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April 24, 2017

Government Affairs

Legislative Focus
April 7, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 13

Governor Signs Reduction of Statute of Repose and PLA Prohibition

Two of MBI’s top policy priorities came to fruition on Thursday with Governor Branstad signing into law SF 413 and SF 438.

As you may recall, SF 413 reduces Iowa’s statute of repose from 15 years to 8 years on commercial construction and 10 years on residential, and SF 438 is a prohibition of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).

MBI has been working to reduce the statute of repose on improvements to real property for the last seven years. We’ve had some success in each of those years, but invariably our efforts would stall due to the pressure that the Trial Lawyers and the Iowa State Bar Association would apply in the Iowa Senate.  However, with a new Republican majority in the Senate and a Republican House and Governor, our chances were greatly improved this year as we found that the House and Senate leadership was much more sympathetic to the plight of the constructor.

With the passage of SF 413 and the Governor’s signature, all contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2017, will have the newly reformed repose parameters.  It is important to note, contracts entered into prior to July 1, 2017, will in all likelihood remain under the 15 year repose period.

The following is a rundown of the bill:

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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