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  • 22 Jan 2021 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bill To End In-Person Clinical Supervision Introduced

    House File 107 requires the board of social work and the board of behavioral science to not require that supervision of an applicant for a license as a social worker, marital or family therapist, or mental health counselor be completed in-person.

    The bill also directs the board of social work and the board of behavioral science to amend their administrative rules to remove any requirement for supervised clinical experience and supervised professional practice to be completed in-person as a condition for the licensure of marital and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers.

    A subcommittee meeting has yet to be scheduled for the bill.

    Bills of interest:

    SF 80 - Student Pronouns (A) - This bill requires a school district, if a student will be asked by a school employee or in a school communication to identify the pronoun by which the student prefers to be called, or will be asked to take a survey on pronoun preference, to provide written notification of such action to the parent or guardian of the student at least one week before such action occurs. After the identification or survey has occurred, the bill requires the school district to provide the student’s identification or survey response to the student’s parent or guardian upon request.

    Subcommittee: Sinclair, Carlin and Celsi

    SF 58 - Human Growth and Development Curriculum (F) - This bill provides that the age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development, which each school board must provide, must include instruction regarding dating violence and affirmative, conscious, and voluntary consent to engage in sexual activity.

    Subcommittee: Sinclair, Rosenboom and J Smith

    SF 9 - Music Therapist Certification (M) - This bill requires any person claiming to be a music  therapist to hold a music therapist board-certified credential granted by the certification board for music therapists or a professional designation in good standing listed on the national music therapy registry. The bill as proposed would also likely impede the use of therapeutic music by non music therapists.

    Subcommittee: Whiting, Giddens and Schultz

    HF 107 - In-Person Clinical Supervision (M) - The bill provides that the board of social work and the board of behavioral science shall not require that supervision of an applicant for a license as a social worker, marital or family therapist, or mental health counselor be completed in-person.

    Subcommittee: Osmundson, Fry and Mascher

    HF 101 - Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force (M) - This bill directs the director of the department of education to establish and convene a teacher recruitment and retention task force. If the bill does move forward it should be expanded to include school social worker recruitment and retention.

    Referred to Education

    HSB 62 - Music Therapist Certification (M) - This bill requires any person claiming to be a music  therapist to hold a music therapist board-certified credential granted by the certification board for music therapists or a professional designation in good standing listed on the national music therapy registry. The bill as proposed would also likely impede the use of therapeutic music by non music therapists.

    Approved by subcommittee


  • 15 Jan 2021 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Unveils Proposed FY 22 Budget

    Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her plan for Iowa and it’s budget for the upcoming year in her Condition of the State Address.

    Reynolds proposed spending $15 million each of the next two years on the children’s and adult mental health system. 

    The Governor also proposed a 2.5% hike in state aid for schools.  She also backed legislation to give parents the choice to send their children to school full-time.


    Music Therapy Credentialing Bills Introduce

    Senate File 9 and House Study Bill 62 are bills that seek to establish a new occupational credentialing law for certified music therapists.   This bill is the same language contained in a House proposal offered in 2019 and 2020.

    Unfortunately the bills, as again proposed, fail to spell out that licensed mental health professionals can continue to provide therapeutic music services, a therapy that has been utilized for many years, without being credentialed music therapists.

    If the bills move forward we will be asking lawmakers to clarify that the use of therapeutic music by mental health professionals is not affected by the bills.


    Bills of interest:

    SF 80 - Student Pronouns (M) - This bill requires a school district, if a student will be asked by a school employee or in a school communication to identify the pronoun by which the student prefers to be called, or will be asked to take a survey on pronoun preference, to provide written notification of such action to the parent or guardian of the student at least one week before such action occurs. After the identification or survey has occurred, the bill requires the school district to provide the student’s identification or survey response to the student’s parent or guardian upon request.

    Referred to Education


    SF 58 - Human Growth and Development Curriculum (M) - This bill provides that the age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development, which each school board must provide, must include instruction regarding dating violence and affirmative, conscious, and voluntary consent to engage in sexual activity.

    Referred to Education


    SF 9 - Music Therapist Certification (A) - This bill requires any person claiming to be a music  therapist to hold a music therapist board-certified credential granted by the certification board for music therapists or a professional designation in good standing listed on the national music therapy registry. The bill as proposed would also likely impede the use of therapeutic music by non music therapists.

    Subcommittee: Whiting, Giddens and Schultz


    HSB 62 - Music Therapist Certification (A) - This bill requires any person claiming to be a music  therapist to hold a music therapist board-certified credential granted by the certification board for music therapists or a professional designation in good standing listed on the national music therapy registry. The bill as proposed would also likely impede the use of therapeutic music by non music therapists.

    Subcommittee: Bacon, Konfrst and A Meyer.


  • 10 Jan 2021 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 Iowa Legislative Session First Week Full of Speeches

    The first year of the 89th Iowa General Assembly kicks-off today at 10:00 am at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

    Day one of the 2021 Session is highlighted by the swearing in of lawmakers. 

    On Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver her Condition of the State address and unveil her fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

    Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen will address the Legislature on Wednesday. The Condition of the Judiciary speech will update lawmakers on the state’s court system.

    Thursday will be highlighted by the Condition of the Guard address by General Benjamin Correll.


  • 28 Dec 2020 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 Session Timetable

    January 11 - First day of the Legislative Session

    February 12 - Last day for individual lawmaker requests for bills and resolutions to the Legislative Services Agency

    March 5 - The so-named “First Funnel.”  The date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration that year.

    April 2 - The so-named “Second Funnel.” The date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee in the opposite house of its origin.

    April 30 - The end of per diem payments to lawmakers (the last scheduled day of the 2021 Legislative Session.)


    Legislation Drafts Begin To Roll In

    The Bill Request Log is starting to fill up with inquiries.   So far nearly 100 requests for non confidential bill drafts have been submitted to the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.  The requests come from individual lawmakers, state departments and the judicial branch.

    Below is a sampling of “interesting” requests.

    Bill title followed by the requester:

    Bicycle Lights - Sen. Zach Whiting

    Deaf Children, Language and Literacy Development - Rep. Jon Jacobsen

    Death Penalty - Sen. Julian Garrett

    Dentists to Administer Vaccines - Dental Board

    Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans - Sen. Giddens

    Road Salt - Rep. Jon Thorup

    Youth Hormone Usage - Rep. Sandy Salmon

  • 03 Dec 2020 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This morning, House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) announced appointments for House committee leadership positions in advance of the Eighty-Ninth General Assembly.
     
    “House Republicans are energized and ready to hit the ground running to address the priorities that they have heard from Iowans over the last several months,” said Speaker Grassley. “Representing 97 of Iowa’s 99 counties, House Republicans have heard a clear message from Iowans in every corner of our state: they want us to reignite our economy, help folks get back to work and school safely, and return to normalcy is quickly as possible. This hard-working group of talented legislators are uniquely equipped to spearhead our efforts and do just that.
     
    In addition, House Republicans will continue to demonstrate the strong fiscal leadership that has made Iowa’s budget the most resilient in the country, look for ways to reduce taxes on working families, ensure our kids receive the best education possible, and make sure that Iowans are able to access and afford critical health services no matter where they live.”

     
    Committee leadership is as follows:
     
    Standing Committees:
     
    Administrative Rules Review
    Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids) – Chair
     
    Agriculture
    Rep. Ross Paustian (R-Walcott) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Chad Ingels (R-Randalia) – Vice Chair
     
    Appropriations
    Rep. Gary Mohr (R-Bettendorf) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Shannon Latham (R-Sheffield) – Vice Chair
     
    Commerce
    Rep. Shannon Lundgren (R-Peosta) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Mark Cisneros (R- Muscatine) – Vice Chair
     
    Economic Growth
    Rep. Ray Sorensen (R-Greenfield) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Henry Stone (R-Forest City) – Vice Chair
     
    Education
    Rep. Dustin Hite (R-New Sharon) – Chair
    Rep. Skyler Wheeler (R-Orange City) – Vice Chair
     
    Environmental Protection
    Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Montour) – Chair
    Rep. Tom Moore (R-Griswold) – Vice Chair
     
    Ethics
    Rep. Anne Osmundson (R- Volga) – Chair
     
    Government Oversight
    Rep. Holly Brink (R-Oskaloosa) – Chair
    Rep. Jon Jacobsen (R-Council Bluffs) – Vice Chair
     
    Human Resources
    Rep. Ann Meyer (R-Fort Dodge) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Steve Bradley (R-Cascade) – Vice Chair
     
    Information Technology
    Rep. Brian Lohse (R-Bondurant) – Chair
    Rep. David Sieck (R-Glenwood) – Vice Chair
     
    *Note: This is a new committee that will focus on state technology infrastructure, cyber security, and broadband issues.
     
    International Relations
    Rep. Terry Baxter (R-Garner) – Chair
    Rep. Jon Thorup (R-Knoxville) – Vice Chair
     
    Judiciary
    Rep. Steve Holt (R-Denison) – Chair
    Rep. Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming) – Vice Chair
     
    Labor
    Rep. Dave Deyoe (R-Nevada) – Chair
    Rep. Jeff Shipley (R-Birmingham) – Vice Chair
     
    Local Government
    Rep. Jane Bloomingdale (R-Northwood) – Chair
    Rep. Brent Siegrist (R-Council Bluffs) – Vice Chair
     
    Natural Resources
    Rep. Rob Bacon (R-Slater) – Chair
    Rep. Tom Jeneary (R-Le Mars) – Vice Chair
     
    Public Safety
    Rep. Jarad Klein (R-Keota) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Cherielynn Westrich (R-Ottumwa) – Vice Chair
     
    State Government
    Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Brooke Boden (R-Indianola) – Vice Chair
     
    Transportation
    Rep. Brian Best (R-Glidden) – Chair
    Rep. Dave Maxwell (R-Gibson) – Vice Chair
     
    Veterans Affairs
    Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Martin Graber (R-Fort Madison) – Vice Chair
     
    Ways & Means
    Rep. Lee Hein (R-Monticello) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Carter Nordman (R-Adel) – Vice Chair
     
     
    Appropriations Subcommittees:
     
    Administration and Regulation Appropriations
    Rep. John Landon (R-Ankeny) – Chair
    Rep. Michael Bergan (R-Dorchester) – Vice Chair
     
    Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations
    Rep. Norlin Mommsen (R-DeWitt) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Dennis Bush (R-Cleghorn) – Vice Chair
     
    Economic Development Appropriations
    Rep. Phil Thompson (R-Jefferson) – Chair
    Rep. Tom Gerhold (R-Atkins) – Vice Chair
     
    Education Appropriations
    Rep. David Kerr (R-Morning Sun) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Garrett Gobble (R-Ankeny) – Vice Chair
     
    Health and Human Services Appropriations
    Rep. Joel Fry (R-Osceola) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Eddie Andrews (R-Johnston) – Vice Chair
     
    Justice Systems Appropriations
    Rep. Gary Worthan (R-Storm Lake) – Chair
    Rep.-Elect Charlie McClintock (R-Alburnett) – Vice Chair
     
    Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations
    Rep. Jacob Bossman (R-Sioux City) – Chair
    Rep. Anne Osmundson (R-Volga) – Vice Chair

  • 03 Dec 2020 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whitver Announces Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs

    Des Moines – Today, Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, announced chairs and vice chairs of Senate standing committees for the eighty-ninth Iowa General Assembly.

    Agriculture

    Senator Zumbach – Chair

    Senator Sweeney – Vice Chair

    Appropriations

    Senator Kraayenbrink– Chair

    Senator Lofgren – Vice Chair

    Commerce

    Senator Schultz – Chair

    Senator Koelker – Vice Chair

    Education

    Senator Sinclair – Chair

    Senator Taylor – Vice Chair

    Ethics

    Senator Koelker – Chair

    Senator Carlin – Vice Chair

    Government Oversight

    Senator Schultz – Chair

    Senator Williams – Vice Chair

    Human Resources

    Senator Edler – Chair

    Senator Costello – Vice Chair

    Judiciary

    Senator Zaun – Chair

    Senator Garrett – Vice Chair

    Labor

    Senator Whiting– Chair

    Senator Green – Vice Chair

    Local Government

    Senator Shipley – Chair

    Senator Klimesh – Vice Chair

    Natural Resources

    Senator Sweeney – Chair

    Senator Driscoll – Vice Chair

    Rules

    Senator Whitver – Chair

    Senator Chapman – Vice Chair

    State Government

    Senator Smith – Chair

    Senator  Cournoyer – Vice Chair

    Transportation

    Senator Brown – Chair

    Senator Shipley – Vice Chair

    Veterans Affairs

    Senator Carlin – Chair

    Senator Reichman – Vice Chair

    Ways and Means

    Senator Dawson – Chair

    Senator Goodwin – Vice Chair


    The Appropriations subcommittee chairs are:

    Administration and Regulation

    Senator Guth – Chair

    Agriculture & Natural Resources

    Senator Rozenboom – Chair

    Economic Development

    Senator Lofgren – Chair

    Education

    Senator Cournoyer  – Chair

    Health and Human Services

    Senator Costello – Chair

    Justice Systems

    Senator Garrett – Chair

    Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals

    Senator Johnson – Chair

    Senator Zach Whiting will be the vice chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee.

    Senator Zach Nunn will remain on military duty through the 2021 Legislative Session.


  • 17 Jun 2020 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2020 Iowa Legislative Session Comes To An End

    The nearly three month long “pandemic pause” will certainly be what is remembered most about the 2020 Session of the Iowa Legislature.

    Monday, March 16 was the day lawmakers hit the “pause button” on activity at the Statehouse.  They returned on Wednesday, June 3 and initiated a schedule that compressed the missed time into 11 days of work.

    With state revenues down due to the forced closure of most businesses, budget decisions were even more difficult.  Most proposed changes to tax policy were also not acted upon.


    Student Mental Health Funding Approved Again!

    The ISSWA, School Psychologists Association, Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa School Nurses Organization and Mental Health America all joined forces to successfully push for the continuation of the state’s Student Mental Health School Based Program.

    The program, which was initiated last year, will again receive an appropriation of $2.1 million in the omnibus spending bill, House File 2643.

    Of the $2.1 million dollars appropriated, $1,200,000 will be allocated to the area education agencies to provide mental health awareness training for educators and schools.

    $750,000 will be allocated to the area education agencies to be used to identify a range of approaches to best meet the mental health needs of students and to strengthen community support for students.

    Finally $150,000 will be used by the area education agencies to create a clearinghouse of mental health resources for use by schools and community providers.


    Disruptive Student Bill Heads To The Governor

    After months of sometimes heated debate, Senate File 2360, a bill focused on disruptive students, is headed to the desk of Governor Kim Reynolds.

    The Iowa School Social Workers Association, working with Representatives Cecil Dolecheck, Dave Kerr and Mary Masher, was able to secure significant changes to the controversial proposal.

    The changes include:

    · Requiring the bill’s grant program provides opportunities to access funds for school districts of all sizes. Specifically requiring that the available funds be distributed equitably between small, medium and large school districts (small = under 600 students, medium = 600 to 2499 students, and large = 2500 students and up.)

    · Removal of corporal punishment language from the bill because current law already allows for the removal of a disruptive student from class or any area of a school premises or from school sponsored activities. The removal of the duplicative language eliminates an area of potential confusion.

    · Adding greater clarification to what is defined as “retaliation.” The amendment now specifies that the protection from “retaliation” is specific to coming in contact with a student.

    Thanks again to all the ISSWA members who contacted lawmakers regarding the needed changes to the bill.


    Telehealth for Schools Approved By Lawmakers

    A major move forward for providing mental health services in schools is on it’s way to the desk of the Governor.

    Senate File 2261, allows behavioral health services to be offered in schools, either in person or by telehealth.  Further, the bill prohibits private insurance providers from denying coverage of school delivered behavioral health services.

    Bills of Interest:

    This is the final disposition of bills of concern/interest.

    (SF = Senate File, SSB = Senate Study Bill, HF = House File, HSB = House Study Bill)


    Awaiting action by the Governor:

    SF 2360 (formerly SF 2190 and SSB 3080) - Disruptive Students (M) - The bill does all of the following: a) Provides for the development and distribution of guidelines for schools to use in response to student behaviour that presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to a student or faculty; b) Establishes a Therapeutic Classroom Incentive grant program and appropriates money for student transportation to therapeutic classrooms; and c) and protects school employees from charges of “corporal punishment” if they are attacked or defending themselves.

    Passed the Senate 50-0. Amended and approved by the House 95-3. Approved by the Senate 48-1.

    SF 2261 (formerly SF 2100) - School Mental Health via Telehealth (F) - The bill would allow behavioural health services to be offered to students via telehealth at schools.

    Approved by the Senate 49-0. Amended and Approved by the House 92-4. Passed by the Senate 50-0.

    HF 684 - Alcohol Overdose Immunity (F) - The bill provides immunity from prosecution for any person who reports an alcohol overdose emergency, especially those who are under the legal drinking age.).

    Passed the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 47-2. Approved by the House 96-1.


    Not approved by both chambers of the Legislature:

    SF 2331 (formerly SF 2138) - School Employee Protections (M) - The bill provides that a public school official or employee shall not be dismissed, suspended, reassigned or otherwise punished solely for acting to protect a student’s freedom of expression or a student’s first Amendment rights.

    On Senate debate calendar

    SF 2155 (formerly SF 2065) - School Resource Officer Funding (M) - The bill authorizes school districts to raise additional funds via property taxes and income surtaxes under the instruction support program to fund a school resource officer.

    Approved by the Education Committee and referred to Ways and Means Subcommittee: Chapman, Quirmbach and R. Smith

    SF 2081 (formerly SSB 3020) - Student ID’s Suicide Prevention Number (F) - The bill requires schools to include the national suicide prevention hotline telephone number on student ID cards.

    On Senate debate calendar

    SF 2067 - Excused Absences For Mental Health Treatment (F) - The bill requires schools to adopt policies permitting a student to take excused absences from school for mental health treatment.

    Subcommittee: Sinclair, Behn and Celsi

    SF 2027 - Student ID’s Suicide Prevention Number (F) - The bill requires schools to include the national suicide prevention hotline telephone number on student ID cards.

    Subcommittee; Cournoyer, Edler and Wahls

    SF 376 - Mental Health Education Requirements (F) - The bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included in a unit of health education.

    Subcommittee: Sinclair, Behn and J. Smith

    SF 342 - Immunity For Reporting Alcohol Injuries (F) - The bill provides immunity from certain alcohol related criminal offenses and prohibits certain disciplinary actions for persons who seek or require emergency assistance for alcohol overdoses.

    Subcommittee: Zaun, Nunn and R. Taylor

    HF 2521 (formerly HF 2120) - School Suicide Prevention Program Reporting (F) - The bill would require school districts to report to the Department of Education what types of suicide prevention training they are providing employees

    On House debate calendar

    HF 2201 - Gender Identity in Schools (M) - This bill would allow parents to have their children excused from any program, curriculum, material, test, survey, questionnaire, activity, announcement, promotion or instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Approved by subcommittee

    HF 419 - Music Therapist Certification (M) - This bill would require a person claiming to be a music therapist to hold a board certified credential or a professional designation by the National Music Therapy Registry. The bill needs clarification as it is unclear if providing therapeutic music services is also covered in the bill.

    Passed the House 96-3 on 4/3/19. On Senate debate calendar


  • 12 Jun 2020 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISSWA Leads Effort to Fix Issues in Disruptive Students Bill


    Working with Representatives Cecil Dolecheck, Dave Kerr and Mary Masher, the Iowa School Social Workers Association was able to secure significant changes to Senate File 2360.

    The changes included in an amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee are:

    · Requiring the bill’s grant program provides opportunities to access funds for school districts of all sizes. Specifically requiring that the available funds be distributed equitably between small, medium and large school districts (small = under 600 students, medium = 600 to 2499 students, and large = 2500 students and up.)

    · Removal of corporal punishment language from the bill because current law already allows for the removal of a disruptive student from class or any area of a school premises or from school sponsored activities. The removal of the duplicative language eliminates an area of potential confusion.

    · Adding greater clarification to what is defined as “retaliation.” The amendment now specifies that the protection from “retaliation” is specific to coming in contact with a student.

    The bill and amendment now need to be approved by the full House of Representatives.  Then the Senate will need to give its approval to the House changes.


    Second Funnel Comes: Claims A Few Bills of Interest

    The second procedural hurdle for policy bills came at the end of business on Saturday, June 6.

    The so-called “Second Funnel” is the date by which a bill has to be approved by a committee in the opposite chamber - meaning a House File must be approved by a Senate committee and a Senate File by a House committee - to remain eligible for further consideration this year.

     

    Senate File 2081 which would have required schools to include the national suicide prevention hotline telephone number on student ID cards is the most notable ISSWA backed bill to not advance.


    Telehealth for Schools Approved By Lawmakers


    A major move forward for providing mental health services in schools is on its way to the desk of the Governor.

    Senate File 2261 was approved and amended by the House this past Thursday and on Friday the Senate concurred with the technical changes made by the House.

    The bill allows behavioral health services to be offered in schools, either in person or by telehealth.  Further, the bill prohibits private insurance providers from denying coverage of school delivered behavioral health services.



    Bills of Interest:

    Bills that remain eligible for further consideration are below. Those bills no longer eligible are struck through.

    (SF = Senate File, SSB = Senate Study Bill, HF = House File, HSB = House Study Bill)

    SF 2360 (formerly SF 2190 and SSB 3080) - Disruptive Students (M) - The bill does all of the following: a) Provides for the development and distribution of guidelines for schools to use in response to student behavior that presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to a student or faculty; 2) Requires teacher education programs to include individual education plans (IEP) and positive behavioral intervention strategies; 3) Prohibits the use of “classroom clears” in a student’s IEP; 4) Establishes a Therapeutic Classroom Incentive grant program and appropriates money for student transportation to therapeutic classrooms; 5) Requires the the submission of reports of student violence to the Department of Education and legislature; 6) and protects school employees from charges of “corporal punishment” if they are attacked or defending themselves.

    Passed the Senate 50-0. On House debate schedule.

    SF 2331 (formerly SF 2138) - School Employee Protections (M) - The bill provides that a public school official or employee shall not be dismissed, suspended, reassigned or otherwise punished solely for acting to protect a student’s freedom of expression or a student’s first Amendment rights.

    On Senate debate calendar

    SF 2261 (formerly SF 2100) - School Mental Health via Telehealth (M) - The bill would allow behavioral health services to be offered to students via telehealth at schools.

    Approved by the Senate 49-0. Amended and Approved by the House 92-4.

    SF 2155 (formerly SF 2065) - School Resource Officer Funding (M) - The bill authorizes school districts to raise additional funds via property taxes and income surtaxes under the instruction support program to fund a school resource officer.

    Approved by the Education Committee and referred to Ways and Means Subcommittee: Chapman, Quirmbach and R. Smith

    SF 2081 (formerly SSB 3020) - Student ID’s Suicide Prevention Number (F) - The bill requires schools to include the national suicide prevention hotline telephone number on student ID cards.

    On Senate debate calendar

    HF 2532 (formerly HSB 598) - Disruptive Students (M) - Disruptive Students (M) - The bill does all of the following: a) Provides for the development and distribution of guidelines for schools to use in response to student behavior that presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to a student or faculty; 2) Requires teacher education programs to include individual education plans (IEP) and positive behavioral intervention strategies; 3) Prohibits the use of “classroom clears” in a student’s IEP; 4) Establishes a Therapeutic Classroom Incentive grant program and appropriates money for student transportation to therapeutic classrooms; 5) Requires the submission of reports of student violence to the Department of Education and legislature; 6) and protects school employees from charges of “corporal punishment” if they are attacked or defending themselves.

    On House debate calendar

    HF 2521 (formerly HF 2120) - School Suicide Prevention Program Reporting (F) - The bill would require school districts to report to the Department of Education what types of suicide prevention training they are providing employees

    On House debate calendar

    HF 419 - Music Therapist Certification (M) - This bill would require a person claiming to be a music therapist to hold a board certified credential or a professional designation by the National Music Therapy Registry. The bill may need clarification as it is unclear if providing therapeutic music services is also covered in the bill.

    Passed the House 96-3 on 4/3/19. Approved by Senate Committee


  • 03 May 2020 7:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Iowa Legislature Will Continue Suspension of Session

     

    (DES MOINES) -- This afternoon, House and Senate leadership announced that the suspension of the legislative session will be extended through May 15.

    “The health and safety of all Iowans continues to be our primary focus as we monitor the situation and make decisions. I know my colleagues are eager to return to the Capitol to address priorities and complete our legislative work as soon as we can,” said House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford).

    “Iowans have been patient and played a critical role in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus during this unprecedented public health emergency. We need to get folks back to their jobs, schools, churches, and social lives in a responsible way as soon as possible. I want to thank Governor Reynolds for her cautious approach to reopen our state and return to normal.”

    The Legislative Council will meet over teleconference this week. A date for the meeting has not yet been set.


  • 15 Apr 2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your Help Needed For Important School Mental Health Funding

    Despite not being at the Statehouse, lawmakers are using portions of the coronavirus hiatus to work on budget plans.

    Please contact the following members of the joint House/Senate Education Appropriations committee and tell them:

    · Continue to fund the highly successful Student Mental Health School Based Program

    · Please appropriate at least $3 million dollars for the program

    · Last year the program was funded at $2.1 million and was not enough to provide all the services needed by schools

    · Mental health services will be in demand following the virus outbreak and social distancing requirements

    Here is the link to the members of the House/Senate Education Appropriations committee.  Click on the name of the lawmaker to obtain their email address, and in many cases their address and telephone number.

    https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/committee?ga=88&groupID=675


    Suspension of the Legislative Session Will Continue

    The suspension of the 2020 Session of the Iowa Legislature will now continue until at least April, 30. 

    The leaders of the House and Senate have announced that they will reassess the “pause” in action again near the end of the month.

    Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver issued the following statement: “The Iowa Legislature continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. It is important for us to continue to lead by example and limit the possible spread of this disease,” 

    We will keep you updated on plans to return to the Statehouse for the conclusion of the 2020 Legislative Session.


    Governor’s 1-Cent Sales Tax Proposal Appears “Dead” For 2020

    The major policy proposal of Governor Kim Reynolds appears to be the first major public policy casualty of the pandemic-halted 2020 Session of the Iowa Legislature.

    Perry Beaman of the Iowa Capital Dispatch broke the story in the following article:

    https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2020/04/02/iowa-economic-development-director-invest-in-iowa-act-likely-dead-for-this-session/


    Bills of Interest:

    (SF = Senate File, SSB = Senate Study Bill, HF = House File, HSB = House Study Bill)

    SF 2360 (formerly SF 2190 and SSB 3080) - Disruptive Students (M) - The bill does all of the following: a) Provides for the development and distribution of guidelines for schools to use in response to student behavior that presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to a student or faculty; 2) Requires teacher education programs to include individual education plans (IEP) and positive behavioral intervention strategies; 3) Prohibits the use of “classroom clears” in a student’s IEP; 4) Establishes a Therapeutic Classroom Incentive grant program and appropriates money for student transportation to therapeutic classrooms; 5) Requires the the submission of reports of student violence to the Department of Education and legislature; 6) and protects school employees from charges of “corporal punishment” if they are attacked or defending themselves.

    Passed the Senate 50-0.

    SF 2331 (formerly SF 2138) - School Employee Protections (M) - The bill provides that a public school official or employee shall not be dismissed, suspended, reassigned or otherwise punished solely for acting to protect a student’s freedom of expression or a student’s first Amendment rights.

    On Senate debate calendar

    SF 2261 (formerly SF 2100) - School Mental Health via Telehealth (M) - The bill would allow behavioural health services to be offered to students via telehealth at schools.

    Approved by the Senate 49-0. Approved by subcommittee

    SF 2155 (formerly SF 2065) - School Resource Officer Funding (M) - The bill authorizes school districts to raise additional funds via property taxes and income surtaxes under the instruction support program to fund a school resource officer.

    Approved by the Education Committee and referred to Ways and Means Subcommittee: Chapman, Quirmbach and R. Smith

    SF 2081 (formerly SSB 3020) - Student ID’s Suicide Prevention Number (F) - The bill requires schools to include the national suicide prevention hotline telephone number on student ID cards.

    On Senate debate calendar

    HF 2532 (formerly HSB 598) - Disruptive Students (M) - Disruptive Students (M) - The bill does all of the following: a) Provides for the development and distribution of guidelines for schools to use in response to student behaviour that presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to a student or faculty; 2) Requires teacher education programs to include individual education plans (IEP) and positive behavioural intervention strategies; 3) Prohibits the use of “classroom clears” in a student’s IEP; 4) Establishes a Therapeutic Classroom Incentive grant program and appropriates money for student transportation to therapeutic classrooms; 5) Requires the the submission of reports of student violence to the Department of Education and legislature; 6) and protects school employees from charges of “corporal punishment” if they are attacked or defending themselves.

    On House debate calendar

    HF 2521 (formerly HF 2120) - School Suicide Prevention Program Reporting (F) - The bill would require school districts to report to the Department of Education what types of suicide prevention training they are providing employees

    On House debate calendar


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