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IDPH Legislative Update April 28, 2015

28 Apr 2015 11:45 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

In this issue:

·         The IDPH Legislative Package is wrapped up for the year.

·         Select bills that continue to move through the legislative process.

·         Bills that have been signed by the Governor.

·         Bills that have been sent to the Governor.

IDPH Legislative Package

IDPH has three bills for the 2015 session:

·         Omnibus Bill: SF 274 SF 274 passed out of the Senate Chamber on March 17 by a vote of 50-0. It passed the House Chamber on April 8 by a vote of 97-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.

·         Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Transition. HF 381 HF 381 passed out of the House Chamber on March 10 by a vote of 98-1. It passed the Senate Chamber on April 7 by a vote of 46-4. It will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.

·         Local Public Health Flexibility Bill: SF 275 This bill passed the House Human Resources Committee on March 31 with an attached amendment, H-1175. However, it was not placed on the House Unfinished Business Calendar by April 9th. This means that it is no longer eligible for consideration this session.

Appropriations

·         HF 630 (Formerly HSB 177) Governor’s Federal Block Grant Bill. A subcommittee of Representatives Ken Rizer, Walt Rogers, and Kirsten Running-Marquardt met on March 12 and again on March 30. UPDATE: This bill passed the House Chamber on April 15 by a vote of 92-0. It passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 23 and may now be taken up by the full Senate Chamber.

·         SF 494 (Formerly SSB 1279) Agricultural and Natural Resources Appropriations Bill. NEW: IDPH is monitoring Section 18 (page 12, line 17) of this bill that impacts funding to the Grants to Counties Program. The funding comes from the Groundwater Protection Fund and a portion in the amount of $1.2 million will be reallocated to Iowa State University as one-time funding for a pilot program that is similar in nature to the issue of groundwater protection. IDPH is aware of a surplus of funding in the Fund, however, the department is cautioning legislators against over “scooping” the funding due to administrative rules that have just gone into effect that will likely increase spending in the Grants to Counties Program. This bill passed the Senate on April 27 by a vote of 36-23.

Medical Marijuana

·         SF 484 (Formerly SSB 1243) Medical Cannabis Act. This bill passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on March 30. UPDATE: It passed out of the full Senate Chamber on April 15 by a vote of 26-19. It has been referred to the House Public Safety Committee.

Tobacco

·         SSB 1195 Tobacco Retailer Permit Fee Increases and Reporting Requirements. This bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Petersen, Behn, and Quirmbach met on February 25 to discuss the legislation. It appeared that more work was needed on the bill but that it was the intent to recommend its passage to the full committee.

Other Bills of Interest

  • HF 534 (Formerly HSB 188). Mental Health Professional Shortage Area Program. This bill passed out of the House Chamber by a vote of 99-0, with amendments, on March 26. It passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on April 1 with an amendment. It may now be taken up by the full Senate Chamber.
  • SSB 1274 Birth Certificate Fees/Stillbirth Surveillance. This bill was introduced on April 6 and referred the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Janet Petersen, Joe Bolkcom, and Roby Smith met on April 9 and passed the bill out. The bill may now be taken up by the full Ways and Means Committee.

Signed by the Governor

  • SF 200  Iowa Dental Board Executive Director. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It passed the House Chamber on April 7 by a vote of 96-0. This bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 17.
  • SF 276 Relinquishment of Licenses by the Board of Medicine. This bill passed the Senate on March 9 by a vote of 49-0. It passed the House Chamber on April 7 by a vote of 97-0. This bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 17.
  • HF 203 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technicians (aka Sleep Techs). UPDATE: This bill passed the House Chamber on March 24 by a vote of 100-0. It passed the Senate Chamber on April 7 by a vote of 37-13 with an amendment. The House concurred with the Senate amendment on April 15 by a vote of 91-1. This bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.
  • SF 203 Board of Nursing Omnibus Bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 10 by a vote of 50-0. It passed the House Chamber on April 7 by a vote of 97-0. It bounced back to the Senate for concurrence with a House amendment on April 8. This bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.
  • SF 335 Release of Autopsy Information to Organ Procurement Organizations. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 10 by a vote of 50-0. It passed the House by a vote of 98-0 on April 8 with an amendment. The Senate concurred with the House amendment on April 13 by a vote of 47-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.
  • SF 434 (Formerly SSB 1235) Barbering Continuing Education Requirements. This bill passed the Senate Chamber by of a vote of 49-0 on March 18. UPDATE: It passed out of the House Chamber on April 8 by a vote of 60-37. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.

Sent to the Governor

The following bills will be sent to the Governor for his consideration:

  • HF 449 (Formerly HF 263) DHS Bed Tracking System. This bill passed out of the House Chamber on March 12 by a vote of 96-0. It passed out of the Senate Chamber on April 8 by a vote of 48-0 with an amendment. UPDATE: The Senate concurred with the House amendment on April 15 by a vote of 92-0.

Other Information

  • Agency Reports. To review any report filed with the General Assembly by executive branch agencies, including IDPH, please click here.
  • The Iowa General Assembly website is a great source of legislative information. The address is www.legis.iowa.gov. Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources available.

Deborah H. Thompson, MPA
Policy Advisor & Healthiest State Initiative Coordinator  | Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th St | Des Moines, IA 50319 | Office: 515-281-8960 Mobile: 515-240-0530| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

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