Legislative Update 2/22

Yesterday was the first funnel date of the 2014 session of the Iowa Legislature.

The Iowa Legislature has a good website, though it seems not to be completely up to date. I have compiled the following lists of funnel date survivors by looking at education committee meeting agendas and the House and Senate Journals.

Bills reported out of the Iowa House education committee:

  • HF 2119 relating to certain costs under the statewide preschool program for four-year-old children. Recommendation: amend and do pass.
  • HF 2170 (formerly HSB 559) relating to school instructional time. Recommendation: do pass. Passed the House [97-0], messaged to Senate and attached to similar bill SF 2018.
  • HF 2179 (successor to HSB 561) DE technical corrections bill. Recommendation: do pass. Related to SF 2230.
  • HF 2180 (formerly HSB 562) relating to transitional coaching authorizations issued by the BOEE. Recommendation: amend and do pass. One amendment filed and adopted: H-8010. Passed the House [98-0], messaged to Senate.
  • HF 2193 (successor to HSB 556) providing for the establishment of an Iowa middle school extended learning time pilot project grant program. Recommendation: amend and do pass. Related to SF 2229.
  • HF 2194 (successor to HSB 607) relating to making changes to required dates to establish state percent growth in education funding. Recommendation: do pass. Passed the House [54-43], messaged to Senate.
  • HF 2224 (successor to HSB 615) requiring reporting on certain educational credits awarded to veterans. Recommendation: do pass.
  • HF 2252 (successor to HSB 553) relating to standards for educational and instructional models, programs, and supplementary weighting for students identified as limited English proficient. Recommendation: do pass. Related to SSB 3030.
  • HF 2269 (successor to HSB 560) relating to the administrator quality program and to a coaching and support system for school district administrators. Recommendation: amend and do pass. Related to SSB 3029.
  • HF 2271 (successor to HF 2103) relating to supplementary weighting for shared operational functions of school districts. Recommendation: amend and do pass.
  • HF 2272 (successor to HSB 558) relating to incentives for whole grade sharing and reorganization or dissolution by school districts. Recommendation: amend and do pass. Related to SSB 3046.
  • HF 2311 (successor to HSB 619) relating to the duties and authority of the college student aid commission. Recommendation: do pass. Related to SF 2124.
  • HF 2334 (successor to HSB 555) relating to professional development services for elementary teachers to improve students’ literacy skills. Recommendation: amend and do pass. Related to SSB 3031.
  • HF 2360 (successor to HF 559) establishing a transportation cost supplement program. Recommendation: amend and do pass.
  • HSB 525 Governor Branstad’s Bully Free Iowa Act of 2014. Recommendation: amend and do pass.
  • HSB 592 relating to core content standards, assessments, curricula relating to student academic progress, and to the collection of and access to student data. Recommendation: amend and do pass.
  • HSB 611 permitting schools to stock, administer, and provide epinephrine. Recommendation: amend and do pass.
  • HSB 654 relating to continuity of learning for children receiving foster care services. Recommendation: do pass.
  • HSB 569 relating to misconduct under the code of professional conduct and ethics of the BOEE. Recommendation: do pass.
  • SF 220 (successor to SF 66) relating to funding for retirement incentive programs offered by school districts. Recommendation: amend and do pass. Two amendments filed: H-8002 and H-8013.
  • SF 339 (successor to SSB 1205) relating to inspections of school buses and certain other vehicles used to transport children. Recommendation: amend and pass. One amendment filed: H-8003.

Bills reported out of the Iowa Senate education committee:

  • SF 2018 concerning school instructional days. Recommendation: do pass. Placed on the Senate Unfinished Business Calendar and attached HF 2170.
  • SF 2056 relating to whole grade sharing incentives for school districts. Recommendation: do pass.
  • SF 2077 (successor to SSB 3106) establishing 6% categorical growth for 2015-16 school year. Approved committee bill. Passed the Senate [26-23], messaged to House.
  • SF 2078 (successor to SSB 3107) relating to school district property tax replacement. Approved committee bill. Passed the Senate [49-0], messaged to House.
  • SF 2079 (successor to SSB 3105) establishing 6% state growth for 2015-16 school year. Approved committee bill. Passed the Senate [26-23], messaged to House.
  • SF 2129 (successor to SF 2006) authorizing the establishment of a philanthropy account within an agency fund established by a school corporation. Approved committee bill.
  • SF 2226 (successor to SSB 3160) establishing a low-income program supplement for school districts to provide programs serving low-income pupils. Approved committee bill.
  • SF 2229 (successor bill to SSB 3021) providing for the establishment of an Iowa middle school extended learning time pilot project grant program. Approved committee bill. Related to HF 2193.
  • SF 2230 (successor to SSB 3019) DE technical corrections bill. Approved committee bill.
  • SF 2257 (successor to SSB 3045) relating to programs and accounts administered by the college student aid commission. Approved committee bill. Related to HSB 557.
  • SF 2258 (successor to SF 2219) providing for a voluntary program to recognize schools and school districts that participate in programs that promote financial literacy for high school students. Approved committee bill.

The Gazette reported six other funnel survivors that I could not yet find in the House or Senate Journals:

  • SF 2070 relating to dyslexia screening.
  • SF 2173 and related bill HF 2245 establishing an Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education.
  • SSB 3048 adding a fine and applied arts to the core curriculum.
  • SSB 3149 proposed Senate Committee on Education bill relating to antibullying and antiharassment policies.
  • SSB 3155 relating to the state preschool program for four-year-old children by establishing a preschool expansion incentive and authorizing state aid for the incentive.

Radio Iowa reported that bills requiring radon testing and mitigation in public schools passed out of committees in both the House and Senate. I could not yet find these bills in the House or Senate Journals, but assume they are HF 2152 and SF 2127.

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