Bills from local lawmakers clear funnel deadline

Faced with a deluge of bills every year, Iowa legislators have established some deadlines to reduce the number of items considered during each session.

The first of those deadlines, called the funnel, passed on Friday.

With the exception of tax and spending measures, all bills had to be approved by a committee in the chamber in which it was introduced before Friday in order to remain eligible for debate during the rest of this year’s session.

Here’s a summary of bills from state Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge; state Sen. Jerry Behn, R-Boone; and state Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge; following Friday’s deadline.

Still eligible for debate

A measure from Beall that would allow a judge to include a pet under a restraining order in a domestic violence situation.

A measure from Beall that would extend whole-grade sharing incentive for school districts until 2019.

A measure from Beall exempting military retirement pay from the Iowa income tax.

A measure from Miller authorizing the state Board of Regents to help conduct the Urban Ag Academy she established.

No longer eligible for debate

A measure from Behn that would reinstate the death penalty for those convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering someone.

A measure from Miller that would require physicians to notify women that the density of breast tissue may affect mammogram results.