IDPH Legislative Update for April 13, 2015

13 Apr 2015 3:54 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

In this issue:

  • Select bills that continue to move through the legislative process.
  • A list of notable bills that did not advance past session deadlines.
  • Bills that have been signed by the Governor.
  • Bills that have been sent to the Governor.

Session Deadlines

Two procedural deadlines have come and gone since in the last couple of weeks. The second funnel deadline occurred on April 3. Bills that had not passed at least one chamber and two committees (one in each chamber) are no longer considered live bills. The second deadline is a lesser known deadline. After April 10, the House and Senate Chambers only consider bills that have been placed on their respective Unfinished Business Calendars, Ways and Means Bills, Appropriations Bills, Resolutions, and bills that were introduced by leadership. It’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a dead bill. Anything could come back via amendments to other bills that are still alive or during the appropriations process. However, it is far greater of an uphill battle to resurrect something that has technically died by not advancing past these deadlines.

IDPH Legislative Package

IDPH has three bills for the 2015 session:

  • Omnibus Bill: SF 274 UPDATE: 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 will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.
  • 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. UPDATE: 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.
  • Local Public Health Flexibility Bill: SF 275 UPDATE: 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: A public hearing is required for the bill and was held on April 6. The bill passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on April 7. It may now be taken up by the full House Chamber.

Behavioral Health

  • ·         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. UPDATE: It passed out of the Senate Chamber on April 8 by a vote of 48-0. It was amended on the floor and will need to be sent back to the House for their concurrence with the Senate’s changes.

Medical Marijuana

·         SF 484 (Formerly SSB 1243) Medical Cannabis Act. UPDATE: This bill passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on March 30. It has been placed on the Senate Unfinished Business Calendar. It may now be considered by the full Senate Chamber.

Professional Licensure

  • ·         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. The new bill number is SF 337. UPDATE: HF 203 passed as amended (H-1133) the House Chamber by a vote of 100-0 on March 24. A conforming amendment was been adopted in the Senate (S-3078) as well as one additional amendment. The bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 37-13. It will be sent back to the House for their concurrence with the Senate’s additional amendment (S-3081).

Tobacco

·         SSB 1195 Tobacco Retailer Permit Fee Increases and Reporting Requirements. UPDATE: This bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee which makes it funnel-proof. 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. UPDATE: 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. NEW BILL: 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.

Notable Bills that have Died To Date

  • SF 205 (Formerly SSB 1094) Mammography Notification Requirements. UPDATE: This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It was referred to the House Human Resources Committee but did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.
  • SF 219 (Formerly SSB 1121) Marijuana Penalties. UPDATE: This bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 36-13 on February 24. It was referred to the House Public Safety Committee but did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.
  • 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. UPDATE: However it was never taken up by the full Senate Chamber and has been referred back to the State Government Committee for consideration next session.
  • SF 273 (Formerly SSB 1019) Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. UPDATE: This bill was introduced by the Iowa Board of Medicine. It passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 42-7 and was referred to the House Human Resources Committee. It did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.
  • SF 399 (Formerly SSB 1122) Radon in Residential New Construction. The bill passed out of the Senate State Government Committee on March 4 with an amendment. However, it was referred back to that committee for consideration next session.
  • SF 410 (Formerly SSB 1209). Drug Overdose Prevention. SF 410 passed out of the Senate Chamber, with an amendment (S-3055), by a vote of 44-2. UPDATE: It passed out of the House Public Safety Committee on April 1 with an attached amendment, H-1169. However, it was referred back to that committee for consideration next session.
  • 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 was referred to the House Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: However, it did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.
  • SF 444 (Formerly SSB 1257) Comprehensive Study of the EMS System. UPDATE: This bill passed the Senate State Government Committee on March 5. However, it was not taken up by the full Senate Chamber and has been referred back to the State Government Committee for consideration next session.
  • 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 was referred to the House Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: It did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.
  • SF 464 (Formerly 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. UPDATE: It passed out of the House Human Resources Committee on March 31 with amendment H-1174 attached. 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.
  • SF 465 (Formerly SSB 1182) Designation of a Family Caregiver/Inpatient Hospital Stay. This bill passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on March 10. However, it was referred back to that committee for consideration next session.
  • HF 420 (Formerly HSB 81) Tanning Facility Ban for Minors. UPDATE: This bill passed the House Human Resources Committee on February 17. However, it was not taken up by the full House Chamber and has been referred back to the Human Resources Committee for consideration next session.
  • 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. UPDATE: It passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on March 31 with an amendment. 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.
  • HF 580 (Formerly HSB 144) Regulation of Water treatment Systems. UPDATE: This bill passed the House Chamber by a vote of 85-13 on March 30. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee but did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.
  • HF 584 (Formerly HSB 178) Short-term Testing for Radon in Public Schools. UPDATE: This bill passed the House Local Government Committee on March 4 and was then referred to the House Education Committee. The bill did not advance this step in time to meet the second funnel deadline.  
  • HF 600 (Formerly HF 218) Tele-health Regulations. This bill passed the House Human Resources Committee on February 19 and was then referred to the House Commerce Committee on March 17. UPDATE: It passed out of the House Commerce Committee on March 25 but was referred back to the House Human Resources Committee for consideration next session.

 

Signed by the Governor

  • SF 440 (Formerly SSB 1200) Interstate Contracts/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care and Treatment. SF 440 was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 31. It will become effective on July 1, 2015.
  • HF 202 (Formerly HSB 45) Licensure of Retired Dentists and Dental Hygienists. HF 202 was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 31. It will become effective on July 1, 2015.
  • HF 371 (Formerly HSB 119) Allowable Disclosure of Radon Testing Results. HF 371 was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 31. It will become effective on July 1, 2015.
  • HF 570 (Formerly HSB 35) Community Use of Municipality-Controlled Property. HF 570 was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 31. It will become effective on July 1, 2015.

 

Sent to the Governor

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

  • SF 200 (Formerly SSB 1016) 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.
  • SF 203 (Formerly SSB 1097) 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.
  • SF 276 (Formerly 1015) 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.
  • 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.


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