Special E-Issue #2
Issue 102, 5/31/2018
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Session Adjourns, Governor Has 30 Days to Act
The Iowa legislative session ended 118 days after it began, after passage of the country’s most restrictive abortion law (six-week “heartbeat” ban), $2 billion of phased-in tax cuts, expansion of the state’s nutrient reduction program (aka Farm Bureau’s water quality plan), Sanctuary City legislation (i.e. requiring police and sheriff offices to comply with federal immigration laws), strategies to combat the state's growing opioid epidemic, development of new higher-intensity crisis services to address gaps in the mental health service system, teeing up a broad gun rights state constitutional amendment for the 2020 electorate, capping awards for victims of drivers who were overserved alcohol, creating new membership-based “concierge” primary care service options, and allowing the Farm Bureau to provide a “non-insurance” insurance plan that doesn’t have to comply with ACA mandates.
The Legislature also reinstated funding for autism programs, reinforced expectations of Medicaid managed care organizations, put a hold on changes to the Integrated Health Home program, set the stage for another review of the state's MH/DS regional service system, and much, much more. You can read more about what passed in our Bill Tracker.
Our next issue of INFONET will be mailed out and posted here after the Governor takes action on the remaining bills sent to her. She has until June 4 to sign, veto, or selectively veto (called a "line-item veto"). So plan on an end-of-session and primary election recap by June 8.