While the 2014 legislative session ended in April, Iowans should be aware of a number of new laws that take effect beginning July 1st, the start of the state’s fiscal year.

Topping the list of new laws are several new initiatives aimed at boosting Iowa’s skilled workforce, including $66 million for the skilled worker job creation fund to help Iowans upgrade work skills, fill key shortage areas, and connect businesses with training and education.

On strong bi-partisan votes, the Legislature also approved workforce housing credits to help local communities address workforce housing needs and new measures to protect Iowa seniors from abuse and neglect.

Also starting July 1, firefighters, EMTs, and reserve peace officers can anticipate an increase in their tax credits from $50 to $100; and minors will no longer be able to purchase e-cigarettes.

Other new laws the Legislature passed that start July 1:

  • Helped Iowans with the high cost of childcare while continuing education and working (HF 2463)
  • Created a new income tax credit of up to $2,500 for qualified adoption expenses (HF 2468)
  • Encouraged more production and use of ethanol and biodiesel (SF 2344)
  • Expanded eligibility for the Military Homeownership Assistance Program (SF 303)
  • Extended tax credits for solar and wind energy projects (SF 2343, SF 2340)
  • Improved quality of life for kids suffering from seizures and epilepsy (SF 2360)
  • Made it easier for students with a Minor’s School License in shared district schools to travel to schools other than their home school for extracurricular activities (SF 2228)

Find the full list here.