Funnel Week complete
February 18, 2016
The legislature’s first attempt at winnowing the number of bills eligible for discussion during the rest of legislative session wrapped up Thursday afternoon. The “funnel” refers to the date when a bill must be through a committee of one chamber to remain alive for the session. There are exceptions to the rule: appropriations, ways and means (tax), government oversight proposals are all exempt from the deadline, and amendments proposed on the floor can always resurrect a dead bill. ABI has registered on more than 160 bills already this session. Below are a few of the key issues we are watching.
For more information about the issues below, please contact a member of the ABI public policy team. You can also learn more at the monthly ABI legislative conference call tomorrow (Fri., Feb., 19) at 9 a.m. Email Michelle Vollstedt (email@example.com) to RSVP.
HSB 620 - Modernizes career and technical education programs
HF 2260 - Extends statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure and addresses funding inequities
SF 84 - Ban the Box: Prevents employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background on an application
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SF 313 - Requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant and new mothers.
SF 2097 - Requires employers to provide paid time for prenatal care
SF 398 - Supports outreach and education for wage payment claims, requires written payroll information
HSB 574 - Levels playing field for micro-distillers
SF 2204 - Requires health insurance plans to cover eating disorder treatment
SF 2072 - Requires employer health insurance plans with more than 50 employees to cover autism treatment.
HSB 601 - Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposal to extend the statewide penny sales tax and designate a portion of the revenue for water quality
SF 2127 - Outlines a process for debarment of contracts with state
HF 2310 - Requires carbon monoxide alarms in multi-residential dwellings
HSB 617 - Provides exemption from Iowa income tax when companies bring employees to state to work on disaster recovery efforts.
SF 410 - As amended, mandates coverage of abuse-deterrent opioids at same cost as generics
HF 2340 - Addresses nutrient load and water quality initiatives
HSB 638 - Changes underground storage tank funding
SF 2121 - Establishes database at utilities board to track proprietary energy usage and make available to local governments, entities and individuals doing energy research
SF 2034 - Establishes a minimum solar energy purchasing standard
HF 2246 - Mandates paid sick and safe time for employees
HF 2150 - Allows rural opportunity zones to help encourage people to move to Iowa, specifically rural areas
HSB 576 - Provides adoption leave for employees
HSB 507, 508, 509, 510 - All relate to Iowa’s bottle deposit law
SSB 3098 - Provides for transparency in health insurance contracts
HF 2227 - Increases regulations for scrap metal dealers