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Notable Bills Effective July 1, 2013

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

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Appropriations

Items of Note Going into Effect on July 1 in Senate File 452:

Iowa Tuition Grants The state will increase the maximum amount a student at Iowa’s private colleges and universities can receive from $4000 to $5000 per year.

Training for Certain Community-based Care Training for providers of Medicaid-funded in-home and community-based care will be covered by Medicaid as a direct cost for the first time.  Previously, care providers had to absorb the cost of training.

Sex Offender Exclusion Zone State law will make it illegal for a sex offender to operate, manage, be employed by, or act as a contractor or volunteer at a business that operates an ice cream truck.

School Employee Background Checks Iowa law will now require all school employees to undergo a check of the sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and the dependent adult abuse registry prior to being hired.  For current employees, the section requires a school district to establish a policy which would require these employees to undergo the record check at least every five years after their date of hire.

If a current employee is found to be on one of the registries, that would be grounds for suspension pending a termination hearing by the school board.

Motor Vehicle Fee Equity For new electric cars titled with the state on or after July 1, the registration fee shall be based as it is for all other vehicle types, on the gross weight of the car.  This replaces the flat $25 annual fee that was previous law.

State Support for the Iowa Special OIympics The state will increase its financial support for this program from $50,000 to $100,000 annually.

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Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak

From the Pew Research Center

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National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000.

Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.

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2013 End of Session Report

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

2013 End of Session Report

*Note:  All information is current as of May 22, 2013

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House Judiciary Chairman Seeks Iowa Groups Unfairly Targeted by IRS

Chip BaltimoreIn light of recent news reports regarding politically-motivated targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, Iowa House Judiciary Chairman Chip Baltimore (R-Boone) today called on any Iowa 501(c)(4) organization that believes it has been unjustly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service to contact his Capitol office at: (515) 281-4947, or by e-mail at chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov.

“Freedom of association and speech are among the most foundational rights of our republic, and the politically-motivated targeting of Americans by the IRS is a blatant betrayal of the public trust. Attempts by an overreaching federal government to silence voices of dissent are not only un-American, they must not be tolerated and those responsible must be held to account,” said Baltimore. “As investigators continue probing the IRS misconduct, I urge any targeted Iowan or Iowa organization to come forward and make their voice heard.”

Baltimore said that he will work with any targeted Iowan to ensure they are connected with appropriate congressional oversight investigators to ensure any facts pertaining to the IRS scandal are heard.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, May 2

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

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 23

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

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 16

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

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 9

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

 

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Monday, April 8

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

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Senate Democrats Kill Private Property Rights

Em DomThis past week the Legislature faced it’s second funnel week of session, a deadline to consider bills in each chamber.  Among the legislation that didn’t advance and died in the funnel was House File 219, a bill that would protect private property owners from government overreach.

House File 219 strengthens property laws in Iowa by preventing the taking of private land for a recreational lake.  Entities would still be allowed to condemn land to create a lake, but only for drinking water. If the lake is designed for recreational purposes, the land must be willingly sold by the land owner.  Additionally, individuals whose land is being condemned for drinking water will have the opportunity to get a second engineering opinion to determine the actual amount of water needed for the community. HF 219 also provides an appeals process for land owners losing land to eminent domain for the creation of a lake. HF 219 passed with a bipartisan vote of 93-6.

“I would say we’ve taken up every good idea [House Republicans] have come up with,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal when asked about bills that died during the funnel.

House Republicans believe protecting Iowan’s private property from government overreach is a good idea.

Here is a full analysis for the bill:  House File 219 Eminent Domain

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