Governor Reynolds concludes 2019 legislative action
May 30, 2019
Governor Reynolds on Friday took action on the two remaining bills the Legislature sent her during the 2019 legislative session. The first bill, HF 546, extends the statewide penny for school infrastructure and was signed in Sioux City. The legislation increases the number of dollars that will go to the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund and expands what the penny can be used for such as career academies, while also requiring additional requirements before the dollars can be used for athletic facilities. Click here to read the Governor’s press release. ABI was undecided on this legislation.
The Governor vetoed the final bill of the session, which would have replaced the 3% THC cap with a 25 grams of THC limit. HF 732 expanded the definition of health care practitioner to physician assistants and nurse practitioners allowing them to certify patients for a medical cannabidiol card. The legislation passed by a wide bipartisan margin in both the House and Senate. However, after the bill passed the House there were legislators who expressed concern after additional information was brought forward. ABI has been involved in discussions surrounding medical cannabis since the first legislation passed to ensure there are adequate employer protections to keep workplaces safe. ABI will continue to work with legislators on this policy and also on employment-related issues in this bill.