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Notable Bills in Effect July 1, 2017

The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st.

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Agriculture

House File 469 – SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS – changed prior law that only allows one soil conservation and water quality district commissioner to live in the same township to allow two commissions on such a board to live in the same township. Effective July, 1, 2017

House File 617 – IDALS BILL – made a number a number of Code clean-up and updates: name-changes, IDALS fee efficiency modifications, conforming with federal law provision alterations, changes in the ‘terms-of arts’; and explicit definition that replaced inferred definitions.  18 of the 57 sections deal with changing the state committee and local districts of ‘Soil Conservation’ to ‘Soil Conservation and Water Quality’ to conform with the name change of the IDALS Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality made in 2015 session.  13 of the 57 sections of the bill deal with transforming the length of numerous licenses IDALS issues from annual to biennial and doubling the fee so the amount that IDALS collects stays the same on an annualized basis but IDALS licensing cost are about one-half of what they were since the licenses are now for two year terms. labeling of motor fuel pumps dispensing certain ethanol blended gasoline, the use of scales, providing for penalties, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.  This legislation for the most part went into effect July 1, 2017, with the exception that fertilizer and soil conditioner product license length and fee changes go into effect June 1, 2018.  Parts of the bill are effective June 1, 2017 with the balance of the bill effective July, 1, 2017

Senate File 357 – ELECTRIC LICENSING EXEMPTIONS – changed Iowa law to explicitly exempt farmers/farms from electric licensing provisions applicable to electricians and electrical contractors if such facilities and operations are not commonly open to the public. Effective July, 1, 2017

Senate File 362 – CLAIMS AGAINST FAIRS – changes Iowa law to bar claims against county or district fairs for damages arising out of the transmission of pathogens from certain animals housed on the fairgrounds. Effective July, 1, 2017

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House Republicans Gave Iowa Families a #BetterDeal in 2017

Iowa is already a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but House Republicans want to do more to support Iowa families.  In order to move Iowa forward, we need a positive environment where families have opportunities to thrive and grow.

House Republicans worked hard this session to support Iowa families in a number of different ways.  We made it easier to save for a home so families can put down roots, continued our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, extended valuable insurance coverage to families who have a child with autism, and expanded access to medical cannabidiol to help sick Iowans.  Each of these things with benefit Iowa families in a tremendous way and improve each of their lives.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa families are getting a #BetterDeal.


Helping Iowans save for their future

One of the best ways we can get young Iowans to stay in Iowa and put down roots is by encouraging home ownership.  House Republicans made it easier for Iowans to save for a down payment on their first house by creating First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts.  These accounts, similar to the College Savings Iowa 529 plans, provide tax benefits and encourage saving for the future purpose of purchasing a home.

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2017 First Funnel Survivors

Attached is a list and short description of bills that survived the first funnel.  The list DOES NOT include bills which failed to achieve committee approval.

2017 First Funnel Survivors

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House Republican Medicaid Oversight Plan

Consumer Protection  |  Outcome Achievement  |  Program Integrity

Medicaid Modernization has full-time, comprehensive oversight in place, and this bill adds additional consumer protections and accountability measures to ensure patients are receiving the high quality health care that the state provides.

The House GOP Plan:

  • Requires an unprecedented amount of data and reporting from CMS, DHS, and MCOs to be filed with the legislature.
  • Provides a level of transparency for the public that the Medicaid program has never seen.
  • Focuses on patient health outcomes, contract management, and financial sustainability.
  • Requires specific reporting on the most vulnerable Iowans (special needs, behavioral, and elderly).
  • Protects against abuse, fraud, and waste within the Medicaid program.

This bill ensures that consumers are protected, patient health and financial outcomes are monitored and transparent, and the integrity of our health care system remains.

The House GOP Plan builds upon the oversight of last session, with the creation of the Health Policy Oversight Committee, without fragmenting the system with further bureaucracy.  This committee is equipped with the experience and knowledge in health care policy to provide expertise about the Medicaid program.

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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2015

Several bills passed during the 2015 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Attached is a list with several notable bills.

2015 Notable Bills Effective July 1

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2015 End of Session Report

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The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report:

2015 End of Session Wrap Up

*Note:  All information is current as of June 10, 2015

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, June 3

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 20

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 13

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 8

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

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