Legislation at the State level:
1. Water Quality:
· No movement/update
i. Rep. Baltimore is floor manager of this bill, has not run SF512 for a vote
ii. If SF512 passes at the House, it would go to the Governor for final approval
2. Tax Reform
· Watching for potential bills that could increase taxes for our members
3. Balanced Budget
budget cut estimates modified $20-37 million this year
Both chambers getting down to business this week with a short schedule although not much happening with our focus areas at the moment.
Fun Fact Friday: legislators cannot take more than 3 days off without approval of both chambers. That meant legislature was in session on Friday, January 12
ahead of the MLK Jr. holiday on Monday.
Legislation at the Federal level:
1. Tax Reform
- Section 199A: Monitoring closely and supporting this reform as it is—we believe what’s good for a section of ag is good for the whole economy
- Lots of talk about working together on this—will be interesting to see if 199A stays put, is modified or thrown in the garbage
The Iowa Institute Calendar:
: Iowa Pest Resistance Management at the IIC office in Ames
: Directors Certification—Program 1 in Storm Lake, IA
: Directors Certification—Program 2 in Storm Lake, IA
: Directors Certification—Program 4 (yes, 4) in Cedar Falls, IA
: Directors Certification—Program 3 in Cedar Falls, IA
Check out http://iowainstitute.coop/events/ for an updated events schedule.
Katie P. Hall