With the second funnel deadline having passed at the Iowa Legislature, we wanted to take a look at what issues remain alive this year that may affect the business community, and which ones do not.

To continue past the second self-imposed deadline, a bill must have received approval in one chamber and made it out of committee in the other. There are exceptions. Any appropriations, ways and means, and government oversight bills can progress at any time during the session and are not subject to the funnel deadlines.

 

 
 
 
This year’s session is scheduled to adjourn on April 30. Here’s a look at what did and didn’t survive the April 2 deadline.

What did

Broadband:
The House passed House File 848 on March 29 and the Senate placed it on its calendar of unfinished business. On Tuesday, an amendment was attached to the Senate version, Senate File 390, striking and substituting text in the bill. The bills are in response to Gov. Kim Reynolds' proposal to allocate $450 million to expand high-speed internet statewide by 2025.

Child care:
Several bills to expand access to affordable child care have survived the second funnel. House File 260, which would increase the number of children allowed in a home day care; House File 301, which creates a state matching grant program to communities that fund the child care WAGE$ Iowa program that supplements educator salaries; House File 302, which establishes a phaseout of child care assistance to lessen a cliff effect for families; House File 230, which increases the net income requirements for the early childhood tax credit from $45,000 to $90,000; and House File 370, which provides incentives to businesses that offer child care to employees, all made it through the second funnel.

Technology:
Senate File 580 and House File 633: End state tax incentives to high-tech companies if a court found they limited or censored speech on certain viewpoints on social media.

Housing:
House File 58, which would offer housing assistance, housing tax credits, added workforce housing incentives, loan guarantees for downtown revitalization projects, eviction prevention assistance and disaster housing recovery assistance, survived.

Trucking company liability:
House File 772 would protect trucking companies from liability for deaths, injuries or damage caused by their employees. Noneconomic damages would be capped at $1 million.

Bottle Bill:
Senate File 470 would allow retailers to opt out of the state’s container redemption requirements.

What did not

University faculty tenure:
House File 496, prohibiting tenure at the state’s regents universities.

New worker incentives:
Senate File 491: Creates and makes appropriations to a new remote worker grant fund for new remote workers who move to Iowa but are employed by out-of-state companies.
Senate File 490: Creates a new income tax credit for new residents who have not lived or worked in Iowa for the previous two years, and would allow them to take the credit for the first five years after they move to Iowa.

Child care:
House File 292: Increases reimbursement rates for providers under the child care assistance program to the 50th percentile of the most recent market survey.

Immigration:
Senate FIle 339: Allows for businesses to lose their business license if they knowingly hire undocumented workers.

Mobile homes:
Senate File 469: Provides increased protections for residents who live in mobile home parks.