2023 Legislative Session in the Rearview – Looking Ahead to 2024

June 12, 2023 | ABI CEO Survey Reveals Cautious Optimism Among Leaders JD Davis, Vice President, Public Policy, ABI, jddavis@iowaabi.org

Many readers, both ABI members and guests, have taken part in ABI’s regional public policy meetings which reported out the results of the 2023 Legislative Session. With major achievements in apprenticeship programs meeting workforce policy priorities, lawsuit judgment caps addressing tort reform goals, and a first step taken to reform and reduce property taxes, the achievements of the 2023 Session match well against goals established by the ABI Board of Directors. ABI member contacts and connections with legislators drove the successes of this Session.

If you’d like to dive deeper, join us in Cedar Rapids June 13-15 for the Taking Care of Business Conference. At that time, the ABI Public Policy team will hold a break-out session reviewing how the public policy results of the 2023 session compared to the priorities set out for ABI Board of Directors in September of 2022. We will also discuss how Iowa business and industry is impacted.

As an association, it is essential to reflect on our progress, but we must also remain forward-thinking as we approach the upcoming 2024 Session. Time moves swiftly, and it is crucial to purposefully set our sights on the future. That is where ABI member input is front and center. 

All members are invited to participate in the next phase of policy development as we convene five issue area committees in late summer to propose new policy goals for the consideration of the ABI Board of Directors. Think about the needs of your company or your industry. Are there opportunities or impediments that can be addressed with changes in state law? Has your company developed an issue expert that would bring value to policy development? We are grateful to the members that take part in the issue committee process. If your company is not being represented, please consider joining one or more of our policy committees. 

Our five committees are employment and workforce, workplace and product safety, economic growth, environment, and tax. You can learn more about these committees here: www.iowaabi.org/public-policy/get-involved/

For more information on how to get involved, contact JD Davis at jddavis@iowaabi.org or you can call or text JD at 515-979-1212.