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2019 Legislative Report - Week Twelve - April 5, 2019

With the end of week 12 came the end of the second funnel and the last chance for many policy bills to continue being considered this session.  A good reference for whether a bill is still eligible for consideration is to check the Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Unfinished Business Calendars; if a bill is not on one of those calendars it has most likely been re-referred to the last committee that recommended passage and will be eligible for consideration next year.


Significant Budget Progress During the Second Funnel

What made this second funnel week so unique is that, except for the Standing Appropriations bill, which is usually the last bill through the chambers, all the budget bills have been introduced and many of them have been acted upon in committee or on the floor (see table below).  Typically, the budget process does not get started in earnest until the policy process (the second funnel) has been completed.  The result of this is that the legislature will be heading into week 13 well ahead of where it usually finds itself in the budgeting process.  This does not necessarily mean that there will be an early adjournment, it just means that once the final decisions are made on the budget, both chambers will be able to act very quickly to adjourn for the year.  The target adjournment date is May 3rd, the 110th day of session.


Budget Bills

Budget

House

Senate

Status

Education

HF758

 

Passed House (58-38) 4/4; to Senate.

Transportation

 

SF600

Passed Senate (46-0) 4/2; to House.

Admin & Reg

HF759

 

Passed House Full Approps 4/1; to House floor.

Ag & Natural Resources

 

SF609

Passed Senate Full Approps 3/28; to Senate floor.

Economic Development

 

SF608

Passed Senate Full Approps 3/28; to Senate floor.

Infrastructure

HSB251

 

Passed House Full Approps 4/4; to House floor.

Health and Human Services

HSB253

 

Passed House Full Approps 4/4; to House floor.

Justice System

 

SSB1255

Passed Senate Full Approps 4/3; to Senate floor.

Judicial Branch

 

SSB1254

Passed Senate Full Approps 4/3; to Senate floor.


United Health Care No Longer an MCO In Iowa

Last Friday, in a very surprising development, the Governor’s office announced that United Health Care would no longer be under contract with the state of Iowa. United Health Care is one of the three managed care organizations (MCOs) serving Iowa’s Medicaid patients.  The practical effect of this decision is that over 400,000 Iowans who were covered by United Health Care will need to find coverage by June 1.  The long-term impacts of this are unclear, but it is likely to impact discussions of the Health and Human Services budget, as well as related policy matters still pending in the legislature. 


Bills Sent to Governor

Bills to Governor

Signed

Effective

HF306 State School Aid (SSA)

2/19/2019

2/19/2019

HF307 Transportation/Per Pupil Equity

2/19/2019

2/19/2019

SF519 Ag Facility Trespass

3/14/2019

3/14/2019

SF 220 Section 179 Expensing

3/15/2019

3/15/2019

HF482 DOT Officer Powers

3/21/2019

3/21/2019

HF668 Wine/Beer/Liquor License

3/21/2019

7/1/2019

SF113 OWI Habitual Offenders

3/21/2019

3/21/2019

SF367 Eliminating Councils

3/21/2019

3/21/2019

HF288 Military + Veteran Benefits

3/22/2019

7/1/2019

HF487 Single Point-of-Contact Towers

3/25/2019

3/25/2019

SF 274 Free Speech on Campus

3/27/2019

3/27/2019

SF556 Life + Health Insurance Guaranty Association

3/29/2019

3/29/2019

HF264 Domestic Stock Insurers

 

 

HF266 Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators

 

 

HF327 Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship

 

 

HF698 Management of pioneer cemeteries

 

 

SF140 Special minor's driver's licenses

 

 

SF159 Assessment scores for initial teacher licensure

 

 

SF208 Allowable length for stinger-steered automobiles

 

 

SF210 Designation of lay caregiver

 

 

SF245 Skilled workforce shortage tuition grant program

 

 

SF246 All Iowa opportunity scholarship program

 

 

SF304 License Sanctions for Delinquent Student Loan Debt

 

 

SF534 Use of gasification and pyrolysis for conversion of waste materials

 

 

SF555 Weight Limits for Husbandry

 

 

SF558 Requirement for domestic surplus lines insurers

 

 

SF559 E-Insurance Notices for Portable Electronics

 

 

SJR17 Sale of Merchandise at ABATE

 

 

Bills to Secretary of State

 

 

SJR18 2nd Amendment Const Amendment + Strict Scrutiny Review

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