IowaBio Bill Tracker - March 22, 2019
Floor debate continued at a good pace this week in both chambers. The amended newborn screening panel bill SF564 that IowaBio supports unanimously passed the Senate Monday. The bill would require the Department of Public Health to submit to the governor and the general assembly, by January 1 each year, a report from the Congenital and Inherited Disorders Advisory Committee Iowa newborn screening panel subcommittee’s annual evaluation of whether to adopt new core conditions for newborn screening. The bill now goes to the House.
A Senate subcommittee approved the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa legislation SSB1193, focused on workforce housing and broadband, which seeks to implement recommendations from the Empower Rural Iowa Task Force. We expect the bill to be amended in Senate Ways and Means next week.
A bill regarding excise tax for biofuels, SSB1246, that IowaBio supports was filed this week.
The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) came back with projections for state revenue growth $20 million lower than previously forecasted. This will make the appropriations process a little bumpier, as the chambers hash through priorities and budgeting details. The House and Senate are about $50 million apart on budget targets.