April 4, 2019
Second Funnel Week In The Books
The Legislature just completed week 12 and the second funnel deadline. Several key bills ABI supports have “survived” the second funnel of the 2019 legislative session. Numerous anti-business bills were considered throughout the session, and many of those are now "dead" because of the deadline. For a bill to be eligible following the second funnel, it must have passed in a chamber and out of a full committee in the opposite chamber. Certain bills are immune to this deadline, including those on the unfinished business calendar, appropriations, ways and means, and government oversight.

Although nothing is truly “dead” until the legislature adjourns sine die, the funnel deadline helps narrow the focus of lawmakers as they turn their attention to constructing the budget for the new fiscal year starting in July. There is also less than one month to go until the 110th day of the first session of the 88th General Assembly, which is when per diem expenses end for lawmakers. Check out our full list of bills that are either alive or dead.

  • SF 608/HF 758 – Future Ready Iowa. Workforce continues to be a legislative priority of ABI members. ABI supports legislation to fund Future Ready Iowa. The Senate Economic Development budget includes $1.2 million for the Employer Innovation Fund, and the House Education budget includes more than $14 million for the Last Dollar Scholarship program. ABI supports those specific components of the budget bills.
  • HSB 204/SSB 1193 – Empower Rural Iowa. Initial meetings have been favorable to Gov. Reynolds' Empower Rural Iowa legislation. An amendment is expected to the legislation that will address feedback on the broadband components of the bill. Now that the funnel is over, we expect to see the legislation advance. Both bills are in Ways & Means. ABI position: Support.
  • SF 507/HF 593 – Idiopathic Falls in Workers’ Compensation. The legislation codifies that if an employee falls from a level surface onto the same level surface due to an idiopathic or unexplained fall because of the employee’s own medical condition, it is not compensable under workers’ compensation. It passed the Senate 32-17 and is on the Unfinished Business Calendar and eligible for debate in the House. ABI position: Support.
  • Read more ALIVE bills.

  • SF 459 – Employer Firearm Prohibition. Prohibits employers from preventing employees from bringing a firearm onto the employer’s parking lot. SF 459 passed Judiciary with a bipartisan vote. An amendment was drafted to the bill to add additional employer protections, but the bill was not debated prior to the funnel deadline. This language could still appear in end-of-session policy language, so ABI will remain vigilant the remainder of session. ABI position: Against.
  • SF 516 – E-Verify. Legislation requires all public and private employers to use E-verify. Includes good faith language and that Iowa Workforce Development is the state agency that will ensure compliance. Substantial penalties exist if an employer does not comply with the legislation. The legislation also extended to subcontractors of a business. It passed the Senate with a 33-14 bipartisan vote and was referred to House Public Safety. ABI position: Against.
  • SF 476 – Adoption. Requires employers to treat employees who choose to adopt a child the same as an employee who would be the biological parent of a newborn child regarding employment policies, benefits and protections for the first year. ABI position: Undecided.
  • Read more DEAD bills.

Reminder: Legislative Update Tomorrow
The monthly legislative update call for ABI members will be tomorrow at 8 a.m. If you have not yet RSVP'd for a previous call, please RSVP to  Nicole Crain . She will send you the call-in number in advance of the call Friday. The public policy team will have a full analysis of the funnel week that just concluded and a roadmap for the remaining weeks of session.

Businesses Affected by Flooding: SBA Office Now Open in Glenwood
We know several ABI members have been affected by the flooding in Iowa. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has officially opened an office in Glenwood to provide relief for businesses impacted by the flood. The office is located at the Glenwood Resource Center, 111 Lacey Meyer Complex, 2nd Floor, Room 208, Glenwood, IA 51534. Its hours of operation are Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The services are free, and no appointment is necessary. Read more .
Spring Clean Your Membership Directory Listing
Now is the perfect time to freshen up your ABI membership directory listing. Ask yourself:
  • Do you have a new job title or phone number?
  • Has your company moved, added locations or changed its name?
  • Have key employees been hired or moved on?

Please log in to the  online membership directory  and ensure your team’s information is accurate. Have an update? Email it to  Dorothy Knowles . Unsure how to log in to the online directory? Email  David Hildahl . Thank you for helping us keep our records up-to-date.
You Can Only Get THIS at the ABI Conference
Mike Ralston
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

About 60 days from now, ABI will host its 116th annual convention. Some years ago, to better reflect the changes and the growth that have taken place regarding this important event, the name of the annual convention was changed to the Taking Care of Business Conference.

Iowa's Taking Care of Business Conference gets bigger and better each year. If you want to add value to your business, there is simply no better place for you to be than at this meeting. The 2019 edition will be the best ever, with hundreds of people converging on Ames on June 4-6. Read more .
New Trusted Advisor Video: "Preventing Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" by 21st Century Rehab
Direct workers’ compensation costs employers approximately $1 billion per week. Use these risk and cost reduction methods from 21st Century Rehab to prevent harm to your employees and your company.

CLA to Host “Trade Tariff and Policy Update” Webinar on April 17
Learn about the latest developments in Washington, D.C. related to tariffs and trade agreements. This program will discuss the administration’s trade goals and how the goals and policies will impact your manufacturing organization. Learn more and register .

"The Journey to Your Vision" Seminar for Top Decision-makers is April 26
Every business faces peaks and valleys as it progresses through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Attend this valuable one-day seminar to understand the stages of business growth, their unique challenges and methods to overcome them. The free seminar, presented by Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa, is April 26 in Clinton. Learn more and register .

McGowen Hurst Clark Smith to Host Shredding Event on May Day
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith (MHCS) invites you to its annual #ShredItOnMayDay event on May 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m, at 1601 West Lakes Parkway in West Des Moines. This free event is open to the public. Securely shred documents, recycle electronics, donate blood in the LifeServe Blood Center mobile and enjoy a free ice cream treat from the Outside Scoop. Read the full news release .

Van Meter Inc. Announces Distribution Partnership with Universal Robots
Universal Robots, a leading manufacturer of collaborative robots, has signed Van Meter Inc. as a preferred distribution partner in Iowa and Nebraska. Van Meter is now authorized to sell Universal Robot’s family of collaborative robots. Collaborative robots, or cobots, are the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation, expected to jump ten-fold to 34 percent of all industrial robot sales by 2025. Read the full news release .

R&R Realty Group Cuts Ribbon on Latest Warehouse
Leaders from R&R Realty Group and the Grimes Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on Prairie III, the Des Moines metro’s newest speculative warehouse last Friday. The 300,000 square-foot warehouse is the most recent addition to Prairie Business Park, a development located near the intersection of Highway 141 with I-80/35 in Grimes. The completion of Prairie III brings the park’s total size to 800,000 square feet. Read the full news release .