WEEK 8: 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State Update

CENTRAL FILING: SF 486 OPPOSE
  • Moved out of the Senate State Government Committee last week
  • Senators supporting farmers: Bisignano, Boulton, Celsi, Jochum and Goodwin
  • Introduced by the Iowa Bankers Assn and Wells Fargo
  • Bank lobbyists are saying they cannot send paper notices to all possible buyers because farmers can load a semi and deliver anywhere and they don't know where to send paper notices
  • This bill includes ALL farm products (anything grown in the ground or on a tree/vine/bush, excluding timber and all livestock and aquaculture) and would require local sale barns, meat processors, grain buyers, grocers, etc. to check a central filing system before issuing payment to each farmer
THANK YOU to members who have continued working on this bill.
Your communications are effective and they're making a difference!

Watch comments from the Senate State Government Committee, including Senator Jason Schultz (R- Schleswig) talking about co-ops.
In Case You Were Wondering...

Where is this bill at in the legislative process?
  • We are on step 6 of 10-- click on the button below to see next steps in the process
  • There is a long way to go before this bill is passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor, but we are taking nothing for granted
BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM: HSB 133/SF 390- SUPPORT: Passed out of House IT Committee with an amendment
  • The Governor's broadband bill provides a tiered approach to grant funding based on current broadband access/capabilities and has speed requirements (below has been revised to reflect the recent House amendment)
  • Tier 1: areas with less than 25/3 mbps speed available
  • Minimum 20% of grant funds must go to this tier to serve difficult areas
  • 100/100 buildout is eligible for a 75% match
  • 100/20 buildout is eligible for a 50% match
  • Tier 2: areas with 25/3 to 50 down with no upload target
  • 100/100 buildout is eligible for a 50% match
  • Tier 3: areas with 50 to 80 mpbs (no upload target)
  • 100/100 buildout is eligible for a 50% match

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT: HF460- SUPPORT
  • Would allow RECs to trim and cut trees near powerlines to provide reliable service

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

THE GOVERNOR'S RENEWABLE FUEL BILL: SF 549- MONITORING
  • Thank you to Jake Swanson, in the Governor's office, for having an open door for discussions
  • This appears to be an ongoing work in progress with several amendments being discussed
Find your state legislators HERE
Want to reach your federal legislators?
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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Katie P. Hall
Director of Government Affairs
khall@iowainstitute.coop
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