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January 14, 2016 
ABI News

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Legislative Update Teleconference (Members only) 

Legislative Update Teleconference (Members only)

2016 Critical Business Update
Sioux City

Connecting Statewide Leaders

2016 Critical Business Updates

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To foster a favorable business, economic, governmental and social climate within the State of Iowa so that our citizens have the opportunity to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.


Legislative News

Terrific legislative reception attracts more than 500 people

Thank you to the more than 500 people who attended the ABI Legislative Reception on Wednesday night. More than 400 ABI members networked with Gov. Terry Branstad, the bipartisan legislative leadership team, legislators, and state administration officials. Keep reading...

Gov. Branstad emphasizes budget, water quality funding plan, workforce
Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday delivered his Condition of the State address to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature. In his remarks, Governor Branstad highlighted increased funding for education, released his plan for dedicated school infrastructure and water quality funding, and highlighted Iowa's renewable energy efforts. Keep reading...

Senate focuses on Medicaid, workforce, education
In her opening day remarks Senate President Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque) highlighted Medicaid privatization and an increased minimum wage. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) focused his remarks on the skills gap and the importance of investing in workforce programs. Keep reading...

House welcomes new leaders and members
The first order of business in the Iowa House of Representatives on Monday was to swear in two new legislators who were elected last fall in special elections. The House also welcomed Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) as the new Speaker. She replaces
Rep. Kraig Paulsen (R-Cedar Rapids) and is the first female speaker in the House. Keep reading...

First legislative teleconference is Jan. 22
ABI members are invited to participate in an in-depth briefing on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. about the first two weeks of session. The meeting will discuss some of the issues highlighted during yesterday's briefing and will provide greater detail on specific proposals. RSVP to Michelle Vollstedt,, by Jan. 21 and see a full schedule of calls on the ABI Events Calendar.

Biochemical renewable production tax credit introduced
Gov. Terry Branstad also addressed the renewable chemical production tax credit during his Condition of the State address on Tuesday. Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight: U.S. House passes "WOTUS" repeal
The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a resolution to repeal the Waters of the United States Rule known as WOTUS. The repeal was introduced by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and has already passed the Senate. Keep reading...

2016 conference registration opens today!
The countdown to the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference is underway and registration for the event opens today. This year we will travel to Sioux City for an experience unlike any other, June 14-16.
Sign up early to get the best rate and ensure you're able to sign up for alternative activities and educational escapes before they fill up! Spots will go quickly.

From the Desk of...Jim Gerlach, 
BIPAC President and CEO

Election Landscape: 11 Months Out

For months, Iowa's political focus has been on the caucuses next month and the federal elections that are less than a year away. A lot will happen in that time, but here is where the races to control the House and Senate stand currently.

The Republicans' 54-46 majority in the U.S. Senate is in jeopardy. Democrats need to win four or five seats to take control, depending which party wins the White House, since the Vice President becomes the tie-breaker and determines majority control if seats are split 50-50. The Democrats see the best opportunity for those pick-ups in IL, WI, OH, FL, NH, and PA. Democrats have one seat they will be fighting to defend as well - Harry Reid's open seat in Nevada. Keep reading...
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