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

A number of bi-partisan bills were passed during the 2021 Legislative Session that directly benefit or help Iowans.

Expanded Access to Child Care

  • Increases rates for child care facilities that support parents working, looking for work, or getting new job skills through child care assistance (HF 891)
  • Expands CCA to working families so they can earn more money without losing all child care benefits, reducing the cliff effect (HF 302)

Opportunities for Firefighter and Fire Departments

  • Increased the volunteer Firefighter/EMT/Reserve Peace Officer Tax Credit from $100 to $250 (SF 619)
  • New grants become available for local fire departments for new safety equipment (HF 761)

Lifetime Trout Fishing Stamp

  • Established a lifetime trout fishing stamp for Iowans over the age of 65 (HF 234)

Original Birth Certificates Now Accessible

  • Provides a process for certain adoptees to receive a copy of an original birth certificate (HF 855)

Mental Health Availability Increase

  • Requires mental health services provided by telehealth to be covered at the same rate as services taking place in-person at a health care facility (SF 619)

New Business Opportunities

  • Expands the number of retail locations for beer manufacturers, distillers, and wineries which is a boom for rural Iowa (HF 768)

Unfortunately, there are a few bills going into effect July 1 that were pushed by the special interests and many Iowans oppose. Those include:

  • A new plan that funnels money from public schools to privately run charter schools (HF 813)
  • Eliminates the requirement for a state permit to buy handguns or carry firearms in most public places (HF 756)
  • Allows any parent to teach their kid driver’s education instead of a certified instructor (SF 546).

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

Author: Mary Mascher