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PMCI legislative and regulatory advocacy is focused on ensuring our members maintain competitive and profitable businesses that contribute to the economic success of the state of Iowa and across the nation.  PMCI builds relationships and ensures that PMCI members' voices are being heard.  We bring strength in numbers to what no member can do alone. 

PMCI's advocacy efforts are instrumental in helping your businesses with the following:

2017 Federal Policy Highlights

RFS Point of Obligation - PMCI weighed in on the national debate regarding who is mandated by the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Some refiners and others were seeking a change in the Point of Obligation, which would have forced many Iowa jobbers into a mandate of selling various renewable fuels and/or purchasing RIN credits to satisfy the obligation as importers and refiners are today. It was a heated debate and PMCI, through data collected by RINAlliance, was able to disprove many of the arguments in favor or changing the Point of Obligation. EPA ulitmately decided to deny any change to the Point of Obligation.  A win for PMCI members across the state.

2017 Session Highlights

The session ultimately ended with several successes for PMCI members:

  • UST Fund Remained Whole
  • Refundable Income Tax Credits Remained Whole
  • Infrastructure Grants for Renewable Fuels Were Funded
  • Local Minimum Wages Were Preempted by the State
  • Fuel Quality Testing Was Funded

Renewable Fuel Tax Credits - This legislation was introduced and would have cut tens of millions in PMCI member tax credits from the budget retroactively to January 2017. PMCI worked to explain the effectiveness of the income tax credits utilized by PMCI members marketing homegrown biofuels without a government mandate to do so. The incentives, while awarded to retailers after income tax returns are processed, provide an up-front acknowledgement and subsidy to consumers purchasing renewable fuels. This bill will be alive with the 2018 session and start off where it left off. PMCI has worked with lawmakers throughout the summer and fall to discuss alternatives to effectively help retailers promote Iowa biofuels without being mandated to sell biofuels.

Fuel Labeling - There is a debate nationwide and in our state regarding proper fuel dispenser labeling, particularly as it relates to gasoline and ethanol-blended gasoline. PMCI cautions members to be aware of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) labeling requirements and understand that the fine for violating the Clean Air Act is $37,500 per individual day and occurrence if the EPA and Iowa agencies choose to enforce the law.

Weights & Measures Funding - The Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship budget bill included funding for the Fuel Program. A large portion has historically been for the inspection and testing of terminals and production facilities, as well as retail locations, and PMCI members have valued this service. 

Renewable Fuel Grants Funded - The Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Grant Program gained a new funding source out of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. This is another opportunity for PMCI members to upgrade equipment to offer incentivized fuels without a mandate.

Minimum Wage Hikes Nullified - Five counties in Iowa had already adopted minimum wage requirements that exceeded the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. This legislation effectively froze the state's minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, providing Iowa employers with certainty, predictability and uniformity by assuring the same minimum wage statewide. The bill prevents cities and counties from exercising local control on some other issues that may conflict with state law, such as paid family leave, implementing a soft drink tax, tobacco ordinances or banning the use of plastic bags.

2018 Advocacy Efforts - Get Involved!

With input from members at PMCI Member Insight Meetings and Board meetings, PMCI has set its 2018 Legislative Priorities. Our work continues on regulatory initiatives, such as the UST testing guidelines and ABC Chapter 123 review.

We encourage you to be involved and help us direct our advocacy at issues most important to your business.  Here's few ways for you to support and shape our advocacy efforts:

  • Build relationships with elected officials while advocating for your business through the annual PMCI Legislative Reception.
  • Contribute to the PAC and/or Political Education Fund. These funds are critical to ensuring we have support at the statehouse.
  • Participate in Motor Fuels and Retail Member Insight Meetings to advise on PMCI advocacy positions.
  • Participate in Regional Member Meetings. Legislators are invited to attend, and you have the opportunity to provide feedback at the most critical time of the year when the Iowa General Assembly is in session.
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