February 26, 2017

Government Affairs

Legislative Focus
February 24, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 7

A Senate Labor and Business Relations subcommittee approved SSB 1145, which would:

  1. Prohibit a public owner from entering into a project labor agreement (PLA)
  2. Prohibit a public owner from creating any sort of ordinance or rule that would require an interested bidder, as a condition of bidding, to submit a questionnaire that would divulge proprietary and / or confidential information.

MBI has long pushed for a PLA prohibition that would codify Executive Order 69, which was signed by Governor Branstad on his inauguration day in January of 2011.  (If you recall, EO 69 prohibited the use of PLAs on any project in which state funding was provided.)  SSB 1145 is the culmination of legal battles and PR campaigns against the use of government mandated PLAs.   

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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