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Weekly Update: March 30, 2017

Call to Action:  HF586 Mechanic’s Liens – Vote NO!
Ready to File a COW Notice as a Supplier or Self Performer?  If Not, Act Fast
With this change, all general contractors/direct contractors will have to post the commencement of work notice, notifying owners of subcontractor rights, within 10 days or otherwise their lien rights are forever lost. This makes no sense for those of you who supply direct or other contractors who self-perform with no subcontractors to file these notices.
This is on the fast track – voted unanimously yesterday by the Senate Commerce Committee to move forward.  It’s very substantive – it’s not a clean up the language sort of bill at all.  It changes everything.  We need for you to reach out and encourage them to vote no.
To find out which senators from your district that you need to reach out to, click here.  This is a new burden on you, far beyond the “it’s only five minutes online and $7” – the main argument in favor of it.  Here is more background – contact your respective senator and personalize it with any of the following information:
The Iowa House unanimously passed HF586 regarding “financial matters” on March 22 – section 4 of …
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Weekly Update: March 23, 2017

   This was the scene last Tuesday as HF3 sponsor Representative Koester (District 38, Polk County) put the final analysis on why this will be a good change.  He can be seen standing in the front row in the dark suit.  It was pretty much a party line vote.  Any kind of tort reform is hard to change with a strong Bar Association, but the pro-business climate prevailed.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
Statute of Repose on to Governor’s Desk!
After many years of heartache and partisan obstructionism, Iowa’s Statute of Repose will be reduced from 15 years to eight years for commercial and ten years for residential work.  It passed the Senate on March 8 and the House this past Tuesday, March 21.  This is a huge win for you as a member of this great federation.  Thanks to everyone who contacted their elected officials to help make the change possible.
Legislative Report March 17, 2017
The HBAI Legislative Committee met March 17 and discussed the following:
HF503 – Prevailing Wage – An Act requiring the payment of local prevailing wage rates to persons working on public improvements for public bodies, providing remedies and penalties, and including effective date provisions.  Explanation …
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