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Key Bills Stalled on House Calendar

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Two bills that are supported by Disbility Rights Iowa and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council survived the first legislative deadline two weeks ago, but they have not yet been debated in the Iowa House of Representatives.  This is important because another legislative deadline is right around the corner.  

HF 2561 is the new bill number (formerly HF 2118) that ends organ transplant discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  Hospitals and transplant waiting lists can no longer deny organs to individuals with disabilties who can demonstrate they have the supports needed to help with post-operative care.  This bill was sponsored by Rep. Skyler Wheeler (R-Orange City) and Rep. Rob Bacon (R-Story City) is the floor manager (meaning he is in charge of the bill during debate).

HF 2097 is the bill that requires the state's modern interstate rest areas to have at least one adult changing station available to travelers.  This bill was sponsored by Rep. Ann Meyer (R-Fort Dodge) and Rep. Kristin Sunde (D-West Des Moines), and Rep. Meyer is the floor manager.  There is an amendment (H-017) sponsored by Rep. Art Staed (R-Cedar Rapids) to name the bill "Adalynn's Law" after the child who brought awareness to the issue.  

Both bills need to have the following happen before the March 20 deadline:

  • Placed on daily debate calendar (floor manager must request this)
  • Debated and passed by the House.
  • Messaged to the Senate .
  • Assigned to a Senate Committee.
  • Assigned to a smaller subcommittee.
  • Voted out of subcommittee.
  • Voted out of committee.

It's not impossible to do this in two weeks, but the earlier the bills are debated, the better chance they have of clearig the second legislative deadline. If these issues matter to you, use our Grassroots Action Center to ask your Representatives to help. (Click here to get started)