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IDPH Legislative Update – Final End of Session Summary – June 7, 2016

08 Jun 2016 7:44 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

In this issue:

  • 2016 End of Session Update
  • Enacted Bills of Public Health Interest (Attached)
  • Updated FY 2017 IDPH Appropriations Analysis (Attached)
  • Governor’s Actions ummary
  • IDPH Policy and Budget Package Recap

2016 End of Session Update

The second session of the 86th General Assembly came to a close on Friday, April 29. The Governor is currently completing his actions on all the enrolled bills sent to him by the legislature on May 27, 2016. To see the entire list of bills signed into law from the 2016 session please visit this link: https://governor.iowa.gov/bills-signed-into-law

Attached to this email is the document entitled, “Enacted Bills of Public Health Interest.” These are select bills that were signed into law that may be of interest to the public health and health care sectors as well as IDPH program staff. The second attachment is entitled, “Updated IDPH FY 2017 Appropriations Analysis.” This document was sent in the previous IDPH Legislative Update and has been updated to reflect the Governor’s item vetoes that impacted IDPH in two of the appropriations bills.

Governor’s Actions

The following is an excerpt from the Legislative Services Agency’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” It provides a brief explanation of the Governor’s veto powers. The full document is located here:

Bills passed by the Legislature must be reviewed by the Governor. The Governor takes final action on all bills passed by the Iowa General Assembly. The Governor has three options: sign the bill, veto the bill (or item veto an appropriations bill), or take no action. In the case of a veto, the Legislature may override the veto with two-thirds of the members of each chamber voting to reconsider and pass the bill a second time. If, during session, the Governor does not sign or veto a bill, it becomes law after three calendar days (except Sundays). Bills received by the Governor during the last three calendar days of session (except Sundays) must be signed or vetoed within 30 calendar days.

The Governor has the option to use three types of vetoes: the veto, item veto, and pocket veto. The veto indicates the Governor’s disapproval of an entire bill. The item veto may be used only for bills which appropriate funds. It strikes a specific item of an appropriations bill. A pocket veto occurs when the Governor fails to take action within 30 calendar days on a bill received within the last three calendar days of session (except Sundays). The entire bill fails to become law. When the Governor vetoes or item vetoes a bill, a veto message explaining why the veto was made is delivered to the chamber of origin with the bill and is filed with the Secretary of State. The Governor’s veto messages can be accessed on the Iowa General Assembly web site in the “Enrolled Bills” section.

IDPH Policy and Budget Package Recap

This year brought many successes for IDPH. Among them was the passage of our policy bill, SF 2159, which focuses on public health flexibility. It was signed by the Governor on Thursday, March 24. The Governor held a formal bill signing to highlight the importance of its passage. Thank you to everyone who made its passage possible!

IDPH’s General Fund appropriations are provided for in the Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill (HF2460). We achieved our General Fund budget goals for FY 2017 that included reallocations to increase funding to the PRIMECARRE and Certificate of Need programs, as well as the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health.

We also achieved our Technology Reinvestment Fund request for FY 2017. The request is honored in the Conference Committee report for SF 2324, the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund Appropriations Bill. The bill was enrolled on Friday, April 29 and may now be signed by the Governor. The bill appropriates $500,000 for the second year of requested funding for the Maternal and Child Health database integration project. 

  • Project goals:
    • Integrate 5 program data collection systems across 8 programs in the Bureaus of Family Health and Oral and Health Delivery Systems.
    • To better support our stakeholders and to improve the outcomes of the families they work with.
    • All 8 programs impacted operate in all 99 counties and serve all children and pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid as well as low-income and uninsured or underinsured Iowans.
    • Currently the 5 systems function independently of each other, are not web-based, and cannot share data among users or with the public. The systems are aging and are costly to repair and present data security issues.
    • Features of the new system will include case management, referral management, risk assessment, billing, and client and population-level reporting.

Other Information

  • 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. Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources available.
  • The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website.
  • To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email tojoin-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

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