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The following bills are listed in alphabetical order.

Category Bill # Bill Explanation  Comments
Appropriations HSB 179 Appropriations related to the Future Ready Iowa Initiatives. Assigned to Appropriations subcommittee of Grassley, Best, Hall, Kerr and Oldson. Subcommittee meeting on 2/25.
Elections HF 652 (Previously HSB 48 and
1480 DP)
School elections changes to combined city and school elections changing the time to withdraw as a candidate; changing canvas and recount deadlines; and  requires boards to organize following the canvas. Assigned to State Government subcommittee of Jacobsen, Nielsen, and Sexton  who recommend passage on 1/30. (See SSB 1077). Committee report, recommending amendment and passage on 3/4. Introduced and placed on calendar on 3/6.
Elections SF 575 (Previously SSB 1241) Makes numerous adjustments to state and local elections including: dates for special elections; bond issue disclosure language on the ballot; board vacancies and board elections. Assigned to State Government subcommittee of Chapman, Jochum, and R. Smith on 3/5.  Subcommittee recommends passage on 3/6.  Committee approved for Calendar 3/7.
K12 HF 119 Deems that the statewide maximum adjusted property tax rate shall not be less than the lowest such rate among all Iowa school districts. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Hein, Jacoby, and Windschitl on 1/29.
K12 HF 306 Relating to public school funding by establishing the state percent of growth beginning July 1, 2019, modifying provisions relating to the property tax replacement payments. Substituted for SF 172; passed house on 2/11 and passed senate on 2/13. Signed by Governor on 2/19.
K12 HF 307 Relating to public school funding by modifying provisions relating to the regular program state cost per pupil, making appropriations to the transportation equity fund. Substituted for SF 171; passed house on 2/11 and passed senate on 2/13. Signed by Governor on 2/19.
K12 SF 21 FYI Bill: increasing approved tax credits for school tuition organization tax credit. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Feenstra, Jochum, and Smith on 1/15.
K12 SF 139 (Previously SSB 1029) Requires high school students to complete personal finance literacy unit in order to graduate.  Passed Senate on 2/18 and passed file on to the House on 2/19. Placed on calendar under unfinished business on 3/14.
K12 SF 445 (Previously SF 29) Provides additional weighting for limited English proficient students and increases the time for the weighting to five years.  Introduced and placed on calendar; committee report approving bill on 3/4. Fiscal note on 3/5. Referred to Appropriations on 3/11. Assigned to Appropriations subcommittee of Breitbach, Celsi, and Kraayenbrink on 3/12.
K12 SF 488 (Previously SSB 1163) Authorizes school districts to utilize concurrent enrollment classes to meet math and science requirements under educational standards; allows nonpublic schools to enter into concurrent enrollment contracts with community colleges; provides additional exceptions to offer and teach requirements; revised supplemental weighting for liberal arts and sciences classes; addresses the 23-hour rule with the provision that the student must pay for any coursework over 23 hours per year. Assigned Appropriations subcommittee of Johnson, Kraayenbrink, and Wahls on 3/13. Subcommittee meeting 3/18.
K12 SF 577 (Previously SSB 1233) Establishes the criminal offense of sexual exploitation of a 4+ services student. Introduced and placed on calendar; committee report approving bill on 3/11.
Operations HF 238 Creates a legislative tax credit review committee. Assigned to Ways & Means subcommittee of Windshitl, Hein, and Jacoby on 2/5.
Operations HF 437 Prohibits state licensing boards from the suspension or revocation of a license based on a student loan default or delinquency repayment or a service obligation. Assigned to Labor & Business subcommittee of Anderson, Deyoe, and Sorensen who recommended passage on 3/6.  Companion bill to SF 304.
Operations HF 597 (Previosuly HSB 166) Requests the establishment of an interim study committee to evaluate the impact of state assistance program income restriction guidelines. Assigned to Human Resources subcommittee of  Lundgren and Matson, and Osmundson on 2/14 who recommend passage on 2/26.  Placed on calendar for 3/12.
Operations HF 661 (Previously HF 276) The bill requires that public postsecondary institution boards adopt a policy describing the function and roles of institutions in regards to speech - including bounds, freedom to assemble, spontaneous expression, public forums, and reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.  Assigned to Judiciary subcommittee of Hite, Mitchell, and Wolfe who recommend passage on 2/28. Passed out of committee on 3/5. (Similar/Companion to SF 274 & HF276.  Approved for Calendar 3/13.  House moved to adopt the Senate version of this bill (SF274).  Bill was Approved (52-44) and will be sent to the Governor.
Operations HF 715 (Previously HSB 160) Iowa Public Information Board bill regarding public notice requirements under the open meetings law.   Assigned to Local Government subcommittee of Bossman, Hunter, and McKean who recommended passage with amendments on 2/28. Committee recommended passage with amendment on 3/7.  Introduced and placed on calendar.
Operations SF 186 (Previously SF 43)  Excludes certain 11-passenger vehicles as school buses and limits their use to transporting students to events or to/from home in unusual situations. Introduced by Transportation and placed on calendar on 2/5.  (See SF 197).
Operations SF 197 (Previously SF 58) Requires Iowa DE to adopt rules to allow 9-passenger pick up for schools; excludes 12-passenger vehicles as a school bus limiting their use to transporting students to events or to/from home in unusual situations. Introduced, placed on calendar, committee approving bill on 2/6.  (See SF 43). Passed senate and read to the house; passed on file. Placed on calendar under unfinished business on 3/14.
Operations SF 272 (Previously SSB 1066) Adds parties involved in serving intermediaries for educational loans; expands requirements for intermediaries; debtor's rights to cancel loan contracts. Introduced, placed on calendar, committee approving bill on 2/14. Passed senate and read to the house; passed on file. Placed on calendar under unfinished business
Operations SF 274 (Previously SSB 1099) The bill requires that public postsecondary institution boards adopt a policy describing the function and roles of institutions in regards to speech - including bounds, freedom to assemble, spontaneous expression, public forums, and reasonable time, place and manner restrictions. Introduced, placed on calendar, committee approving bill on 2/14. Fiscal note on 2/18.  Companion bill HF661. Passed Senate on 3/11 and passed House on 3/14.
Operations SF 275 (Previously SSB 1009) Makes it a Class D felony to threaten to cause serious injury or death to person in a school, public place, or occupied structure that is not a single-family home.   Assigned to Judiciary subcommittee of Chapman, Kinney, and Shipley who recommend passage on 1/17.  Placed on Calendar 2/14.
Operations SF 278 Requires community colleges and regents to provide financial literacy programing for student loan borrowers. Assigned to Education subcommittee of Rozenboom, Sweeney, and Wahls on 2/18.  Subcommittee recommends indefinite postponement.
Operations SF 319 (Previously SF207) Allows qualified peace officers and retired peace officers to provide street or highway driving instruction. Education Committee approved 2/20.  Passed Senate on 3/12. Read and referred to Transportation on 3/13.
Operations SF 329 (Previously SSB 1016) Expert witness testimony in child sexual abuse and child endangerment cases; may impact campus daycares and fitness facilities open to the public. Assigned to Judiciary subcommittee of Garrett, Kinney, and Sweeney who recommend passage on 2/6. See HSB 19.
Operations SF 334 (Previously SSB 1131) Provides for a verification of a public assistance program applicant's eligibility (including food stamps). Introduced, placed on calendar, committee approving bill on 2/20. Fiscal note on 2/28.
Operations/ Political  SF 336 (Previously SF 53) Makes it a serious misdemeanor for an Iowa employer to prohibit, limit, or require approval for political contributions by employees. Introduced, placed on calendar, committee approving bill on 2/20.
Operations/
Political 
SF 341 (Previously SF 63) Defines assistance and service animals, their uses, owner liability, and provides penalties.  Introduced, placed on calendar, committee approving bill on 2/21.
Operations SF 438 (Previously SSB 1190) The bill strikes certain mandates from code that K12, Regents and Community Colleges must abide by.  The section pertaining CCs is about Green Cleaning Products. The Education Committee approved the bill for the Calendar with A487.  This amendment excludes CCs and Regents from Green Cleaning requirements.  Placed on Calendar 2/28. Fiscal note on 3/11.
Operations SF 573  (Previously SSB1229) Prohits the use of state funds for lobbying activities by governmental entities, including community colleges and the regents. Assigned to State Government Subcommittee of Chapman, Jochum and R. Smith on 3/4. Subcommittee approved 3/5, with amendment.  Committee approved for calendar; committee report approving bill on 3/11.
Operations SF 574 Establishes requirements for all appointive boards, commission, committees and councils fo the state to conduct comprehensive reviews over each five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019. State Government Committee report on 3/11.  Placed on calendar; committee report approving bill on 3/11.
Programming/
Students
HF 418 (Previously HSB 43) Requires CDL applicants to complete required training before CDL testing. Introduced, placed on calendar on 2/18.  (Companion SF226)
Programming/
Students
HF 560 (Previously HSB 79 and 1179 DP) Removes the age requirements for All-Iowa scholarships for: foster children and surviving child of parent who was fire fighter, peace officer, sheriff. Assigned to Education subcommittee of Gassman, T. Moore, and Winckler who recommend passage on 2/26. (See SSB 1052).  Placed on Calendar 2/28.
Programming/
Students
SF 245 (Previously SSB 1051 and 1178 DP) Allows students to finish programs even if skilled job is no longer in high demand.  Strikes reference to the quarterly report by IWD when identifying eligible shortage areas. Introduced, placed on calendar, and committee approving bill on 2/12.  (Companion bill HF290)
Programming/
Students
SF 246 (Previously SSB 1052) Removes the age requirements for All-Iowa scholarships for: foster children and surviving child of parent who was fire fighter, peace officer, sheriff. Introduced, placed on calendar, and committee approving bill on 2/12. Companion bill to HF 560.  Committee report approving bill on 2/12.
State Related SF 304 (Previously SSB 1133) Eliminates code provisions that require state licensing boards to suspend or revoke a license issued to a person who is in default or is delinquent in repayment on a federal or state student loan or private services assistance program. Assigned to Labor subcommittee of Brown, T. Taylor, and Whiting who recommend passage on 2/13.  Passed the Senate 3/12. Placed on calendar under unfinished business on 3/14.
State Related SF 539 (Previously SF 318) Establishes the office of student loan ombudsman within the college student aid commission. Introduced and placed on calendar on 3/7; committee report approving bill. Fiscal note on 3/11.
State Related SJR 2 Amendment proposal to the Constitution of the State of Iowa pertaining to state budget by limiting the amount of annual carry over of state general funds. Assigned to Appropriations subcommittee of Bolkcom, Costello, and Koelker who recommend passage on 2/5.  Placed on Calendar 3/4.
Tax Related HF 2 Limits the tax exemption for postsecondary instructional materials purchased by a student for a course where profits are used by or donated to such institutions. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Jacoby, Kaufmann, and Osmundson who recommend passage on 2/6.
Tax Related HF 12 Future repeal of certain tax credits. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Hein, Jacoby, and Windschitl on 1/22.
Tax Related HF 546 (Previousy HF 425 and HSB 18) Imposes a state sales tax of 6%. Moves funds to SAVE and allows for transfer of funds to use for Career Academies. Assigned to Education subcommittee of Bossman, Isenhart, and Osmundson on who recommend passage with amendment on 2/26. (Companion bills SF 74 & HF425)  Placed on Calendar 3/4.  Senate Approved (96-3).
Tax Related SF 74 Extends the SAVE Fund for school districts to 2051; and establishes a new formula for transfer to the property tax relief fund and for the equity transfer by DE for foundation base supplements, and for a new career academy transfer.   Referred to Ways and Means subcommittee of Dawson, Feenstra, and Jochum on 2/6. Fiscal note on 2/8. (See HSB 18).
Tax Related SF 133 Creates a new resident tax credit against individual income tax. Available to a new resident to the state of Iowa. Assigned to Ways & Means subcommittee of Behn, Dawson, and Jochum on 2/19. Fiscal note on 3/4.
Tax Related SF 164 Requires city or county to petition area community college to designate up to 10 high demand job categories that are exempt from taxes during a five year period of time.  Bill is limited to cities with a population of less than 15,000 and the 10 least populated counties in the state. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Brown, Dotzler, and Feenstra on 2/4. Fiscal note on 2/19.
Tax Related SF 214 Establishes a new deduction for employees of any income resulting in the payment by an employer on a qualified student loan. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Bolkcom, Feenstra, and R. Smith on 2/12.
Tax Related SF 321 (Previously SSB1156) Tax credits awarded by the economic development authority for equity investments in a qualifying business or innovation fund. Referred to Ways and Means subcommittee of Chapman, Dotzler, and Nunn who recommend passage on 3/6.  Placed on Calendar.
Tax Related SF 481 (Previously SF 297) Provides for a high-demand occupation tax credit to promote an increase in the number of Iowans prepared to enter into high-demand occupational fields. Introduced and placed on calendar; committee report approving bill on 3/5. Assigned to Ways and Means subcommittee of Behn, Quirmbach, and Sweeney on 3/11. 
Weapons HF 636 (Previously HF 259) Allows a person with Non-professional weapons permit to go armed on school grounds (parking lot) for purpose of delivery or person/item to school. Assigned to Public Safety subcommittee of Klein, Wessel-Kroeschell, and Windschitl on who recommend passage on 3/4; committee report, recommending amendment and passage on 3/4.  Approved for Calendar 3/11.
Weapons SF 115 (Previously SF 7) Allows a peace officer or reserve peace officer, whether certified or not, and federal peace officers whose duties include carrying a gun, to carry a gun on school grounds, whether the officer is in performance of official duties or not. Passed Judiciary Committee and placed on Senate calendar on 1/28. 
Weapons SF 116 (Previously SSB 1017) Allows a person with Non-professional weapons permit to go armed on school grounds (parking lot) for purpose of delivery or person/item to school. Passed Judiciary Committee and placed on Senate calendar on 1/28. Fiscal note on 2/27.  
Weapons SF 188 (Previously SF 120) Prohibits a public college/university from prohibiting a person from carrying, transporting, or possessing a Taser-like weapon in buildings or on college grounds. Assigned to Education subcommittee of Rozenboom, Sinclair, and Wahls on 1/29. Passed subcommittee on 1/31. Approved by Education committee with amendment on 2/5 for the calendar. Passed Senate on 3/13 and referred to Public Safety.
Weapons SF 459 (Previously SF 213) Provides an employer shall not prohibit an employee from having a weapon on the property if the employee has a permit and had the firearm and ammunition out of sight and inside a locked motor vehicle. Introduced and placed on calendar on 3/4; committee report approving bill.  (Similar to HF 636) Placed on Calendar 3/7.
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