WEEK 9: 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State Update

CENTRAL FILING: SF 486 OPPOSE
  • Assigned to a subcommittee in Senate Ways and Means: Schultz, Sweeney, & Jochum
  • Full Senate Ways & Means Committee
  • Introduced by the Iowa Bankers Assn and Wells Fargo
  • Bank lobbyists are saying they cannot send paper notices to all possible buyers because farmers can load a semi and deliver anywhere and they don't know where to send paper notices
  • 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
  • Current bill registrations (all ag groups against, bankers support) HERE

Please reach out to your Senator and connect with them on this issue, IF you haven't already. Let Katie know if you have any questions 712-269-9838 or khall@iowainstitute.coop
THANK YOU to members who have continued working on reaching legislators and attending meetings.
Special thank you to Boyd Brodie at Key Cooperative for continuing to help us represent grain cooperatives. Your phone call makes a difference!

Video below from the Senate State Government Committee as they passed the central filing bill out of their committee on a 10 to 5 vote.
In Case You Were Wondering...

Where is this bill at in the legislative process?
  • We are on step 6 of 10-- click on the button below to see next steps in the process
  • There is a long way to go before this bill is passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor, but we are taking nothing for granted
  • Because the bill was referred to Ways and Means, it's alive for this session and next and no longer subject to funnel deadlines
BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM: HF 796/SF 390- SUPPORT: Voted out of House Appropriations unanimously
  • The Governor's broadband bill provides a tiered approach to grant funding based on current broadband access/capabilities and has speed requirements (below has been revised to reflect the House amendment)
  • 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

THE GOVERNOR'S RENEWABLE FUEL BILL: SF 549- MONITORING
  • This appears to be an ongoing work in progress with several amendments being discussed
  • Subcommittee assigned in Senate Ways and Means: Dawson, Dickey, Jochum, Sweeney and T. Taylor

BANKS WORKING TO ELIMINATE COMPETITION BY PROHIBITING FUTURE SALES TO CREDIT UNIONS: SF 530- OPPOSE
  • Bankers introduced legislation that would not allow banks to sell to credit unions
  • Voted out of committee on 11 to 5 vote in Senate Commerce, detail HERE

We're working on several other bills that have not had recent movement-- as those bills move or statuses update, we will keep you informed.
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
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