Nov 17, 2022
Election Top Lines
The election is over, and leadership elections have been held. There are some key changes in Iowa.
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.
Jun 24, 2022
This week ABI President Mike Ralston signed on to a COSMA letter to President Biden urging the President to take steps to do more to secure energy supply, including the transmission initiatives included in the recent industry-supported Infrastructure and Jobs Act.
May 26, 2022
Another key development that took place this week was the Iowa Senate’s passage of SF 2378, which is the bottle bill. It now awaits Gov. Reynolds’ signature. Lawmakers in the Iowa House passed this bill in mid-April. Current law allows consumers to receive the five-cent deposit they pay on cans and bottles when they recycle them by taking them back to the store or redemption center.
May 26, 2022
ABI members who are interested in applying for the new child care grant can attend an upcoming webinar hosted by Future Ready Iowa and other representatives from the Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Human Services. The webinar scheduled for June 22, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. will provide application guidance to employers.
May 19, 2022
There are a number of environmental regulatory updates to report. On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Air Quality Bureau confirmed that there would be no increase in fees for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins on July 1.
Apr 14, 2022
ABI staff continues to work with members of the Senate on legislation to reform the relationship between pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and the pharmacies they reimburse for prescriptions filled for participants in ABI member employee health plans.
Mar 10, 2022
ABI signed a letter spearheaded by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that urges Congress to add the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill in the final product that joins the United States Innovation and Competition Act with the America COMPETES Act.
Mar 3, 2022
This month, the White House’s Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment published a report that addresses recommendations to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining for federal employees, as well as public and private-sector workers.
Feb 18, 2022
Two key developments tied to ABI’s public policy priorities emerged under the golden dome this week. Senate lawmakers passed the comprehensive re-employment and tort reform package out of the Senate Commerce Committee this week, and the full Iowa House chamber debated and passed its tax reform bill, HF 2317, with bipartisan support.