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Legislative News

First Legislative Update Teleconference is tomorrow
The second week of the legislative session has concluded and the ABI public policy staff will have a full update for you Friday at 9 a.m. If you have not yet RSVP'd for our first Legislative Update Teleconference, please do so by contacting Michelle Vollstedt at 515-280-8000. Read online

'Ban the Box' discussion begins
Subcommittee members of the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to discuss preventing employers from asking an applicant on the initial application about his/her criminal background, an initiative commonly known as "ban the box." Several members of the lobby expressed their concerns with the legislation, and the subcommittee is expected to convene again next week. Senate File 84 (SF84) was introduced last year. For more information, make sure to participate in tomorrow's teleconference. Staff contact: Myron Linn

Help our policy team by participating in this quick, one-question poll:

Do you/does your company ask about criminal background on employment applications?



Iowa House introduces tax conformity legislation
The House Ways and Means Committee assigned House Study Bill 535 (HSB 535). This bill will temporarily couple for tax year 2015 the state tax code with all updates except bonus depreciation that the federal government made at the end of 2015. During his presentation at the ABI Legislative Briefing, Gov. Terry Branstad said his budget does not include coupling for some items including Section 179. Keep reading...
Staff contact: Nicole Crain

One week remains until the Iowa caucuses
Iowans will caucus on Feb. 1 - one week from Monday. With only 10 days remaining, click here for five things you can do as an employer to encourage employees to caucus. 

Federal Spotlight: Obama proposes unemployment expansion
Last week, President Obama proposed expanding unemployment benefits that states currently receive. Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight: Obama vetoes resolution to repeal WOTUS
President Obama has vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule, known as WOTUS. Keep reading...

It's a new year and your support is needed
The last disclosure report deadline of 2015 in Iowa was Jan. 19, and after submitting our report and reviewing others it is clear that ABI's political action committee, IIPAC, must do better. Keep reading...

From the Desk of...John Gilliland, 
Financial Advisor, Gilliland Group at Morgan Stanley

Putting Financial News - Good or Bad - in Context

Investors' reaction to economic news can be baffling. For example, positive economic announcements, such as an uptick in gross domestic product (GDP), stronger-than-expected earnings by bellwether companies or a drop in unemployment are sometimes followed by a market sell-off. If the market's negative response to seemingly good news has left you wondering if you are missing something, you are not alone.
Are Markets Rational?
The evolving field of behavioral finance may provide some explanation for seemingly irrational investor responses to good or bad economic news. The discipline seeks to combine behavioral and cognitive psychological theory with conventional economics and finance to understand why people make irrational financial decisions.  Keep reading...
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Did you miss the Monday Memo from ABI President Mike Ralston? For the most recent memo click  here.

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