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Davis Brown Government Relations Report

The Davis Brown Government Relations Report provides updates on Iowa's legislative news.

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Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 9 - March 9, 2018

This week, legislators again focused on floor work with action on many bills and the Senate starting to work through its confirmation calendar. Read More »


Iowa Statehouse Report - First Funnel Week - February 16, 2018

This week concluded the first legislative "funnel" in which all policy bills must be out of at least one committee by Friday, February 16 to be "alive" until the next funnel. The focus was squarely on subcommittee and committee work. Read More »


Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 5 - February 9, 2018

It was a shortened legislative week with legislators staying in their districts to participate and attend their local caucuses on Monday. De-appropriations and school funding were the main issues this week. Read More »


Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 4 - February 2, 2018

Governor Reynolds signed her first bill into law, her first executive order, and House and Senate Education Committees approved the school aid rate at 1%. Read More »


Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 3 - January 26, 2018

This week saw a significant increase in the number of bills moving through the subcommittee and committee process. Some key developments from the week included the passage of the water quality bill, change of leadership in the House Judiciary Committee, the introduction of the deappropriations and Future Ready Iowa bills, and the winner of the Sioux City special election was sworn in. Read More »


Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 2 - January 22, 2018

After a three-day holiday, the General Assembly reconvened and began moving the first of the bills out of committee. Friday, January 19, marked the first legislative deadline as it is the last day individual legislators can file bill requests. Read More »


Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 1 - January 12, 2018

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn in 90 days or sooner. Read More »


A Wild Ride - Reviewing the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session for Employers - May 16, 2017

Like on The Monster at Adventureland, the 2017 legislative session was a thrill ride full of ups and downs for Iowa employers. Starting with the signing of the collective bargaining bill in February and continuing to last week's signing of the Fireworks bill, employers across the state have watched with amazement at the quick pace of this year's session and the sheer number of changes. Below is our list of the top 10 changes employers should be aware of. Read More »


Digital Assets Bill Signed by Governor Branstad - May 12, 2017

Governor Branstad signed Senate File 333, the Iowa Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, on April 20. Read More »


Employer Update: American Health Care Act - May 11, 2017

Last week, Republicans got one step closer to repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") when the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act ("AHCA"). Due to procedural issues and division within their own party, the American Health Care Act faces significant challenges in the Senate. Its provisions do shed light on the Republican strategy and types of reforms we may expect to see in any final legislation. Read More »


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