Dec 17, 2015
EPC approves new Title V rules, fee schedule
On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) approved new Title V rules and a fee schedule.
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 17, 2015
Wednesday’s move by the Federal Reserve to lift its key rate, the federal funds rate, by a quarter-point to a range of 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent ends an extraordinary seven-year period of near-zero rates that began at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis.
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
The Iowa Legislature’s Tax Expenditure Committee, which performs a scheduled review of specified tax credits, met Wednesday to review various tax credits including agricultural assets transfer tax credits, custom farming contract tax credits, claim of right tax credits, S corporation apportionment tax credits, alternative minimum tax credits, assistive device corporate tax credits, charitable conservation contribution tax credits, motor vehicle fuel tax credits and new jobs tax credits.
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.
Nov 5, 2015
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Administrative Rules Review Committee - a joint committee of the Iowa House and Senate - will hear comments from interested parties related to air quality rules proposed by the Iowa 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.
Jul 16, 2015
ABI joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several other national and state organizations in sending a letter to all members of Congress expressing concern about the Department of Labor’s expansion of the “fiduciary investment advice” definition to include small business plans such as SEP and SIMPLE IRAS.
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.
Apr 23, 2015
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 12, 2015
The U.S. Senate and House have introduced identical Congressional Review Act resolutions (S.J. Res 8 and H.J. Res 29), which, if passed, would formally signal Congressional disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule.
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.