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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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Weekly Update: March 16, 2017

If You Want to Make America Great Again, You Have to Make Work Cool Again
Mike Rowe nailed it on Tucker Carlson’s show earlier this month after he testified on Capitol Hill about the skills gap, student loan crisis, and high school vocational education.  Check out the video, it is dead on.  He also had a cameo in a great video “Trade Workers Deserve More Respect” – check it out here.
Legislative Report March 10, 2017
The HBAI Legislative Committee did not meet last Friday, but here is the report for the week.  HF3 Statute-of-Repose has not hit the House floor yet.  It passed the Senate (SF413) March 8.
SSB1145/SF438 – Project Labor Agreements:  This just passed the Senate.  From reports by MBI and ABC: It addresses concerns raised by non-union contractors about project labor agreements, which are a collective bargaining arrangement with one or more labor unions for a construction project. Such agreements have been used for some major public works projects in Iowa, including the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, and the reconstruction and expansion of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.
Supporters of project labor agreements say they ensure that workers are paid fair …
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