Legislative News
Reminder: School Board Elections Tuesday, September 12
When you think about voting, you typically think about a Tuesday in November of an even year. However, even when state and federal elections are not taking place in Iowa, there are several other elections in which Iowans have the opportunity to cast a ballot for individuals to represent them. On Tuesday, September 12, all Iowans will have the opportunity to go to the polls between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm to vote for who they want to represent them on the local school boards. Remember, just because you live in one community, you may have a different school district. Keep reading...   
 
ABI Environment Committee to Host EPA Region VII Acting Administrator in November
ABI's Environment Committee is one of the largest and most active policy committees. Plan ahead to attend the next ABI Environment Committee meeting on Thursday, November 2, in Des Moines. Region VII acting Administrator Chu will be the keynote speaker to present a federal update on environmental issues important to Iowa businesses. The meeting will be at 11:30 am and lunch will be provided. An RSVP is requested. To RSVP or to sign up for the Environment Committee, please contact Michelle Vollstedt at 515-235-0561 or mvollstedt@iowaabi.org. For more information about what is happening with environment issues, the latest Environment Committee newsletter packed with environmental topics and events can be found here
  
2018 Session Timetable Released
ABI will finalize the 2018 legislative policies and priorities at the September 13 board meeting. The public policy team is now looking toward the 2018 legislative session. The new session timetable, including funnel dates, has been released and can be found  here. The 2018, 100-day session will begin January 8 and is slated to end April 17. Make sure you save the date for the ABI Legislative Briefing and Reception, which will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018! 
 
Federal Spotlight: Overtime Rule Struck Down in Court
A federal judge in Texas recently invalidated a Department of Labor overtime rule that would have been a tremendous burden to small businesses. The rule, established under the Obama administration, would have required employers to pay overtime to most salaried employees who earn less than $47,476 annually. The new amount is double the current salary limit of $23,660. The judge said the Department of Labor improperly used a salary level test to determine which workers are exempt from overtime pay. The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it would not appeal the court's decision. Read more here
 
Federal Spotlight: Employer Pay Data Reporting Requirement Halted
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has put a halt to revisions made under the Obama administration to the EEO-1 form. The revisions, adopted to the form last September, would have required employers with at least 100 employees to report on employee pay data, which would have added to the complexity that employers already face when filling out these forms. The current EEO-1 form will continue to be used.
 
Third Quarter IIPAC Newsletter Released
This week, investors in ABI's political action committee, IIPAC, received the third quarter newsletter. The publication, exclusive to IIPAC investors, includes information and insight about candidates in the first congressional district and a state political update. Each quarter includes a member spotlight where individuals can learn more about an IIPAC member. If you would like to receive this publication, contact Nicole Crain for more information. You may also make your 2017 IIPAC contribution, which will ensure you are added to the newsletter list. Click here to contribute
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From the Desk of...
Mike Ralston 
ABI

Join Me in Thanking a Terrific ABI Staff
 
ABI is all about its members. Providing value for members is at the core of everything we do, because if we aren't providing value for you and your company, there is no reason for you to be involved in the association.

The secret to ABI's success is fantastic leadership by the ABI Board of Directors and fantastic support by ABI members. We never, ever take that leadership and support for granted.

As I do every September, however, I am calling attention to something else this month. That is the work of a terrific ABI staff.
 
Over the years, these staff members, while implementing the vision developed by the board, have helped ABI achieve some big things. Big things externally, like some of the nation's best pro-business policies and regulations, and internally, by building a strong organization with great high-value programs and events.  Keep reading...   
Top News
CIPCO Announces Leadership Change (News Release)
Former ABI Chair Dennis Murdock (CIPCO, Des Moines) is celebrating nearly 50 years of service to CIPCO. He has served as that company's CEO for almost 30 years.
 
Invitation to Iowa LES September Event (Licensing Executive Society) 
The Iowa Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) would like to extend an invitation to you for the Iowa LES Shared Experiences Licensing Panel discussion on September 25th in Coralville.
 
Lee Hecht Harrison Acquires Career Resources Group (News Release) 
Lee Hecht Harrison, the world's leading talent development and transition company, announced today that it has acquired Des Moines, Iowa-based Career Resources Group (CRG).  
 
United Technologies To Acquire Rockwell Collins For $30 Billion (Rockwell Collins) 
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) ("UTC") and Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) ("Rockwell Collins") today announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which United Technologies will acquire Rockwell Collins for $140.00 per share, in cash and UTC stock. 
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