Emergency Rule-Making Documents Filed Prior to Publication in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin (IAB)
|ARC||Agency||Subject of Rule Making||Agency Document||Effective Date||Publication Date in IAB|
|ARC 5847C||Labor Services Division||
The Iowa Labor Commissioner is required to adopt by reference changes to the U.S. Department of Labor's occupational safety and health standards. This rulemaking would adopt by reference federal OSHA's new emergency temporary standard (ETS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ETS applies only to certain locations where health care services are provided and it is set to expire after 6 months.
|ARC 5820C||Pharmacy Board||
This rule making provides the minimum training requirements for pharmacy technicians to engage in the administration of vaccinations. Currently, under the national public health emergency declaration and PREP Act in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, pharmacy technicians are authorized, pursuant to training and continuing education requirements, to administer pediatric vaccinations to any patient aged three to 18 years old and COVID vaccinations to patients of any age for which the vaccination is authorized or approved. This rule making identifies properly trained technicians so that such technicians may engage in pharmacist-delegated vaccine administration of immunizations and not be limited to pediatric or COVID vaccinations.
|ARC 5817C||Revenue Department||
The purpose of this rule making is to implement the Iowa income tax exclusion for qualifying COVID-19 grants enacted in 2021 Iowa Acts, SF 619, division III, and identify state grant programs that qualify for the exclusion. That legislation requires the department to identify, through rule, state grant programs that meet the definition of "qualifying COVID-19 grant" and thus qualify for the exclusion.
|ARC 5795C||Professional Licensure Division||
This rulemaking amends supervision requirements for Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists to remove in-person supervision requirements and allow supervision to occur electronically. This rulemaking also updates language to clarify that independent level social workers may provide supervision to mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists who are completing their post graduate supervision requirements and vice-versa, independent level licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can supervise social workers completing their post graduate supervision requirements.
|ARC 5731C||Human Services Department||
The department is revising the child care assistance provider reimbursement rate ceiling tables. This is being done to comply with federal requirements (45 CFR Part 98) that states must use the most recent market rate survey in establishing child care reimbursement rates. Iowa's most recent market rate survey was conducted in December 2020.
Effective July 1, 2021, reimbursement rates for providers of child care assistance are being increased to at least the 50th percentile of the 2020 market rate for child care providers.
The base rates for the Quality Rating System (QRS) bonuses were also updated to reflect increased child care provider reimbursement rates. The base rates were updated to the 50th percentile and the QRS highest rates to the 75th percentile of the 2020 survey. Previously the highest rates had been at the 75th percentile based on the 2017 market rate survey.
|ARC 5658C||Chief Information Officer, Office of the||
This rulemaking implements changes to Iowa Code chapter 8B via 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 848, an act relating to broadband service, including matters under the purview of the Office, the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Fund, and including effective date and applicability provisions.
|ARC 5523C||Public Safety Department||
The purpose of this rule making is to update the Standards for Electrical Work to the National Electrical Code, 2020 edition. Consistent with recent rule making in this chapter, the entire National Electrical Code (NEC) is adopted, with the time-limited amendments included in this chapter. It is the intention of the Department and the Board not to make further amendments, regardless of new additions to the NEC, until it is necessary for the state of Iowa. A significant effect of the adoption of the 2020 edition of the NEC would have been the requirement for 250-volt receptacles, but the Board, in addition to adopting the 2020 edition of the NEC by reference, is amending the 2020 edition to postpone that requirement until January 1, 2022.
Two typographical errors in the amendments are corrected as well, and language has been added to better describe the receptacles that would require GFCI protection.