May 30, 2019
Governor and Lt. Governor at Conference
If you have been waiting to sign up for conference, don’t forget online registration closes Friday, May 31! Registrations are running ahead of last year and next week will be jam-packed with excellent workshops and keynote speakers. On Wednesday, June 5 Governor Reynolds and Lt. Governor Gregg will speak to attendees about the condition of the state and the 2019 legislative session. Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov Gregg are key advocates for workforce and rural Iowa and we are excited to have them join us at the ABI conference in Ames. Click here to see the full agenda and register today!

Governor Reynolds concludes 2019 legislative action
Governor Reynolds on Friday took action on the two remaining bills the Legislature sent her during the 2019 legislative session. The first bill,  HF 546 , extends the statewide penny for school infrastructure and was signed in Sioux City. The legislation increases the number of dollars that will go to the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund and expands what the penny can be used for such as career academies, while also requiring additional requirements before the dollars can be used for athletic facilities.  Click here  to read the Governor’s press release. ABI was undecided on this legislation. 

The Governor  vetoed  the final bill of the session, which would have replaced the 3% THC cap with a 25 grams of THC limit.  HF 732  expanded the definition of health care practitioner to physician assistants and nurse practitioners allowing them to certify patients for a medical cannabidiol card. The legislation passed by a wide bipartisan margin in both the House and Senate. However, after the bill passed the House there were legislators who expressed concern after additional information was brought forward. ABI has been involved in discussions surrounding medical cannabis since the first legislation passed to ensure there are adequate employer protections to keep workplaces safe. ABI will continue to work with legislators on this policy and also on employment-related issues in this bill.

ABI Wraps Up Regional Meetings
The ABI public policy team concluded the regional meeting road trip on Wednesday, May 29 in Pella. Thank you to all the ABI members who attended the legislative meetings around the state and provided feedback about key issues that make a difference to your business and the individuals you employ. The turnout and discussion were excellent and we look forward to hearing from members throughout the summer on issues as they arise. Thank you to ABI’s public policy regional meeting sponsors: Alliant Energy, Arconic, CIPCO and Tyson Foods. Your investment allows us to host the meetings at no cost to members throughout the state!

IIPAC More than Halfway to 2019 Goal
Thank you to the 83 donors who have invested more than $42,000 in IIPAC this year. ABI’s PAC invests directly in candidates who support pro-jobs policies that result in business certainty and maintaining Iowa’s competitiveness. IIPAC’s goal for the last several years has been to raise $75,000. We have not yet met that goal and we hope that 2019 will be the year it happens. We are over halfway to the goal! If you have not yet given to IIPAC or shared IIPAC’s success with other ABI members and Iowa business leaders, please do so today . Statewide elections continue to be more costly, but not nearly as costly as the result to business if legislators are elected who do not understand the importance of key business issues. ABI leaders and staff see IIPAC as an investment to Iowa’s business climate and we hope you do too.

Federal Spotlight: Congressional Recess means town hall meetings
The Memorial Day holiday meant Congressional recess for members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation. During the recess, Iowa’s delegation typically hosts town hall meetings or other constituent events around the state. Senator Grassley held a meeting in Ottumwa this morning and will appear tomorrow, May 31 at the Appanoose County Courthouse in Centerville from 8:00-9:00 am. Click here for more information about Senator Grassley’s schedule. Senator Ernst will hold a town hall meeting in Harrison County at the Logan Community Center at 2:30 pm on Friday, May 31. Some members of the delegation held meetings earlier this week and last week.
Get Ready for Conference: Download the Iowa ABI App
The Iowa ABI app is now available to download for both Apple and Android devices. This year’s app has many improvements and useful features you’ll want to have on your phone to make the most of your conference experience. Highlights include live shuttle tracking information, a customizable schedule and custom profiles that allow you to easily connect with other attendees. Watch the app preview video . Then download the app using the links above, or search for “Iowa ABI” in the App Store or Google Play store. And if you haven't registered for next week's conference yet, register now !
Applying Lean Process to Your Organization
Juli Jenkins, SCLA
Client Service Executive
LMC Insurance and Risk Management

Simply stated, the term “lean process” refers to identifying opportunities for improvement, implementing changes and measuring the impact of those changes. Any industry can benefit from the lean process, but it’s not something that can be done overnight. Instead, big results come from many small changes occurring over time.

In manufacturing, lean process is about optimizing processes, decreasing production time and eliminating waste—that is anything that doesn’t add value. There are several types of waste... Read more .
"Attack the Hack: Rebounding from a Breach" is June 12 in Cedar Rapids
Join ACS, BrownWinick and Strategic America for an informative discussion on cyber incident response. Experts in data security, law and privacy issues, and communications will share valuable information and best practices to help prepare your business in the event of a data breach or cyberattack. The event is June 12, 3 p.m., at Lion Bridge Brewing in Cedar Rapids. Learn more and register .