Get involved in the 2017 policy process

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At ABI, planning for the next legislative session begins as soon as the previous session has adjourned. ABI’s public policy team traveled throughout the state in May to meet with members and discuss the outcome of the 2016 legislative session and priorities for 2017. 

These regional meetings serve as a starting point for ABI’s policy development process. However, the bulk of the work takes place during the public policy committee process. Committee meetings, which are strictly for members only, allow for engagement and dialogue with other members on key issues facing Iowa business leaders. The committee meetings will take place in August, and the more members engage, the better ABI can represent Iowa businesses during the 2016 election cycle and the 2017 legislative session.

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After the policy meetings, the ABI Legislative Committee will meet in September to review committee recommendations and propose association priorities to the ABI Board of Directors. The ABI board will also meet in September to finalize the 2017 Legislative Priorities and Policies.

Aug. 2 | Workplace and Product Safety
• Focuses on safety of any business’s most valuable resource: its people, as well as the products and services they make and provide. This committee will address occupational safety, workers’ compensation and liability issues.

Aug. 9 | Employment and Workforce
• Focuses on traditional human resources issues, including health care benefits and the challenges of workforce and skill development, as well as unemployment compensation issues.

Aug. 10 | Environment
• Focuses on air, water and land quality issues impacting the regulated community, including permitting challenges.

Aug. 16 | Economic Growth
• Focuses on economic development issues ranging from workforce and economic development state incentive programs to transportation of people and goods.

Aug. 23 | Tax
• Focuses on all forms of tax levied on businesses, including property, income, sales and use taxes.