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					                                               LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
                                         Iowa Department of Human Services

January 21, 2009                                                                                      Volume 6, Issue 1
The Iowa Department of Human Services will distribute this update weekly to agency staff and other interested parties for
informational purposes only. Recipients of this update are encouraged to share it with others. If you are interested in
receiving or discontinuing legislative updates please contact Molly Kottmeyer by email at mkottme@dhs.state.ia.us



WELCOME

We survived the first week of session and the bitterly cold weather. I look forward to working with all of you through out
these next busy weeks. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about DHS budget, programs or policies. The
best way to reach me during session is via email at mkottme@dhs.state.ia.us.

Keep warm.

Molly




Human Resource Committee Members

The Human Resources Committees in the House and Senate will be considering a vast majority of the policy issues impacting
the Department of Human Services. The following are the legislators assigned to the Human Resources Committee:

House Human Resources Committee

Representative Mark Smith (D, District 43) – Chair
Representative Deborah Berry (D, District 22) – Vice Chair
Representative Linda J. Miller (R, District 82) – Ranking Member
Representative Ako Abdul-Samad (D, District 66)
Representative Dwayne Alons (R, District 4)
Representative Clel Baudler (R, District 58)
Representative Greg Forristall (R, District 98)
Representative David Heaton (R, District 91 )
Representative Lisa Heddens (D, District 46)
Representative Bruce Hunter (D, District 62)
Representative Kevin Koester (R, District 70)
Representative Mary Mascher (D, District 77 )
Representative Tyler Olson (D, District 38 )
Representative Janet Petersen (D, District 64 )
Representative Renee Schulte (R, District 37)
Representative Chuck Soderberg (R, District 3 )
Representative Sharon Steckman (D, District 13)
Representative Phyllis Thede (D, District 81)
Representative Linda Upmeyer (R, District 12)
Representative Roger Wendt (D, District 2 )
Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D, District 45)

Senate Human Resources Committee
Senator Amanda Ragan (D, District 7) – Chair
Senator Becky Schmitz (R, District 45) – Vice-Chair
Senator David Hartsuch (R, District 41) – Ranking Member
Senator Merlin Bartz (R, District 6)
Senator Nancy J. Boettger (D, District 29 )
Senator Joe Bolkcom (D, District 39)
Senator William A. Dotzler, Jr. (D, District 11)
Senator Jack Hatch (D, District 33 )
Senator David Johnson (R, District 3)
Senator Keith Kreiman (D, District 47)
Senator Herman Quirmbach (D, District 23)
Senator James A. Seymour (R, District 28)
Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm (D, District 8)

Health and Human Services Appropriations Budget Sub-Committee

The HHS Budget Sub-Committee will consider the budget for the Departments of Human Services, Public Health, Elder
Affairs and Veterans. The following are the members of this joint House and Senate Committee.

Senator Jack Hatch (D, District 33) Chair
Senator Amanda Ragan (D, District 7) Vice-Chair
Senator David Johnson (R, District 3) Ranking Member
Senator David Hartsuch (R, District 41)
Senator Becky Scmitz (D, District 45)
Representative Lisa Heddens (D, District 46) Chair
Representative Phyllis Thede (D, District 81) Vice-Chair
Representative David Heaton (R, District 91) Ranking Member
Representative Linda J. Miller (R, District 82)
Representative Henry V. Rayhons (R, District 11)
Representative Renee Schulte (R, District 37)
Representative Paul Shomshor (D, District 100)
Representative Mark Smith (D, District 43)
Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D, District 45)



   Click on link below for additional information on legislators:

   http://www.legis.state.ia.us/aspx/Legislators/LegislatorInfo.aspx




   DATES OF NOTE

   JANUARY 12                  First day of session. (Iowa Code Sec.2.1)
   FEBRUARY 20                 Final day for individual legislator requests for bill drafts to the Legislative Services
   (Friday of sixth week)      Agency
                               (Senate Rule 27 and House Rule 29)
   MARCH 13**                  Final date for Senate bills to be reported out of Senate committees and House bills out of
   (Friday of 9th week)        House committees. (Joint Rule 20)
   MARCH 23 - 27               Senate considers only Senate bills and unfinished business and House considers only
   (11th week)                 House bills and unfinished business. (Joint Rule 20)
MARCH 30 - APRIL 10 Debate not limited by rule.
(12th and 13th weeks)
APRIL 10**                 Final date for House bills to be reported out of Senate committees and Senate bills out of
(Friday of 13th week)      House Committees. (Joint Rule 20)
APRIL 13 - 17              Senate considers only House bills and unfinished business and House considers only
(14th week)                Senate bills and unfinished business. (Joint Rule 20)
APRIL 20                   Amendments need not be filed on the day preceding floor debate. (House Rule 31.8)
(Beginning of the 15th
week)
APRIL 20                   Only the following bills are eligible for consideration by Joint Rule 20 unless otherwise
(Beginning of the 15th     indicated:
week)
                                   Appropriations Bills

                                   Ways and Means Bills

                                   Government Oversight Bills

                                   Legalizing Acts

                                   Bills co-sponsored by Majority and Minority Leaders of one House

                                   Companion bills sponsored by Senate and House Majority Leaders

                                   Conference Committee Reports

                                   Concurrent or Simple Resolutions

                                   Bills passed by both Houses in different forms

                                   Bills on the Veto Calendar (Joint Rule 23)

                                   Administrative Rules Review Committee Bills

                                   Committee Bills related to delayed Administrative Rules [Iowa Code Sec.
                                    17A.8 (9)]

                                   Joint Resolutions nullifying Administrative Rules

                                   Unfinished Business

MAY 1                      110th calendar day of the session (Per diem expenses end) [Iowa Code Sec.2.10(1)]
**The March 13 and April 10 committee deadlines do not apply to Appropriations Bills, Ways and Means Bills,
Government Oversight Bills, bills co-sponsored by Majority and Minority Leaders of one House, Companion Bills
sponsored by the Majority Leaders of both Houses after consultation with the respective Minority Leaders,
Conference Committee Reports, Concurrent or Simple Resolutions, Joint Resolutions nullifying Administrative Rules,
Legalizing Acts, Administrative Rules Review Committee Bills, and Committee Bills related to delayed Administrative
Rules [Iowa Code Sec. 17A.8 (9)].




A REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK
New legislative wheels are starting to turn.



A PREVIEW OF THIS WEEK

THURSDAY

Committee: Human Resources (House)
Bill: HF 4
Bill Title: A bill for an act providing that a child who is ten years of age or older, truant, and refuses to engage in
mediation or violates a mediation agreement commits a delinquent act.
Members: Mascher-CH, Koester, Wendt
Date: Thursday 1/22/2009 8:00 AM
Location: House Lobbyist Lounge
Agenda:
Discuss HF4
Representative Mary Mascher, Chair


BILLS OF INTEREST INTRODUCED LAST WEEK

Click on the link to learn more about the bill. After you click you will find a summary of the bill in the Explanation
section.

Senate Study Bills

SSB 1002 - Requiring health insurance coverage for costs relating to mental health conditions, including alcohol or substance
abuse treatment services, and creating a mental health insurance advisory committee (HSB 6)
Proposed Committee on Human Resources Bill by Chairperson Ragan
Human Resources: Schmitz Chair, Quirmbach, and Seymour

SSB 1004 - Creating an Iowa collaboration for youth development council and state of Iowa youth advisory council in the
department of human rights (HSB 8)
Proposed Department of Human Rights/Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Bill
Human Resources: Hatch Chair, Boettger, and Ragan

SSB 1035 - Relating to the compensation of a guardian ad litem in certain criminal cases involving a child witness (HSB 30)
Proposed Attorney General Bill
Judiciary: Horn Chair, Kreiman, and Zaun

SSB 1052 - Relating to unemployment insurance benefits and compliance with federal law regarding and in order to
qualify for funding, and including effective and applicability dates
Proposed Department of Workforce Development Bill
Labor Business Relations: Dotzler Chair, Dearden, and Wieck

SSB 1053 - Relating to an increase in the balance of the unemployment compensation reserve fund and the purposes for which the
fund's interest may be used
Proposed Department of Workforce Development Bill
Labor Business Relations: Jochum Chair, Dotzler, and Ward

SSB 1061 - relating to a state false claims Act, providing penalties, and providing an effective date and applicability provision
Proposed Department of Inspections and Appeals Bill
Judiciary: Jochum Chair, Kreiman, and Zaun

SSB 1064 - Relating to the criminal offenses of enticing a minor, and the possession, distribution, and reporting of obscene
material, and providing penalties
Proposed Department of Public Safety Bill
Judiciary: Kreiman Chair, Ward, and Warnstadt
House Study Bills

HSB 6 - Requiring health insurance coverage for costs relating to mental health conditions, including alcohol or substance abuse
treatment services, and creating a mental health insurance advisory committee (SSB 1002)
Proposed Committee on Human Resources Bill by Chairperson Smith
Subcommittee assigned, Wessel-Kroeschell, Hunter, and Upmeyer
Subcommittee reassigned, Wessel-Kroeschell, Hunter, and Schulte

HSB 8 - Creating an Iowa collaboration for youth development council and state of Iowa youth advisory council in the department
of human rights (SSB 1004)
Proposed Department of Human Rights/Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Bill
Human Resources: Berry Chair, Baudler, and Mascher

HSB 30 - A study bill relating to the compensation of a guardian ad litem in certain criminal cases involving a child
witness (SSB 1035)
Proposed Attorney General Bill
Judiciary

HSB 35 – Providing training program extension benefits to unemployment insurance benefits, and including an
applicability date (SSB 1054)
Proposed Department of Workforce Development Bill

HSB 37 – Relating to alcoholic beverage possession or consumption including underage possession or consumption
and destruction of operating while intoxicated records, and providing a penalty
Proposed Committee on Judiciary Bill by Chairperson Swaim

HSB 44 – Relating to the criminal offense of enticing or attempting to entice a minor and providing penalties (SSB
1025)
Proposed Attorney General Bill

HSB 48 - Relating to judicial branch practices and procedures, including offsets for the collection of delinquent court
debt, assessment and appropriation of fees, and appropriations from the jury and witness fee revolving fund (SSB
1031)
Proposed Judicial Branch Bill

House Files

HF 1 - Requiring certain group health insurance policies, contracts, or plans to provide coverage for autism spectrum
disorders for certain persons, requiring certification of behavior specialists, and providing an applicability date
By Zirkelbach
Introduced, referred to Human Resources
Subcommittee, Wessel-Kroeschell, Forristall, and Hunter

HF 2 - Adding hallucinogenic substances to the list of schedule I controlled substances, and providing penalties
By Smith
Introduced, referred to Human Resources

HF 4 - Providing that a child who is ten years of age or older, truant, and refuses to engage in mediation or violates a
mediation agreement commits a delinquent act
By Horbach
Introduced, referred to Human Resources

HF 5 - Requiring all payments for prepaid cemetery and funeral merchandise, and funeral services to be placed in trust
or secured by a surety bond
By Pettengill
Introduced, referred to Commerce
HF 8 – Relating to child abuse involving members of the clergy and child abuse reporting requirements, and making
penalties applicable
By Mertz
Introduced, referred to Human Resources
Subcommittee, Berry, Alons, and Smith

HF 11 - Increase the state minimum hourly wage by the same percentage as the increase in federal social security
benefits
By Hunter
Introduced, referred to Labor

HF 14 - Repealing the Iowa English language reaffirmation Act
By Hunter
Introduced, referred to State Government

HF 24 - Requiring employers to provide employees with meal periods and rest periods and providing penalties
By Hunter
Introduced, referred to Labor

HF 25 - Relating to the provision of certain information for insureds regarding external review of health care coverage
decisions
By Hunter
Introduced, referred to Commerce

HF 27 - Relating to the awarding of bonuses to appointed state officers and state employees, employees of entities
created for the joint exercise of governmental powers, and employees of entities receiving government funds pursuant
to a service contract with the state, and providing an effective date
By Baudler
Introduced, referred to State Government

HF 34 - relating to the sale of a pseudoephedrine product by a pharmacy or retailer, and providing penalties and
contingent applicability
By Heddens
Introduced, referred to Public Safety.

HF 36 – Relating to relocation of the child support recovery unit to the department of revenue. Introduced, referred to
State Government
By Baudler
Introduced, referred to State Government

Senate Files

SF 1 - Requiring certain group health insurance policies, contracts, or plans to provide coverage for autism spectrum
disorders for certain persons, requiring certification of behavior specialists, and providing an applicability date
By Beall (Companion to LSB 1118HH by Zirkelbach)
Companion to LSB 1118HH By Zirkelbach
Introduced, referred to Commerce
Subcommittee, Rielly, Hartsuch, and Heckroth

SF 7 - Relating to notice of public disclosure of certain workers' compensation information.
By Kettering
Introduced, referred to Labor and Business Relations
Subcommittee, Dearden, Gronstal, and Ward
Subcommittee reassigned, Dearden, Horn, and Ward

SF 8 - Relating to transportation provided to children attending a preschool program administered by a community
empowerment area
by Kettering
Introduced, referred to Education
Subcommittee, Appel, Feenstra, and Sodders

SF 11 - Relating to establishing a process for reimbursement of nonparticipating providers for eligible services
provided to IowaCare program members
By Johnson
Introduced, referred to Human Resources
Subcommittee, Hatch, Bolkcom, and Johnson

SF 16 - Relating to third-party payment of health care coverage costs for mental health conditions, including alcohol or
substance abuse treatment services, and creating a mental health insurance advisory committee
By Jochum
Introduced, referred to Human Resources
Subcommittee, Schmitz, Quirmbach, and Seymour

SF 21 - Requiring health benefit coverage for certain cancer treatment delivered pursuant to approved cancer clinical
trials and providing an applicability date
By Bolkcum
Introduced, referred to Commerce

DISCLAIMER

This legislative update is provided in the spirit of information and education. The opinions expressed by the
contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the department or its programs. The department shall not be liable for
any damages that may result from errors or omissions in information distributed in this update.

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