IDPH Legislative Update for March 24, 2015

25 Mar 2015 10:02 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

In this issue:

·        Select bills that have advanced.

 

IDPH Legislative Package

IDPH has three bills for the 2015 session:

·        Omnibus Bill: HF 193/SF 274.SF 274 passed out of the Senate Chamber on March 17 by a vote of 50-0. HF 193, the companion bill, has passed out of the House Human Resources Committee. Therefore, SF 274 may now be taken up by the full House Chamber and that HF 193 will likely be withdrawn.

 

·        Local Public Health Flexibility Bill: SF 275. The companion bill, HSB 84, did not advance past the first funnel deadline. However, SF 275 passed the Senate on March 9 by a vote of 49-0 and is now moving in the House. A subcommittee of Representatives Rob Taylor, Lisa Heddens, and Ken Rizer met on March 19 to discuss amendment language. According to the discussion, it is likely that Division I that relates to clean-up of the Iowa Public Health Modernization Act in Iowa Code Chapter 135A will be removed from the bill leaving the second division that relates to Iowa Code Chapter 137, Local Boards of Health. Additional language that clarifies requirements under Iowa Code Chapter 135I, Swimming Pools and Spas will also be added to the amendment.

·        Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Transition. HF 381/SF 229. HF 381 passed out of the House Chamber on March 10 by a vote of 98-1. SF 229, the companion bill, has passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee. Therefore, HF 381 may now be taken up by the full Senate Chamber and that SF 229 will likely be withdrawn. 

Appropriations

·        HSB 177/SSB 1262 Governor’s Federal Block Grant Bill. A subcommittee of Representatives Ken Rizer, Walt Rogers, and Kirsten Running-Marquardt met on March 12. The Representatives have more questions regarding the administrative costs of administering the grants and have indicated that they will meet once more.

Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Prevention

  • SF 410 (Formerly SSB 1209). Drug Overdose Prevention. SF 410 passed out of the Senate Chamber, with an amendment, by a vote of 44-2. It has yet to be assigned to a House committee as of this writing.

  • SF 440 (Formerly SSB 1200) Interstate Contracts/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care and Treatment. SF 440 passed out of the Senate Chamber by a vote of 47-0 on March 12. It passed out of the House Chamber by a vote of 96-0 on March 17. It will now 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 has been referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Amanda Ragan, David Johnson, and Mary Jo Wilhelm have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00 in the Senate Lobbyist Lounge.

Councils/Task Forces/Studies

  • SF 441 (Formerly SSB 1167) Health Workforce Center. This bill passed out of the Senate Chamber, with an amendment, on March 18 by a vote of 50-0. It has been referred to the House Human Resources Committee. The bill now charges IDPH with evaluating workforce programming under its purview.

  • SF 302 Reauthorization of the Disabilities Prevention Council. This bill passed out of the Senate Chamber by a vote of 50-0 on March 17. It has been referred to the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Dave Heaton, Lisa Heddens, and Ken Rizer met on March 23 and passed the legislation out. It may now be taken up by the full House Human Resource Committee.

  • SF 454 (Formerly SSB 1208) Study of the Health and Well-Being of Children in Iowa. This bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 47-0 on March 12. It has been referred to the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Rob Bacon, and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell has been appointed.

EMS

  • HF 510 (Formerly HF 251) Behavioral Health Transports. This bill passed out of the House Chamber by a vote of 95-1 on March 17. It has been referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Amanda Ragan, David Johnson, and Liz Mathis have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, March 24 at 12:30 in the Senate Lobbyist Lounge.

Medical Marijuana

·        SSB 1243 Medical Cannabis Act. A subcommittee of Senators Joe Bolkcom, Bill Dotzler, and Julian Garrett met on March 11 and advanced the bill. It may now be considered by the full Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Professional Licensure

  • SF 372 (Formerly SSB 1172) Durable Medical Equipment Licensure. This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee on March 2 with an amendment.

 

  • SF 337/HF 203 (Formerly SSB 1130/HSB 75) Licensure of Polysomnographic Technicians (aka Sleep Techs). SSB 1130 passed the full Senate State Government Committee on February 25 with an amendment. HSB 75 passed out of the House State Government Committee on February 4 with an amendment.

  • 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. It has been referred to the House State Government Committee.

  • HF 600 (Formerly HF 218) Telehealth Regulations. This bill passed the House Human Resources Committee on February 19 and was then referred to the House Commerce Committee on March 17. A subcommittee of Representatives John Landon, John Forbes, and Ken Rizer has been appointed.

Radon

  • SF 413/HF 371 (Formerly SSB 1155/HSB 119) Allowable Disclosure of Radon Testing Results. HF 371 passed out of the House Chamber by a vote of 96-0 on March 17. SF 413 is on the Senate Debate Calendar.

 

  • SF 399 (Formerly SSB 1122) Radon in Residential New Construction. A subcommittee of Senators Matt McCoy, Janet Petersen, and Rick Bertrand met on March 2. The bill passed out of the Senate State Government Committee on March 4 with an amendment.

  • HF 584 (Formerly HSB 178) Radon Testing in Schools. A subcommittee of Representatives of John Kooiker, Tedd Gassman, and Art Staed met on March 3. The bill was voted out of the House Local Government Committee on March 4 and referred to the House Education Committee on March 9. A subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, Art Staed, and Norlin Mossmen has been assigned.

Other Bills of Interest

  • SF 166/HF 281 (Formerly SSB 1068/HSB 47) Fantasy Sports Contests. SF 166 passed out of the Senate Chamber, with an amendment, by a vote of 32-16 on March 12. It has been placed on the House Unfinished Business Calendar since the companion bill, HF 281, has  already been passed out of the House State Government Committee. 

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.