Status report: Bills that are alive and dead in Iowa Legislature as another funnel approaches

The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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Here is a scorecard of how selected issues have fared in the 2018 legislative session so far:


l Cut/simplify Iowa’s income tax rates (SF2383/HSB671)

l Approve $32 million increase in state school aid (HF2230)

l Boost equity/transportation funding for K-12 schools (SF455)

l Regulate/ban use of automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices (SF220/SF2148/HF2118)

l Enact Future Ready Iowa skilled workforce initiative (HF2458/SF2327)

l Enact comprehensive mental health plan (HF2456)

l Require school districts to have emergency shooter/disaster safety plans (SF2253)

l Make it illegal for doctor to perform an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected (SF2281/HF2163)

l Set local sanctions for failure to enforce immigration laws (SF481)

l Legalize fantasy sports/sports betting (HF613/HSB52)

l Protect critical infrastructure from sabotage (SF2235/HF2394)

l Extend one-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure until 2049 (HF2438)

l Expand state’s five-cent bottle deposit law (HF575)

l Regulate how public universities and colleges handle free speech (SF2344)

l Revamp energy efficiency/Iowa Utilities Board policies (SF2311)

l Amend Constitution to protect victims’ rights (HJR2003/SJR2010)

l Amend Constitution to protect right to bear arms (HJR2009/SJR2009)

l Permit unregulated health benefit plans (HF2364/SF21820

l Limit liability for bars/restaurants under “dram shop” OWI cases (SF2169)

l Cut/adjust state spending to balance this year’s budget (SF2117/HSB648)

l Create special state prosecutor to combat workers’ compensation fraud (SF2305)

l Conduct multipronged attack on Iowa’s opioid addiction (HF2377)

l Revamp elements of the Medicaid managed care program (HF2462/HSB680)

l Create Class B offense for kidnapping person under age 18 (HF2270/SF2230)

l Require stores that sell specialty eggs to also sell conventional eggs (HF2408/SF2242)

l Grant immunity to “good Samaritan” 911 callers for underage drinking emergencies (SF415)

l Direct state to request bids to sell or lease the Iowa Communications Network (SF2219)

l Increase fine to $2,500 for illegally possessing, etc., an eagle (HF2173)

l End “pornography reading rooms” at state prisons (HF2269/SF2136)

l Allow Iowans to legally transport alcoholic beverages across the state line (SF2347)

l Include simulated firearms in the definition of dangerous weapons for robbery (SF3006)

l Support convening an Article V constitutional convention (SJR8)

l Drop permit requirement for stun guns but still classify as a dangerous weapon (SF2321)

l Allow blue/white lights on snow plows (SF2163)

l Allow more reserved campsites at state parks (SF2020)

l Enhances criminal penalties for stolen vehicle used in crime (SF2197)

l Allow pickup truck to be used as school bus in limited circumstances (SF2324)

l Authorize DNR to establish camping/rental fees at state parks (HF619)

l Authorize Natural Resources Commission to Increase fishing /hunting license fees (HF631)

l Revamp property taxes on telephone/telecommunications services (SSB3152)

l Raise inspection fees for food/sanitation services (SSB1169)

l Revamp methods for drawing county representation maps (HF2372)

l Stop most food “shaming” in schools (HF2467)

l Expand online learning options for home-schooled students (SF2131)

l Lower damage award for car-accident victims not wearing seat belts (SF2135)

l Ban use of public funds by state officials for advertising (HF2469/SF2381)

l Expand Iowa’s safe haven law (SF360)

l Alter ballot name order in elections for partisan offices (SSB3191)

l Allow Iowans to transport alcoholic beverages into Iowa (SSB3084)

l Require government employees to register if also acting as foreign agent (SSB3086)

l Issue contract for student assessment tests (HF2235)

l Upgrade the concussion protocol for school athletics/extracurriculars (HF20060

l Eliminate Praxis II teaching test requirement (HF2280)

l Toughen criminal offense for illegal use of scanning/encoding devices (SF2238/HF2199)

l Expand home-school access to online learning (HF2367/SF2131)

l Include sign language within world language definition (HF2390)

l Require insurance companies to cover telehealth services (HF2305)

l Raise weight limit for trucks hauling logs/raw forest products (HF2313)

l Give schools more flexibility with state funding (HF2441)

l Expand penalties for contraband possession to CBC facilities (SF2179/HF2255)

l Expand methods to request consumer security freeze (SF2170)

l Bar sex offender from enrolling in safe at home program (HF2252)

l Expand bidding requirements for lease-purchase construction (HF2253)

l Create Class B offense for kidnapping person under age 18 (HF2270/SF2230))

l Regulate confinement feeding operations for fish (HF2281)

l Raise maximum amusement prize from $100 to $950 (HF2282)

l Enhance anti-texting law for commercial vehicles (SF2162/HF2196)

l Create text-messaging notification/payment system for citations (HF2193)

l Require sexually violent predator to be supervised upon release (HF2914)

l Expand definition/penalty for lascivious acts with minors (SF2176/HF2249)

l Mark trees/posts with purple paint as no-trespassing indicators (SF2002)

l Refer grandparent visitations disputes to mediation (SF2247)

l Allow “ex parte” court order to intercept communications (HF2311)


l Create “heightened scrutiny” in religious freedom cases (SF2154/HF2209)

l Require five-justices Iowa Supreme Court supermajority to hold a state law unconstitutional (SF2153)

l Bar cause of action/damages for wrongful birth/wrongful life claims (HF2165)

l Combat racial profiling by law officers with training, data collection (SF2280)

l Help family caregivers look after loved ones (HF2289/SSB3123)

l Allow firearm possession when transporting someone to/from school (SF2086)

l Bar false/misleading use of caller ID (spoofing) (SF2243)

l Create criminal penalty for intentionally blocking major highway (SF2222)

l Give counties supervisory control on non-court courthouse areas (HF2310)

l Reduce law enforcement rape kit testing process to less than 90 days (HF2312)

l Toughen oversight for public assistance programs (SF2370)

l Create crime for causing vehicular death due to excessive speed (HF2430)

l Create work requirement for public assistance (HSB666/SF2158)

l Make 911 calls confidential (HF571)

l Require Iowa students to pass a civics exam to get a high school diploma (SF2341)

l Modify the daily time K-12 students can spend riding the school bus (SF2137)

l Expand penalties/create two new crimes for mistreating animals (SF2181)

l Reduce penalty for first-offense marijuana possession (SF2180)

l Require financial literacy course for college students (SF2191)

l Set primary runoff election when no one polls 35 percent of vote (SF483)

l Authorize state board to make changes to the medical cannabis program (SF2157

l Create crime for using simulated firearm in robbery (SF414)

l Enhance laws for safe biking on highways (HF513)

l Amend constitution to address electronic search/seizure (HJR1)

l Create police body camera working group (HF2465)

l Create crime for fraud/misrepresentation of a service animal (HF2295)

l Allow RV/motor home sales on Sunday (SSB3139)

l Allow boats with large motors on Lake Macbride at no-wake speed (SF259)

l Contract with private vendor to verify registered motor vehicle are insured (HF604)

l Bar registered sex offender from schools without written permission (HF2276)

l Create crime for flying drone over prison (HF2154)

l Expand medical conditions covered by medical cannabis law (SF2157)

l Change prescription monitoring program provisions (SF2198)

l Bar pyramid promotional schemes as unlawful practice (SF2178)

l Post child abuse hotline number in school buildings (SF2160)

l Amend Constitution to limit age limit for state militia (SJR2004)

l Restore voting/firearms rights to discharged felons (HF2266)

l Amend Constitution to restore voting rights to “infamous crime” convicts (HJR2007)

l Increase state cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack (HF2339)

l Make state employees financially liable for workplace sexual harassment damages (HF2044/SF2107)

l Exempt sale of feminine hygiene products from state sales tax (HF2191)

l Amend Constitution to limit Supreme Court justices to one eight-year term (HJR2001)

l Amend Constitution to have Supreme Court justices stand for retention every four years (HJR2002)

l Establish state employees’ retirement incentive (SF2061)

l Study educational services provided to incarcerated juveniles (HF2262)

l Establish employment and education rides initiative (SF2187)

l Amend Constitution to impose term limits for state-level offices (SJR2005)

l Beef up water quality/livestock feeding regulations (SF2161)

l Report lost/stolen firearm to police within 48 hours (HF2179)

l Create “extreme risk” protection from dangerous/armed person (HF2180)

l Bar firearm sales or transfers without verified background check (HF2181)

l Bar local law agencies from detaining suspected immigration violators (HF2183)

l Limit campaign contributions to political candidates (HF2184)

l Add post-traumatic stress disorder to medical cannabis treatment (HF2202)

l Mandate cultural competency school requirement for ninth-graders (HF2204)

l Remove 2017 voter identification requirements (HF2222)

l Reduce Supreme Court justices’ salaries to $25,000 annually (same as lawmaker) HF2036

l Make size/distance changes to confinement livestock regulations (SF2036)

l Require radon-testing in all school buildings by June 2022 (HF2206)

l Allow fishing at private lake/pond without a license with owner permission (HF2223)

l Reduce number of days when fireworks can be legally used (HF2220)

l Establish firearms policies/penalties at child-care facilities (HF2245)

l Require all presidential candidates to release income tax returns (HF2034)

l Allow hunters to use unleashed dog to retrieve a wounded deer (SF2039)

l Bar state Racing/Gaming commissioners from more than two consecutive terms (SF2041)

l Waive public college tuition/fees for students in high-demand fields (SF2046)

l Require large-scale livestock farmers to report manure spills (SF2049)

l Allow county officials to regulate siting of large-scale livestock facilities (SF2006)

l Reinstate a limited death penalty (SSB3134)

l Create educational savings grants for parents to enroll children in private schools (HSB651)

l Enact “constitutional carry” change to firearm permit system (SF2106)

l Raise legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 (SF2097)

l Establish termination/transition from Medicaid managed care system (SF2058/HF2244)

l Prohibit sales and use of consumer fireworks (HF2186)

l Establish a moratorium of construction of large-scale livestock facilities (SF2008/HF2135/2083)

l Eliminate the Iowa Department of Education/transfer duties to other agencies (SF2017)

l Eliminate the Iowa Department of Public Health/transfer duties (HF2017)

l Allow employee to choose doctor for workers’ compensation claim (SF2185)

l Give schools option to teach Bible and other religions (HF2031)

l Repeal/revamp collective bargaining law for public employees (HF2201/SF2186)

l Legalize harvesting catfish by bow and arrow (HF 414)

l End tenure systems at public universities/community colleges (SF41)

l Publish names of “johns” paying for prostitution (HSB656)

l Establish public option health insurance coverage (HF2002/SF2035)

l Prohibit manufacture/possession/shipment of bum stock multi-burst trigger activator (HF2144/2075)

l Require minors to wear helmets while riding motorbikes/ATVs (SF2111/HF2092)

l Expand absentee balloting to 45 days before an election (HF2221)

l Recognize crinoid as state fossil (SJR2001)

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