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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 9 Summary

Vowing to keep Iowa a state “where you can live your life freely” Governor Reynolds announced her reelection campaign on Wednesday at the State Fairgrounds.  Reynolds is Iowa’s first female governor, assuming the role in 2017 and winning her first election in 2018.  Reynolds’ only announced Democratic opponent is Deidre De Jear.  Recent polling... Read More

Government Relations Update - 03-10-2022

March 10, 2022 / REC SUMMARY The Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”), comprised of a three-member panel (Kraig Paulsen, Holly Lyons, and David Underwood) met this morning (3/10/22) as part of their standard schedule of meetings to estimate future state revenues. A summary of the information discussed during the meeting is below, along with this... Read More

USPTO Terminates Global Patent Prosecution Highway with the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)

What is the GPPH? The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) is an examination regime that enables expedited patent protection in foreign countries.  Under the GPPH, participating patent offices have agreed that when an applicant receives a final ruling from a first patent office that at least one claim is allowed, the applicant may request fast... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Take on WOTUS Definition

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear an appeal on a Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) case in the case of Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A decision from the Supreme Court will hopefully clarify the scope of WOTUS, which, though it is only a definitional gap, has far reaching impacts for what types of waters can be... Read More

What Changes are Coming to the Iowa Tax Landscape and When?

On March 1, 2022, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law House File 2317 (HF 2317), reshaping parts of the State’s tax regime, some of which the Governor touted in her response to President Biden’s State of the Union address later that day. The Governor’s statement on the tax reform bill (the Bill) can be found here.  While most of the... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 8 Summary

The legislature shifted this week from subcommittee and committee work to floor debate.  The next major deadline is only two weeks away - March 18, the second funnel.  This is the deadline by which policy bills must advance out of both a Committee and the floor in the originating chamber and clear a Committee in the other Chamber.  Many bills fail... Read More

Sanctions Related to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladamir Putin recognized the independence and sovereignty of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). Russian military forces mobilized to the DPR and LPR.  The same day, February 21, 2022, President Biden issued Executive Order... Read More

No Surprises Act: What Providers Need to Know

The No Surprises Act, implemented at the beginning of 2022, aims to protect patients from receiving “surprise” medical bills when they receive 1) emergency healthcare services or 2) non-emergency healthcare services from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities.   Of course, the terminology “out-of-network” and “in-network” refer to... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 7 Summary

Governor Kim Reynolds has been tapped to give the GOP response to President Biden’s State of the Union Address next week. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the decision in a joint release Tuesday. “Governor Kim Reynolds’ brave, bold, and successful leadership for Iowans has put... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 6 Summary

The first funnel week has come and gone, with a total of 118 subcommittees held in just four days: 41 in the Senate and 77 in the House. The focus will now shift to floor debate as only a handful of bills have reached the full chamber for consideration.  The next major funnel requires a bill be voted out of the first Chamber and move through... Read More