Fast Track

Your Guide to the 2018 Legislative Session
 
With the 2018 legislative session right around the corner, the MBI public affairs team has put together a quick Q & A to hopefully address some questions you might have:   
 
Q:  When does the 2018 legislative session begin?
A:  Monday, January 8, 2018. The full session timetable can be found here.  
 
Q:  When does the 2018 legislative session end?
A:  It's impossible to predict the end of any legislative session. However, a legislators per diem expenses end on the 100th calendar day of the session which would fall on Tuesday, April 17. This is typically an incentive to get the work completed, and adjourn.  
 
Q:  Is 2018 an election year?
A:  Yes.  All members of the Iowa House of Representatives, who serve 2-year terms, are up for election every even numbered calendar year. However, only half of the members of the Iowa Senate, who serve 4-year terms, are up for election.
 
Q:  What is MBI's process for setting an agenda?
A:  This Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Government Affairs Committee will convene at the MBI office and begin the process of setting the agenda for the 2018 legislative session.  After input is gathered, the MBI Board of Directors will approve the legislative agenda at the quarterly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14.  
 
Q:  What will be on MBI's agenda?
A:  Issues expected to be on the agenda will include protecting infrastructure funds from being scooped for other purposes, securing long-term funding for school infrastructure, workforce initiatives, alternative project delivery proposals and others. We have been spending considerable time this summer and fall meeting with groups and legislators to find out what is that "art of the possible."     
 
This session will undoubtedly present its own set of challenges, expectations and opportunities. MBI's public affairs team is ready to do our part to promote an even friendlier business environment that is favorable to the construction industry.  
 
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ben Hammes at (515) 657-4401 or bhammes@mbionline.com.  
Mark Your Calendars!
Toys for Tots Drop Off Location
Looking to Hire?
Mark your calendar now for MBI's Annual Winter Conference - February 26-28, 2018 at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.  
 
This must-attend annual conference offers two full days of educational sessions and popular events, which attract all aspects of the construction industry. Learning opportunities will include a great combination of sessions focused on leadership and project management on Tuesday, as well as the annual Safety Day of training on Wednesday. There is something for everyone, from the construction worker, to the President and CEO of a company.  
 
The conference is now known around the Midwest for more than just training. The annual trade show and awards presentations have become must-attend events. This year's awards presentations feature special keynote speakers will be announced January 1, 2018. Be sure to check out more information about these presentations in the conference brochure and register early in 2018 before they sell out!
 
The Annual Winter Conference is well-worth an investment of your time and resources. Please plan to attend and participate with others from your company, to learn, network and of course, have some fun!
MBI is excited to once again partner with the Toys for Tots Campaign in Des Moines as a toy drop off location!  We are asking everyone to bring in new, unwrapped toys to our office to show how much the construction industry cares about those less fortunate this holiday season.  We will be accepting toy donations until December 14th, at which time we will be delivering all donations to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Des Moines. 
 
We encourage everyone to consider contributing to this great cause!  Rally your employees to bring toys to your offices and then deliver them to the MBI Toys for Tots drop off location at 221 Park Street, Des Moines!  We will be sharing updates of toy drop offs on our social media accounts weekly!
 
The age groups are 0-3 non-gender specific, 4-8 gender specific and 9-14 gender specific.
 
If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Nichole Fry - nfry@mbionline.com
 
It is no secret that many commercial construction companies are feeling the pinch of the labor shortage surrounding our industry. It is also no secret that Master Builders of Iowa strives to find solutions to any obstacle standing in the way of our member's success.
 
MBI.ourcareerpages.com is a free resource MBI members can go to that allows them to post opportunities within their companies. In addition, MBI is investing in the marketing and advertising of the job board to make sure the right candidates are able to find the right opportunities being offered by MBI members.
 
Check out the job board
 today to post your open positions or contact Micah Loveless at MLoveless@mbionline.com or 515-657-4398 for more information! You can also find more information about MBI's job board benefits by watching this video!   


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