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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 18

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 – Tuesday, February 11

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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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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Governor and Iowa DNR Announce New Mobile Apps for Outdoor Activities

H2OThe official beginning of summer also marks new opportunities for Iowans to connect with outdoor recreation: a new mobile state park application as well as a state-wide data base for Iowans to locate outdoor recreation activities.

A mobile application for state parks developed through the Iowa Parks Foundation was unveiled Monday at Governor Branstad’s weekly press conference. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has also developed a program, Healthy and Happy Outdoors (H20) that allows Iowans to find more than 30 types of outdoor activities at more than 1,600 state and county parks and recreation areas.

Read more about the H2O app…

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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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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 23

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 – 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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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, March 27

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

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Monday, March 25

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

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