WEEK 12: 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State Update
This week was second funnel and several bills died failing to pass that threshold. The ones we're working on and monitoring are mostly still alive, with the exception of the vegetation management bill: HF 460 that did not survive the second funnel.

THE GOVERNOR'S RENEWABLE FUEL BILL: HSB 185/SF 549- MONITORING (House version passed out of Ways and Means Committee with 5 NO votes: Eisenhart, Jones, McConkey, Osmundson and Wheeler)
  • 37 page amendment HERE: just introduced on Tuesday
  • Summary of those amendments HERE
  • Please reach out to your local legislators to tell them how this would impact your company

BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM: HF 848/SF 390- SUPPORT (HF 848 passed out the House with a vote of 94 to 0 and was sent to the Senate)
  • The Governor's broadband bill provides a tiered approach to grant funding based on current broadband access/capabilities and has speed requirements
  • Tier 1: areas with less than 25/3 mbps speed available
  • Minimum 20% of grant funds must go to this tier to serve difficult areas
  • 100/100 buildout is eligible for a 75% match
  • 100/20 buildout is eligible for a 50% match
  • Tier 2: areas with 25/3 to 50 down with no upload target
  • 100/100 buildout is eligible for a 50% match
  • Tier 3: areas with 50 to 80 mpbs (no upload target)
  • 100/100 buildout is eligible for a 50% match

CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE OFF RAMP: HF 302- SUPPORT (Passed out of Senate Human Resources Committee on Thursday)
  • Would provide a tiered approach to childcare assistance to address the cliff effect that causes some employees to refuse promotions that would eliminate their assistance (happens in instances where raises don't outweigh the lost assistance)

OVERWEIGHT FLUID MILK PERMITS FOR INTERSTATE TRAVEL: HF 790/SF 550- SUPPORT (Working out details on an amendment to allow 96,000 lbs. for $500/year)
  • Fluid milk has been deemed an indivisible load by the Federal Government and thus eligible to haul overweight on interstates
  • We're working with the Iowa State Dairy Association and Iowa DOT to create an annual permit for interstate travel up to 96,000 lbs.

CENTRAL FILING: SF 486- OPPOSE (No recent movement)
  • This bill is in Senate Ways & Means Committee and is funnel-proof this year and next
  • Introduced by the Iowa Bankers Assn and Wells Fargo
  • This bill would create a central filing system that all buyers (local sale barns, meat processors, lockers, grain buyers, grocers, etc.) would have to check before issuing payment to each farmer
  • It shifts the burden to buyers, increases the number of two-party checks and is not an improvement on our current system
  • Bank lobbyists say they want to move a paper system to electronic but have disregarded solutions that would allow for electronic/e-mail notifications through direct notice
  • Current bill registrations (all ag groups against, bankers support) HERE
Find your state legislators HERE
Want to reach your federal legislators?
D.C. office numbers below: 
Sen. Chuck Grassley: 202-224-4120
Sen. Joni Ernst: 202-224-3254
Rep. Ashley Hinson: 202-225-2911
Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks: 202-225-6576
Rep. Cindy Axne: 202-225-5476
Rep. Randy Feenstra: 202-225-4426
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Katie P. Hall
Director of Government Affairs
khall@iowainstitute.coop
C: 712-269-9838