Posts Categorized: HBA Iowa Weekly Updates

Weekly Update: February 16, 2017

HBAI Legislative Report 2/10/17
We had a great HBAI legislative day yesterday – thanks to everyone who participated.  There were many more participants than in these photos, just tough to gather us all together at once.  We were very encouraged by the dialogue with our key issues.  Here is a copy of the brochure that we worked off from.
Hair and Private Sector Drug Testing –  SF 32 passed the Iowa Senate which would add hair specimens to the list of allowable samples for private sector drug testing.  The bill passed by a vote of 35 to 15.  The bill is now eligible for consideration in the Iowa House.  HBAI registered in favor of the bill.  As a side note, the bill was supported by six Democrats.  These Senators who voted in favor of the bill all come from districts in which President Trump did very well during the last election.  They are:  Chaz Allen (D-Newton); Tod Bowman (D-Maquoketa); Rita Hart (D-Wheatland); Kevin Kinney (D-Oxford); Liz Mathis (D-Cedar Rapids); and Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City)
HF231 – Economic Development Authority Powers with Apprenticeship Training Program – passed out of House.  (Monitor)
Newly Discussed:
Water Quality – The first round with the water quality debate was made by …
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Weekly Update: February 9, 2017

   There was a Senate Judicial subcommittee meeting set for this morning regarding SSB1010, but it was cancelled.  We took advantage of our great crew though and met with subcommittee Chair Senator Julian Garrett (R) District 13.  He had a bunch of tough questions, but it turned into an opportunity.  Thanks a bunch to those individuals who helped us out (left to right) Larry Heisler (Reynolds & Reynolds Insurance); Dan Knoup (DM HBA executive officer); Rachel Flint (VP at Hubbell Homes); Edward Origer (VP at McAninch Corp); David Adelman (Hubbell lobbyist); Senator Garrett; and HBAI 2nd Vice President Scott Webster (Premier Homes Quad Cities).  Not pictured are Iowa Association of Realtors Government Relations Director Jen Kingland and HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.
It’s Time Now for Repose Reduction on Senate Side
We’ve been asking you for the past few weeks to contact your representatives in the Iowa House regarding HF3, reducing the state Statute-of-Repose from a mind boggling 15 years to eight.  Now it’s time to begin working on the Senate version SSB1010.  It’s in the Senate Judiciary Committee and we met for the first time earlier this morning.
If you are a constituent in any of these districts, your message will go …
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