In this issue:
· Appropriations bills of interest.
· The bill to legalize fireworks has moved.
· Bills that have been signed by the Governor.
· SF 505(Formerly SSB 1288)Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill. This bill has gone into conference committee. For a complete analysis of the impact to IDPH please refer to the previously published legislative update sent on May 18, 2015.
· SF 494 (Formerly SSB 1279) Agricultural and Natural Resources Appropriations Bill. IDPH is monitoring the section 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 “scooping” too much of 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 Chamber on April 27 by a vote of 26-23. UPDATE: The bill passed the House Chamber on May 5 by a vote of 57-42. The Senate refused to concur with the House amendment and the bill is now in conference committee. Conference committee members include Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Dick Dearden, Kevin Kinney, Ken Rozenboom, and Jason Schultz. House members of the committee include Representatives Jack Drake, Norlin Mommsen, Pat Grassley, Scott Ourth, and Nancy Dunkel.
· SF 510 (Formerly SSB 1289) Standings Appropriations Bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on May 14 by a vote of 26-21. It has been heavily amended by the House Chamber and was passed on May 21 by a vote of 54-42. It is likely that this bill will be placed into a Conference Committee like the other appropriations bills have been.
IDPH is monitoring the following proposals included in the Senate’s version of the bill:
o Establishment of a state employee incentive program (SERIP) for eligible employees of the Executive Branch.
o Supplemental appropriations from the FY 2015 ending balance of:
§ $2.8 million to IDPH for providing a grant to a substance abuse treatment provider association.
§ $1.5 million to IDPH for a collaborative effort to assist heart attack patients.
o A requirement for the Department of Education to establish a School Climate and Bullying Work Group. A report is due to specified members of the General Assembly by December 15, 2016.
o A requirement for IDPH to adopt rules that require facilities that provide mammography services to include information on breast density in mammogram reports sent to patients.
o An amendment to current statutory language related to drug overdose prevention and the prescription and administration of opioid antagonists, and provides immunity from certain criminal offenses for persons that seek medical assistance for a person experiencing an overdose.
o An amendment to current statutory language that lengthens the time the Pharmacy Board is allowed to temporarily designate substances as controlled substances to two years before the General Assembly must act to codify the change.
o Enactment of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to create an expedited licensing reciprocity procedure for physicians licensed in member states.
o A requirement for IDPH to regulate residential swimming pools used for private swimming lessons as a residential pool used for commercial purposes if the residential pool is used for private swimming lessons for up to 270 hours per month or the number of hours prescribed by local ordinance, whichever is greater.
IDPH is monitoring the following proposals included in the House’s version of the bill:
o Appropriations from the Technology Reinvestment Fund (TRF) for FY 2016:
§ $400,000 for IDPH to fund a professional review of our data collection systems. This is one of the budget priorities for IDPH for FY 2016.
- § $36,000 for implementation of HF 203 that relates to the licensure of polysomnographic technicians.
· HF 650 (Formerly HSB 246) Infrastructure Appropriations Bill (aka RIIF Bill). This bill passed the House Chamber on April 29 by a vote of 97-1. It passed the Senate Chamber on May 11 by a vote of 26-22. The House refused to concur with the Senate’s amendment and the bill is now in conference committee. Members of the conference committee include Senators Matt McCoy, Tod Bowman, Jake Chapman, Tim Kapucian, and Janet Petersen. Members from the House include Representatives Dan Huseman, Dave Maxwell, Quentin Stanerson, Dennis Cohoon, and Dave Dawson.
IDPH is monitoring the following appropriations included in the Senate’s version of this bill for FY 2016 from the Technology Reinvestment Fund (TRF):
- o $500,000 to study the 98 database systems in IDPH for long and short term planning of replacement and consolidation strategies. This is a department budget priority for FY 2016.
- o $500,000 for the Bureaus of Family Health (BRF) and the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Services’ data integration project. This is a department budget priority for FY 2016. IDPH also requested $500,000 for FY 2017 for this project which was also recommended by the Governor. However it was not provided in the Senate’s TRF budget. This is in line with the philosophical difference between the Governor and the Senate Chamber of the necessity of a biennial budget.
- o $36,000 for implementation of HF 203 that relates to the licensure of polysomnographic technicians.
- o $300,000 to support stillbirth surveillance activities under the Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders.
Other bills of interest
· HF 614 (Formerly HSB 161) Legalization of Fireworks. NEW: This bill was voted out of the House Ways and Means Committee on March 30. It passed the House Chamber on May 20 by a vote of 53-43.
Signed by the GovernorHF 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. The Senate concurred with the House amendment on April 15 by a vote of 92-0. UPDATE: The bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 24.
HF 585 (Formerly HF 233) Secretary of State Address Confidentiality Program. UPDATE: This bill passed the House Chamber on March 26 by a vote of 100-0. It passed the Senate Chamber on April 15 by a vote of 45-0. The House concurred with the Senate amendment on April 24 and the Governor signed the bill into law on May 7. HF 630(Formerly HSB 177)Governor’s Federal Block Grant Bill. This bill passed the House Chamber on April 15 by a vote of 92-0. UPDATE: It passed the Senate Chamber on April 29 by a vote of 50-0. The bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on May 15.
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