WEEK 4: 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State Update

CENTRAL FILING/AG LIENS: SSB 1151/HSB 130- OPPOSE: Passed out of subcommittee in the House, Senate version dropped this week
  • Introduced by the Iowa Bankers Assn and Wells Fargo-- includes grain lien + central filing
  • We are NOT pursuing grain priority lien language
  • Bankers say grain lien legislation will eliminate future litigation
  • Also limits storage and drying charges to March of the following year
  • This bill is expansive: it includes all farm products and would require local sale barns, meat processors, etc. to purchase access to a central filing system and use it when buying farm products
  • Central filing is not a better system than direct notice and a new system would cost money to implement-- those costs would be passed down to our farmers

THANK YOU to members reaching out to communicate our concerns and the impact of this legislation.

BROADBAND GRANTS: HSB 133/SSB 1089- SUPPORT
  • The Governor's broadband bill provides a tiered approach to grant funding based on current broadband access/capabilities and has speed requirements
  • Directs OCIO to update its tiered map once a year
  • Raises minimum speeds for buildout to 100 by 100
  • Increases state match to 75% (tier 1: 1-24 megabits per second download/1-2 mbps upload), 50% (tier 2: 25-49 mbps down/3 up), and 35% (tier 3: 50-80 mbps down/no upload requirement)

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT: HSB 149/SSB 1088- SUPPORT
  • Would allow RECs to trim and cut trees near powerlines

PRIZE-LINKED SAVINGS:HF 359/SF 86- SUPPORT
  •  Allows awards incentivizing and gamifying savings for Iowans at all lending institutions

PROPANE & NATURAL GAS SALES: HSB 166/ SSB1126- SUPPORT
  • Prohibits counties/cities from regulating the sale of natural gas and propane

RENEWABLE FUEL PUMPS: HSB 52- UNDECIDED
  •  Questions about how this is written and applies, prompting questions about E85 infrastructure requirements, E0 options, retroactive applicability to applications that have already been submitted for RFIP funds, etc.

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D.C. office numbers below: 
Sen. Chuck Grassley: 202-224-4120
Sen. Joni Ernst: 202-224-3254
Rep. Ashley Hinson: 202-225-2911
Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks: 202-225-6576
Rep. Cindy Axne: 202-225-5476
Rep. Randy Feenstra: 202-225-4426
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