DES MOINES - State Representative Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, reminded Iowans about several new laws that will hit the books on July 1, the start of the state's new fiscal year.
"We made great progress this year working together to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, build a skilled workforce and improve our water quality," Smith said. "Iowans should be aware of several changes we made to Iowa law beginning on July 1 that could impact their lives."
Some of the changes taking effect on July 1 include:
$17 million to help local businesses expand and bring new jobs to Iowa (House File 604)
$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 (House File 604)
Expanded the STEM initiative to recruit more students into science, technology, engineering and math fields (HF 604)
$27 million to enact Nutrient Reduction Strategy and improve water quality (HF 648 & SF 435)
Encouraged more production and use of ethanol and biodiesel (HF 640)
Expanded support to maintain and improve Iowa's 85 state parks (SF 435)
Allowed pharmacists to administer flu shots and other vaccinations for anyone over six years old (SF 353)
New screenings for newborns to detect heart defects (SF 452)
Encouraged more health care professionals to locate in rural Iowa (HF 604)
Updated Iowa law to protect children from sex offenses (SF 298)
New nonresident hunting license for injured members of the military and veterans (HF 361)
Made it easier for soldiers to apply for national guard tuition assistance (SF 332)
Provided additional funds to judicial branch with a goal to keep Clerks of Court offices in county courthouses open five days a week (SF 442)
Funded the Iowa Public Information Board to keep government open and accountable (HF 603)
For a full list of bills that become law on July 1, log on to www.iowahouse.org.