Iowa Grocers Discuss Issues with Legislators at the State Capitol

Photo: (left to right around the table) Karl Kruse, Hy-Vee Inc.; IGIA President Michelle Hurd; Garrett Piklapp, Fareway Stores Inc.; Rep. Chris Hagenow; Noreen Otto, Hy-Vee Inc. at the annual Grocers Care Day event hosted by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.

Iowa grocers sat down with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol on Tues., March 7 to explain how a number of issues affect grocery and convenience stores and the communities in which they operate. The meetings took place as part of the annual Grocers Care Day event hosted by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.

More than 100 grocers and convenience store operators who attended the Grocers Care Day event had face-to-face meetings with their state legislators. During the IGIA’s annual legislative forum, grocers discussed a variety of topics with their elected state officials, explaining why they feel the bottle bill should be replaced with a more sustainable solution that addresses a greater portion of the waste stream and advocating for state pre-emption of minimum wage laws to prevent a patchwork of different minimum wages from county to county throughout the state.

Earlier in the day, Grocers Care Day attendees gathered at the State Historical Building for a legislative briefing by IGIA lobbyist Brad Epperly and IGIA President Michelle Hurd. After the briefing, grocers and convenience store operators ate lunch and listened to guest speaker Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix. Dix is a Republican politician and farmer from Shell Rock, Iowa, and serves District 25.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Grocers learn about the new political landscape following the November 2016 elections as well as a little more about the laws being proposed during the 2017 Legislative session.

Photo: After the legislative briefing, Grocers leave the auditorium and head for lunch in the atrium, where they will hear Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix.