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

Below are a few highlights by committee.

Agriculture

SF 231 – Allows any student with a special minor’s license, more commonly known as a school permit, whose parents or guardians own a farm or is employed on a farm to drive for farm work from 5a.m. to 10p.m.

 SF 356 -Limits, and in most cases exempts, an agricultural tourism farmer and agricultural tourism professional from liability including injury, loss, or death of an agricultural tourist.

 SF 578 – Makes several corrective Code changes for IDALS.  The bill also creates a farm to school program to reimburse school districts for purchasing produce, meat, dairy, and honey directly from the farm and expands the foreign animal disease preparedness and response strategy.

 HF 522 – Allows qualified confinement feeding operations, more commonly known as CAFOs, that use an anaerobic digester system to process manure are exempt on how many animals can be confined.

  

Commerce

HF 583 – Creates additional options for Iowans to purchase affordable flood insurance.

 HF 384  – Codifies Iowa’s to-go alcohol beverage sales + allows businesses to continue selling to-go alcohol beyond the pandemic.

 SF 387  – Provides Iowa veterans financial assistance for Iowa Law Enforcement Academy education programs/trainings.

 

 Economic Growth

HF 857 – Establishes a new financial assistance program for state or federally inspected, small-scale meat processing facilities and lockers called the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund.  The bill also establishes a taskforce to explore the feasibility of establishing an artisanal butchery program at a community college or Regent university.

 

Education

 HF 813 – Charter School Expansion: Funnels money from public schools to charter schools that will have minimal requirements and can be founded anywhere in the state, bypassing local school boards.

 SF 546 – Drivers Education Taught by Parent:  Allows any parent to teach their kid drivers ed and bypass drivers ed taught by a drivers ed instructor, or a special drivers ed vehicle.

 

Human Resources

SF 466 – Adds occupational therapists to the list of providers allowed to evaluate a student athlete for concussions and brain injuries.

 SF 336 – Allows state employees to take off work for two hours, four times a year, in order to serve as voluntary blood and plasma donors.

 SF 524 – Creates an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system study committee to develop policy recommendations on how to improve the psychiatric bed tracking system in the state.

 HF 302 – Creates a state-funded Child Care Assistance (CCA) program that allows people to make a little more money and still be able to receive some CCA benefits, reducing the child care cliff effect.

 

Judiciary

HF 233 – Created a civil cause of action for distribution of sexually explicit images (revenge porn). 

 HF 426 – Established a system for tracking sexual abuse evidence collection kits.

 HF 603 – Established a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program to create training materials for doctors and nurses treating victims. 

 SF 450 – Increased penalties for Dependent Adult Abuse.

 

Local Government

SF 554 – Abandoned Property in an Unincorporated Area of a County:  Allows a county to petition the district court to award title to abandoned property if the property has been abandoned for at least six months.

 

Natural Resources

HF 234 – Establishes a lifetime trout fishing stamp for Iowans over the age of 65.

 HF 552 – Eliminates the requirement the dog and the dog handler that are tracking a wounded deer must be trained in blood tracking.

 HF 561 – Raises the recycling fee for tires from $0.85 to $2.50 per tire and raises the surety bond waste tire haulers must have from $10,000 to $150,000.

 HF 747 – Allows hunting preserve operators to apply for an extension to the season for upland birds if the county monthly precipitation is above average at least two months in January, February, or March.  If the extension is granted by the DNR, the season cannot be extended past April 15th.

 

Public Safety

SF 243  – Criminalizes failure to report to the authorities when someone is in imminent danger.

 SF 387  – Provides Iowa veterans financial assistance for Iowa Law Enforcement Academy education programs/trainings.

 HF 753 – Criminalizes excessive speed that causes seriously bodily harm or death.

 

State Government

HF 768 – Expands the number retail locations for beer manufacturer’s, distillers, and wineries. A boom for rural Iowa.

 HF 766 – Expands access to alcohol delivery for companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats.

 HF 761– Grants become available for local fire departments for new safety equipment.

 

Transportation

HF 380 – Adds distracted driving instruction to driver’s education.  Four hours of classroom instruction will now be split between substance abuse and distracted driving.

HF 493 – Creates three classes for electric bikes:

  • Class 1 is an e-bike with an electric motor that can be used to assist a rider when they are pedaling but no longer provides assistance after the bike reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
  • Class 2 is an e-bike with a motor that can propel the bike without assistance but cannot reach a speed greater than 20 miles per hour.
  • Class 3 is an e-bike with a motor that that can be used to assist a rider when they are pedaling but no longer provides assistance after the bike reaches a speed of 28 miles per hour.  Class 3 e-bikes must come with a speedometer and people under the age of 16 are prohibited from operating them, however those under 16 can ride as a passenger.

Manufacturers must label each e-bike with the correct class, the top assisted speed, and the motor’s wattage starting January 1, 2022.  E-bikes can be ridden anywhere a regular bike can operate unless prohibit by cities or counties.

 HF 389 – Eliminates the class D-2 chauffeur’s license and exempts all firefighters and ambulance attendants from needing a chauffeur’s license when driving those vehicles. 

 HF 524 – Mandates if a driver leaves the scene of an accident that results in an injury or a death, because they did not know they had been in an accident, but then later finds out they were part of an accident, they must as soon as possible report themselves to authorities.  A driver who fails to report they were part of an accident that resulted in serious injuries can be charge with a class D felony.  A driver who fails to report they were part of an accident that resulted in one or more deaths can be charge with a class C felony. 

 SF 444 – Allows people to return license plates to any county treasurer, currently license plates are required to be issued by and returned to the county of residence of the vehicle owner.  The bill also strikes the documentary fee rollback and keeps the documentary fees dealerships can charge for tax, title and license at $180, and proscribes the manner in which warranty reimbursement rates and parts are determined for work performed by dealers for manufacturers.

 

 Veteran’s Affairs

HF 793 – Allows those students that complete the Junior Reserves Officers’ Training Corps to receive 1/8 unit of a physical education credit each semester they are in the program.

 

Ways and Means

HF 855 – Provided a process for certain adoptees to receive a copy of an original birth certificate. 

 SF 619 – Created a sales tax exemption for food banks.  Increased the volunteer Firefighter/EMT/Reserve Peace Officer Tax Credit.  Requires a mental health services provided by telehealth to be covered at the same rate as services taking place in-person at a health care facility. 

See the full list at: 

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