Legislative action, week of February 25

HF359 is the successor to HSB121 – discussed here, regulating obscene material in response to the Mall Real Estate case.

HF342 makes amendments to Chapter 237A concerning child care.  Its companion bill is SF201.  It would increase the number of children allowed in child care homes under certain circumstances. Currently, a child care home that is not registered may provide child care to five or fewer children. The bill provides that a child care home in a “small community” (a city of less than 10,000 persons or a county of less than 10,000 persons) may provide child care for between six and eight children for up to three hours a day as long as a parent of each child signs a waiver. The bill also allows a child care home in a small community to provide child care for nine or 10 children for up to three hours a day if each parent signs a waiver and the child care home provides an additional employee during periods when the child care home provides care for nine or 10 children.

HF331 would amend Iowa Code 123.40.  It provides that the premises which had been covered by a liquor control license, wine permit, or beer permit that was revoked could not be relicensed for three years. Current law provides that the premises can be relicensed after one year.

HF330 is also related to liquor licenses.  This bill provides that a person or club holding a liquor license or retail wine or beer permit could not knowingly permit or engage in criminal activity in parking lots and areas adjacent to the licensed premises that are used by patrons of the liquor licensee or permittee. Current law limits this prohibition to criminal activity in parking lots and areas adjacent only to liquor licensees or permittees authorized to sell alcohol for consumption on the licensed premises. A person who violates this new provision would be subject to licensing sanctions and guilty of a simple misdemeanor.

HF328 would require an attorney representing a city or a part-time county attorney to disclose all conflicts the attorney has between the interests or matters of the city or county and those of the attorney’s other clients. It would require the attorney to complete an annual disclosure form provided by the judicial branch.  It would also require the attorney with a conflict to withdraw from representation of the city or county, as applicable, regarding the matter in which the conflict exists unless (1) written consent is received from the attorney’s client, and (2) the elected body adopts a resolution describing the conflict and giving consent to representation on the matter.

SF285 is the companion bill to HF122 regarding common interest communities, discussed here.

SF280 would make new electrical installations on farms subject to the inspection and enforcement provisions Chapter 103, which includes requiring the submission of a request for inspection, payment of inspection fees, performance of an inspection, and condemnation and disconnection orders and appeal procedures.

SF275 would create a manufactured housing program fund within IFA to further the goal of providing affordable housing to Iowans. The money in the fund would provide funding to financing agents or financial institutions to finance the purchase by an individual of a manufactured home that is in compliance with all applicable laws and standards applicable to manufactured homes and manufactured housing.

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