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February 19, 2017

Government Affairs

Legislative Focus
February 17, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 6

A long week of contentious debate wound up on Thursday with both the Senate and House using a “time certain” motion to cut off debate.  Time certain basically cuts off all debate on any remaining amendments.  At a specific time, all amendments are voted on, one-by-one, with no debate.  Once all amendments are disposed of, a vote is made on final passage.  In my 21 year career at the Capitol, I recall having only seen this done on one other bill – the House’s consideration of the prevailing wage bill during the 2009 legislative session.  Only difference was that time certain was granted by unanimous consent, whereas, the one this week was a party-line vote.

Here you will find information pertaining to the public affairs efforts of MBI. A majority of our Government Affairs agenda consists of lobbying efforts. However, you will see that other components consist of coalition efforts, communications and our political action committee (i.e. MBI-PAC). MBI is seen as one of the premiere business associations in the state. This is made evident not only from MBI's presence at the State Capitol, but also at the county, city, and local levels. MBI's government affairs program is focused on an agenda that is pro-business and pro-construction. Our efforts advocate the prudent use of taxpayers' dollars in the procurement of public projects, as well as, maintaining the integrity of the construction industry as a vital role in commerce. MBI's Lobbying Team is led by Chad Kleppe, who has been heading up MBI’s public affairs efforts for over 15 years.  Also, MBI recently added Julie A. Smith to complement our overall strategy at the Capitol. These two individuals ensure that MBI has a full time presence at the Iowa Capitol, as well as an ever increasing presence at local governmental levels. 

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