State Authorities Committee – Week 8, 2021

SF 29 – OCIO Procurement Preferences and Cloud Computing

With SF 29, as amended, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) can source cloud computing solutions and other information technologies that are not locally hosted by the state from vendors who adhere to federal approval or accreditation programs. Under the bill, OCIO can enter into contracts with several commercial cloud computing service providers. Control and ownership of status data stored with cloud computing service providers remains with the state. OCIO must ensure the portability of status data stored with cloud computing service providers. OCIO must report to lawmakers by November 1st an inventory of all government information technology applications and a cost-benefit analysis of local upgrades versus cloud computing or other technology services.

According to OCIO, the sourcing of cloud computing solutions, the total cost or cost savings cannot be determined because cloud computing solutions are cheaper in certain circumstances but may not be the best option in all scenarios.
[3/2:  11-4 (No: Boulton, Celsi, Giddens, Jochum)]

SF 249 – 911 Restrictions on the Emergency Service Fund

SF 249, as amended, addresses the 911 emergency service, including the use of funds deposited into a 911 service fund, the cost of providing the 911 service and access to the next generation 911 network. Under current law, funds deposited into a 911 service fund must be used to pay costs that are directly attributable to 911 calls. The invoice changes this and excludes costs associated with reimbursing originating service providers for providing 911 call delivery service. The bill calls for the 911 program manager to provide a percentage of the total surcharge to cellular operators through June 30, 2026 to reimburse their costs for providing E911 phase 1 services.

Under applicable law, a local exchange service provider is required to provide the next generation 911 network service provider with certain information relating to its subscribers and provides compensation to the local exchange service provider for providing that information. The bill determines that the local intermediary service provider must be compensated for providing this information. provides that a local operator bears all costs associated with the recurring monthly 911 service; requests the program manager to determine the entry and exit points at which an original service provider can access the next generation 911 network; and requires an original service provider to bear all costs associated with the connection to the entry and exit points.
[3/2: 15-0]

SSB 1202 – Consumer Protection for Orthodontic New Services

SSB 1202 prohibits dentists performing treatment for misaligned teeth or first-time use of orthodontic appliances on a new patient unless the dentist conducts an initial in-person or teledental examination of the new patient, or the new patient provides the doctor with their dental care Record was made within the last six months. The examination required includes any suitable conventional or digital imaging necessary to develop an appropriate orthodontic diagnostic and treatment plan. The bill defines “new patient” as someone who has not been examined, cared for or seen by a doctor in the two-year period immediately prior to the patient’s last appointment.
[3/2: 15-0]

SF 303 – Smart contracts in ledger technology

SF 303 amends the Unified Electronic Transactions Act by allowing the use of “distributed ledger technology” and “smart contracts” in electronic transactions. The bill allows this new technology to facilitate the use of electronic transactions in commerce by legally recognizing electronic records, signatures and contracts. 15 states adopted this language this year. A change was passed that removed cryptology and neutralized billing technology. This will come in handy when technology changes in the future.
[3/2: Short Form]

SF 411 – One-time discounts for renewing alcoholic licenses or permits

According to SF 411, as amended, the Department of Alcoholic Beverages (ABD) of the Department of Commerce must allow the holder of an annual license or permit to sell alcoholic beverages for local consumption, a discount on the renewal fee for that license, or. Holders with a Class A, B, C or Special C license or an annual license to sell alcoholic beverages with an expiration date between May 6, 2020 and May 5, 2021 do not need to pay the annual fee. Class C or D licenses with an expiration date between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 do not need to pay for the annual fee renewal. If the owner has already paid his license or permit fee, ABD will reimburse the fee payment. The local authorities will keep any transfers already made and ABD will pay the local authorities an amount equal to the work they have done once they have granted the first stage license approval. The invoice becomes effective when it comes into force.

As of May 6, 2020, the governor has allowed ABD to postpone accepting fees for permits. More than 5,600 licenses were put on hold. That’s more than $ 7 million.
[3/2: 15-0]

SF 164 – Consolidation of the hairdressing and cosmetics committee, area of ​​activity

SF 164 as amended combines the bodies for cosmetology and barbers into one body, reduces public membership by one and removes a separate position for an instructor. The applicable rules of both bodies remain in effect until the new body changes, repeals or supplements the rules or the rules expire on their own terms. The bill changes the definition of “cosmetology” by removing the arranging, braiding and dressing of hair and adding hair styling. The bill extends the practices that fall under the definition of “cosmetology” to include nail technology and hairdressing. The bill directs the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Arts and Sciences to develop a program to certify current beauticians to shave with a razor. It explains how to use a straight edge razor and how to define a mobile salon.

The board’s authority to issue a straight edge razor certificate cannot exceed 40 hours. The bill sets the training requirements for a license to practice aesthetics at 600 hours and the training requirements for a license to practice nail technology at 325 hours.

Scope – The bill preserves the ability of beauticians to provide such services and instructs the board to create a new license that will allow hairdressing and hair styling licensees to provide hairdressing and hair styling services only. The bill also provides for the development of a process for licensing individuals who provide both hair styling and hairdressing services but do not practice any of the other cosmetological arts and sciences.

This change delays the implementation of the new hairdressing and hair styling course until August 1, 2022. It adds a transitional provision that allows students currently enrolled to complete their coursework in a 2,100-hour hairdressing program by August 1, 2022.
[3/2: 15-0]

SSB 1204 – Change in the conduct of elections in emergencies

SSB 1204 in the amended version removes the requirement that the exercise of emergency powers by the state election commissioner (foreign minister) must be approved by the legislative council before it comes into force. The bill allows the legislature or the legislative council to repeal a declaration of emergency.

The bill contains a number of requirements the Foreign Minister must meet when exercising emergency powers, including requirements relating to polling stations, voting dates, ballot counting and holding elections. The bill allows the SOS to call for a re-election if an electoral tribunal finds that mistakes prevent the outcome of an election from being accurately determined. A change has been added to the “Other disasters” section, including the pandemic, stating that “no changes will be made to the method of conducting elections so that an election can only be conducted by mail”.
[3/2: 10-5 (No: Democrats)]

SSB 1211 – Amendment of the Constitution on the Succession of Governors

SSB 1211 is a joint resolution to amend the Iowa state constitution with respect to gubernatorial succession. The bill creates a successor system in the event of permanent or temporary disability of the governor or the elected governor. In the event of temporary obstruction to the governor or elected governor, the lieutenant governor or elected lieutenant governor shall act as governor or elected governor until the obstruction is removed or the governor dies, resigns or resigns. In the event of the death, resignation or removal from office of the governor or elected governor, the lieutenant governor or elected lieutenant governor becomes governor or elected governor and the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant for the remainder of the term.

That problem came to a head in 2017 when Kim Reynolds became governor after Terry Branstad stepped down as U.S. ambassador to China. Legislature passed SJR 2003 in 2019 to clarify gubernatorial succession in the Iowa Constitution because the SOS failed to publish the required notice after passing similar laws in 2018. This reset the process to step one. The earliest time the measure could be voted on is 2022.
[3/2: 15-0]

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