What to Expect from ABI During the 2024 Legislative Session

December 4, 2023 | Workforce Boosts, Tort, Regulatory, Tax Reforms Top 2023 Accomplishments JD Davis, Vice President, Public Policy, ABI, jddavis@iowaabi.org

Three Things to Expect from ABI:

1. Round-the-clock coverage at the Capitol – The ABI public policy team has followed this mantra for the last decade and will continue to do so: “As long as they are there, we are there.” If the Legislature is in session, you can count on the ABI team to provide you information about what’s happening at the Capitol. ABI will be there for Iowa employers day and night. We will work to educate lawmakers about the impact various proposals will have on employees and employers statewide.

2. Weekly updates – Each Friday morning, ABI members will receive the Voice of Iowa Business Newsletter. The newsletter will feature a summary of key issues ABI has engaged in on behalf of members during the week, emerging issues that warrant the attention of members and progress to the policy priorities of ABI. The newsletter will be timely and in your email inbox before the end of the week.

3. Twice-monthly conference calls – ABI members also get up-to-date information on twice-monthly conference calls, which are made possible by ABI member company support of the organization. These calls give specific information on bill status and provide members with an insiders’ perspective of the legislative process. The calls begin Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. Go to the following page on the ABI website to register: https://www. iowaabi.org/events/.

Three Ways You Can Get Engaged:

1. Meet your local elected officials – Iowa legislators are accessible and hold occasional weekend forums during session. Most legislators are willing to come to businesses and meet with employees and other businesspeople from their districts. All legislators maintain state email accounts and are very interested in feedback from their districts. You can find your legislators here: www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/ find. The best way to educate legislators is to help them understand what you do and why your business is important to the Iowa economy. Invite them to your office, plant or construction site. Get to know them. 

If you would like help with introductions or setting up a meeting, please reach out to JD Davis at jddavis@ iowaabi.org or Brad Hartkopf at bhartkopf@iowaabi.org.

2. Attend Business Day in Des Moines – In addition to the recent ABI Legislative Briefing and Reception that kicks off the legislative session, ABI also plans the Iowa Business Day in Des Moines. This year, the event is scheduled for March 6, 2024, with a briefing from the ABI team on ABI priorities and importantly, an update from legislative leaders on the policy prospects for the remainder of the 2024 Session. Check out www.iowaabi.org for details.

3. Make sure you receive ABI emails – I know you receive a lot of emails from organizations you’re a part of. However, if you want to stay up to date on the legislative happenings at ABI, make sure you read the Voice of Iowa Business Newsletter on Fridays. Also, when an email comes from Mike Ralston, Brad Hartkopf or JD Davis, know it’s related to a pending public policy issue and that we need your insight and support. Please help us and reach out to your legislators when requests come from ABI.

We are honored to represent you and the hundreds of thousands of employees you employ throughout the state each day. You can expect us to work hard every day for you and for a better climate to be an Iowa employer. If you have a question about public policy, please email or call us. Our job is to represent you and be responsive to your questions and concerns. Thank you for your commitment to ABI and Iowa’s business community!