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February 12, 2021
Bills continued to move out of subcommittee and committee this week, with some bills also advancing on the floor. Yesterday was the last day for individual legislators to request bill drafts. While bills can still be filed in the coming weeks, we are fast approaching the first funnel when bills must pass out of committee to “stay alive.” The first funnel is March 5. 

Biofuels

The Governor’s biofuels bills HSB185/SSB1179 were introduced this week. IowaBio supports the bills, which sets a statewide standard for ethanol-blended fuels and bio-diesel. The bills:
  • Would mandate a minimum blend of E10 gasoline to be sold at all but one gasoline fueling position effective upon enactment. The remaining fueling position may offer a restricted use gasoline (E0-E8). This mandate remains in effect until December 31, 2024. Beginning January 1, 2025, E15 will replace the E10 mandate and will be required to be sold at all but one gasoline fueling position. The remaining fueling position may offer a restricted use gasoline (E0-E14).
  • Effective upon enactment of the legislation through September 30, 2021 B11 would be required to be sold at all but one diesel fueling position per retail motor fuel site. The remaining fueling position may offer a restricted use diesel fuel (B0-B10). Beginning October 1, 2021 and extending through April 14, 2022 B5 will be required to be sold at all but one diesel fueling position per retail motor fuel site. The remaining fueling position may offer a restricted use diesel fuel (B0- B4). This cycle continues until April 15, 2024 at which time B20 will replace B11 and be required for sale at all but one diesel fueling position per retail motor fuel site. The remaining fueling position may offer a restricted use diesel fuel (B0-B19). B5 will continue to be mandated from October 1 – April 14 each year. Provides a definition for “restricted retail motor fuel site” selling restricted use diesel fuel
  • Extends tax credits, appropriates $5 million for the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program and modifies eligible projects.
HSB153, now HF477, was amended and advanced out of the full House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. It would create a new biofuels infrastructure grant program which would use money from the existing Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program for retailers converting equipment and infrastructure to be compatible with E-15 or E-85, to help upgrade terminals and pay for new infrastructure. Qualified infrastructure under the program includes installing new motor fuel storage tanks and associated fittings and equipment. The financial awards may also be used to replace or convert qualified infrastructure at retail sites

Anti-vaccine Legislation

SF125 moved out of the full Senate Human Resources Committee this week. The bill would require that a medical examiner investigation form for infants 0-3 years of age must include a request for information regarding the date and type of the decedent’s last immunization. If the decedent received more than one immunization at the time of the last immunization, the information provided must include all types of immunizations the child received. SF193 a sweeping anti-vaccine bill IowaBio opposes, has been scheduled for a subcommittee next Tuesday. The provisions of the bill were outlined in last week’s Bill Tracker Newsletter.

HF 372 the non-medical switching bill IowaBio supports, moved out of subcommittee in the house. The bill helps patients to not be switched for non-medical reasons from a drug on which they are stable. Its companion SF173, has been scheduled for a Senate subcommittee next Monday.

Drug Pricing Transparency

HSB46 moved out of the full House Commerce committee unanimously on Wednesday. An amendment for the Insurance Division that increases penalties for non-compliance and establishes a process for referral to the attorney general, was added in Committee. The bill is now funnel proof and can advance to the House floor.

Tenure Prohibition Bills

HF49, a bill that would prohibit Iowa Universities from having a tenure system for faculty passed out of the full House Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill is now funnel proof. A similar bill in the Senate, SF41, moved out of a subcommittee on Thursday.
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Sincerely,
Jessica

Jessica Hyland, J.D.
Executive Director
Iowa Biotechnology Association
Cell: (515) 822-1315
Office: (515) 327-9156
Fax: (515) 327-1407
jessica@iowabio.org
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