2020 Legislative Preview
The ODCP Legislative Update is a weekly recap of action in the Iowa Legislature relating to drug control and criminal justice issues, the aim of which is to keep you informed of proposed legislation and any progress it makes toward becoming law.
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*Weekly updates begin January 17, 2020
The 88th General Assembly
December 20, 2019
2020 SESSION TIMETABLE
Note: This Session Timetable is subject to change *See SCR 5, SR 3, and HR 11 (2019)
JANUARY 13 First day of session (Iowa Code Sec. 2.1)
JANUARY 24 (Friday of the 2nd week) Final day for individual Senator and Representative requests for bill and joint resolution drafts to the Legislative Services Agency (Senate Rule 27 and House Rule 29)
FEBRUARY 21 (Friday of the 6th week)** Final date for Senate bills and joint resolutions to be reported out of Senate Committees and House bills and joint resolutions out of House committees (Joint Rule 20)
FEBRUARY 24 - 28 (7th week) Senate considers only Senate bills, joint resolutions, and unfinished business; House considers only House bills, joint resolutions, and unfinished business (Joint Rule 20)
MARCH 2 -13 (8th and 9th weeks) Debate not limited by rule
MARCH 20 (Friday of the 10th week)** Final date for Senate bills and joint resolutions to be reported out of House committees and House bills and joint resolutions out of Senate committees (Joint Rule 20)
MARCH 23 - 27 (11th week) Senate considers only House bills, joint resolutions, and unfinished business; House considers only Senate bills, joint resolutions, and unfinished business (Joint Rule 20)
MARCH 30 (Beginning of the 12th week) Only the following bills and resolutions are eligible for consideration: (Joint Rule 20)
▪ Bills passed by both Houses
▪ Appropriations Bills
▪ Ways and Means Bills
▪ Government Oversight Bills
▪ Legalizing Acts
▪ Administrative Rules Review Committee Bills
▪ Committee Bills related to delayed or suspended Administrative Rules [Iowa Code Sec. 17A.8(9)]
▪ Bills co-sponsored by Majority and Minority Leaders of one House
▪ Conference Committee Reports
▪ Companion Bills sponsored by Senate and House Majority Leaders
▪ Concurrent or Simple Resolutions
▪ Joint Resolutions nullifying Administrative Rules
▪ Bills on the Veto Calendar (Joint Rule 23)
▪ Unfinished Business
APRIL 6 (Beginning of the 13th week) Amendments need not be filed on the day preceding floor debate (House Rule 31.8)
APRIL 21 100th calendar day of the session [Per diem expenses end - Iowa Code Sec. 2.10(1)]
**The February 21 and March 20 committee deadlines do not apply to Appropriations Bills, Ways and Means Bills, Government Oversight Bills, Legalizing Acts, Administrative Rules Review Committee Bills, Committee Bills related to delayed or suspended Administrative Rules [Iowa Code Sec. 17A.8(9)], Bills co-sponsored by Majority and Minority Leaders of one House, Conference Committee Reports, Companion Bills sponsored by the Majority Leaders of both Houses after consultation with the respective Minority Leaders, Concurrent or Simple Resolutions, and Joint Resolutions nullifying Administrative Rules. Legislative Information Office: 07/03/2019
2020 TENTATIVE PROPOSALS
ODCP plans a proposal to address Iowa hemp consumer and public safety concerns.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says it plans a proposal to strengthen the Smokefree Air Act by changing the definition of smoking in Iowa Code to include vapor products.
2020 BILLS OF INTEREST
Believed to be "alive" as carry-overs from last year
HCR 6 A Concurrent Resolution opposing barriers to conducting research on the use of cannabis to treat medical conditions and illnesses. Laid over under Rule 25.
HF 684 An Act limiting immunity from certain criminal offenses and prohibiting certain disciplinary sanctions for persons under twenty-one years of age who report, seek, or require medical assistance for alcohol overdoses or protection from certain crimes. Introduced, referred to Public Safety. Passed subcommittee with amendment 02-26-19. Passed committee with amendment 03-05-19. Placed on calendar under unfinished business 04-04-19.
SF 342 An Act providing limited immunity from certain criminal offenses and prohibiting certain disciplinary sanctions for persons under twenty-one years of age who report, seek or require emergency assistance for alcohol overdoses or protection from certain crimes. Introduced, referred to Judiciary. Passed subcommittee 02-14-19. Passed committee 02-21-19. Placed on calendar under unfinished business 04-04-19.
SF 457 An Act relating to surcharges added to criminal penalties, court funds, civil fees, misdemeanor and felony fines, and fines associated with scheduled violations. Introduced, referred to Ways and Means. Passed subcommittee 01-31-19. Passed committee 2-7-19. Referred to Appropriations. Passed Appropriations subcommittee with amendment 2-18-19. Passed committee 03-04-19. Passed Senate 03-11-19. Goes to House. Passed subcommittee 03-19-19. Passed committee 03-25-19. Referred to Appropriations. Passed committee 04-01-19. Referred to Judiciary 04-27-19.
SF 572 An Act relating to controlled substances, including amending information collection and reporting requirements under the Iowa prescription monitoring program, amending controlled substance schedules, and removing certain references to marijuana. Introduced, referred to State Government. Passed subcommittee 03-05-19. Passed committee 03-11-19. Passed Senate 03-21-19. Goes to House. Passed on file 03-25-19. Passed House with amendment 04-18-19. Goes back to Senate.
SF 607 An Act establishing the minimum age relative to various activities relating to tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, vapor products, and cigarettes. Introduced, referred to Appropriations 03-28-19. Passed subcommittee 04-10-19.
INFORMATION, TELEPHONE NUMBERS, AND WEBSITES
Legislature Website: www.legis.iowa.gov
Live Chamber Audio and Video: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/chambers
Daily Legislative Schedules: 515-281-5869
House Switchboard: 515-281-3221 (To Contact Legislators)
Senate Switchboard: 515-281-3371 (To Contact Legislators)
Office of Drug Control Policy: 515-725-0300 or https://odcp.iowa.gov/
Senate Membership: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/senate
House Membership: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/house
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