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 Statehouse News

New Laws Starting July 1

A host of new laws will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year.     

In education, lawmakers worked together this year to stop food shaming in Iowa’s schools. The new legislation will prevent students who have a meal debt from being punished.  

Another bi-partisan bill will expand and reform Iowa’s mental health system. The new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and will also provide several new choices to patients and their physicians in determining what type of assistance they may need.  However, many Iowans are concerned implementation of the new law will fall short if the Legislature doesn’t authorize new resources in the near future.

The legislature also took the first steps in curbing the abuse of opioids in Iowa. The new law will create a system to allow authorized prescribers and pharmacists to view information about their patients’ use of controlled substances.

Another piece of legislation going into effect next month is a new workforce initiative, Future Ready Iowa. The program creates a volunteer mentoring program, a registered apprenticeship development program, employer innovation fund, summer youth intern program, and a skilled workforce scholarship.

A host of other bills also take effect July 1 that Iowans many notice, including: protections from fraud scanning devices at gas pumps and ATMs; expanding the state’s “move over” law to include everyone; the start of a new initiative to clean up Iowa’s waterways; and expanding support for veterans in need of housing and a variety of other services from the Veteran’s Trust Fund.

For more information and a full list of bills, log on to

Enjoy the Outdoors this 4th of July 

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it is a good time to get outside and enjoy Iowa’s state parks.  Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point was recently recognized among the Top 50 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat, according to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.  For a list of all of Iowa’s state parks go to
Many state parks offer camping and cabin rentals.  This year 75% of campsites can be reserved online and 25% can be reserved at the park on a first-come first-serve basis.  Campsites are still available for the Fourth of July holiday.  To reserve a campsite go to

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