DES MOINES – Rep. Joel Fry, R-Osceola, released information on a few notable bills passed during the 2013 legislative session, which went into effect July 1.
“I look forward to spending time this summer and fall meeting with Iowans to get their feedback on these new laws as well as ideas they have for the next legislative session,” Fry said.
According to Fry, the following is a brief list of bills that will take effect July 1:
School Employee Background Checks – Senate File 452
Iowa law will now require all school employees to undergo a check of the sex-offender registry, child abuse registry and dependent-adult abuse registry prior to employment. For current employees, school districts are required to establish a policy that would require these employees to undergo the record check at least every five years after their date of hire.
Beginning Farmer Tax Credit – House File 599
This law expands the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program both in scope and amount of tax credit available. Additionally, it streamlines the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority (IADA) administrative process for implementing the credits.
Aquatic Invasive Species – House File 522
This law helps to prevent and control aquatic invasive species in Iowa’s waters.
Online License Renewal – House File 355
This law creates a mechanism for renewing a driver’s license online.
Largest Property Tax Cut in Iowa History – Senate File 295
This bill took effect upon enactment. It rolls back commercial and industrial-property taxes 5 percent over two years. It limits valuation growth from the current 4 percent a year to 3 percent a year immediately for agriculture and residential properties, and keeps the two classes tied together while freezing industrial-property taxes at 90 percent.
A more detailed list of laws can be found at www.iowahouserepublicans.com