ABI Continues Work on Regulatory Reform Priority

February 7, 2019

This week, the Senate Commerce Committee passed SF 25 unanimously, which eliminates the requirement of the Iowa Department of Public Health to certify third-party evaluators for purposes of water filter testing. Iowa is the only state to still have this additional requirement. The bill is now ready for full floor debate.

A subcommittee of the Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee held a meeting on SF 141, decennial approval of all administrative rules. There were many questions and examples brought up during the meeting, and the legislation did not advance. However, a freshman senator, Senator Whiting (R-Spirit Lake) stated this is one of several pieces of legislation he would like to bring forward to have a discussion on administrative rules.

Another legislative proposal to address regulatory burdens will receive a hearing next week. SSB 1116 relates to e-notaries, and members of a Senate subcommittee will meet to hear from ABI members and financial industry professionals as to why this is necessary.

Finally, ABI will be at the Administrative Rules Review Committee on Friday, Feb. 8 to express our support for Department of Transportation rules that implement the final-stage manufacturer legislation that was passed in the 2018 session. Whether at the Capitol or in a state office building, the ABI public policy team is working for Iowa business and to keep Iowa the number one state for jobs!