WEEK 7: 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
STATE NEWS
LEGISLATIVE TRACKING
HSB218 / SSB1217 : Weight Limits on Equipment - Moves all self-propelled implements applying plant food, agricultural limestone, or ag chemicals to the category of "implement of husbandry" (classified like a combine) with the following weight limits: 24,000 lbs. from Feb. 1- May 31 and 28,000 lbs. June 1- Jan. 31, with a max gross weight of 96,000 lbs. Equipment must still meet posted limits on bridges/overpasses: FOR, NEW PASSED OUT OF BOTH SUBCOMMITTEES

HSB 173 / SSB1181: Beginning Farmer Credit - Establishes a new Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program replacing Agricultural Assets Transfer Credit. Also allows farmers with ag assets a tax credit for assisting beginning farmers. Caps the credit at $50,000/year per farmer. Expands replacement program from $6 million to $12 million: FOR, PASSES HOUSE COMMITTEE

HSB78/ SSB1132: Property Tax Exemption for Cover Crops - Proposes 50% reduction in property taxes for those planting cover crops, concerns related to funding & impact to be ironed out: MONITORING, UNCHANGED

HSB32/ SSB1152: Fees on Public Utilities for the use of Public Rights-Of-Way- L imiting right-of-way fees to direct/documented costs: FOR, UNCHANGED

HSB62/ SSB1191: Prize Linked Savings - Allows lending institutions to offer promotions for specific savings accounts, as allowed in 29 other states. DYK 44% of Americans don't have $400 saved to cover an emergency expense?: FOR, PASSED OUT OF SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE

HF154 / S F233: Smart Meters- Allows customers to choose if they would like an analog meter, at no additional charge: MONITORING, UNCHANGED

FUN FACT FRIDAY:
The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program brought $1.1 billion in project investments to rural Iowa.

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Painting below: "Westward" by Edwin H. Blashfield (displayed at the stairs between the 1st and 2nd floor rotundas)
FEDERAL NEWS
World Trade Organization (WTO) RULES CHINA OVER-SUBSIDIZED FARMERS
  • China's artificial price on rice and wheat has impacted US farmers. Iowa State University study on the impact of wheat HERE
  • WTO ruling details HERE
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Rep. Abby Finkenauer: 202-225-2911
Rep. Dave Loebsack: 202-225-6576
Rep. Cindy Ax ne: 202-225-5476
Rep. Steve King: 202-225-4426
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