Oct 1, 2020
State of Iowa Closes Fiscal Year 2020 with Strong Surplus
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced yesterday that Iowa will officially close FY20 with a robust surplus of $305.5 million in the General Fund.
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 27, 2018
ABI’s public policy team has been meeting with members of the 88th General Assembly, the governor’s office, caucus staff and other lobbyists to discuss our top priorities as the legislative session nears.
Mar 16, 2018
The Legislature just completed its 10th week, and several key bills ABI supports have “survived” the second funnel of the 2018 legislative session. Several anti-business bills were considered throughout the session, and many of those are now "dead" because of the deadline.
Dec 14, 2017
Wednesday morning, ABI Senior Vice President of Public Policy Nicole Crain had the opportunity to listen to Iowa small businesses share with Gov. Reynolds and Linda McMahon, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the challenges of doing business.
Oct 12, 2017
The Iowa Department of Workforce Development has been working to update its administrative rules and has brought many rules packages before the Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) during the interim.
Oct 12, 2017
Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg recently unveiled the results of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Council’s annual evaluation, which measures the council’s efforts in boosting education that will enhance economic development across Iowa.
Aug 24, 2017
ABI’s annual legislative policy committee meetings for it’s five policy committees--Economic Growth, Workplace and Product Safety, Environment, Tax, and Employment and Workforce--met during the last two weeks to review ABI’s legislative policies and discuss ABI’s priorities for the 2018 legislative session.
Jul 27, 2017
Each year ABI holds a series of important public policy meetings where members can review ABI’s legislative policies and priorities in light of legislative accomplishments from the previous session and give input into what ABI’s policies and priorities should be going forward.
May 18, 2017
The DOT is conducting a required five-year review of all of its administrative rule chapters and seeking feedback on Iowa DOT Administrative Rule Chapter 20, which pertains to procurement of equipment, materials, supplies and services.
May 11, 2017
Gov. Terry Branstad has 30 days to review the bills that were approved by the Legislature in the final days of the 2017 session. The governor must take action on all bills by April 22. Although the budget bills have yet to be signed into law, Gov. Branstad did sign several pieces of legislation this week, including a few that ABI supported.
Apr 27, 2017
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held a press conference Monday to declare 2017 as the “Year of Manufacturing” in Iowa. ABI is proud to partner with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to spearhead the effort.
Apr 22, 2017
The Iowa Legislature adjourned the 2017 session sine die at 7:16 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 after a nearly 24-hour push to wrap things up (the Iowa House convened at 8:37 on Friday morning).
The Legislature, controlled by Republicans in the Iowa House and Senate, passed several landmark pieces of legislation. From the beginning, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry worked closely with lawmakers to promote policies important to our members, and this legislative session will go down as one of the most pro-business, pro-jobs years in recent history. ABI registered on more than 300 bills during the legislative session.
Mar 30, 2017
Tomorrow marks the second funnel deadline for the Iowa Legislature. Most bills must have passed out of one chamber and a committee in the other chamber to remain eligible for debate. Bills that go through the Ways & Means, Appropriations and Government Oversight committees are exempt from funnel deadlines. Here is a list of bills important to Iowa businesses that are still alive.
Mar 9, 2017
It’s been a busy week at at the Statehouse. Both chambers have worked late into the evenings and work has not yet wrapped up for the week. The ABI public policy team is tracking more than 400 bills at this point in the session. Here are just some of the bills that moved this week.
Mar 2, 2017
The first legislative funnel is tomorrow, Friday, March 3. That means that bills must have moved from one committee in one chamber to receive further consideration this session. Bills taken up by Ways and Means and Appropriations committees are exempt from the funnel.
Feb 2, 2017
There are many important pieces of legislation pending at the Legislature that will affect you and your business. One way to stay involved is to attend a weekend forum and meet with your elected officials to tell them how you feel about specific pieces of legislation.
Jan 12, 2017
Sen. Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) was sworn in as the new president of the Iowa Senate replacing Sen. Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque). Whitver’s opening speech highlighted the optimism for the future of the state of Iowa and the idea of all senators thinking big and bold.
Dec 5, 2016
Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) released committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session this morning. ABI looks forward to continuing to work with the committee chairs to advance pro-jobs policies for the state of Iowa.
Dec 1, 2016
Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Office of Drug Control Policy Director Steve Lukan announced this week that Iowans now have access to Naloxone, a prescription medication that can reverse an opioid overdose through a standing order issued by Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director. This implements legislation that was passed in 2016.
Nov 17, 2016
Although the General Election was just last week, another election will be take place in a little more than a month. A special election was set for Dec. 27, 2016 to replace Sen. Joe Seng (D-Davenport) after he died from cancer this fall.
Jun 9, 2016
On Wednesday, the ABI policy team, including President Mike Ralston, had a final post session regional policy meeting in Council Bluffs. As we look forward to the 2017 session, the next step in the policy-setting process will be August meetings of each of the five ABI public policy committees
Feb 11, 2016
Members of the ABI public policy team attended more than 50 subcommittees this week on topics ranging from GPS tracking systems in company vehicles and proposals to mandate insurance coverage for autism and eating disorders, to mandated time off for prenatal visits.
Jan 14, 2016
The first of order of business in the Iowa House of Representatives on Monday was to swear in two new legislators who were elected last fall in special elections. The House also welcomed Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) as the new speaker. She who replaces Rep. Kraig Paulsen (R-Cedar Rapids) and is the first female speaker in the House.
Dec 10, 2015
The Public Retirement Systems interim committee met two days this week to hear updates from each of the four state pension systems on topics including rates of return, investment portfolios, funded ratios of the systems, and contribution rates and benefits, and to determine whether any recommendations for legislative changes would be made.
Dec 10, 2015
Gov. Terry Branstad announced Thursday that Iowa has been awarded a $100,000 National Governors Association (NGA) grant to scale work-based learning that will connect Iowa’s youth with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) middle-skills careers.
Nov 19, 2015
Over the past week, Nicole Crain, ABI Senior Vice President of Public Policy, has testified before the joint Legislative Administrative Rules Review Committee and at a public hearing related to the proposed fee increase on Iowa companies who obtain air permits from the Department of Natural Resources.
Oct 29, 2015
Last week, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison announced a new Workforce Housing Loan Program available to communities in need of more rental housing due to local employment growth.
Sep 3, 2015
As you have read in previous versions of the ABI newsletter, a new rule under consideration by the Department of Labor would substantially change the rules for when employees must pay overtime, increases the salary threshold at which an employee is eligible for overtime and includes an automatic escalator provision.
Aug 13, 2015
Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds this week announced a series of roundtable meetings focused on ways to better align education and workforce initiatives to close the skills gap and meet future employer needs
Jul 23, 2015
Last week, David Weil, an administrator at the US Labor Department, issued a fifteen page Administrator’s Interpretation that seeks to clarify when a person is classified as an independent contractor or an employee.
May 14, 2015
The Iowa House on Wednesday adopted an amendment to the Health and Human Services bill- Senate File 505 - that expands the current co-pay equalization for chiropractors to the following specialists: physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.
May 7, 2015
Although the wage payment collection legislation (Senate File 270) did not make the legislative funnel earlier this year, Rep. Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines) offered an amendment to the economic development appropriations bill that would change the burden of proof in wage payment claims to the employer and establish a rebuttable presumption.
Mar 6, 2015
A new ozone rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency could result in $9 billion in gross product loss in Iowa over the next 25 years and severely threaten the manufacturing resurgence, according to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers.
Feb 12, 2015
Senate File 39, a bill that would change the burden of proof in Iowa’s current wage payment collection to rest on the employer, has passed out of a subcommittee and is eligible for debate by the full Labor and Business Relations Committee.
Feb 5, 2015
On Tuesday, a Senate subcommittee advanced Senate Study Bill 1094, a bill that would require office co-pays for physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists to be no greater than co-pays for primary care physicians.