not require further DNR review.

Status: On the House Calendar

Human Resources

HF 2127 – Child Care Assistance Payments by Parents

This bill comes from the Governor’s Child Care Task Force Recommendations. The bill allows parents to pay the difference between Child Care Assistance rates and rates charge to families who do not receive assistance. The report states that by not allowing this flexibility, there “can be a disincentive for child care providers to accept children receiving CCA.”

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2131 – Child Care Ratios

This bill addresses a recommendation from the Governor’s Child Care Task Force that asked DHS to “review child-staff ratio requirements, which are narrower for children ages 18 months through age 3 than the vast majority of states.” The bill recommends increasing the ratio for 2-year-olds by 1 child, and increasing the ratio for 3-year-olds by 2 children, and will align Iowa with the vast majority of states.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2167 – Autism Definition

This bill revises the definition of autism spectrum disorder to align with current mental health diagnostic criteria.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2168 – Massage Therapy Mandatory Reporting

This bill requires massage therapists to complete mandatory reporter training and report child and dependent adult abuse. The training can be counted towards their annual continuing education requirements.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2169 – Pharmacist and Nursing Vaccinations

This bill comes from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and allows registered nurses to practice nursing under the order of a pharmacist in the administration of vaccines and the utilization of statewide protocols, without being registered with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. This bill also removes a requirement for non-resident pharmacies to provide a toll-free number on prescription labels dispensed in Iowa.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2171 – Nursing Home Reimbursement

This bill comes from a legislatively required interim committee that required DHS, MCOs, and the nursing facility associations to review the rate increase process that occurs when the legislature increases nursing facility rates. This bill would allow DHS to increase the rates on the effective date of future legislative increases, rather than wait till federal CMS approval. CMS has never not approved an Iowa legislatively appropriated rate increase.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2172 – DIA health facilities

This bill comes from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to simply update administrative code references. The changes in citations maintain the original legislative intent of the code section.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2188 – Hearing Aids for Kids

This bill, as amended, allows DPH to carryforward last year’s audiological services for kids appropriation and prohibits DPH from utilizing a 3rd party to administer the program.

STATUS – Passed House Human Resources

HF 2197 – Neuropsychology – Brain Injury

This bill adds neuropsychologists to the list of health care providers allowed to make determination regarding removal of students from participation in activities due to concussion or brain injury. The current list of health care providers includes physicians, physician assistants, chiropractors, ARNPs, nurses, PTs, athletic trainers and occupational therapists.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2198 – Child Care Providers 16 and 17 years old

This bill will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to provide child care in a center for school-aged children without supervision.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2199 – Non-medical switching

This bill prohibits health insurers from switching a covered person’s prescription drugs to a less costly alternative or increasing the cost of the drug on the covered person when the individual is stable on the drug and their health care provider continues to prescribe the same drug. This bill also requires health insurers to follow certain coverage exemption processes and requirements.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2200 – Direct Health Care Agreements

In 2018, the legislature allowed Iowans to enter into direct primary care agreements with primary care providers. This bill expands this option to any health care service with any health care provider. Under this bill, a patient can enter into a direct health care agreement and pay a service charge for health care services defined under the agreement. The summary below provides certain requirements for a patient and provider that enter into one of these agreements.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2201 – Controlled Substances

This bill was brought forward by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as an annual bill to bring the Iowa Uniform Controlled Substances Act in line with the Code of Federal Regulations. Also, this bill revises the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Council by making it a Board of Pharmacy appointed Council, rather than Governor appointed. Additionally, this bill makes changes to the membership of the Council.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2202 – Medicaid Reports

This bill removes the requirement that DHS report quarterly to the legislature on savings with the Medicaid preferred drug list program. Rather, Iowa Medicaid posts on its website an annual national health expenditure report required by CMS. The bill also revises a reporting date for the elderly and brain injury waiver report. By pushing the date back a few months, the data provided to the legislature will be more accurate.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2203 – Right to Try

This bill amends Iowa’s existing Right to Try law to allow for the off-label use of a drug and to apply to patient’s that are using a ventilator to prolong life.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2245 – Out-of-state mental health telehealth providers

This bill prohibits health insurers from excluding mental health care professionals providing mental health telehealth from their network who are not physically located in Iowa, as long as the mental health provider is licensed in Iowa and follows all other criteria the health insurer expects of in-state providers.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2246 – Psychology Provisional Licensure

This bill establishes a provisional license for a doctoral psychology student in their internship.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2252 – DHS Children and Families

This bill comes from the Iowa Department of Human Services to make the following changes:

  • Allow permanently disabled parents to receive state child care assistance
  • Increases the upper age of foster care from 18 to 21 if they are court ordered to foster care
  • Requires increased information regarding siblings throughout the adoption process when the children are being adoption due to their parents having their parental rights terminated under Iowa Code 232
  • Allows DHS to share dependent adult abuse information with financial entities if the allegation is financial exploitation and if DHS reasonably determines that such disclosure is necessary for the protection of the dependent adult’s resources

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2280 – Inhalers in Schools

This bill allows students to self-administer inhalers at school and allows the school to have inhalers on-site and administer when a student is in need. This law mirrors the requirements for epi-pens in schools relating to self-administration, storage, supply, and liability.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2310 – Medicaid therapy coverage

This bill requires Medicaid to cover functional family therapy and multisystemic therapy for youth as a covered service if approved by CMS.

STATUS – House Human Resources Committee

HF 2389 – Medication Abortions

This bill requires medication abortion providers to inform the woman seeking the abortion of the medical risks and potential to reverse the medication abortion. This bill also requires the Iowa Department of Public Health to post information online to help women find information on the ability to reverse the effects of the medication abortion. Additionally, the bill prohibits medication abortions from being dispensed outside of a health care setting.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2390 – Child Advocacy Board

This bill comes from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to align the practices of the Iowa Child Advocacy Board with child welfare and juvenile justice efforts in relation to the federal Family First act.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2420 – Newborn Safe Haven

This bill extends the age of a newborn infant eligible under the Newborn Safe Haven law to 60 days of age or younger, rather than 30 days.

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2438 – Welfare Reform

This bill ensures Iowa’s welfare programs are available for truly eligible Iowans by codifying practices to authenticate identity of applicants, verifying information prior to enrollment, requiring cooperation with child support enforcement, and requiring Iowa’s eligibility system into a single system for all welfare programs.

This bill also requires DHS to seek federal approval to require Iowa Health and Wellness Plan members who have reenrolled after failing to pay their monthly contributions to repay the state those funds before being reenrolled after their second termination. This will incentivize members to complete their preventive health care screenings. Iowa Code 249A.3 states that the purpose of the IHWP plan is to provide “incentives to encourage personal responsibility, cost-conscious utilization of health care, and adoption of preventive practices and healthy behaviors.”

STATUS – House Calendar

HF 2444 – Palliative Care

This bill revises the definition of “palliative care” in the hospice licensing chapter to be for a patient living with a serious illness that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.

STATUS – House Calendar

HSB 653 – Juvenile Justice and Foster Care

This bill comes from the Department of Human Services to make changes to Iowa Code Chapter 232 based on the federal Family First Act. The bill makes the following significant changes:

  • Revises the definition of “foster care” to include adult relatives and fictive kin
  • Requires the court to secure the least restrictive care and preferences placement with the child’s family whenever a child is removed from their parents
  • Adds language acknowledging that removing a child from the child’s family causes harm and must be weighed against the potential harm in allowing a child to remain with their family
  • When removal is necessary, relative placement should be the preferred placement because that maintains the child’s connection with their family
  • Allows for relatives and fictive kin to petition the court to be a party to a proceeding
  • Requires family interactions to continue unless there is a finding that those interactions would be detrimental to the child
  • Requires the court to order ongoing contact between siblings following a termination of parental rights, unless visitation is not in the best interest of each sibling
  • Removes the requirement that mandatory reporters make written reports
  • Clarifies that safety plans are allowed and do not constitute a removal
  • Allows for the removal of domestic abusers from the residence
  • Presumes that it is in the best interest of children 10 years and older to be involved in their court proceedings
  • Transfers oversight and authority of the Juvenile Detention Funds to the Department of Human Rights beginning July 2023
  • Transfers oversight and responsibility of Graduated Sanctions to Juvenile Court Services beginning July 2023

STATUS – Passed House Human Resources

HSB 690 – Newborn Screening

This bill codifies timeline requirements that the state newborn screening panel must comply with the federal recommendations or provide explanation on why Iowa will not comply with specific conditions being added.

The amendment changes the how the newborn screening fee is determined. Currently it is done through administrative rule. The amendment will allow the Iowa State Hygienic Lab to determine the fee necessary to conduct Iowa’s newborn screening panel.

STATUS – Passed House Human Resources

HSB 699 – Nursing Facility Infrastructure

This bill revises the requirements for the nursing facility infrastructure program by reducing the renovation cost by $750,000 to be eligible and allowing HVAC replacement to be an option to receive funds.

STATUS – Passed House Human Resources

HSB 723 – Iowa Health Information Network

This bill requires all Iowa hospitals and health insurance companies to contract with the Iowa Health Information Network contractor.

STATUS – Passed House Human Resources

HF 2125 – Psychiatric Intensive Care Rates

This bill requires Iowa Medicaid to establish a rate for psychiatric intensive care in Iowa.

STATUS – House Appropriations Committee

HF 2137 – Mental Health Loan Forgiveness

This bill establishes a mental health practitioner loan repayment program for mental health practitioners that agree to practice in a mental health shortage area for at least 5 years. This program was modeled after the Rural Iowa Primary Loan Repayment Program.

STATUS – House Appropriations Committee

HF 2157 – Psychiatry Residencies

This bill appropriates funding for 12 new psychiatry residencies at UIHC per year, with a focus on the residents receiving their psychiatric training at the state MHIs and Oakdale medical classification center. The residencies will prioritize Iowans in the application process.

STATUS – House Appropriations Committee

HF 2371 – Health Care Employment Agencies

This bill requires health care employment agencies to register with DIA, to ensure their agency workers are qualified and meet health regulation requirements for the health care setting they are working in, maintain liability coverage, and to report costs charged to health care settings and average amount paid to agency workers. This bill also prohibits non-competes for health care employment agency workers, and requires DIA to investigate complaints against health care employment agencies.

STATUS – House Ways & Means Committee

SF 463 – OT Licensure Compact

This bill allows occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants to practice in all other compact member states through a compact privilege. The compact goes into effect when 10 states have joined the compact. Currently 9 states have adopted the compact, including Missouri.

STATUS – House Calendar

Information Technology

HF 2288/ HSB 53425 – Essential Corporate Purpose – Cybersecurity

This bill adds cybersecurity costs to the essential corporate purpose and essential county purpose definition.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2459/ HSB 621 – Joint Financing of Telecommunications and Essential Corporate Purpose for Conduit

This bill would allow municipalities to join together and jointly finance a telecommunications utility. This adds efficiencies, both for raising funds and deploying resources so more Iowans can have access to internet. It also adds conduit for broadband to definition of essential corporate purpose.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2296/ HF 2035 – Essential Corporate Purpose – Cybersecurity

This bill requires nondiscriminatory access to public conduit for broadband deployment.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2302/ HSB 555 – Affirmative Defense – Cybersecurity

This bill creates a framework for the use of an affirmative defense in the event of a cybersecurity breach.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2361/ HSB 669 – Cybersecurity Simulation Training

This bill establishes a cybersecurity simulation training center at ISU to support training to defend and mitigate cyber threats and attacks.

Status: House Appropriations Committee

HF 2460/HSB 556 – Internet Exchange Point

This bill requires a feasibility study regarding the construction and installation of internet exchange points in Iowa.

Status: House Calendar

HSB 674 – Consumer Data Privacy

This bill establishes consumer rights for personal data and sets requirements for how businesses handle consumer’s personal data.

Status: Passed House Information Technology

HF 2461/ HSB 645 – Ransomware Crimes

This bill prohibits use of ransomware in cyberattacks and sets penalties for a violation of the law

Status: House Calendar

Judiciary

HF 2078/ HSB 526- Certified Copy of Wills

Strikes the requirement that a certified copy of a will must be provided. The certified copy will only be provided if requested.

STATUS-House Floor

HF 2079/ HSB 523- Post Arrest Release Sex Abuse Charges

In a case of sex abuse in 1st ,2nd or 3rd degree a protective order will be issued and the defendant must appear before a magistrate prior to their initial release.

STATUS-House Floor

HF 2097/ HSB 535- Forfeiture of Bail

If a defendant fails to appear in court, their bond can be forfeited with 10 days’ notice. This most often impacts the bail bond company, not the defendant themselves. HF 2097 provides 30 days for the bail bond company to appear in court and show cause as to why the bond should not be forfeited.

STATUS-House Floor

HF 2160/ HF 2014- Sex Assault-Reproduction

Reproductive rape, creates a 4th degree sexual abuse crime when a doctor uses their own genetic material to impregnate a woman without her knowledge or consent. Ensures the statute of limitations for this crime is treated like other sexual abuse crimes.

STATUS-House Floor

HF 2220/ HSB 538-Anti-Semitism

HF 2220 provides a clear definition of anti-Semitism. The definition is one adopted by the international Holocaust remembrance alliance on May 26, 2016. This definition will be used for helping determine when instances of illegal anti-Semitism actions occur.

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HF 2221/ HSB 522 Evidence in Sex Abuse Cases

Creates an exemption from hearsay rules of evidence. HF 2221 allows a person who received a report of sexual abuse from a child or person with developmental delays to testify on the report instead of the victim.

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HF 2222/ HSB 524-Pro Se Defendants

Amends the time a pro se defendant has to appeal for post-conviction relief.

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HF 2239/ HSB 529- Rape Shield

Rape shield laws protect a victim of sexual assault from being questioned about past sexual experiences while testifying. HF 2239 extends that protection to depositions and post-conviction relief. It will prevent a defendant from asking intrusive questions that would not be permitted in court testimony. STATUS-House Floor

HF 2260/ HF 2043-Magistrate Age

Current law requires magistrates retire at age 72. HF 2260 changes mandatory retirement age for magistrates from 72 to 78. All other judicial retirement ages stay the same.

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HF 2282/ HSB 528- Spousal Privilege

Current law prevents a spouse from testifying against their partner in almost all cases. HF 2282 Cleans up code and makes changes to spousal privilege. The bill provides three situations where one spouse can testify against another 1) if threats are made against each other 2) if one spouse overhears the other making threats 3) if a spouse makes threats against a third party.

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HF 2328/ HF 2004- Confidential Jury Questionnaire

Protects identifying information on a jury questionnaire. Still allows for demographic information but redacts anything that could personally identify the juror.

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HF 2338/ HSB 591- District Associate Judges

District and district associate judges shall be treated the same in term of how their workload is assigned. Cases for both will now be assigned by workload.

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HF 2358/ HSB 629- ILEA Cleanup

Code cleanup from ILEA regarding requirements and library that is no longer needed.

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HF 2360/ HSB 590- Salary St. Ct. Administrator

In the code there are contradictory statements on who sets state court administrators salary. One section permits the chief justice one permits the Supreme Court. HF 2360 allows the Supreme Court to set the salary instead of the chief justice.

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HF 2372/ HF 2206- Nonconsensual Termination of Pregnancy

HF 2372 makes it a class “D” felony to attempt to terminate a pregnancy without the mothers consent.

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HF 2385/ HSB 527- Sexual Exploitation School Counselor

HF 2385 prohibits relationships between students and a person with authority over students in the school building. There were loopholes in current law that allowed some people who were not teachers to avoid prosecution after having an improper relationship with students

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HF 2386/ HF 2042- Psych Tests

In a civil action, the defense council is permitted to have access to psychological evaluations on their client. Safeguards are in place to protect the information and private data.

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HF 2414/ HF 2074- Adoption Placement

Allows the court to waive a home study if the child is placed with close family.

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HF 2419/ HF 2140- Expungement Domestic Abuse

If a civil no contact order is dismissed, the person who had the no contact order issued against them can petition to have the order removed from Iowa Courts Online.

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HF 2437/ HSB 677- Free Exercise of Religion

This bill protects places of worship from unconstitutional and unnecessary government intrusion. During the COVID-19 Pandemic many states shutdown places of worship while allow casinos and other venues to remain open. HSB 677 prohibits this type of action and ensures places of worship are not singled out in their treatment.

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HF 2441/ HF 833- Mobile Homes

HF 2441 protects residents of mobile home parks and landlords of these parks from unfair practices by either party. It also removes the mobile home tax for residents.

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HF 2442/ HF 804- Condemnation

If land is condemned and the owner fails to respond to notices, the court can reduce damages awarded to the owner equal to the amount of costs incurred by the acquiring agency for condemnation proceedings.

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HF 2443/ HSB 679- Smart Contracts Technology

HF 2443 makes changes to where some laws governing the ecommerce laws are placed in the code. This change ensures Iowa stays in compliance with federal law and protects electronic transactions.

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HF 2445/ HSB 678- UCC

HF 2445 provides updates to the Uniform Commercial Code relating to electronic records

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HF 676 -Rent Inventory

Protects tenants and landlords from disputing damages during move out by allowing a discretionary check list at the beginning of a rental contract.

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HF 825- Consent Agreements

Current law requires a judge to make a finding of domestic or sexual abuse before a consent agreement can be issued. The bill allows both parties to agree to the consent agreement without the judge making the findings.

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HF 2056- Arbitration SOL

HF 2056 sets a statute of limitation on arbitration proceedings that is consistent with the rest of code. Under current law, there is no statute of limitations for arbitration proceedings.

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HF 2068- Service Animals

HF 2068, as amended in committee matches Iowa law to federal law regarding the use of service animals. It also addresses the use of emotional support animals and sets clear standards for their certification and use.

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HF 2113- Public Defender Adoption

Last year code was changed to allow a public defender to represent an indigent party in a Child in Need Of Assistance Case, family in need of assistance, delinquency and, termination of parental rights proceedings. . HF 2113 extends that law to allow the public defender to represent an indigent party who files to adopt a child who was part of any of the above actions.

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HF 2226- Tampering with Witnesses or Jurors

HF 2226 increases penalties for someone who intimidates a juror or witness in a trial.

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HF 2227- Forcible Entry and Detainer

HF 2227 addresses landlord and tenant laws. It makes change to definitions, deposits, utility policies and forcible entry and detainer actions.

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HF 2268- Probate Courts

HF 2268 expands specialty probate courts throughout the state.

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HF 2269- Postconviction Defendant File

HF 2269 makes changes to postconviction actions by a prosecutor. The bill requires files be saved, and be turned over to the defendant after conviction if requested in most circumstances..

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HF 78- Agricultural Trespassing

HF 78, as amended, protects agricultural from unauthorized surveillance and sampling. This targets those who would steal agricultural products to use for their own gain or those who trespass on the property.

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HSB 586- Probate Indigent Defense

HF 586 adds the cost of trial transcripts to be assessed against the county in a criminal trial when the defendant is indigent. This helps ensure the defendant has access to trial transcripts no matter who represents them in the trial.

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HSB 599- Paternity Juvenile Court

Expands the authority to include this disestablishment of paternity. Current law a juvenile court can’t do this, so case goes to district court, then back. This change prevents the case from jumping between courts.

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HSB 630- Corporation E-Communication

HSB 630 allows shareholder communication through email access. This modernizes the code section and communication with shareholders.

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HSB 636- Judicial Nomination Reform

HSB 636, as amended makes changes to the judicial Nomination Qualification Commission. The bill expands the number of eligible judicial applicants by allowing lawyers in contiguous counties to the judicial district or sub district to apply to be a judge, allows 5 names to be submitted to the Governor for the court of appeals, and treats the selection of District Associate Judges like the selection process for other judges in the state.

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HSB 676- Judicial Qualification Commission Transparency

HSB 676 allows members of the legislature to confidentially review complaints submitted to the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

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HSB 680- Code Editors Non-Substantive

HSB 680 is the nonsubstantive code editors bill.

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HSB 711- Victims

HSB 711 ensures that victims of first offense domestic violence are covered under the victims’ rights code section, 915. This allows the victims better notification of trial proceedings, and rights in criminal proceedings.

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HSB 712- Trusts

HSB 712 makes changes to trust laws. The bill addresses notice to creditors, annual accounting changes, powers designated by a trustee, and holders of limited powers of appointment.

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HSB 715- Substantive Code Editor

HSB 715 is the substantive code editors bill.

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HSB 721- Expungement Human Trafficking

HSB 721 works to protect victims of human trafficking and allows certain criminal records to be expunged if a person was a victim of human trafficking.

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HF 2162/ HSB 589- Indigent Persons

Allows the attorney from the PD wrongful conviction division to assist in wrongful conviction cases in instances where there may be more than one public defender. Previously, you couldn’t have the PD and wrongful conviction PD together on a case.

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HF 2281/ HSB 592- Telephone and Video Crim Proceedings

HF 2281 allows telephone or video conference in criminal proceedings where there is no substantial impact to either party.

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Labor

House File 2279/House Study Bill 631—Unemployment/Tort Reform

Reduces unemployment weeks from 26 to 16, and from 39 to 26 weeks for plant closures. Adds a one week waiting period prior to being eligible for unemployment. Adds a definition of “misconduct.” Reduces the percentage of unemployment benefits one receives each week a person refuses a job offer. For medical malpractice, keeps a soft cap of $250,000 for certain injuries with a hard cap of $1 million in noneconomic damages per occurrence. For CMV drivers, limits liability to employee and incident employee was involved in. For CMV, puts a hard cap of $1 million in noneconomic damages per occurrence. Claim for punitive damages cannot be made until after initial disclosures are completed.

Status: Passed House Labor Committee

House File 2355/House Study Bill 596—IWD Bill

Codifies that an employer shall not be responsible for unemployment overpayment if it was through no fault of their own. Makes changes to the Voluntary Shared Work Program to prevent a shared work plan from claiming a reduction of work hours based on a work week exceeding 40 hours, automatically revokes a shared work plan if the employer lays off the employee even if they are in a separate unit, and allows part-time employees to be covered

Status: Passed House Labor Committee

Local Government

SF 384 – Shared Assessors

Allows multiple counties to pool resources and enter into a 28E agreement to share a county assessor, chief deputy assessor and assistants. The counties will share the cost of the assessor, with one county paying the total costs and the other county(s) reimbursing the paying county. The shared assessor is appointed in each county and has the same powers, duties, and restrictions in each county in accordance to the law.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2341/HSB 662 – Foreign Vehicle Transfers

Adds insurance companies to the exemption for the requirement of a certificate of title in order to transfer ownership of an out of state vehicle.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2357/HF 2189 – Boards of Review Meeting Dates

Amends Iowa Code to change the requirement for the start of boards of review to starting on May to starting the first week of May.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2366/HSB 665 – Electronic Bid Submissions

Would allow governmental entities to receive bids on public construction electronically. Currently bids have to be submitted physically.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2359/HSB 664 – Postponing and Canceling Annual Tax Sales

Amends Iowa Code to allow county treasurers to reschedule or cancel the annual. Annual tax sales are on the third Monday of June. Currently county treasurers are only allowed to reschedule for a different date in June.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2431/HF 2005 – Regulations on Home-based Businesses

Prohibits counties and cities from requiring a person to apply, register, or require a permit to operate a “no-impact home-based business”. Prohibits counties and cities from requiring a property being used for a home-based business from being rezoned. Limits the scope of county and city regulations allowed on home-based businesses.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2428/HF 2143 – Compensation for County Hospital Trustees

Would allow county hospital trustees to receive compensation for their services. Currently trustees can only receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2430/HSB 666 – Restructuring Compensation Boards

Gives county boards of supervisors the ability to dissolve county compensation boards. In place of county compensation boards, the boards of supervisors would carry out the duties of the compensation board as prescribed in code. Strikes the binding language for compensation board recommendations tying decreases across all positions and allows counties to exceed the recommendations.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2429/HSB 708 – Qualified Veterinarian Immunity

Protects veterinarians who in good faith report abuse of a companion animal by granting them immunity from administrative, civil, or criminal liability. Veterinarians who assist law enforcement in the rescue of an abused animal is granted immunity from administrative, civil, or criminal liability. Making a false report or providing false information is a misdemeanor and the veterinarian is liable for damages resulting from the false report.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HSB 719 – Sanitation Board Member Compensation

Increases the per diem for members of the board of trustees of a combined sanitary district. Would go from $100 per meeting to $200. Would increase the cap on total per diem for a fiscal year from $2400 to $4800. Board of trustees are still allowed to set lower per diems if they choose to.

Status: Passed out of House Local Government

Natural Resources

House File 2209/HF 2044—Hunt & Trap Furbearer Learner License Fee Exemption

Proposes to relieve persons under 16-years of age from acquiring and paying for a DNR hunting license, fur-harvester permit and state habitat fee if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult who has a valid hunting and fur-harvester license.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2356/HSB 545—DNR Code Clean Up

Proposes change modernize select Code verbiage to current state of art terms such as adding ‘sanitary’ before landfill, and replacing in multiple locations the term ‘variance’ with ‘waivers’. The measure also repeals the Code chapter (28L) establishing the state interagency Missouri River Authority that has been defunct since 2011, and repeals Code provisions (455B.800-809) dealing with mercury free recycling which has been dormant since July 1, 2020.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2365/HSB 651-Crossbow Take of Unused Archery Deer tags

Proposes to amend current Code language dealing with the use of tags in particular deer season to allow an unfilled deer-tag purchased with a anysex bow deer license to be used in the late muzzleloader season. A person with a valid bow license and unfilled tag may additionally use a cross bow method of take in the late muzzleloader season or in the special antlerless season when such tags are available.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2369/HF 2057—Non-Prior DNR Permission Taking of Nuisance Furbearing Animals

Proposes to make it easier for Iowa home and property owners to eliminate nuisance animals that are considered fur-bearing by removing the requirement of getting prior DNR permission to taking such animals. The legislation specifies without prior permission taking of coyotes, racoons, possum, skunk, or groundhog furbearing animal that are taken for nuisance control purposes and that the carcasses of such fur-bearing animals taken without prior NRC permissions shall be disposed on site or relinquished to a representative of NRC.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2370/HSB 609—Allow the Use of 410 & 28-Guage Shotguns to Take Turkeys

Proposes to amend current Code language dealing with method of take for wild turkeys to allow the use of 410 Shotguns and 28-guage shotguns that use tungsten shot. Current Code restrict the size of shotgun used to hunt turkey to 20-guage or larger. The bill specifies that the tungsten shot may be no small than #10.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2400/HSB 700—Untamed Game Livestock

Proposes to clarify that certain untamed livestock (bison/buffalo, sheep, goats) if raised in Iowa, may be a part of a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting preserve and may be harvested/hunted on such preserves.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2410/HSB 610—Nonresident Qualifying Landowner Anysex Deer Licenses

Proposes to allow certain qualified nonresident longtime Iowa landowners to purchase a 1-nonresident anysex deer license outside of the 6,000 annual quota and 1 antlerless deer tag at nonresident license fee prices. In order to qualify the person must have owned at least a contiguous 80-acres of Iowa land for at least 10-years prior to the time of application or the nonresident applicant has inherited such property that has been previously owned by a ‘family member’ 10-years prior to application. Additionally, such a license may only be used on the qualifying nonresident’s land which may not be otherwise encumbered with a hunting guide and must be open to a least two other resident deer hunters sometime during the deer seasons.

Status: On the House Calendar

House File 2413/HF 2069—Boat Registration Fee Increases

Proposes to increases the registration fee for vessels of any length without a motor to $20. The bill exempts a canoe or kayak type vessel of any length from registration requirements, but instead requires the purchase and display on the vessel a new $20 three-year water use permit decal created by this legislation. Moneys from the purchase of water use permit decals shall be deposited in the water trail development fund established by the bill and use to support the program and enforcement of state navigation laws.

Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee

House File 2415—Recreational Trail Crossing Railroad Property Liability Limits

Proposes to add railroad property that is crossed by recreational trails (bill further expands definition of recreation to include bicycle riding, walking and jogging) to the definition of “Land” that is offered some liability protection when private landowners allow public recreation on it.

Status: On the House Calendar

Public Safety

HF 2161/ HSB 558- Sex Offender Modification

HF 2161 increases times a person must be on the sex offender registry before then can request a modification of their sentence.

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HF 2340/ HSB 633- Nuisance

Allows for a city to declare a bar a public nuisance if there are incidences in or outside of the establishment including assaults, weapons use, etc. Under current law some actions outside of the bar don’t permit ABD to revoke a liquor license. By declaring the bar a public nuisance a judge can order reasonable actions to end the nuisance. The amendment clarifies the definition does not apply to a food establishment and the incidences must occur within 500 feet or on contiguous property to the establishment.

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HF 2346/ HF 2093- No Contact Order License Plate

A person who is the subject of a protective order shall provide the identification information for any vehicle they own or operate. This includes work vehicles. This includes Make, model, year, color, license plate. This info is then provided to the person who is protected by the order.

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HF 2367/ HSB 563- Drug Policy Coordinator

Updates from ODCP regarding the Iowa Drug Policy Council. The bill updates outdated language and adds two members to the council to include a police chief and the state public defender.

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HF 2232- Sexual Exploitation Minor

HF 2232 ensures that a person who possess child pornography will be charged per image possessed. Current law bases penalties on the number of minors not the number of images.

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HF 2304 -Movie Prop Money

HF 2304 ensures that a person who uses movie prop money in place of real currency can be charged with forgery. The charges are based on the amount of movie prop money.

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HF 78- Agricultural Trespassing

HF 78, as amended, protects agricultural from unauthorized surveillance and sampling. This targets those who would steal agricultural products to use for their own gain or those who trespass on the property.

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HSB 612- PSAPS

HSB 612 makes changes to the Public Safety Answering Point reports to help with estimating direct costs.

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HSB 634- Narcan

HSB 646 removing this code section ensures IA can carry firearms in their vehicle with or without a permit and there will be no confusion in these situations where a person is hunting or just driving.

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HSB 652- Heroin

HSB 652 makes penalties for the distribution of heroin the same as meth.

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HSB 701- Brady-Giglio

HSB 701, as amended, allows for an in-camera review when a County Attorney discloses exculpatory information about a peace officer in a criminal case. The peace officer then has ten days to request a judge review the evidence before it is submitted to the defense.

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HSB 707- Victims Termination of Lease

HSB 707 allows victims of certain crimes to terminate their lease without an early termination penalty. The bill limits this to certain crimes and requires documentation be presented to the landlord.

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HF 2123/ HSB 597- Driver ID Missing Persons

HF 2123 allows a driver’s license or nondrivers ID picture to be used in missing persons cases.

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HF 2326/ HSB 557- Passing Vehicles on Side of Road

HF 2326 permits officers to better enforce the move over or slow down laws. The bill allows an investigation to begin if a driver does not move over or slow down for a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road. This bill does NOT change any penalties or other laws associated with move over or slow down.

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HF 2447/ HF 2231- Assault of Pregnant Person

A person who assaults a person who is pregnant is guilty of a class “D” felony.

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State Government

HF 2130/HF 800 – ATVs and UTVs on County Highways

Allows ATVs and UTVs to use county highways. Currently counties have to designate county highways for use of ATVs and UTVs. Would prohibit counties from passing ordinances or resolutions against the use of ATVs on county highways

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2126/HSB 568 – Comprehensive Financial Report Name Change

Changes references in Iowa Code from “state’s comprehensive annual financial report” to “state’s annual comprehensive financial report.”
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2138/HSB 572 – Use of Interest on Flood Recovery Fund

Authorizes the use of interest on the Flood Recovery Fund to be used to reimburse actual expenses of voting members of the flood mitigation board. Authorizes the use of interest on the Flood Recovery Fund to be used for the cost of administering the flood mitigation program.
Status: In House Appropriations Committee

HF 2116/HSB 570 – Unused Levee Districts Study Funds

Any unused funds the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has shall remain with the Department to conduct a study on the governance and funding of levee districts at the end of the fiscal year. $400,000 was appropriated in 2021 to conduct the study.
Status: In House Appropriations Committee

HF 2170/HSB 581 – Raising Earning Limits for IPERS Retirees

Amends code to raise the limit on the amount a bona fide retiree is allowed to make without penalty on their benefits from $30,000 to $50,000 to account for inflation since the last time the limit was raised.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2166/HSB 580 – Flood Mitigation Activities

Expands on current flood mitigation techniques as an essential county purpose to include the reconnection of floodplains, wetland and oxbow lake restoration.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

SF 183 – Construction Manager at Risk for Public Construction

Provides government entities an additional option for construction delivery method. Authorizes government entities to enter into guaranteed maximum price contracts for vertical construction for public improvement. Guaranteed maximum price contracts are the agreed maximum price pursuant to contract entered into by the government entity and the construction manager-at-risk. Prohibits the Board of Regents from entering into design-build contracts Prohibits government entities from entering into guaranteed maximum price contracts for horizontal construction for public improvement.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2153/HSB 577 – Pioneer Sections of Cemeteries

Would allow cemeteries to designate a portion of the cemetery a pioneer section if at least 50% of the burials in that section occurred at least 100 years prior.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2154/HSB 583 – 411 Privacy Protections

Updates Iowa Code Chapter 411 to add more prescriptive privacy language for members of the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System. This language mirrors the privacy language of IPERS.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2258/HSB 573 – Restructuring the Iowa Council on Homelessness

Changes the membership of Iowa Council on Homelessness from 38 to 20 Members. 11 voting members of the public and 9 nonvoting members. Eliminates Directors of the Economic Development Authority, Dep. of Human Rights, Dep. Of Public Safety, and Representatives of the Iowa State Association of Counties and Iowa League of Cities as members of the council. Updates the functions of the council and requires an annual report submitted to the Governor and General Assembly
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2247/HSB 576 – Native Distilled Spirits at Native Wine Manufacturers

Allows native wine manufacturers with on-premise wine and beer consumption sales to add native distilled spirits to their options. Currently, these permit holders are allowed to sell their own native wine and beer purchased from a class “A” wholesaler.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2256/HF 2012 – Legislative Council Review of Presidential Executive Orders

Authorizes the Legislative Council to review presidential executive orders and refer to the Attorney General and Governor for further review of its constitutionality. The Attorney General shall decide the constitutionality of the executive order and determine whether that state should apply for an exemption or to declare the executive order unconstitutional. If an executive order restricts a person’s rights, declared unconstitutional by the Attorney General, or relates to regulation of certain subjects, it shall not be enforced by the state, political subdivision, or a publicly funded organization.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2257/HSB 603 – Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy

Amends the unfair employment practices of the Civil Rights Commission to reinclude that employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees with medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth as advised by their health care provider. Reasonable accommodations are related to the activates of the specific occupation and does not include any action that would impose an undue hardship on the employer

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2244/HSB 567 – Additional Campaign Disclosure Reports in Nonelection Years

Adds an additional supplemental report for candidates of statewide, general assembly, or county elected offices. A report would be due on July 19 (January 1 through July 14) and January 19 (July 15 through December 31) for nonelection years.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2248/HSB 605 – Consumer Education on Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Requires health care providers to provide adequate information to outpatient surgery candidates comparing Ambulatory Surgical Centers and hospitals. Ambulatory Surgical Centers are facilities that operate exclusively for outpatient surgeries.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2248/HSB 605 – Consumer Education on Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Requires health care providers to provide adequate information to outpatient surgery candidates comparing Ambulatory Surgical Centers and hospitals. Ambulatory Surgical Centers are facilities that operate exclusively for outpatient surgeries.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2286/HSB 614 – Use of the Sports Wagering Fund

Would amend code to appropriate the funds from the Sports Wagering Receipts Fund to be transferred to the county endowment fund. The County Endowment fund is used by the 84 counties that do not have a casino in their counties. The funds are equally split between the counties and used for charitable organizations for charitable purposes.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2295/HSB 571 – Disaster Response Immunity

The state and any of its officers, employees, or agents shall not be held liable while acting in good faith in response to a declared disaster emergency as proclaimed by the Governor or a major disaster proclaimed by the President.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2291/HSB 123 – Midwife Licensure

Would create the licensure of midwives and allow licensed midwives the ability to obtain necessary screening and testing for clients, and the administration of specific medication for clients. Establish a board of midwifery to write rules, review licensees’ applications, and review complaints. Allows midwives to be covered by insurance plans. Waives liability of health care providers who receive a transfer of a client from a midwife for any action performed by the midwife.
Status: House Ways and Means Committee

HF 2327/HF 2061 – Amendments at a Constitutional Convention

Creates a chapter in Iowa Code regarding what commissioners selected to represent Iowa at a Constitutional Convention are authorized to consider and not consider. Any amendment that is outside the scope of the legislature’s joint resolution applying to Congress to call for a convention is unauthorized. Any rule to change how the convention is governed that would change from one state gets one vote and a majority is required to propose an amendment is unauthorized. Any commissioners supporting an unauthorized amendment or rule will be replaced and have committed a simple misdemeanor.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2331/HF 2105 – Amendments at a Constitutional Convention

Amends Iowa Code to make daylight saving time as the official time of Iowa. Strikes the section that has the change from standard time to daylight saving time in code.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2329/HSB 584 – Savings Promotion Drawings

Allows financial institutions to conduct drawings where participants are entered into the drawing by depositing money into prize-linked savings accounts. 33 States currently have authorized prize-linked savings accounts.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HJR 2005/HSB 582 – Gubernatorial Line of Succession Constitutional Amendment

Proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution that creates a line of succession for the Office of the Governor should the Governor suffer a disability, die, resign, or removed from office. If adopted, the resolution would be published and then referred to the 90th General Assembly for adoption and then submitted to the voters for ratification.

Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2388/HSB 606 – Ambulatory Surgical Center Licensure

Creates license requirement for Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Requires the Department of Inspection and Appeals to create rules for licensure for Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Requires background checks for all Ambulatory Surgical Center employees.

Status: House Ways and Means Committee

HF 2374/HSB 642 – Updating Protection Occupations Covered in IPERS

Amends Iowa Code to expand the definition of a “protection occupation” under IPERS to include any firefighters or police officers who are employed by an IPERS covered employer. This change would include the recently created Iowa State Fair Police as a “protection occupation”.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2378/HSB 641 – Racehorse Aftercare

Amends Iowa Code to change the percentage of thoroughbred racing purse money distributed to the owner’s trade organization from 2% to 4%. Creates a fund within the State Treasury with money collected by fines collected by the Racing and Gaming Commission for Iowa race horse aftercare organization assistance. The money from the fund would be distributed to nonprofits who help rehabilitate and rehome Iowa race horses.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2375/HSB 640 – Changing the form of management of drainage or levee districts

Amends Iowa Code so that in order for a petition to be filed to change the form of management of a drainage or levee district, that the signees own more than half the acreage of the lands of the district.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2373/HSB 639 – Restrictions Regarding Companies Boycotting Israel
Expands the definition of “company” to also include subsidiaries, majority owned subsidiaries, parent companies, and business affiliates of publicly traded business. Currently the restriction on public funds being invested in companies who boycott Israel only applies to the specific company.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2488/HSB 579 – Public Records of the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board
Amends code to allow the Public Broadcasting Board to retain and spend any revenue from agreements and contracts with state departments and agencies or other public or private entities. Allows the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board to own, acquire, and receive intellectual property rights. The board may charge fees for the sale or distribution of their intellectual property. Would allow the board to restrict access to the use of any works related to the intellectual property of the board (recordings, footage, artwork, music, etc.).
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HSB 578 – Gaming Omnibus Bill
Allows cashless wagering systems to be used in wagering areas. Removes liability for licensees in the administering voluntarily excluded persons and debt offset programs. Allows licensees to maintain $100 or 5% (the lesser) of winnings withheld from prohibited winners. Clarifies the definition of sports wagering to include “sports-related events” and “electronic sports event”
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

HF 98 – Vaping Products and Alternative Nicotine Tax
Redefines alternative nicotine and vapor products as tobacco products. Making them applicable to all provisions and taxes that pertain to tobacco products. Excludes FDA approved tobacco cessation products and tobacco dependence products as an “alternative nicotine product”. A 22% tax is imposed on the wholesale sales price of alternative nicotine products and vapor products. 17% shall be appropriated to the judicial branch to fund civil and criminal specialty courts for substance use and mental health issues. 5% shall be appropriated the Department of Public Health for tobacco use prevention and control efforts.
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

HF 98 – Vaping Products and Alternative Nicotine Tax
Redefines alternative nicotine and vapor products as tobacco products. Making them applicable to all provisions and taxes that pertain to tobacco products. Excludes FDA approved tobacco cessation products and tobacco dependence products as an “alternative nicotine product”. A 22% tax is imposed on the wholesale sales price of alternative nicotine products and vapor products. 17% shall be appropriated to the judicial branch to fund civil and criminal specialty courts for substance use and mental health issues. 5% shall be appropriated the Department of Public Health for tobacco use prevention and control efforts.
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

HF 2465/HSB 696 – DOT Regional Commissioners
Amends Iowa Code so members of the State Transportation Commission represent the 6 different regions with 1 at-large member. Commissioners shall reside in their regions. The bill would go into effect upon enactment and future appointments will begin with Region 1 until the 7th appointment that will be the at-large commissioner.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2466/HSB 659 – County Supervisor Representation Plans
Will require counties with a population of 60,000 or more to transition to plan three for supervisor representation plans. If enacted, affected counties will have to establish temporary county redistricting commissions and complete a redistricting plan by November 1, 2023 for the election of supervisors in the 2024 election cycle.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2467/HF 2311 – Prohibiting Real Property Ownership by China
Expands prohibitions on nonresident alien ownership of agricultural land to prohibit the government of the People’s Republic of China, the government of a province or region, or a business incorporated under the laws of China or a business with a majority interest owned by nonresident aliens from China from owning any real property in Iowa. Requires the divestment in any real property acquired by the government of China or businesses with a majority interest owned by nonresident aliens from China within 2 years.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2215 – Public Hearings for Redistricting Plans 2 and 3
Amends Iowa Code to require the temporary redistricting advisory commission to conduct public hearings and submit a report to the legislature for each redistricting plan. Currently the commission is only required to conduct public hearings and submit a report on the initial redistricting plan.
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

HF 2108 – Direct Shipment of Native Alcohol
Creates a new section of code to allow for the direct shipment liquor within Iowa for native alcohol manufacturers. Creates a direct shipper permit for alcoholic liquor manufacturers to directly ship alcohol to Iowans. Requires direct shipment permit holders to submit a monthly report to ABD detailing the shipments, individual customers, and amount of taxes collected in connection to the direct shipment of alcoholic liquor.
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

HF 2475/HSB 692 – Removal of Municipal Utility Board Members
Adds that municipal utility board members may only be removed by impeachment.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HF 2480/HF 2106 – Removing the Practice of Threading from Cosmetology
Allows people to practice threading without being licensed by the Board of Cosmetology.
Status: Placed on House Calendar

HSB 719 – Election Bill
Bans the use of outside money to be used by the state or political subdivisions for conducting an election. Establishes conformity and minimum standards for recount processes across all 99 counties. Establishes set recount standards to ensure the equal review of election results by challenging parties. Requires absentee ballot envelopes to include the voter’s signature and ID completing the circle of ID requirements for the voter. Requires the public notice of post-election audits to increase awareness and confidence in elections. All county canvasses take place on the following Tuesday creating more conformity and clarity in the process.
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

HSB 647 – Medical Privacy and Freedom Act
Prohibits businesses, educational institutions, employers, or government entities from inquiring, maintaining records, or asking for proof of immunity. Prohibits businesses, educational institutions, employers, or government entities from incentivizing medical treatments or proving vaccination status or disincentivize someone from not getting medical treatment or immunization. Businesses, educational institutions, employers, or a governmental entity who violate this section is liable for any adverse reaction from forced medical treatment.
Status: Passed out of House State Government Committee

Transportation

HF 210 – Railroad Crossings

This bill provides the option to take a driver improvement course or pay an increased penalty when the driver in a quiet zone with a median barrier passes or too closely approaches a railroad grade crossing with a warning.

Status: Passed House Transportation

HF 2124 – Airport Registration

This bill removes out-of-date code language regarding airport traffic patterns that is under the authority of the FAA. This bill also eliminates redundant, outdate, and unnecessary site approval of new airports.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2135 – Distinguished Service Medal Special Registration Plates

This bill allows the Iowa DOT to issue special registration plates bearing a distinguished service medal emblem to a person who was awarded the medal by the U.S. Government at no charge.

Status: Passed House Transportation

HF 2207 – Overweight Cranes

This bill allows cranes to exceed 20,000 lbs. if they obtain an annual permit, receive approval from the DOT on their route, and do not exceed 24,000 lbs.

Status: Passed House Transportation

HF 2259 – PTs and OTs – Disability Parking and Plates

This bill adds physical therapists and occupational therapists to the list of health care providers that can sign off on the need for an individual to receive a special registration plate for a person with a disability and for a disability parking permit. Current providers that are able to sign off include a chiropractor, physician, physician assistant, and nurse practitioners.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2339 – Train Length

This bill prohibits railroad trains from exceeding 8,500 feet in length.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2342 – County name on plates

This bill revises the ability to receive a license plate without county name on it to those that are issued in a contiguous county from where the car was purchased.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2344 – Rumble Strips

This bill requires the construction and maintenance of rumble strips before all stop signs and traffic-control signals on state and county highways.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2345 – MVE Sunset Date

In 2017, the general assembly amended Code to specify the powers, duties, and limitations of the peace officers of the DOT (often called Motor Vehicle Enforcement). At that time, the legislature included a one-year sunset, and that sunset has been extended since to currently end July 1, 2022. This bill extends the sunset date one more year.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2348 – Antique Snowmobiles

This bill revises the date a snowmobile can be manufactured from 1984 to 1994 to be considered an “antique snowmobile” for registration fee purposes.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2368 – Injuring a bicyclist

This bill adds in a current code section to the list of violations subject to additional penalties when causing serious injury. The current code section applies when a driver steers a vehicle unreasonably close to or toward a person riding a bicycle on a highway.

Status: House Calendar

HSB 654 – 3rd Party CDL tests

This bill adds public transit systems to the list of entities that are allowed to be third-party testers for CDL driving skills tests and allows the knowledge test to also be done at a 3rd party entity.

Status: Passed House Transportation

HSB 655 – Harvest Proclamation

This bill makes permanent the Governor’s Harvest Proclamations that allow vehicles transporting commodities on noninterstate highways to exceed the legal maximum gross weight up to 12.5% as long as they don’t exceed 90,000 lbs. In addition to the normal commodities listed in the proclamations (corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage, and stover), and this bill also adds in manure and agricultural chemicals.

Status: Passed House Transportation

SF 551 – Emergency Response

This bill allows fire department and EMS responders to exceed the speed limit if they are responding to an emergency call or fire alarm. Citations will be dismissed if the driver presents a signed statement from their fire chief or chief of EMS on the driver’s response to an emergency call. This bill also allows personal vehicles of EMS personnel to have a blue light.

Status: Passed House Transportation

HF 2129 – Hands Free

This bill prohibits the use of an electronic device while driving, with exemptions outlined in Section 10 of the analysis. The bill, as amended, requires the use of a warning until January 1, 2023. Following that date, the fine is $100.

Status: House Ways & Means Committee

HF 2250 – School and Work Zones

This bill prohibits a driver from using a cell phone in any way while driving in a road work zone or in a school zone. The fine is $100.

Status: House Ways & Means Committee

HF 2251 – Antique Vehicles

This bill requires the Iowa DOT to develop and issue antique vehicle plates to be identical to the license plates that were issued in the model year of the antique vehicle (25 years or older). The initial fee is $50, with an annual fee of $10, to be allocated to the department of cultural affairs to support the state historical society for the purposes of preserving and promoting automotive history in Iowa.

Status: House Ways & Means Committee

Veteran Affairs

HF 2293 – Veterans Trust Fund Allocation

This bill increases the amount sent to the Commission of Veterans Affairs from the State Lottery Fund from $500,000 to $800,000 annually.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2300 – Civil Air Patrol

This bill adds in members of the Civil Air Patrol to the list of military branches protected under law from car and health insurance termination and from employment discrimination while performing official duties. Last year, the legislature added the Coast Guard to this same list.

Status: House Calendar

HF 2427 – License Plate Certification

This bill adds VSOs to the list of entities that can certify that the owner of a vehicle requesting veteran plates has served in the military and was discharged under honorable conditions.

Status: House Calendar

HSB 47 – Veterans Trust Fund Investment

This bill requires the state treasurer to invest moneys in the Veterans Trust Fund along with the investment for IPERS. The earnings will be credited to the Veterans Trust Fund.

Status: Passed Veterans Affairs Committee

HSB 661 – Veteran Confidentiality

This bill, as amended, requires courts to seal materials in relation to the review of a decision to remove a veteran from employment if good cause is shown.

Status: Passed Veterans Affairs Committee

HF 2287 – Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit

This bill creates additional homestead tax credits for disabled veterans by making the percentage of their homestead tax credit equal to their disability rating. Under current law, credit eligibility is limited to veterans with a 100% disability rating and the credit is 100% of their property taxes based on the definition of homestead. This bill would allow veterans to receive a property tax credit equal to their disability rating

Status: House Ways & Means Committee

HF 2435 – Disabled Veteran Car Registration

This bill, as amended, reduces one annual car registration fee per disabled veteran by a percentage equal the veteran’s service-related disability rating. This bill also reduces the annual fee for special or personalized registration plates by the same percentage.

Status: House Ways & Means Committee

Appropriations

House File 2147 – USS Iowa Commissioning

The bill would appropriate $200,000 from the General Fund to support the christening & commissioning ceremonies of the new USS Iowa (SSN 797) as well providing additional support for the ship.

Status: On the House Floor

House File 2152 – Revenue Estimating Conference and Sports Wagering Tax

The bill would have the three-member Revenue Estimating Conference estimate the amount of sports wagering tax receipts the state collects for each fiscal year.

Status: On the House Floor

House File 2315 – Fiscal Year 2022 Supplemental Funding for Schools

The bill provides Iowa schools with an additional $19.2 million from Fiscal Year 2022 to be used for additional costs related to support staff, substitute teachers, and increased costs due to inflation.

Status: Passed the House on February, 10; in the Senate Appropriations Committee

House File 2337 – Underground Storage Tank

The bill proposes to shift remaining Underground Storage Tank (UST) functions to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and creates a DNR managed ‘Iowa Tank Fund’ within the state treasury under the control of DNR.

Status: On the House Floor

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