Week 6 of the General Assembly was a busy one. Many bills had subcommittees and committee meetings as we approach the first funnel of the session. The pace will continue to accelerate as we move closer to the March 5 funnel date.
The Governor’s statewide biofuels standard bills HSB185
that IowaBio supports advanced out of back-to-back subcommittees in both chambers on Wednesday. Biofuels supporters like IowaBio, and ag groups including the Farm Bureau and the Soybean Association applauded the bills; However, convenience stores like Casey’s and Kum & Go expressed opposition, because of the cost of infrastructure upgrades that would be necessary at their stores to accommodate higher biofuels blends. Both chamber’s subcommittees moved the bills, but stated they believed the bills needed some work to advance. The bills now go to the full Agriculture Committees in their respective chambers.
Tuesday, an hour-and-a-half long Senate subcommittee was held on SF193
, an expansive anti-vaccine bill IowaBIo opposes. Anti-vaccine advocates argued that individuals should have more choice over vaccinations and not be discriminated against because of their vaccination status. Senator Jim Carlin (R-Sioux City), the bill sponsor, questioned the State’s Epidemiologist Caitlin Pedati who was in attendance at the virtual hearing, about vaccine safety and a wide range of vaccine topics, including whether vaccines cause autism. The bill advanced out of the subcommittee and now goes to the full Senate Human Resources Committee.
Angel Investor Tax Credits
, a bill to create more flexibility for IEDA to allocate additional funding to the angel investor credit program was filed this week. IowaBio supports the bill.
non-medical switching advanced out of the House Human Resources Committee Thursday, but its senate similar companion SF178
failed to advance out of a Senate subcommittee Monday after vigorous opposition by insurance companies. The House bill can now go to the floor.
Precision Medicine Resolution
a resolution by Representative Ann Meyer (R-Fort Dodge) that IowaBio supports with Genentech and ACS-CAN to declare the month of March Precision Medicine and Biomarker Testing Awareness month, was filed this week.
Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulation
a bill to regulate PBMs was also filed in the House Commerce Committee. The bill aims to increase transparency and reduce drug prices through a variety of provisions to regulate PBMs and their activities.