A number of bi-partisan bills were passed during the 2019 Legislative Session designed to protect Iowans. In an effort to curb the abuse of opioids in Iowa, a new law will make it easier for those seeking treatment to access medication. Another law creates new tools to fight human trafficking in Iowa by protecting victims related to unlicensed massage therapy.
In education this year, the legislature extended the SAVE program to allow schools to invest in infrastructure and building repairs needed across Iowa. Lawmakers also continued state law that encourages more cooperation between local school districts to give our kids the best education possible.
Other highlights of new laws that start July 1 include: “Logan’s Law” that puts an organ donation check box on hunting and fishing licenses; the “Iowa Care Givers Act” to provide more support to seniors transitioning out of hospitals; and a new program to prevent Iowans from losing their professional licenses if they are behind on their student loan repayments.
Protecting Iowans & Improving Healthcare
- Background checks for employees working with children, elderly and disabled (HF 681)
- Created a children’s mental health system (HF 690)
- Make it easier to get treatment for substance abuse disorders to help fight the opioid epidemic (HF 623)
- Support caregivers to help seniors transition out of the hospital (SF 210)
- Adds organ donation box on hunting/fishing licenses (SF 86)
- New protections for seniors and at risk children (HF 610/HF 591)
- Provided more tools for potential victims of human trafficking (SF 267)
Investing in Iowa’s Future
- Prevented Iowans from losing professional license if behind on student loan repayments (SF 304)
- Improved school infrastructure– SAVE (HF 546)
- Continued efforts to encourage more cooperation between local school districts (HF 596)
Other Laws of Interest
- Expanded grants for veterans injured in the line of duty (HF 288)
- Provided needed expansion of small business distilleries in Iowa (SF 230)
- Required counties to use tracking system to track more absentee ballots (HF 692)