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March 24, 2017

Government Affairs

Legislative Focus
March 17, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 10

Nothing is easy at the Iowa Capitol.  Passing a bill in a legislative chamber is hard and this week’s efforts to find a consensus on workers’ compensation reforms – as outlined in HF 518 – proved how difficult it is to convince 51 out of a 100 House members to support a piece of legislation.  The bill was an exercise in “on one minute and off another”.  However, after a week and a half of negotiations between the floor managers of the bill and other legislators (both inside their own party and those across the isle), the House was able to pass the bill 55 to 38, with 7 absent or not voting.

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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