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  • 12 Apr 2021 6:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AEA Funding Update Bill Introduced

    In an effort to begin the discussion regarding proper funding for Area Education Agencies (AEA), Senate Study Bill 1260 has been introduced.

    The proposal seeks to address AEA funding inequities, especially between urban and rural areas.

    We will keep you updated on this important effort.


    Increase in School Mental Health Program In House Budget Bill

    The House Education Appropriations Bill was given the go-ahead by that chamber’s appropriations subcommittee yesterday.

    Included in the bill is an increase in funding for the ISSWA-backed Children’s Mental Health School Based Training and Support program.  For the first two years, the program was funded at $2.1 million. Thanks to our support for the program, the House has proposed a $1.0 million dollar increase, bringing the total appropriation to $3.1 million.

    The funds will be used by area education agencies to provide mental health awareness training for educators, support mental health needs of schools, and maintain a clearinghouse of mental health resources.

    The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the bill early next week.

    It is important to note that the House and Senate are very, very far apart on spending plans for FY 22.  We will likely need to send emails of support for the program and the funding increase to the Senate beginning the middle of next week.


    Bills of interest :

    SF 532 (formerly SSB 1231) - BOEE Recognition and Certification (F) - The bill as amended by the Senate would require all mental health professionals providing services at a school to have a Board of Educational Examiners recognition.

    Approved by the Senate 47-0. On House debate calendar.


    SF 524 (formerly SSB 1227) - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. On House debate calendar


    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. On House debate calendar


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SSB 1260 - AEA Funding Equity (F) - This bill relates to area education agencies by modifying certain categorical funding supplement calculations and enrollment determinations to better provide funding to rural and urban agencies.

    Subcommittee: 


    HF 813 (formerly HSB 242) - Charter Schools (A) - The bill establishes a new statewide charter school program.  

    Approved by the House 55-40. Approved by the Senate Education Committee. Approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. On Senate debate calendar


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    Approved by the House 96-0. On Senate debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4.  On Senate debate calendar



    Passed by both chambers:


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


  • 02 Apr 2021 9:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Second Procedural Deadline Claims Victims

    The second procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session arrived at the close of Legislative business earlier today.

    The so-called “second funnel” is the date by which  bills must be approved by at least one standing committee in the house opposite of its origin.  So, a House File needs to be approved by a Senate Committee and vise versa to remain eligible for consideration this year.

    Bills to eliminate the tenure system at the state’s public universities, allow for wagering on e-sports and prevent employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus all failed to clear the April 2 procedural hurdle.

    Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” are exempt from procedural deadlines.



    Bills of interest :

    SF 532 (formerly SSB 1231) - BOEE Recognition and Certification (F) - The bill as amended by the Senate would require all mental health professionals providing services at a school to have a Board of Educational Examiners recognition.

    Approved by the Senate 47-0. On House debate calendar.


    SF 524 (formerly SSB 1227) - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. On House debate calendar


    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. On House debate calendar


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    HF 813 (formerly HSB 242) - Charter Schools (A) - The bill establishes a new statewide charter school program.  

    Approved by the House 55-40. On Senate debate calendar


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    Approved by the House 96-0. On Senate debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4.  On Senate debate calendar



    Passed by both chambers:


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29



    Not approved by a committee in the opposite chamber:


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    HF 820 (formerly HSB 527) - Eviction Records (F) - The bill provides that a court shall seal the court records of an eviction action not later than three days from the date of the hearing if any of the following have occurred: 1) the defendant is found not guilty, 2) the court finds there is no genuine issue of material fact between the parties or dismisses the plaintiff’s claim; 3) the plaintiff withdraws the claim; 4) the plaintiff does not appear for the hearing; or 5) by consent of both parties.

    Approved by House 92-0. Approved by subcommittee


    HF 784 (formerly HF 706) - Telehealth Reimbursement (F) - This bill requires a health carrier (carrier) to reimburse a healthcare professional (professional) or facility for health care services (services) provided to a covered person by telehealth on the same basis and at the same rate as the carrier would apply to the same services provided to the covered person by the professional or facility in person. As a condition of reimbursement, the carrier is prohibited from requiring that an additional professional be located in the same room as the covered person while services for a mental health condition, illness, injury, or disease are delivered via telehealth by another professional to the covered person.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 773 (formerly HF 479) - MH Services Study (F) - This bill requires the department of human services (DHS) to conduct a statewide study of the current availability of mental health services in the state, including the potential value of pursuing a section 1115 demonstration waiver as specified under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, to provide for reimbursement for services provided in settings that qualify as institutions for mental diseases. DHS shall submit a final report of the results of the study to the governor and to the  general assembly by February 15, 2022. The bill takes effect upon enactment.

    Passed the House 97-0. Not approved by subcommittee


    HF 691 (formerly HSB 172) - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan approved March 10, 2015, and retroactively effective to December 1, 2014, relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, beginning July 1, 2021, to provide that the types of nonlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to noncertified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 294 (formerly HF 89) - MH Telehealth Care (F) - This bill requires a health carrier to reimburse a health care professional or a facility for health care services for a mental health condition, illness, injury, or disease provided to a covered person via telehealth on the same basis and at the same rate as the health carrier would apply to the same health care services provided to the covered person by the health care professional or facility in person.

    Passed the House 95-1. Senate Human Resources subcommittee Edler, Costello and Mathis


  • 26 Mar 2021 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact House Subcommittee To Approve SF 532

    The subcommittee assigned to consider ISSWA-backed Senate File 532 has been appointed.

    You may recall that the original Senate proposal originally dealt with Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) recognition for licensed behavioral analysts. A significant amendment requested by ISSWA was added to the bill that requires “any mental health practitioner who holds a master’s degree and who also provides mental health services to students at a school obtain such a statement” from the BOEE.

    Please take a moment and send a short email to the members of the subcommittee assigned to consider SF 532 and urge them to approve the bill:

    Rep. Garrett Gobble - garrett.gobble@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Cecil Dolecheck - cecil.dolecheck@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Tracy Ehlert - tracy.ehlert@legis.iowa.gov


    Second Procedural Deadline Arrives Next Friday

    The second procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session comes this upcoming Friday, April 2.

    Next Friday policy bills must be approved by at least one standing committee in the house opposite of its origin.  So, a House File needs to be approved by a Senate Committee and vise versa to remain eligible for consideration this year.

    Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” are exempt from procedural deadlines.


    Bills of interest :

    SF 524 (formerly SSB 1227) - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Approved by subcommittee


    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. On House debate calendar


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    HF 820 (formerly HSB 527) - Eviction Records (F) - The bill provides that a court shall seal the court records of an eviction action not later than three days from the date of the hearing if any of the following have occurred: 1) the defendant is found not guilty, 2) the court finds there is no genuine issue of material fact between the parties or dismisses the plaintiff’s claim; 3) the plaintiff withdraws the claim; 4) the plaintiff does not appear for the hearing; or 5) by consent of both parties.

    Approved by House 92-0


    HF 813 (formerly HSB 242) - Charter Schools (A) - The bill establishes a new statewide charter school program.  

    Approved by the House 55-40. Senate Education subcommittee: Sinclair, Johnson and Quirmbach


    HF 784 (formerly HF 706) - Telehealth Reimbursement (F) - This bill requires a health carrier (carrier) to reimburse a healthcare professional (professional) or facility for health care services (services) provided to a covered person by telehealth on the same basis and at the same rate as the carrier would apply to the same services provided to the covered person by the professional or facility in person. As a condition of reimbursement, the carrier is prohibited from requiring that an additional professional be located in the same room as the covered person while services for a mental health condition, illness, injury, or disease are delivered via telehealth by another professional to the covered person.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 773 (formerly HF 479) - MH Services Study (F) - This bill requires the department of human services (DHS) to conduct a statewide study of the current availability of mental health services in the state, including the potential value of pursuing a section 1115 demonstration waiver as specified under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, to provide for reimbursement for services provided in settings that qualify as institutions for mental diseases. DHS shall submit a final report of the results of the study to the governor and to the  general assembly by February 15, 2022. The bill takes effect upon enactment.

    Passed the House 97-0. Not approved by subcommittee


    HF 691 (formerly HSB 172) - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan approved March 10, 2015, and retroactively effective to December 1, 2014, relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, beginning July 1, 2021, to provide that the types of nonlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to noncertified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    Approved by the House 96-0. On Senate debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4.  Subcommittee: Smith, Cournoyer and Giddenns



    Passed by both chambers:


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


  • 19 Mar 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISSWA Amendment Added To Senate File

    Thanks to the efforts of the ISSWA, new requirements for school mental health providers were added to Senate File 532.

    The legislation, with the changes, was approved by the Senate on an overhealing vote of 47-0.

    The bill originally dealt with Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) recognition for licensed behavioral analysts. But thanks to the diligence of the ISSWA a significant amendment was added to the bill that requires “any mental health practitioner who holds a master’s degree and who also provides mental health services to students at a school obtain such a statement” from the BOEE.

    The amendment also requires the BOEE to enforce the requirement no later than January 1, 2022.

    A subcommittee of the House Education Committee will soon consider the bill.  We will keep you updated.


    Bills of interest :

    SF 524 (formerly SSB 1227) - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Approved by subcommittee


    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Approved by subcommittee


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    HF 820 (formerly HSB 527) - Eviction Records (F) - The bill provides that a court shall seal the court records of an eviction action not later than three days from the date of the hearing if any of the following have occurred: 1) the defendant is found not guilty, 2) the court finds there is no genuine issue of material fact between the parties or dismisses the plaintiff’s claim; 3) the plaintiff withdraws the claim; 4) the plaintiff does not appear for the hearing; or 5) by consent of both parties.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 784 (formerly HF 706) - Telehealth Reimbursement (F) - This bill requires a health carrier (carrier) to reimburse a healthcare professional (professional) or facility for health care services (services) provided to a covered person by telehealth on the same basis and at the same rate as the carrier would apply to the same services provided to the covered person by the professional or facility in person. As a condition of reimbursement, the carrier is prohibited from requiring that an additional professional be located in the same room as the covered person while services for a mental health condition, illness, injury, or disease are delivered via telehealth by another professional to the covered person.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 773 (formerly HF 479) - MH Services Study (F) - This bill requires the department of human services (DHS) to conduct a statewide study of the current availability of mental health services in the state, including the potential value of pursuing a section 1115 demonstration waiver as specified under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, to provide for reimbursement for services provided in settings that qualify as institutions for mental diseases. DHS shall submit a final report of the results of the study to the governor and to the  general assembly by February 15, 2022. The bill takes effect upon enactment.

    Passed the House 97-0. Senate Human Resources subcommittee Edler, Costello and Mathis


    HF 691 (formerly HSB 172) - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan approved March 10, 2015, and retroactively effective to December 1, 2014, relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, beginning July 1, 2021, to provide that the types of nonlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to noncertified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    Approved by the House 96-0. Senate State Government subcommittee: Koelker, Bisignano and Cournoyer


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4. 



    Signed into law:


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


  • 12 Mar 2021 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Budget Rumblings Begin

    Now is the time in the Legislative Session when the focus of the Legislature turns from strictly policy to policy and finances and taxes.

    Unofficial, behind-the-scenes talks have begun related to the construction of the fiscal year 2023 budget.

    We continue to keep a close eye on, and a sharp ear tuned to, education spending talks, and will update you as soon as any news comes out.


    Bills of interest :

    SF 524 (formerly SSB 1227) - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Referred to House Human Resources


    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Referred to House State Government


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    HF 784 (formerly HF 706) - Telehealth Reimbursement (F) - This bill requires a health carrier (carrier) to reimburse a healthcare professional (professional) or facility for health care services (services) provided to a covered person by telehealth on the same basis and at the same rate as the carrier would apply to the same services provided to the covered person by the professional or facility in person. As a condition of reimbursement, the carrier is prohibited from requiring that an additional professional be located in the same room as the covered person while services for a mental health condition, illness, injury, or disease are delivered via telehealth by another professional to the covered person.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 773 (formerly HF 479) - MH Services Study (F) - This bill requires the department of human services (DHS) to conduct a statewide study of the current availability of mental health services in the state, including the potential value of pursuing a section 1115 demonstration waiver as specified under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, to provide for reimbursement for services provided in settings that qualify as institutions for mental diseases. DHS shall submit a final report of the results of the study to the governor and to the  general assembly by February 15, 2022. The bill takes effect upon enactment.

    Passed the House 97-0. Referred to Senate Human Resources


    HF 691 (formerly HSB 172) - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan approved March 10, 2015, and retroactively effective to December 1, 2014, relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, beginning July 1, 2021, to provide that the types of nonlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to noncertified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    Approved by the House 96-0. Senate State Government subcommittee: Koelker, Bisignano and Cournoyer


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4. 


    Signed into law:

    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29




  • 05 Mar 2021 7:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “First Funnel” Claims A Few Victims

    The first procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session arrived at the close of business yesterday.

    The so-called “first funnel” is 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.

    One of the bills not making the “cut” this session is Senate File 80. The bill states that if a student will be asked by a school employee to identify the pronoun by which the student prefers to be called, the school needs to provide written notification of such action to the parent or guardian of the student at least one week before such action occurs.

    Other bills calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty, increasing the minimum wage and raising the tax on tobacco products were among a large group that failed to clear the first legislative hurdle in 2021.

    The next procedural deadline, the “second funnel,” comes on April 2.  That is the date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of the chamber opposite of its origin to remain eligible for further consideration.  

    Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.


    Special note:

    The first list are bills that remain eligible for further consideration.  The second list with bill numbers that are struck through are no longer eligible this session.

    Bills of interest (eligible for further consideration):

    SF 524 (formerly SSB 1227) - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    On Senate debate calendar


    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Referred to House State Government


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    HF 784 (formerly HF 706) - Telehealth Reimbursement (F) - This bill requires a health carrier (carrier) to reimburse a healthcare professional (professional) or facility for health care services (services) provided to a covered person by telehealth on the same basis and at the same rate as the carrier would apply to the same services provided to the covered person by the professional or facility in person. As a condition of reimbursement, the carrier is prohibited from requiring that an additional professional be located in the same room as the covered person while services for a mental health condition, illness, injury, or disease are delivered via telehealth by another professional to the covered person.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 773 (formerly HF 479) - MH Services Study (F) - This bill requires the department of human services (DHS) to conduct a statewide study of the current availability of mental health services in the state, including the potential value of pursuing a section 1115 demonstration waiver as specified under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, to provide for reimbursement for services provided in settings that qualify as institutions for mental diseases. DHS shall submit a final report of the results of the study to the governor and to the  general assembly by February 15, 2022. The bill takes effect upon enactment.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 691 (formerly HSB 172) - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan approved March 10, 2015, and retroactively effective to December 1, 2014, relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, beginning July 1, 2021, to provide that the types of nonlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to noncertified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4. 



    Bills of interest (NOT eligible for further consideration):


    SF 168 - AEA Special Ed Service Mandate (M) - This bill requires that certain services and support that an area education agency (AEA) must provide to a nonpublic school student must, if the parent or guardian of the student receiving the services grants permission, be provided on the nonpublic school premises.

    Approved by subcommittee


    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 78 - Psychology Compact (M) - This bill creates an interstate compact to allow psychologists from other states to practice telepsychology with patients living in Iowa, to practice “face-to-face” psychology on a temporary basis in Iowa, and to allow Iowa psychologists to practice telepsychology with patients in other states.

    Not approved by subcommittee


    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


    SSB 1070 - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    The proposal does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    Not approved by subcommittee


    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




  • 26 Feb 2021 7:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “First Funnel” Arrives Next Week

    The first procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session comes this upcoming Friday.

    The so-called “First Funnel” is 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.

    Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.


    Psych Bed Tracking Bill Set For Subcommittee Discussion

    The subcommittee assigned to consider Senate Study Bill 1227, a bill to establish an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee, will meet this upcoming Monday starting at 3:00 pm.


    Bills of interest:

    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Referred to House State Government


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SF 372 - The bill amends current laws regarding sexual abuse by a teacher, counselor or scial worker to include an adult providing training or instruction. The bill defines “adult providing training or instruction” as a person age 18 or older, whether paid or unpaid, who is not a school employee, who provides training or instruction to a minor outside of a school setting.

    Approved by subcommittee


    SF 168 - AEA Special Ed Service Mandate (M) - This bill requires that certain services and support that an area education agency (AEA) must provide to a nonpublic school student must, if the parent or guardian of the student receiving the services grants permission, be provided on the nonpublic school premises.

    Approved by subcommittee


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    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


    SSB 1227 - Psych Bed Tracking (F) - This bill establishes an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee.

    The department of public health shall submit a report of the study committee detailing the committee’s findings and recommendations, including a proposed date to implement real-time electronic data tracking, to the general assembly and the governor no later than December 15, 2021.

    Subcommittee: Edler, Costello and Mathis


    SSB 1070 - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    The proposal does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    Not approved by subcommittee


    HF 691 (formerly HSB 172) - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan approved March 10, 2015, and retroactively effective to December 1, 2014, relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, beginning July 1, 2021, to provide that the types of nonlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to noncertified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology, those nonlicensed practitioners who hold a registered behavior technician certification from a nationally recognized accrediting body including but not limited to the behavior analyst certification board.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4. 


    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



  • 19 Feb 2021 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First Funnel Two Weeks Away

    The first procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session is approaching.

    The so-called “First Funnel,” arrives on Friday, March 5th.  That is 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.

    Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.


    Bills of interest:

    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Passed the Senate 48-0. Referred to House State Government


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by the Ed Committee. Approved by Ways and Means Subcommittee


    SF 168 - AEA Special Ed Service Mandate (M) - This bill requires that certain services and support that an area education agency (AEA) must provide to a nonpublic school student must, if the parent or guardian of the student receiving the services grants permission, be provided on the nonpublic school premises.

    Approved by subcommittee


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21 Referred to House Education.


    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


    SSB 1070 - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    The proposal does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    Not approved by subcommittee


    HF 585 (formerly HSB 76) - Safe and Sound Program (A) - This bill provides for the establishment of the safe and sound program within the department of public safety, for participation in or use of the program by schools and students, and for penalties for providing false identification information through the program.

    The safe and sound program is established for purposes of developing and implementing a system for receiving anonymous reports and other information from the public in regard to potential self-harm and potential harm or criminal acts including threats of violence, sexual abuse, assault, or bullying directed at school students and school entities.

    Disappointingly the proposal as written does not provide anonymity for those who make reports of suspected incidents of concern.  The bill also provides immunity from liability to the department of public safety yet does not provide such protections for school employees.

    On House debate calendar.


    HF 485 (formerly 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.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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 the House 89-4. 


    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 172 - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, to provide that the types of unlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to non certified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology, those unlicensed practitioners who hold a registered behavior technician certification from a nationally recognized accrediting body including but not limited to the behavior analyst certification board.

    Not approved by subcommittee


  • 12 Feb 2021 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First Legislative Hurdle Approaching

    The first procedural hurdle of the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session is quickly approaching.

    The so-called “First Funnel,” arrives on Friday, March 5th.  That is 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.

    Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.


    Bills of interest:

    SF 354 (formerly SF 163) - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    On Senate debate calendar


    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by Ed Committee, Subcommittee: Sinclair, Quirmbach and Schultz


    SF 168 - AEA Special Ed Service Mandate (M) - This bill requires that certain services and support that an area education agency (AEA) must provide to a nonpublic school student must, if the parent or guardian of the student receiving the services grants permission, be provided on the nonpublic school premises.

    Approved by subcommittee


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21


    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 485 (formerly 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.

    On House debate calendar


    HF 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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.

    On House debate calendar


    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 172 - Nonlicensed Practitioners (M) - This bill requires the department of human services to amend the Medicaid state plan relating to preventive services for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefits, to provide that the types of unlicensed practitioners providing such services may include, in addition to non certified staff with a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology, those unlicensed practitioners who hold a registered behavior technician certification from a nationally recognized accrediting body including but not limited to the behavior analyst certification board.

    Not approved by subcommittee



  • 05 Feb 2021 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CEU Relief Measure Move Forward

    Thursday Senators gave their go-ahead to a proposal for continuing education relief in certain hardship situations.

    Senate File 163 allows licensing boards to extend the deadline for CEU credits by up to 90 days in the event of a hardship experienced by a licensee due to financial or medical issues.

    The bill now advances to the full State Government Committee for its consideration.


    Bills of interest:

    SF 258 (formerly SF 117) - Surtax for School Safety Officers (M) - This bill authorizes school districts to raise additional amounts of property tax or income surtax under the instructional support program for certain school resource officer expenses.

    Approved by Ed Committee, referred to Ways and Means


    SF 168 - AEA Special Ed Service Mandate (M) - This bill requires that certain services and support that an area education agency (AEA) must provide to a nonpublic school student must, if the parent or guardian of the student receiving the services grants permission, be provided on the nonpublic school premises.

    Approved by subcommittee


    SF 163 - CEU Hardship Relief (M) - The bill authorizes a licensing board to extend the deadline to satisfy continuing education requirements by up to 90 days if a board finds that a licensee is experiencing an unforeseen financial or medical hardship and the licensee submits a request to a licensing board to extend the deadline due to the financial or medical hardship accompanied by evidence that the licensee or a member of the licensee’s family is experiencing a financial or medical hardship.

    Approved by subcommittee


    SF 160 - Get Back Into the Classroom (A) - This bill, a priority of Governor Reynolds, sets forth the criteria for a school district to provide in-person instruction.

    Passed the Senate 29-18; Passed the House 59-39. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds 1/29


    SF 159 (formerly SSB 1065) - Governor’s Public Education Plan (A) - The bill relates to the funding and operation of educational offerings in the state by establishing a student first scholarship program for certain pupils attending a nonpublic school, modifying provisions governing voluntary diversity plans, and creating a new charter school program.

    Approved by the Senate 26-21


    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 285 (formerly HSB 61) - 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.

    On House debate calendar


    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.

    Approved by subcommittee


    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


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