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March 29, 2017

House Passes Reduction in Statute of Repose – Next Stop Governor’s Desk

Legislative Focus
March 24, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 11

Persistence eventually pays off!  With the passage of SF 413 by the Iowa House (by a vote of 57-39) and the impending signature of the Governor, Iowa’s statute of repose will no longer be the longest in the nation.  Instead, we will have brought the ability to mount a fair and reasonable defense on certain claims into a more manageable timeframe. 

House Moves Workers’ Compensation Bill

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.

MBI is now accepting nominations for the 14th MB EYE on the Future class!

MB EYE on the Future is an important initiative for sustaining leadership in the association and in the construction industry in Iowa.  This leadership program combines essential educational programs each month, as well as networking with past, present and future leaders across the state of Iowa. Over 200 graduates throughout the last thirteen years have sparked a new level of member participation in the organization.

What Your Business Needs

The word ‘membership’ might bring a variety of things to your mind. It seems you can be a ‘member’ of almost anything today. Some are for fun, some are for discounts, and some just simply go unused. However, a membership to the Construction Update Network could be one of the biggest breakthroughs your business will ever receive.

ConsensusDOCS - Construction Contracts Built by Consensus

All parties in a construction project deserve to work under a fair contract – one in which their interests are represented during the drafting process. ConsensusDOCS contracts are developed by a coalition of 38 leading industry associations representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers and sureties. ConsensusDOCS contracts protect the best interests of the project rather than a singular party, yielding better project results and fewer disputes.

Learn How to Hold Your Own Successful Safety Week

It seems every month, week or day has a specific focus to it anymore: “National Nurses Week,” “National Robotics Week” or “National Volunteer Week.” In our industry, “National Safety Week” is acknowledged throughout the country. However – when was the last time your company celebrated “Safety Week?” A lot of companies want to take the next step, but they just don’t know where to start.

MBI is Now Offering the Lean Construction Education Program!

To help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean, Master Builders of Iowa is excited to announce that we are now offering the Associated General Contractors of America Lean Construction Education Program!  Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.

Do You Want to Learn How to Make More Money?

If your answer isn’t ‘YES!’, then these upcoming training offerings are not for you.  But, if you are interested in finding out how to make more money in the years to come, read on. 

Most construction companies grow to a certain level, get used to doing business their way, stop growing, and then start making less and less money. Why? Contractors get comfortable doing things the same way, don’t want to try new ways of doing business, won’t change how they run their companies, don’t want to do the hard things to improve, and stop learning. 

Senate Moves Statute of Repose and PLA Prohibition Bills

Legislative Focus
March 10, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 9

In a very busy week of debate, the Iowa Senate passed two key components of MBI’s policy priorities for 2017.  The first was SF 413, which would reduce the statute of repose on all real property.  The next was SF 438, which would prohibit both Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and disqualification policies for all public jurisdictions.

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Get More Involved in Your Industry – Join a Committee!

MBI is fortunate to have a significant number of individuals who are willing to devote their time, talent and expertise to the Association and give back to the industry in a productive and meaningful way.  The MBI committee system is the backbone of the Association and is responsible for generating the many services, new ideas and policies that reflect the desires and needs of an ever changing industry.  Committee members travel from all over the state to participate in meetings designed to inform and produce programs and services that reflect the needs of the membership.

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