WEEK 9: 2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State
Next week is the second funnel-- another deadline in the process. To move forward, most bills must pass through a full chamber (House or Senate) and a full committee in the other chamber-- excluding tax or appropriation bills. Legislators are moving quickly to send bills to the Governor and at this time, are not shutting down or pausing work because of COVID-19. Folks at the State House are (generally) no longer shaking hands but instead using elbows to greet each other.
CORONAVIRUS IN IOWA

Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated two additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents, a total of 16 positive cases . According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) both cases are tied to the same Egyptian cruise as other positive cases. Both are older adults (61 - 80 years), one is from Johnson County and one is from Carroll County (previous positive cases reside in Johnson and Pottawattamie Counties). Both are recovering at home in isolation. 

Several school systems (colleges, universities, and high schools) have opted to extend an already scheduled Spring Break. Most sports events have been either postponed or cancelled as well-- national list HERE .

The Federal Government passed an $8.3 billion emergency bill to address coronavirus--details HERE .

For the latest updates from the Iowa Department of Public Health, CLICK HERE .
FUTURE OF IOWA
  • SSB3116/HSB657, Invest in Iowa Act: SUPPORT, UNCHANGED
  • Summary of the bill CLICK HERE
  • Increases sales tax by one cent
  • 3/8 cent to Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust fund

  • SF2313/HF2384, Future Ready Iowa: SUPPORT, UNCHANGED
  • Expands Apprenticeship Opportunities Program and Last-Dollar Scholarship eligibility
  • Creates a pilot program to assist older students in earning a high school diploma while developing technical skills
  • Requires K-12 computer science and allows online learning

  • HF2575, Broadband Grant Tax Exemption: SUPPORT, UNCHANGED
  • This specifies that companies receiving grants for broadband expansion will not be taxed on those grants-- retroactive to cover grants received last year

GRAIN INDEMNITY FUND
  • SF2367/HF2566, Study of the Fund: SUPPORT, UNCHANGED
  • We are supportive of the study
Find your state legislators HERE .
Federal :
ONGOING FOCUS
SECTION 199A: New Treasury Regulation Proposed
  • A meeting with Governor Reynolds this week offered some new opportunities and avenues of communication to elevate the issue
  • The new Treasury regulation would cut non-patronage income from the cooperative tax deduction calculation
  • NCFC Summary of the cooperative impact HERE
  • Still work to be done with Senator Grassley
  • If you can reach him directly, please do
  • Communicate the impact to your farmers and that this has been in place since 2004
  • Estimated impact to Iowa's grain cooperatives
  • Data does not include dairy or regional cooperatives
  • $7,560,000-10,027,500 more paid in federal taxes across the state
  • This money would go back to our rural communities in the form of new/updated infrastructure and/or patronage to our farmer-members
Sen. Chuck Grassley: 202-224-4120
DC Office #s
Sen. Joni Ernst: 202-224-3254

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
Katie P. Hall
Director of Government Affairs
khall@iowainstitute.coop
C: 712-269-9838
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