Dec 19, 2019
ABI Public Policy Staff Presents at Gov. Reynolds' Budget Briefing
JD Davis, ABI vice president of public policy, provided testimony to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg on Tuesday during their annual state budget hearing.
The Legislative News is updated regularly by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) public policy team with information about the latest activity in the Iowa Legislature, administratively and at the federal level.
Dec 12, 2019
ABI recently added its name to a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) encouraging them to come to an agreement to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” by the end of the year.
Nov 7, 2019
The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board recently met and signed off on recommendations that encourage the Legislature to eliminate the current 3% THC cap and impose a purchase limit when it comes to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program.
Oct 16, 2019
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced Tuesday that $10 million in workforce housing tax credits are now available for counties that have been issued a Presidential Disaster declaration and are qualified housing projects.
Oct 10, 2019
The city council of Waterloo passed an ordinance on Monday that would prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal background history and conducting a background check until a conditional offer of employment has been extended.
Sep 26, 2019
The offices of Gov. Reynolds and the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) jointly announced last week that grant applications for private sector communication services providers and public entities seeking to expand rural high-speed internet services in underserved areas of the state are now available.
Aug 15, 2019
ABI is part of the 2020 Iowa Caucus Consortium Advisory Committee, which is a group of organizations and individuals focused on highlighting Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status and leaving a positive and impressionable experience for candidates, media and others visiting the state.
Jul 11, 2019
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, along with 44 other employer entities including ABI, recently submitted comments to the Department of Labor for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Joint Employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Jul 2, 2019
Donna Burkett, bureau chief of the Labor Market Information Division at Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), and Kathy Leggett, Future Ready Iowa policy advisor at IWD, will serve as guest speakers for the Employment & Workforce Public Policy Committee meeting set to meet on Wednesday, August 7 at ABI.
May 23, 2019
President Trump announced last Friday that the United States would be removing steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico in an effort to help facilitate passage of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade accord.
May 2, 2019
After the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) put a hold on the changes to the EEO-1 reporting form that mid- and large-size employers must fill out in 2017, a Judge ruled last month the added requirement to report pay can move forward and is due September 30, 2019.
Apr 18, 2019
Gov. Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, along with state agency directors, provided comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule.
Apr 11, 2019
The Iowa Senate on Wednesday amended SF 563, which was legislation geared toward the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry often seen as the “middleman” when it comes to prescription drugs and pricing that employers and consumers ultimately pay.
Mar 21, 2019
Eric Giddens (D-Cedar Falls) defeated Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls) in the Tuesday special election to fill the vacancy created when Sen. Jeff Danielson resigned to take a position with the American Wind Energy Association.
Feb 21, 2019
Last fall, the Iowa Supreme Court overturned two lower courts and the state workers’ compensation commissioner in a ruling related to an idiopathic/unexplained fall due to an individual’s medical condition that happened to occur at the workplace.
Feb 7, 2019
ABI recently joined other business associations in supporting an effort being led by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to encourage other states to not adopt a version of an invasive data privacy law that was recently passed in California.