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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 18, 2017

The Greiner Report

By Sandra Greiner

On Thursday, March 14, the Senate adopted a Resolution recognizing March as Iowa Women’s History Month.  In connection with the ceremony surrounding the resolution, winning students from around the state who had entered the “Write Women Back into History” essay contest were recognized.  The essay contest is sponsored by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, within the Deptartment of Human Rights.  Other sponsors of the essay contest were the Department of Education and the State Historical Society.
The purpose of the essay contest is to celebrate Women’s History Month and to increase the awareness of the contributions made to society by Iowa women.
One of the six 2013 winners was Laci Droll, a student at Iowa City West High School, whose topic was Christine Brus, Director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Iowa.
With the First Funnel behind us, the Senate spent a good deal of time doing floor debate this week while committee work focused on continuing to move bills through the pipeline.
The Judiciary Committee passed a bill, SF363, creating the Contagious or Infectious Disease Transmission Act and establishes crimes relating to the intentional transmission of contagious or infectious diseases.  For purposes of this bill, a contagious or infectious disease is defined as hepatitis in any form, meningococcal disease (meningitis), AIDS or HIV.
The Senate State Government Committee has passed SF367 which creates tax credits for those who donate food to food banks.  A “general” tax credit would be available for those who produce the food and could be credited against an individual or corporate state tax return.
There is also a “taxpayers” credit that allows a taxpayer to claim a credit for 15 percent of the value of donated commodities up to $5000.  The commodities must be suitable for human consumption.  An individual may claim a tax credit of a partnership, LLC, S corp, estate or a trust.
The Local Government Committee passed out SF 403 which removes restrictions against lobbying for members of County Extension Councils.
Senate File 412 was adopted by the Committee on Economic Growth providing for a small employer health insurance tax credit for individual and corporate income taxpayer.  The bill applies retroactively to Jan. 1, 2013, for tax years beginning on or after that date.
And the Committee on Human Resources passed SF 419 which requires a vision screening exam prior to a being enrolled in grade three of a public or accredited nonpublic elementary school.  The bill requires a parent or guardian to provide documentation certifying the exam has occurred with other credentials necessary for enrollment.
Evidence of the vision screening may be provided either directly from the parent or guardian or from a vision screening provider and may be provided in either written or electronic form.  The requirement for vision screening may be satisfied by any of the following:  1) Screening performed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. 2) Screening conducted at a pediatrician or family practice physician’s office, a free clinic, a child care center, a local public health department, a public or accredited nonpublic school or a community-based organization, or by an advanced registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant. 3) An online vision screening, which may be conducted by a child’s parent or guardian, or 4) A photo screening vision screening, including a screening by Iowa KidSight.
Mail sent to me here at the Capitol should carry the ZIP code 50319 and the Senate switchboard phone number is: 515-281-3371.  My email address is:  sandra.greiner@legis.iowa.gov.