February 20, 2015
Volume XIV, Edition 6
The House passed HF 167 by a unanimous vote of 99-0 on Tuesday. If you recall, this concept is one of MBI’s policy priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session. HF 167 and its Senate companion SF 122, would prohibit public entities from charging a fee on downloads of project plans and specifications. As has been mentioned before, as a handful of owners had started the practice of charging anywhere from $20 to $50 to download a set of bidding documents. This practice is also prevalent in Nebraska and Illinois, so it is just a matter of time when we see more occurrences on Iowa projects. This language reflects an earlier law change (2010 Legislative Session, SF 2389) to the aforementioned statute that would prohibit the charging for paper plans and specifications, to which would now include electronic and digital copies.
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 consists of Scott Norvell and Chad Kleppe. 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.
Links of Interest
- Iowa General Assembly
- Iowa Legislative Services Agency
- State of Iowa Website
- Associated General Contractors of America