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2019 Updates

3-8 Legislative Update

Bills Addressing Mental Health Survive First Procedural Deadline

Bills to establish a statewide children’s mental health system and to add suicide prevention to school health curricula, both of which align with ISCA's interest in youth mental health, have survived the first funnel and are scheduled for debate in the Senate.

The procedural hurdle, the so-called “first funnel,” is the date by which bills must be approved by at least one committee in their chamber of origin to remain eligible for further consideration. March 8 marks this year's “first funnel” date. Bills that are in the appropriations, ways and means and government oversight committees are exempt from any procedural rules.

Bill of interest:

(Bills crossed out have not advanced through the first procedural deadline)

SF 547 (formerly SF 372) ESGs (A) - This bill provides education savings grants for pupils attending accredited nonpublic schools or specified public schools and establishes an education savings grant fund.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 500 (formerly SF 125) Needle Exchange Pilot Program (M) - The bill creates a needle exchange pilot program to be administered by DPH in cooperation with the department of public safety, the governor’s office of drug control policy, cities, counties, and nongovernmental organizations.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 479 (formerly SSB 1197 - Children’s Mental Health (F) - The bill relates to mental health and disability services including the establishment of a children’s behavioral health system and a children’s behavioral health system state board, and requiring certain children’s behavioral health core services.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 438 (formerly SSB 1190) - Student Health, School Omnibus (M) - This omnibus bill strikes current law that requires a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in public and accredited nonpublic elementary schools or high schools to provide evidence to the school that the child has had a dental screening, a child’s vision screening and blood lead test. Instead the bill requires the person who performs the child’s screenings and tests to submit the information regarding completion to the department of public health.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 376 (formerly SF 270) - Health Education Requirements (F) - This bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included  in the unit of health education which school districts and accredited nonpublic schools must offer and teach in grades 7-12.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 342 - Alcohol Overdose Reporting Protection (F) - The bill provides that a person under the age of 21 shall not be charged or prosecuted for public intoxication, possession of alcohol under the legal age, use of a driver’s license by an underage person to obtain alcohol, or possession of an open container in a motor vehicle, if the person in good faith sought emergency assistance for the person or another person due to an alcohol overdose or because the person or other person is a victim of assault, sexual abuse, or human trafficking.

On Senate Debate Calendar

SF 160 (formerly SSB 1042) - School Emergency Plans (M) - The bill requires school boards and authorities in charge of accredited nonpublic schools to consider recommendations from the department of public safety relating to the development of high-quality emergency operations plans.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Sinclar, Celsi and Zaun

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee


HF 598 (formerly HF 197) - Sibling Class Assignments (M) - This bill requires school districts to assign siblings who are deemed by the district to be at the same grade level academically to the same classroom if the siblings’ parent or guardian submits to the school administrator, prior to the start of the school semester, a written request that the siblings be assigned to the same classroom.

On House debate calendar


HF 504 - Health Education Requirements (F) - This bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included  in the unit of health education which school districts and accredited nonpublic schools must offer and teach in grades 7-12.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee


HF 419 (formerly HSB 60) - 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.

On House debate calendar


HF 349 - School Radon Testing (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of each public school district to have a short-term test for radon gas performed at each attendance center under its control at least once by July 1, 2022, and at least once every five years thereafter, and following new construction of an attendance center or additions, renovations, or repairs to an attendance center. If the results of such a test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board to have a second short-term test performed at the attendance center within 90 days. If  the results of a second test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board of directors of the public school district to retain a person credentialed to perform radon abatement measures to develop a radon mitigation plan within 90 days. The radon mitigation plan must be implemented within one year.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee


HF 274 - School PE Stats (M) - The bill requires the department of education, beginning with the school year starting July 1, 2019, to annually compile reports on statistics and data relating to physical education classes and instruction offered by each school district as a whole and by attendance center in a format determined by the department.

Approved by subcommittee


HF 98 - Center For Suicide Prevention (M) - This bill establishes the Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education to provide, in a coordinated and comprehensive way, ongoing support to Iowa’s schools relating to suicide prevention and postvention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate  toxic stress response, in the form of information, resources, and evidence-based training content.

Subcommittee: Mommsen, Hanusa and Mascher


HF 88 - School Safety Hotline (M) - The bill requires the department of public safety to establish a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline, internet site, and mobile internet application for the purpose of receiving reports from the public regarding threats or possible threats to school safety in this state.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, Shipley and Staed



3-1-2019 Legislative Update

Senate Amendment Saves School Nurse Requirement

Senator Lofgren offered an amendment to SF 438 that removed the ability of districts to not hire school nurses and school librarians. The bill, as changed, is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate.

Governor’s Children’s Mental Health Bills Begins to Advance

The House and Senate versions of the Governor’s children’s mental health plan are beginning to make their way through the legislative process. House Study Bill 206 and Senate Study Bill 1197 were each given the go-ahead by subcommittees February 28. The bills include the establishment of a children’s behavioral health system and a children’s behavioral health system state board, and requiring certain children’s behavioral health core services.

First Procedural Hurdle Arrives Next Friday

The first procedural milestone of the Legislative Session comes on Friday, March 8th. The so-called “first funnel” is the date by which bills must be approved by at least one committee in their chamber of origin to remain eligible for further consideration. Bills that are in the appropriations, ways and means and government oversight committees are exempt from any procedural rules.

Bill of interest:

SF 438 (formerly SSB 1190) - Student Health, School Omnibus (M) - This omnibus bill strikes current law that requires a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in public and accredited nonpublic elementary schools or high schools to provide evidence to the school that the child has had a dental screening, a child’s vision screening and blood lead test. Instead the bill requires the person who performs the child’s screenings and tests to submit the information regarding completion to the department of public health.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 376 (formerly SF 270) - Health Education Requirements (F) - This bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included  in the unit of health education which school districts and accredited nonpublic schools must offer and teach in grades 7-12.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 342 - Alcohol Overdose Reporting Protection (F) - The bill provides that a person under the age of 21 shall not be charged or prosecuted for public intoxication, possession of alcohol under the legal age, use of a driver’s license by an underage person to obtain alcohol, or possession of an open container in a motor vehicle, if the person in good faith sought emergency assistance for the person or another person due to an alcohol overdose or because the person or other person is a victim of assault, sexual abuse, or human trafficking.

On Senate debate Calendar

SF 201 - Professional Boards Justification (M) - The bill establishes requirements for appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils to conduct comprehensive reviews over each five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019. The bill requires each board, commission, committee, or council to conduct a review during each five-year period, on a schedule established by the department of management, and issue a report on the review to the general assembly. The proposal also provides that terms of office for all positions on appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils which are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the senate expire every five years, beginning July 1, 2025, and no appointments to fill the vacancy can be made, unless legislation is enacted waiving this requirement.

Subcommittee: Approved by committee

SF 160 (formerly SSB 1042) - School Emergency Plans (M) - The bill requires school boards and authorities in charge of accredited nonpublic schools to consider recommendations from the department of public safety relating to the development of high-quality emergency operations plans.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Sinclar, Celsi and Zaun

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

SSB 1197 - Children’s Mental Health (F) - The bill relates to mental health and disability services including the establishment of a children’s behavioral health system and a children’s behavioral health system state board, and requiring certain children’s behavioral health core services.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

HF 419 (formerly HSB 60) - 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.

On House debate calendar

HF 349 - School Radon Testing (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of each public school district to have a short-term test for radon gas performed at each attendance center under its control at least once by July 1, 2022, and at least once every five years thereafter, and following new construction of an attendance center or additions, renovations, or repairs to an attendance center. If the results of such a test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board to have a second short-term test performed at the attendance center within 90 days. If  the results of a second test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board of directors of the public school district to retain a person credentialed to perform radon abatement measures to develop a radon mitigation plan within 90 days. The radon mitigation plan must be implemented within one year.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

HF 274 - School PE Stats (M) - The bill requires the department of education, beginning with the school year starting July 1, 2019, to annually compile reports on statistics and data relating to physical education classes and instruction offered by each school district as a whole and by attendance center in a format determined by the department.

Approved by subcommittee

HF 197 - Sibling Class Assignments (M) - This bill requires school districts to assign siblings who are deemed by the district to be at the same grade level academically to the same classroom if the siblings’ parent or guardian submits to the school administrator, prior to the start of the school semester, a written request that the siblings be assigned to the same classroom.

Approved by Committee (awaiting new bill number)

HF 98 - Center For Suicide Prevention (M) - This bill establishes the Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education to provide, in a coordinated and comprehensive way, ongoing support to Iowa’s schools relating to suicide prevention and postBvention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate  toxic stress response, in the form of information, resources, and evidence-based training content.

Subcommittee: Mommsen, Hanusa and Mascher

HF 88 - School Safety Hotline (M) - The bill requires the department of public safety to establish a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline, internet site, and mobile internet application for the purpose of receiving reports from the public regarding threats or possible threats to school safety in this state.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, Shipley and Staed


2-22-2019 Legislative Update

Student Health Considered in Senate

A fast moving Senate bill that would make sweeping changes to student health requirements and programs is gaining much attention.

Senate Study Bill 1190 was introduced Thursday (February 21) and will be considered by a subcommittee on Tuesday (February 26.)

Included in this omnibus bill are the following proposals:

A.            Strikes current law that requires a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in public and accredited nonpublic elementary schools or high schools to provide evidence to the school that the child has had a dental screening. Instead the bill requires the person who performs the child’s dental screening to submit the information regarding completion of the screening on a form to the department of public health;

B.            The bill replaces current law that requires a parent or guardian of an elementary school child to ensure that evidence of the child’s vision screening is provided to the school in which the child is enrolled with a requirement that the evidence of vision screening be provided to the department of public health by the person providing the screening;

C.           The bill strikes current law requiring the department of public health to adopt rules for a requirement that children receive a blood lead test before enrolling in any elementary school. Instead, the bill requires that the school districts and nonpublic schools ensure that the parent or guardian has received community blood lead testing program information;

D.           The bill authorizes a school district to have a single school nurse to provide healthcare to all students;

E.            The bill strikes current law requiring that every parent or guardian of a child registered for kindergarten or preschool be provided with a student vision card provided by the Iowa optometric association and approved by the department of education with a goal of each child reaching an eye examination by age seven; and

F.            The bill strikes a requirement that each school have a teacher librarian, and instead allows each district to have one teacher librarian.

The members of the subcommittee considering this bill are Senators Amy Sinclair, Jerry Behn and Herman Quirmbach.

First Procedural Hurdle Looms On The Horizon

The first procedural milestone of the Legislative Session comes in just two short weeks.

The so-called “first funnel” is the date by hich bills must be approved by at least one committee in their chamber of origin to remain eligible for further consideration.

Bills that are in the appropriations, ways and means and government oversight committees are exempt from any procedural rules.

Bill of interest:

SF 342 - Alcohol Overdose Reporting Protection (F) - The bill provides that a person under the age of 21 shall not be charged or prosecuted for public intoxication, possession of alcohol under the legal age, use of a driver’s license by an underage person to obtain alcohol, or possession of an open container in a motor vehicle, if the person in good faith sought emergency assistance for the person or another person due to an alcohol overdose or because the person or other person is a victim of assault, sexual abuse, or human trafficking.

On Senate Debate Calendar

 

SF 270 - Health Education Requirements (M) - This bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included  in the unit of health education which school districts and accredited nonpublic schools must offer and teach in grades 9-12.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

 

SF 201 - Professional Boards Justification (M) - The bill establishes requirements for appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils to conduct comprehensive reviews over each five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019. The bill requires each board, commission, committee, or council to conduct a review during each five-year period, on a schedule established by the department of management, and issue a report on the review to the general assembly.

The proposal also provides that terms of office for all positions on appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils which are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the senate expire every five years, beginning July 1, 2025, and no appointments to fill the vacancy can be made, unless legislation is enacted waiving this requirement.

Subcommittee: Smith, Danielson and Miller-Meeks

 

SF 160 (formerly SSB 1042) - School Emergency Plans (M) - The bill requires school boards and authorities in charge of accredited nonpublic schools to consider recommendations from the department of public safety relating to the development of high-quality emergency operations plans.

On Senate debate calendar

 

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Sinclar, Celsi and Zaun

 

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

 

SSB 1190 - Student Health, School Omnibus (M) - This omnibus bill includes the following provisions:

1.    Strikes current law that requires a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in public and accredited nonpublic elementary schools or high schools to provide evidence to the school that the child has had a dental screening. Instead the bill requires the person who performs the child’s dental screening to submit the information regarding completion of the screening on a form to the department of public health;

2.    The bill replaces current law that requires a parent or guardian of an elementary school child to ensure that evidence of the child’s vision screening is provided to the school in which the child is enrolled with a requirement that the evidence of vision screening be provided to the department of public health by the person providing the screening;

3.    The bill strikes current law requiring the department of public health to adopt rules for a requirement that children receive a blood lead test before enrolling in any elementary school. Instead, the bill requires that the school districts and nonpublic schools ensure that the parent or guardian has received community blood lead testing program information;

4.    The bill authorizes a school district to have a single school nurse to provide health care to all students;

5.    The bill strikes current law requiring that every parent or guardian of a child registered for kindergarten or preschool be provided with a student vision card provided by the Iowa optometric association and approved by the department of education with a goal of each child reaching an eye examination by age seven; and

6.    The bill strikes a requirement that each school district have a teacher librarian, and instead allows each district to have one teacher librarian.

Subcommittee: Sinclair, Behn, Quirmbach

 

HF 419 (formerly HSB 60) - 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.

On House debate calendar

 

HF 349 - School Radon Testing (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of each public school district to have a short-term test for radon gas performed at each attendance center under its control at least once by July 1, 2022, and at least once every five years thereafter, and following new construction of an attendance center or additions, renovations, or repairs to an attendance center. If the results of such a test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board to have a second short-term test performed at the attendance center within 90 days. If  the results of a second test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board of directors of the public school district to retain a person credentialed to perform radon abatement measures to develop a radon mitigation plan within 90 days. The radon mitigation plan must be implemented within one year.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

 

HF 274 - School PE Stats (M) - The bill requires the department of education, beginning with the school year starting July 1, 2019, to annually compile reports on statistics and data relating to physical education classes and instruction offered by each school district as a whole and by attendance center in a format determined by the department.

Approved by subcommittee

 

HF 197 - Sibling Class Assignments (M) - This bill requires school districts to assign siblings who are deemed by the district to be at the same grade level academically to the same classroom if the siblings’ parent or guardian submits to the school administrator, prior to the start of the school semester, a written request that the siblings be assigned to the same classroom.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, James and Mommsen

 

HF 98 - Center For Suicide Prevention (M) - This bill establishes the Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education to provide, in a coordinated and comprehensive way, ongoing support to Iowa’s schools relating to suicide prevention and postvention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate  toxic stress response, in the form of information, resources, and evidence-based training content.

Subcommittee: Mommsen, Hanusa and Mascher

 

HF 88 - School Safety Hotline (M) - The bill requires the department of public safety to establish a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline, internet site, and mobile internet application for the purpose of receiving reports from the public regarding threats or possible threats to school safety in this state.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, Shipley and Staed

2-15-2019 Legislative Update

Bill to Add Mental Health to School Curriculum

Senate President Charles Schneider has authored Senate File 270, a bill to add mental health topics to the required health curriculum for students.

Specifically the bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included  in the unit of health education which school districts and accredited nonpublic schools must offer and teach in grades 9-12.

A subcommittee has not yet been assigned to the bill. We will keep you updated.

Bill of interest:

SF 270 - Health Education Requirements (M) - This bill adds mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention to the subject matter that must be included  in the unit of health education which school districts and accredited nonpublic schools must offer and teach in grades 9-12.

Subcommittee: Not yet assigned

SF 201 - Professional Boards Justification (M) - The bill establishes requirements for appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils to conduct comprehensive reviews over each five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019. The bill requires each board, commission, committee, or council to conduct a review during each five-year period, on a schedule established by the department of management, and issue a report on the review to the general assembly.

The proposal also provides that terms of office for all positions on appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils which are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the senate expire every five years, beginning July 1, 2025, and no appointments to fill the vacancy can be made, unless legislation is enacted waiving this requirement.

Subcommittee: Smith, Danielson and Miller-Meeks

SF 160 (formerly SSB 1042) - School Emergency Plans (M) - The bill requires school boards and authorities in charge of accredited nonpublic schools to consider recommendations from the department of public safety relating to the development of high-quality emergency operations plans.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Sinclar, Celsi and Zaun

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

HF 349 - School Radon Testing (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of each public school district to have a short-term test for radon gas performed at each attendance center under its control at least once by July 1, 2022, and at least once every five years thereafter, and following new construction of an attendance center or additions, renovations, or repairs to an attendance center. If the results of such a test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board to have a second short-term test performed at the attendance center within 90 days. If  the results of a second test are at or above four picocuries per liter, the bill requires the board of directors of the public school district to retain a person credentialed to perform radon abatement measures to develop a radon mitigation plan within 90 days. The radon mitigation plan must be implemented within one year.

Subcommittee: Meyer, Moore and Staed

HF 274 - School PE Stats (M) - The bill requires the department of education, beginning with the school year starting July 1, 2019, to annually compile reports on statistics and data relating to physical education classes and instruction offered by each school district as a whole and by attendance center in a format determined by the department.

Approved by subcommittee

HF 197 - Sibling Class Assignments (M) - This bill requires school districts to assign siblings who are deemed by the district to be at the same grade level academically to the same classroom if the siblings’ parent or guardian submits to the school administrator, prior to the start of the school semester, a written request that the siblings be assigned to the same classroom.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, James and Mommsen

HF 98 - Center For Suicide Prevention (M) - This bill establishes the Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education to provide, in a coordinated and comprehensive way, ongoing support to Iowa’s schools relating to suicide prevention and postvention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate  toxic stress response, in the form of information, resources, and evidence-based training content.

Subcommittee: Mommsen, Hanusa and Mascher

HF 88 - School Safety Hotline (M) - The bill requires the department of public safety to establish a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline, internet site, and mobile internet application for the purpose of receiving reports from the public regarding threats or possible threats to school safety in this state.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, Shipley and Staed

HSB 60 - 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.

Subcommittee: Approved with amendment


2-13-2019 Legislative Update

Bill of interest:

SF 201 Professional Boards Justification (M) - The bill establishes requirements for appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils to conduct comprehensive reviews over each five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019. The bill requires each board, commission, committee, or council to conduct a review during each five-year period, on a schedule established by the department of management, and issue a report on the review to the general assembly.

The proposal also provides that terms of office for all positions on appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils which are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the senate expire every five years, beginning July 1, 2025, and no appointments to fill the vacancy can be made, unless legislation is enacted waiving this requirement.

Subcommittee: Not yet appointed

 

SF 160 (formerly SSB 1042) - School Emergency Plans (M) - The bill requires school boards and authorities in charge of accredited nonpublic schools to consider recommendations from the department of public safety relating to the development of high-quality emergency operations plans.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

 

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Sinclar, Celsi and Zaun

 

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Approved by subcommittee

 

HF 150 - Occupational Therapists at Sporting Events (M) - The bill adds occupational therapists to the definition of “licensed health care provider” for purposes of state law regarding concussion and brain injury policies for extracurricular interscholastic activities. Duties of such licensed health care providers include but are not limited to making determinations regarding removal of students from participation in such activities and their return to participation.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, Fry and James

 

HF 98 - Center For Suicide Prevention (M) - This bill establishes the Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education to provide, in a coordinated and comprehensive way, ongoing support to Iowa’s schools relating to suicide prevention and postvention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate  toxic stress response, in the form of information, resources, and evidence-based training content.

Subcommittee: Mommsen, Hanusa and Mascher

 

HF 88 - School Safety Hotline (M) - The bill requires the department of public safety to establish a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline, internet site, and mobile internet application for the purpose of receiving reports from the public regarding threats or possible threats to school safety in this state.

Subcommittee: Wheeler, Shipley and Staed

 

HSB 60 - 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.

Subcommittee: Approved with amendment

1-25-19 -Legislative Update

Bill of interest:

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Sinclar, Celsi and Zaun

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Zaun, Celsi and Johnson

HF 98 - Center For Suicide Prevention (M) - This bill establishes the Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education to provide, in a coordinated and comprehensive way, ongoing support to Iowa’s schools relating to suicide prevention and postvention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate  toxic stress response, in the form of information, resources, and evidence-based training content.

Subcommittee: Not yet assigned

HF 88 - School Safety Hotline (M) - The bill requires the department of public safety to establish a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline, internet site, and mobile internet application for the purpose of receiving reports from the public regarding threats or possible threats to school safety in this state.

Subcommittee: Not yet assigned

HSB 60 - 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.

Subcommittee: Bacon, Thompson and Nielsen

1-18-19 - Legislative Update

Governor Makes Childhood Mental Health Proposals

During her Condition of the State Address, Governor Kim Reynolds announced plans for investments in childhood mental health projects and programs.

The Condition of State Address took place on the second day of the just opened 2019 Session of the Iowa Legislature.

Leading these proposals are an additional $1.2 million in funding over the next two years to provide home and community based children’s mental health services to additional children.

Also being recommended is $306,250 to expand the Your Life Iowa system to include information, support and referrals for children experiencing or having mental health concerns and related topics or issues.

The Governor is also recommending $3 million to train teachers and educators to detect potential mental health issues in their students and to determine appropriate follow-up.

Bill of interest:

SF 73 - PPEL for School Security (F) - The bill adds school safety and security equipment to the list of eligible expenditures from school physical plant and equipment levy revenues.

Subcommittee: Not yet assigned

SF 31 - School Administrative Costs Limit (M) - This bill provides that for budget years beginning on or after July 1, 2020, the portion of the total authorized expenditures of a school district that is budgeted for, administrative costs shall not exceed percent of the total authorized expenditures of a school district. “Administrative costs” shall be defined by rules adopted by the department of education.

Subcommittee: Zaun, Celsi and Johnson


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