Tag: Votes

State Government Committee Report – Week 11, 2018

SF 2333 Amusement concession prize award increase (“Dave and Buster’s”);
HF 2252 – Secretary of State’s technical cleanup bill; 
HF 2253 – Prohibition on governmental use of lease purchase building projects;
HF 2349 – Voluntary gaming exclusion;
HF 2369 – Bond Issuance Election Dates;
HF 2382 – Membership on the Engineering and Land Surveyors Board. 



SF 2333 increases amusement concession prize levels for Dave and Buster’s and similar businesses. The cash value of prizes that can be won in an amusement game increases from $150 to $950. Prizes include t-shirts, iPads and gaming systems. The Senate accepted a House amendment to strike the square-foot building-size requirement so that all places offering concession prizes fall under the updated law.
[3/20: 44-5 (No: Bolkcom, Hogg, D. Johnson, Taylor, Quirmbach; 49 senators seated)]



HF 2252 is the Secretary of State’s technical cleanup bill, which:

  1. Clarifies that a person required to register as sex offender is not eligible to participate in the Safe At Home program.
  2. Conforms special election dates for a school board and community college to the blackout dates implemented in last year’s voter suppression bill.
  3. Changes the timing for an objection to a nomination from not less than 74 days to not less than 68 days from the election.
  4. Allows for proof of residence to be determined on an electronic device. This will allow someone to prove residence from a bill that they have on their cell phone.
  5. Allows for a deceased voter to be removed by a sibling, spouse or an Internet obituary from a licensed funeral home. A representative of an estate can also certify the death of a voter.
  6. Allows an attester to show a voter identification card as a form of ID at the polls.
  7. Establishes that a preregistered voter will not sign more than two oaths for the identity and residence of another person.
  8. Changes the audit requirements established in last year’s voter suppression bill by no longer requiring all absentee precincts be counted by hand, but only by a sampling. It also clarifies that the representative of each political party of the highest vote getter be invited to the audit but not be required to attend.
  9. Clarifies that at least one examiner is required in cybersecurity.
  10. Clarifies that a person who votes early at the county auditor’s office must provide their voter verification number on their voter identification card.
  11. Removes aggravated misdemeanor as a disqualification for holding elective office. This matches an Iowa Supreme Court decision.
    [3/15: 13-1 (No: Danielson; Excused: Horn)]


HF 2253 prohibits the use of lease purchase for certain construction/building projects. Currently, governmental and educational entities can use “lease-purchase agreements” to complete a project and pay the construction costs over time, eventually owning the building. This process avoids the need to bond for projects with a 60-percent majority vote of the public. Current city or county lease-purchase contracts are not considered contracts for “public improvement” and therefore are not subject to competitive bidding requirements. The bill removes that exemption, requiring all projects to be competitively bid. Representatives from cities, counties and educational entities say many of their projects have both pubic use and private use components. They are concerned that the number of construction companies willing to bid on the projects will substantially decrease if these changes are enacted.
[3/15: 10-4 (No: Bisignano, Bowman, Dvorsky, Jochum; Excused: Horn)]


HF 2349 transfers administration of the Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program from casinos and boats to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Potential fiscal impact is $225,000 for FY19, which includes $125,000 in salaries and $10,000 in website maintenance. These additional costs will be funded through the Gaming Regulatory Revolving Fund.
[3/15: 14-0 (Excused: Horn)]


HF 2369 sets the second week in November for all bond votes, matching city and general elections dates. Currently, bond votes are done by special election with any possible date. Concerns with this bill include:

  • If all bonds in Iowa are approved at the same time, it would flood the market and impact bond rates.
  • Fewer bonds would be approved because voters would have to vote for multiple project proposals at the same time. History shows voters tend to vote for one bonding proposal, not multiple proposals. The proposal they choose is usually the one closest to their home. This means, people give preference to their local school bonds, but less consideration to their county/city or community college bonds.
  • Election officials must figure out which city/community college/school district bond vote goes to which person/ballot, a level of detail that has not been combined with city or general election ballots before.
    [3/15: 8-6, party-line (Excused: Horn)]


HF 2382 allows for three licensed professional engineers and two licensed professional land surveyors on the Engineering and Land Surveyors Board. The board includes seven members, two which are lay people. An individual licensed as both a professional engineer and a professional land surveyor can only satisfy the requirements for one seat on the board.
[3/15: 14-0 (Excused: Horn)]

Natural Resources Committee Report – Week 11, 2018

HF 2365– Conservation and recreation policies for Department of Natural Resources. 



HF 2365 clarifies that Iowa Department of Natural Resources can enter into agreements by giving it explicit authority to do so, instead of implied authority. The bill also dissolves the Mississippi River Partnership Council and the Brushy Creek Recreation Trails Advisory Board. The Mississippi River Partnership Council has not met since 2010, and the council’s functions can be handled by other entities. The Brushy Creek Trails Board has not been active recently, and there is a shortage of interest for membership.
[3/19: 45-2 (No: Hogg, Jochum; Absent: Sinclair, Zumbach; Vacant: Dix)]

Labor & Business Relations Committee Report – Week 11, 2018

HF 2383– Alcohol testing for private sector employees. 



HF 2383 relates to private employer alcohol testing of employees. Under current law, if an employer has a policy on alcohol testing, it must contain the standard for alcohol concentration that violates the policy. The current standard must not be less than .04 (grams of alcohol per 210 liter of breath, or its equivalent). The bill lowers the minimum standard permitted to not less than .02. The bill passed the House 96-2.
[3/21:44-5 (No: Bisignano, Bolkcom, Dotzler, McCoy, Taylor; Vacant: Dix)]

Human Resources Committee Report – week 11, 2017

HF 2285 – Ground Emergency Medical Transportation;
SF 2309Dual eligible hospice payments;
HF 2356 – Primary care agreements;
HF 2449 – Department on Aging substitute decision maker name change;
HF 2451 – Department on Aging policy bill;
HF 2456 – Mental health complex needs;
HF 2414 – Child support medical support;
HF 2427 – Free clinics access to SING;
HF 2444 – Mandatory child abuse reporters;
HF 2445 – State hospital billing. 



HF 2285 addresses Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT). The bill allows Medicaid providers to track actual costs of ground emergency medical transportation and use the unreimbursed portion as the state match to draw down federal funds without additional state appropriations. The extra funds would provide supplemental payments to the providers of the GEMT service.
[3/19: 47-0 (Excused: Sinclair, Zumbach; Vacant: Dix)]


SF 2309 deals with reimbursements for dually eligible hospice patients. Payment will go directly to the nursing facility without passing through the hospice agency.
[3/21: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2356 addresses Direct Primary Care Agreements. Also known as concierge medicine, individuals can contract with health care providers to get a certain set of primary care services for a monthly fee.
[3/21: 47-2 (No: Bolkcom, Quirmbach; Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2449, a Department of Aging code clean-up bill, changes the name of the Office of Substitute Decision Maker to the Office of Public Guardian, and clarifies that local offices may use their own attorney if they wish.
[3/21: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2451 clarifies programs within the Department of Aging, adds flexibility to distribution of state funds to the Area Agencies on Aging by changing “formula” to “method,” and adds language conforming to federal laws.
[3/21: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2456 addresses mental health reform based on the Complex Needs Workgroup recommendations. The bill allows disclosure of mental illness from mental health professionals to law enforcement; updates the commitment laws and process; allows for commitment hearings via video conferencing; allows contracting with a transportation agency for secure transportation of patients; changes Core Plus services to Core Services that are required; requires regions to provide start-up costs; directs Regions to develop 22 Assertive Community Treatment teams, six Access Centers, Intensive Residential Service Homes and a 24-hour crisis hotline; requires a review of the commitment processes; requires a report on the role of tertiary care psychiatric hospitals; and requires a fiscal viability committee in 2018.
[3/21: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]



HF 2414 deals with medical support obligations (in child support cases). The bill aligns Child Support Recovery code sections with federal law updates in January 2017. It defines cash medical support, health care coverage and public coverage. New regulations allow public coverage, such as hawki or Medicaid, to count toward medical support obligations. This should cause less disruption for children and their families.
[3/15: short form (Excused: Chapman, Greene, C Johnson)]


HF 2427 allows the Free Clinics of Iowa to electronically access the SING (background check) system. Currently, they have access to the data but part of the process is on paper and can take one to two months sometimes, causing the volunteer health care providers to lose volunteer providers.
[3/15: short form (Excused: Chapman, Greene)]


HF 2444 aligns Iowa Code to federal law. It adds to mandatory child abuse providers an employee, operator, owner or other person at a children’s residential facility (chapter 237C). A person who refuses a background check cannot be involved with child care.
[3/15: short form (Excused: Chapman, Greene)]


HF 2445 allows bills for services provided at a state hospital to be billed directly to the Mental Health and Disability Services region instead of the county auditor, making the billing process more efficient. The bill also eliminates an outdated term, “homemaker-home health aide.” An amendment adds the language from SF 2369, relating to “county of residence.”
[3/15: short form (Excused: Chapman, Greene)]

Education Committee Report – Week 11, 2018

SF 2113 – Educator training on suicide and ACE awareness;
HF 2354 – Student data privacy protections. 



SF 2113 requires training for educators on suicide awareness and prevention. The bill requires local school boards to integrate one hour annually of evidenced-based training on suicide prevention and “postvention” as part of a licensed educator’s professional development and training. The Senate accepted a House amendment requiring an additional hour yearly of evidence-based training on the identification of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response for licensed school personnel who have regular contact with students.
[3/21: 49-0 (49 senators seated)]


HF 2354 places restrictions on third parties that receive student data from school districts. The bill outlines specific advertising targeting that these operators can and cannot do while maintaining student confidentiality. This is an effort to protect student privacy while allowing districts to maintain ongoing relationships with third-party technology providers.
[3/21: 49-0 (49 senators seated)]

Commerce Committee Report – week 11, 2018

SF 2177 – Security freezes;
HF 2305 – Telemedicine health insurance coverage;
HF 2446 – IUB omnibus;
HF 2458 – Future Ready Iowa. 



SF 2177 eliminates fees to place, temporarily lift or remove a credit freeze, and creates additional methods other than certified mail that credit reporting agencies (CRAs) must accept, including first-class mail, telephone and secure electronic methods designated by the CRA. The legislation also shortens the time from five to three days for the CRA to put the freeze in place, and requires the CRA to provide the customer with contact information for the other CRAs (e.g., Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). The Iowa Attorney General strongly supports the proposal, which is similar to legislation in many other states. Provisions for developing procedures to expedite and process security freeze requests must be in place by January 1, 2019. Other provisions would take effect July 1.
[3/20: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2305 relates to insurance coverage for health care services delivered by telehealth. “Telehealth” is the delivery of health care services through interactive audio and video, and does not include health care services delivered through an audio-only telephone, e-mail or fax. The bill requires a health insurer to provide the same coverage for services, including for mental health conditions, illnesses, injuries and diseases, whether provided in person or by telehealth. The Insurance Commissioner may adopt rules to administer the Code section. The bill is applicable to third-party payment provider policies, contracts or plans delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in Iowa on or after January 1, 2019. The bill passed the House 98-0.
[3/20: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2446 (SF 2317) is based on a recommendation by the Iowa Utilities Board that clarifies and updates Iowa Code. It deletes references in Utilities Board regulatory sections that are obsolete and repeals requirements for studies that have been completed and the reports properly filed with the Legislature.
[3/20: 49-0 (Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2458 (SF 2327) is an initiative known as “Future Ready Iowa” to build the state’s “talent pipeline.” It was created after Iowa received a National Governor’s Association grant. A “Future Ready Iowa Alliance” was established to develop and recommend a strategic plan by October 31, 2017, to ensure 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce has education or training beyond high school by 2025. Currently, 55 percent of jobs available in Iowa are “middle-skill” jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree: an associate’s degree, a training certificate or an apprenticeship. Only 32 percent of Iowa workers meet this skill level.

The legislation creates a new apprenticeship program under the Economic Development Authority to encourage the creation of more small- and medium-sized apprenticeship programs. It also creates a volunteer mentor program; a summer youth intern pilot program for at-risk youth; an Iowa Employer Innovation Program focused on training for high-demand jobs; and a Future Ready Iowa Skilled Workforce Grant Program for state universities or accredited private colleges. The legislation directs the Department of Workforce Development and community colleges to identify and create a list of high-demand jobs for these programs. The bill passed the House 98-0.
[3/19: 47-0 (Absent: Sinclair, Zumbach; Vacant: Dix)]

Agriculture Committee Report – Week 11, 2018

HF 2407 – Lake pesticides;
HF 2422 – Noxious weed updates. 



HF 2407 creates a new civil penalty for applying pesticides in natural lakes without a license.
[3/19: 47-0 (Excused: Sinclair, Zumbach; Vacant: Dix)]


HF 2422 allows the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to add a weed to the list of noxious weeds without legislative approval. The bill also creates a state weed commissioner.
[3/19: 47-0 (Excused: Sinclair, Zumbach; Vacant: Dix)]

Judiciary Committee Report – Week 10, 2018

SF 2241 – Parole violations or criminal;
SF 2247 – Grandparent visitation;
SF 2321 – Carrying a stun gun;
SF 2374 – Joint physical care;
HF 2238 – Insurers as victims of insurance fraud;
HF 2255 – Contraband in community based corrections;
HF 2284 – Statute of Limitations for Judgments for Rent;
HF 2338 – Operating while intoxicated and temporary restricted licenses;
HF 2348 – Nonsubstantive Code Editor’s bill;
HF 2381 – Disposition of delinquent juvenile;
HF 2392 – Mechanical eavesdropping;
HF 2397 – Employee’s criminal history – limitation on admissibility;
HF 2402 – Power of attorney and dependent adult abuse;
HF 2404 – Restitution paid to heirs or to the victim’s estate.



SF 2241 allows a parole officer to make a complaint to any magistrate in the judicial district where a parolee is being supervised if the parole officer believes a parolee has violated parole. If there is probable cause to believe the parolee has violated his parole, the magistrate will issue a warrant for their arrest. In addition, the bill removes Code language that allows an individual to waive their parole revocation hearing.
[3/12: 49-0 (1 vacancy)]


SF 2247 adds a new section to the current grandparent visitation chapter. If a party objects to a petition filed under the current grandparent visitation law, the court will refer the parties to mediation. If an agreement is reached through mediation, the parties will sign an agreement, which will be presented to the court. If no agreement is reached through mediation, court proceedings will continue unless the petition is otherwise dismissed or withdrawn. The petitioner must pay the costs of mediation.
[3/12: 49-0 (1 vacancy)]


SF 2321 removes the requirement for a permit to carry a dangerous weapon if the weapon in question is a stun gun (not tasers). However, stun guns will continue to be considered dangerous weapons if used in the commission of a crime. A person under 18 would be prohibited from carrying a stun gun.
[3/12: 49-0 (1 vacancy)]


SF 2374 creates a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care (50/50) in child custody matters when both parents are awarded joint legal custody. If the court does not award joint physical care, it must cite clear and convincing evidence that joint physical care is unreasonable.
[3/12: 33-16 (No: Bisignano, Bolkcom, Boulton, Carlin, Danielson, Dvorsky, Greene, Hogg, Horn, Jochum, D. Johnson, Lykam, Mathis, Petersen, Quirmbach, Ragan; 1 vacancy)]


HF 2238 specifies that an insurer can be a victim for purposes of restitution if insurance fraud has been committed against the insurer. The bill clarifies that when an insurer pays a victim’s insurance claim, the insurer is not the victim and has no right of subrogation.
[3/14: 48-0 (Absent: Bertrand; 1 vacancy)]


HF 2255 makes it a crime to introduce contraband into or onto a community based correctional facility; convey contraband to anyone confined in a community based correctional facility; or knowingly make, obtain or possess contraband while confined in a community based correctional facility. Contraband includes but is not limited to:

  • A controlled substance or a simulated or counterfeit controlled substance, hypodermic syringe or intoxicating beverage.
  • A dangerous weapon, offensive weapon, pneumatic gun, stun gun, firearm ammunition, knife or other cutting device, explosive or incendiary material, instrument, device or other material fashioned to be capable of inflicting death or injury.
  • Rope, ladder components, key or key pattern, metal file, instrument, device, or other material designed or intended to facilitate escape of an inmate.

Failure to report a known violation or attempted violation to a community based correctional officer or official is an aggravated misdemeanor. Possession of contraband that is a controlled substance or materials intended to facilitate escape is a “D” felony. Possession of contraband, such as a dangerous weapon, offensive weapon, stun gun or knife, is a “C” felony.
[3/13: 49-0 (1 vacancy)]


HF 2284 removes the five-year limit for executing judgments for rent. Under current law, a judgment for rent is null and void five years after the judgment. The bill provides for the standard 20-year limit on judgments of record; however, if a judgment comes from a court “not of record,” the statute of limitations will be ten years.

The Senate adopted an amendment that extended the statute of limitations for bringing an action for damages suffered as a result of sexual abuse or sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee from five years after the victim was last treated by the counselor or therapist to ten years, and from five to ten years after the victim was last enrolled in or attended school. However, if the victim was a minor when the abuse or exploitation occurred, the statute of limitations for bringing an action for damages is 25 years after the victim turns 18, or 25 years after discovery of the injury and related damages if discovery was after age 18. The bill also extends the statute of limitations to bring an action for damages suffered as a result of sex abuse when the victim was a child but not discovered until after the victim turned 18 from four years after discovery to 25 years after discovery, if discovery was after the age of 18. In addition, the time to file an action for damages suffered as a result of sexual abuse when the victim was a child is extended to 25 years after the victim turns 18 if the abuse was discovered prior to age 18.
[3/13: 49-0 (1 vacancy)]


HF 2348 is the Non-Substantive Code Editor’s Bill, which makes minor, non-substantive and noncontroversial changes to Iowa Code. This year’s bill consists of 129 sections and includes 20 numerical updates, 26 terminology or name changes, 23 grammatical changes, five corrections of clerical errors, eight standardizations of Iowa Code and federal citations, and 84 updates to Code section style or format.
[3/14: 48-0 (Absent: Bertrand; 1 vacancy)]



HF 2338 allows persons who may be subject to hard suspensions of driving privileges related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated to apply for a temporary restricted license and avoid any hard suspension of driving privileges. In order to obtain a temporary restricted license, the applicant must install an ignition interlock device.

In addition, the bill removes the limitations on driving that are imposed upon those with temporary restricted licenses. Under current law, a person with temporary restricted licenses is only allowed to drive to and from home and specified places at specified times for employment, health care, education, substance abuse treatment, court-ordered community service, parole and probation appointments, and to participate in a sobriety and drug monitoring program.

First time OWI offenders who test between .08 and .10 will be required to install an ignition interlock device to obtain a temporary restricted license. Currently, they do not have to install an ignition interlock.

The suspension of driving privileges for those with a commercial licenses or who drive school buses remain unchanged.

The Committee adopted an amendment that would maintain current law for those who cause the death of another due to driving while intoxicated. If you drive while intoxicated and cause the death of another, your license is suspended for six years and you may not apply for a temporary restricted license for two years.
[3/12: short form]


HF 2381 relates to custody of juveniles who are sent to  State Training School for Boys in Eldora or another facility after committing a delinquent act.  Under current law, when a juvenile age 12 or above commits a forcible felony, a drug-related felony or a homicide, the court can transfer guardianship for purposes of transferring the juvenile to the state training school or another facility.   The bill removes the court’s ability to transfer guardianship and inserts that the court may transfer custody of the juvenile to the Department of Human Services.
[3/8: short form]


HF 2392 relates to recording or intercepting communications. It is currently a serious misdemeanor to record or intercept a conversation without authority to do so. The bill creates a new exception, “use of a monitoring device,” which will allow people to listen to, record or intercept a conversation or communication by electronic or mechanical means. Under the bill, a person can use a monitoring device defined as, “a digital video or audio streaming or recording device that records, listens to, or otherwise intercepts video or audio communications” if it is “placed outside a person’s dwelling or other structure that is not in a shared hallway and is on real property owned or leased by the person.” These essentially are seen as anti-theft and security devices that people place outside their residences. Current exceptions include:

  • A sender or recipient of a message or a person openly present and participating in or listening to a communication may record the communication.
  • The use of any radio or television receiver to receive any communication transmitted by radio or wireless signal.

In addition, the bill amends Section 808B.2 under the Interception of Communications Chapter to authorize the owner or lessee of real property to intercept an oral communication when a surveillance system is placed in or on the real property owned or leased by the person and the system is installed with the knowledge and consent of all lawful owners or lessees of the real property and the surveillance system is used to detect or prevent criminal activity in or on property owned or in an area accessible to the public in the immediate vicinity of the property.
[3/8: short form]


HF 2397 prohibits the introduction of information regarding the criminal history of an employee or former employee as evidence in a civil action against an employer or its employees or agents that is based on the conduct of the employee or former employee if the nature of the criminal history does not bear a direct relationship to the facts underlying the cause of action, the record of any criminal case has been sealed or the employee was granted a pardon, the record is of an arrest or charge that did not result in a conviction, or the employee successfully completed a deferred judgment sentence.
[3/14: 7-6 (No: Bisignano, Boulton, Garrett, Kinney, Petersen, Taylor)]


HF 2402 addresses those who have power of attorney in financial decision making of others when the agent commits or is accused of committing dependent adult abuse of the person they have authority over.

Section 1. In a power of attorney governed by Chapter 633B, the person having the authority to make financial decisions for another person is called an agent. The person who has ceded their decision-making authority to another is called the principal. Section 1 says that an agent’s authority under a power of attorney automatically terminates when the agent commits dependent adult abuse of the principal, per a dependent adult abuse report, or the agent is convicted of dependent adult abuse of the principal.

Section 2. Allows those who become aware of pending criminal charges of dependent adult abuse against an agent or become aware of an investigation of dependent adult abuse relating to the agent to file a petition with the court for review of the agent’s conduct.

Section 3. Allows a court to suspend an agent’s authority and appoint a guardian ad litem (must be a practicing attorney) to represent the principal when someone petitions the court pursuant to pending criminal charges of dependent adult abuse or an investigation relating to dependent adult abuse.
[3/8: short form]


HF 2404 relates to restitution required under criminal law to be paid when an offender is convicted of a felony in which the act caused the death of another person. Under Code section 910.3B currently, the offender must pay $150,000 to the victim’s heirs or the victim’s estate. This bill ensures any restitution required under 910.3B will not be reduced by a third-party payment, including an insurance payment, unless the offender is covered by the insurance.
[3/14: short form]

Ways & Means Committee Report — Week 10, 2018

SSB 1169Food safety and hotel sanitation fees and inspections;
SSB 3076 – DNR authority to set pricing for camping and rental fees;
SSB 3152 – Ending central assessment of telecommunication property, transfer to local assessment and valuation;
SSB 3204 – Mental health region adjustments;
HF 631 – DNR authority to set hunting and fishing license fees;
HF 2370 – Post-adoption information;
HF 2446 – Utilities Board omnibus/voice over the internet protocol service regulations. 



SSB 1169 changes food safety and hotel sanitation fees and inspections based on recommendations from the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), Department of Public Health (DPH), and regulated establishments including restaurants, schools, hotels and banquet facilities.

The food inspection program was designed to be self-supporting with fees covering the costs of the program. This allowed local governments to run programs and provide services at a local level. Without an increase in fees, local governments could not afford the program, so more responsibilities shifted to the state. With the fee increase, more local governments will resume inspections.
[3/14: short form]


SSB 3076 would give the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the authority to adjust fees for campsites, cabins and other facilities in state parks and management areas. Currently, the department must establish fees through the administrative rulemaking process. This process can take more than six months. Under SSB 3076, the DNR could set rates for campsites, including offering package deals and discounts to more effectively market the sites.
[3/14: short form]


SSB 3152 would eliminate the current system for assessing telecommunication facilities that applies to wire-line telephone and Internet service providers and replace it with a traditional assessment process on a local basis. Currently, wire-line service providers are centrally assessed by the Department of Revenue on a number of factors to determine the value. The property includes wires and other transmission equipment with the property tax paid being distributed proportionally to the jurisdictions where the transmission infrastructure is located.

Under the bill, telecommunications property would be locally assessed with the valuation of property limited to the value of the real property associated with the utility. This new valuation procedure is projected to lower the taxable valuation of telecommunications property in the state by an estimated $885 million and reduce property taxes owed by the companies to local governments by nearly $30 million. An amendment adopted in committee would make it so cable television property is valued in the same manner and on comparable property.
[3/14: short form (Bolkcom, Dotzler, Jochum, Quirmbach “no”)]


SSB 3204 deals with the mental health and disability services (MHDS) region involving Woodbury, Plymouth and Lyon counties. These counties had operated as a region until Woodbury withdrew and joined a different region. This left Plymouth and Lyon as a two-county region, which is not allowed. The bill gives Plymouth and Lyon counties a year to operate as two-county region on a provisional basis. They must comply with all other requirements of the MHDS regions.
[3/14: short form]


HF 631 would give the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authority to establish fees for hunting and fishing licenses and permits. Currently, the fee amounts are established in Iowa Code and can only be changed through legislation. Under HF 631, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) could set fees through administrative rulemaking.

Hunting and fishing fees are deposited into the Fish and Game Protection Fund. This fund is constitutionally protected and can only be used for the regulation or advancement of fishing, hunting and trapping in Iowa, as well as to administer programs that protect, restore, and manage fish or wildlife. In the past, fees did not keep up with the increased costs of services provided by the department, which resulted in cuts to conservation law enforcement staff and projects to improve wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
[3/14: short form]


HF 2370 requires the State Registrar of Vital Statistics to send a list of available post-adoption services along with the new birth certificate when it is mailed to adoptive parents. The list of services is to be provided by the Department of Human Services.
[3/14: short form]


HF 2446 is a recommendation by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that includes clarifications and updates to Iowa Code. It also deletes references in Utilities Board regulatory sections that are obsolete and repeals requirements for studies that have been completed and the reports properly filed with the Legislature. Additionally, the bill puts into Iowa Code two separate IUB orders that establish regulations for voice over the internet protocol (VoIP) phone service.
[3/14: short form]