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April 1, 2017  

State Policy Update
Second Funnel
The second "funnel" of session occurs today. Bills need to be reported out of committees in the chamber from which they did not originate. In order to advance, the Senate bills needed to be reported out of House committees and House bills needed to be reported out of Senate committees, with exceptions for appropriations bills, ways and means bills, government oversight bills, and bills from leadership. If bills are not passed out, they are considered "dead" and cannot be debated or voted on. 
The bills no longer being considered after the funnel have been removed from the Legislation section below. 
House File 231 Relates to the powers and programs of the economic development authority. Passed the House 95-0, passed the Senate 50-0, and was signed by the Governor. 

House File 473 Makes changes to the administration of and application for high school equivalency programs and assessments. Passed the House 96-0 and passed out of the Senate Education Committee.

House File 535 Authorizes adjutant general of Iowa to waive certain requirements and limitations of national guard educational assistance program. Passed out of House Veterans Affairs Committee, referred to Appropriations Committee.

Senate File 104 Modifies the tax incentives under the high quality jobs program. Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee and assigned to a subcommittee with Feenstra, Edler, and Petersen.

Senate File 349 Changes the amount of tuition qualified students may receive from the college student aid commission. Passed the Senate 50-0 and was passed out of the House Education Committee.
Important Dates
March 31         Second Funnel
Final date for Senate bills to be passed out of House committees and House bills to be passed out of Senate committees.

April 28           Target Adjournment Date
100th calendar day of the session and the date per-diem expenses will end.

This update is a bi-weekly publication intended to share information and resources regarding legislative activities, events, and bills related to workforce issues in Iowa. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Gracie Brandsgard at or 515-237-0340.