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12 p.m. – House Study Bill 522:

House Study Bill 522 was proposed by State Government committee chair Rep. Bobby Kaufmann. It’s an act relating to midwife licensure.

The bill requires a person practicing midwifery in Iowa to obtain a license to practice beginning July 1, 2021.

12:30 p.m. — House File 515:

House File 515 was proposed by the Public Safety committee. It’s an act relating to the criminal elements for the commission of sexual misconduct with offenders.

The bill raises the criminal penalty from an aggravated misdemeanor to Class D felony for a peace officer, officer, employee, contractor, vendor, volunteer or agent of the Department of Corrections who engages in a sex act with an inmate committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections, if such a person has specific and actual knowledge the inmate is committed to the custody of the Department.

1 p.m. — House File 167:

House File 167 was filed by Rep. Ras Smith. It has eight cosponsors. It’s an act relating to the practice of barbering in movable locations.

The bill alters the definition of “barbershop” to include readily movable locations where one or more persons engage in the practice of barbering.

1:30 p.m. — House Study Bill 515:

House Study Bill 515 was proposed by the Commerce committee chair Rep. Gary Carlson. It’s an act relating to the legal reserve requirements of life insurance companies.

2:15 p.m. — House Study Bill 513:

House Study Bill 513 is a bill proposed by Commerce committee chair Rep. Gary Carlson. It’s an act relating to the American Law Institute’s restatement of the law.

The bill prohibits a person from applying, citing or using the American Law Institute’s restatement of the law, liability insurance, as an authoritative reference for a decision concerning a disputed issue of law, or for the interpretation of Iowa law, Iowa administrative rules or the principles of insurance law.

3 p.m. — House File 2001:

House File 2001 was proposed by Rep. Joel Fry. It’s an act relating to reimbursement rates for health care services provided to covered persons by telehealth.

The bill requires a health carrier to reimburse a health care professional for health care services provided to a covered person by telehealth on or after Jan. 1, 2021, on the same basis and at the same rate as the health carrier would apply to the same health care services provided to the covered person by the health care professional in person.

3 p.m. — House File 2085:

House File 2085 was proposed by Rep. Tom Jeneary. It’s an act relating to newborn screening for tongue tie and lip tie.

The bill requires a birthing hospital, birth center, or other facility to screen every newborn delivered in the birthing hospital or birth center, or transferred to another facility prior to completion of the screening, for tongue tie and lip tie prior to discharge of the newborn from the birthing hospital, birth center, or other facility.

3:15 p.m. — House Study Bill 531:

House Study Bill 531 was proposed by Agriculture committee chair Rep. Ross Paustian. It’s an act regarding driving privileges of persons issued a special minor’s driver’s license who reside or are employed on a farm.

This bill allows a person holding a special minor’s driver’s license who resides on a farm or is employed for compensation on a farm in this state to operate a motor vehicle during the hours of 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. for the purpose of assisting the person’s parents, guardians or employers with farm work or in connection with any farm job, employment or other farm-related work.

3:30 p.m. — House File 2052:

House File 2052 was filed by Rep. Joel Fry. It’s an act relating to the medical residency training state matching grants program rural rotation requirement.

Under the bill, the specified primary care practice areas are expanded to also include obstetrics, gynecology, family medicine, internal medicine and emergency medicine.

4 p.m. — Senate File 114:

Senate File 114 was proposed by the Judiciary committee. It’s an act relating to unintentionally causing the death of a person by operating a motor vehicle at an excessive speed.

Upon adjournment — House Study Bill 532:

House Study Bill 532 was proposed by the Board of Pharmacy. It’s an act relating to controlled substances, including information collection and reporting requirements under the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program.

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall