Our committees were hard at work last week, as we successfully concluded the first legislative “funnel.” As you may recall, the first funnel week of the legislative session is a deadline for legislators to pass bills out of their respective policy committees in either the House or Senate in order to remain eligible for further consideration this year. Appropriations, Ways & Means, and Government Oversight bills are exempt from the funnel rules.
As evidenced below, throughout the funnel and entire legislative session, we have been focused on passing legislation that improves Iowa’s job climate, reduces the size of government, and improves Iowans’ quality of life. Below are some of the bills that are still eligible for consideration this year that will benefit Iowans across the state:
HF 65– Reduces administrative overreach bylimiting all state administrative agencies charged with implementing federal requirements from exceeding those federal requirements without explicit authorization by state law. Status: House Calendar
HF 478- Creates analternative flat income tax of 4.5%. The tax would kick in at $6,235 of income. The old system is preserved as well, so taxpayers will have the choice each tax year to file under the old system or the new one, whichever is more advantageous. The Department of Revenue estimates close to 40% of all filers would choose this option. Status: House Calendar
HF 81- Requires the sheriff of a county to keep the list of weapons permit holders private. Law enforcement would still have access to the list, but not the general public. Additionally, the bill strengthens the law to prevent straw purchases of firearms. Status: House Calendar
HSB 110- Intended to help combat fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid program. Iowa is one of only two states that do not have this type of statute. The bill allows medical assistance overpayment to become judgment and not require a lawsuit by DHS in order to recover, grant emergency injunction to prevent providers from dispersing assets to avoid repayment, make state statute consistent with the ACA, and impose monetary fines on problem providers. Status: House Calendar
HSB 23- Requires voters to show the required proof of identification on Election Day in order to vote on a regular ballot. Status: House Calendar
HF 335- Creates a mechanism for renewing a driver’s license online. Status: House Calendar
HF 311– Reduces and expedites the permitting process for four DNR permits. Status: House Calendar
HF 219- Clarifies that land cannot be taken by eminent domain to create lakes for recreational purposes. This bill also gives land owners recourse to fight the taking of land if they believe too much is being taken for water needs. Status: House Calendar
HF 252- Creates a new beginning farmer tax credit program and increases the cap of beginning farmer program tax credits from $6-million to $12-million. The bill also repeals dormant IADA Agricultural Loan Assistance program. Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee
HSB 202 – Extends the amount of time a property owner has to file a protest against their property assessments. Current dates in statute require the assessment to be completed and notification done by April 15. Property owners then have from April 16 to May 5 to file a protest. The new date for completion and notification is April 1. The new timeframe for protests is April 1 to May 1. The bill also allows the protester to file the protest electronically. Status: House Calendar
These bills are now eligible for further consideration and discussion on the House Floor or in the House Ways & Means Committee.
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