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Governor Signs Reduction of Statute of Repose and PLA Prohibition

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:

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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.

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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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