Iowa funnel winners and losers

Here is a status report on some issues of interest in the Iowa Legislature’s 2012 session:

Alive

Reform education system

Reform/redesign county mental health system

Provide property tax reform/relief

Provide flood mitigation state cost share money

Ban traffic enforcement cameras

Ease hurdles for building nuclear-powered facility

Mandate reporting of school employee misconduct

Make changes to Iowa’s child abuse registry

Expand prosecution for obscene materials

Notify care facility residents of sex offenders

Make changes to Iowa’s open meetings law

Increase the state gas tax 8-10 cents a gallon

Reform tax-increment financing provisions

Nullify dove-hunting rule banning lead shot

Raise the state’s earned income tax credit

Give whistleblower protection for child sex abuse reports

Allow stillborn birth/death certificates

Toughen penalties for illegally passing a school bus

Implement more government efficiency/savings measures

Encourage businesses that supply anchor manufacturers

Incent business to sell company to Iowa-based ESOP

Create crime for fraudulent access to livestock/crop enterprises

Allow “veteran” stamp on driver’s license

Remove “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from Iowa code

Expand government efficiency/streamlining

Require background checks for school bus drivers

Notify nursing home residents of sex offenders

Lower penalty for unlawful fireworks use in state parks

Create sales-tax “holiday” for college textbooks

Keep arrest warrant information confidential

Clarify best interest of child in out-of-home placement

Change identity theft penalties

Create crime for solicitation of murder

Clarify law requiring driver to have control of vehicle

License year-round farmers markets

Expunge criminal records for deferred judgments/dropped charges

Combat scrap metal thefts with better sales tracking

Strengthen child pornography law

Expanded human trafficking statute

Remove certain savannahs and Bengal leopard cats from list of dangerous animals

Extend statute of limitation for sex abuse of minors by 10 years

Mandate reporting of school employee misconduct

Notify care facility residents of sex offenders

Toughen penalties for illegally passing a school bus

Resume regular state inspections of care facilities

Extend state livestock regulations to fish farms

Approve state tax rebate for “Field of Dreams” project

Create crime of soliciting to commit murder

Stuck in funnel

Legalize/regulate online poker

Require voters to produce photo identification

Amend Constitution to define marriage as only one man/one woman

Modify teen graduated driver’s license provisions

Allow bars/restaurants more latitude with “infused” drinks

Expand DNA profiling to some aggravated misdemeanor convictions

Enact reasonable/deadly force protections

Restrict “synthetic marijuana” products like “K-2” and “spice”

Allow local pre-emption of state gun laws for certain public buildings

Create statewide health information exchange

Establish alternative license for math/science and other teachers

Allow white emergency flashing vehicle lights for certain health-care professionals

Strike Iowa code references to medical marijuana

Expand/revamp state bottle deposit law

License naturopathic medicine

Add second Amendment language to Iowa Constitution

Require job impact statement with new state rules

Bar discrimination of unemployed in job postings

Exempt liability for trespasser injuries

Allow certain drivers to renew their licenses online

Extend jobless benefits in self-employment situations

Allow private investigator/security officer to carry weapon on school grounds

Eliminate annual permit required to purchase a handgun or revolver

Allow local pre-emption of state gun laws for certain public buildings

Change K-12 education forward-funding law

Give “heroes” tax credit to employers hiring a veteran

Create state tax credit reporting/tracking system

Authorize alcoholic spirits as charity auction prize

Allow state to redistrict counties under certain circumstances

Expand paternity testing for child support recovery

Establish “duty to assist” responsibility for emergencies/accidents

Expand “move over” traffic safety law

Formalize process for law enforcement use of global positioning system devices

Expand student permit to trips from school to either parent’s home

Give credit for time served when parole revoked

Extend jobless benefits in self-employment situations

Begin state regulation of online poker

Fund expanded worker training/tuition assistance

Require job impact statement with new state rules

Reduce business’ “introductory rate” for unemployment taxes

Curb frivolous lawsuits that bankrupt businesses

Bolster protections for bald eagles

Base rental occupancy on square footage not familial relationships

Expand student permit to trips from school to either parent’s home

Strengthen state requirements on commercial dog breeders

Iowa funnel winners and losers


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