Legislative Updates

  • 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


  • 29 Jan 2021 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Signs Bill To Require Schools To Offer In-Person Classes

    Friday morning, Governor Reynolds signed into law Senate File 160, a bill to require schools to offer in-person classes.

    The law requires schools to begin to offer in-person education beginning on Monday, February 8.


    Bills of interest:

    SF 160 - In-Person Classes (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 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.

    Subcommittee: Cournoyer, Kraayenbrink and J Smith

    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 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.

    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



  • 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

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