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Iowa bills that have survived and died after legislative hurdle

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With the first funnel of the Iowa legislative session now passed, some possible new laws continue to have a chance, while others have met their end.

The first deadline of the year was Friday. Iowa legislation uses funnels as a cut-off point for when bills have to advance from subcommittees. If they don't, they die.

Now in the seventh week of the 2018 session, a number of bills have been introduced but haven't cleared the funnel hurdle.  Others have cleared that hurdle.

One bill of utmost priority, a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Both the senate and house have moved the bill, Senate File 2117, forward. Under the proposed budget, higher education could see the highest cuts.

Another bill that moved forward, SF 481, which would ban "sanctuary cities." The bill moved forward despite not having support from the Iowa Police Chiefs Association. 

The Iowa City Police Chief, Jody Matherly, was one of the chiefs that spoke out against the bill to lawmakers.

"This will not help policing at all. It will erode trust and confidence in law enforcement, and we're concerned," Chief Matherly said.

As for a bill that would only require one license plate on a car, that got the can. If that bill, SF 2122, were to have passed, it would have meant drivers would only need a plate on the rear of the car.

Also dead, House File 2031, which would create a bible literacy course at public high schools as an elective course. 

"It basically teaches about the bible's impact on our history. World history, as well as American history, and it's impact on art and culture," Representative Dean Fisher (R-Montour) said. "It does so from a completely secular perspective."

One bill that did clear the hurdle deadline was bill SF 2181 that would up punishments for animal cruelty.

Three bills having to deal with traffic camera lights (two that would ban them all together and one that would add regulations) all survived.

Another bill that would aim to curb opioid abuse, Senate Study Bill 3074, which would end paper prescriptions, passed.

"It will increase patience safety. Lessens the likelihood of prescriptions being forged or being phoned in fraudulently,"  Pharmacist Wes Pilkington, at Greenwood Pharmacy in Waterloo, said.

An abortion bill that would ban nearly all abortions moved on. The bill, Senate SB 3143, would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The exception would be for medical emergencies.

Other bills that didn't make it through were a school choice bill and one that would reinstate the death penalty.

This week, both the house and senate will only consider each other's bills. A list of bills on the senate calendar can be found here. The same for the house can be found here.

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