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Governor Kim Reynolds
Governor Kim Reynoldshttps://governor.iowa.gov/about-the-governor
As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

Today, Thursday, June 25, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: 

HF599: an Act relating to hunting by persons under the age of sixteen.

HF684: an Act providing limited immunity from certain criminal offenses and prohibiting certain disciplinary sanctions for persons under twenty-one years of age who report, seek, or require emergency assistance for alcohol overdoses, and modifying penalties.

HF760: an Act relating to the exemption from the hotel and motel taxes for the renting of lodging.

HF2197: an Act relating to the medical residency training state matching grants program rural rotation requirement.

HF2221: an Act act relating to the licensed health professional member of a local board of health.

HF2238: an Act relating to regulation of foods sold by minors.

HF2359: an Act relating to the reporting of certain assessment scores by approved practitioner preparation programs.

HF2363: an Act relating to unemployment insurance contribution rates for certain landscaping employers.

HF2364: an Act for an act relating to injunctions issued to employers for certain violations of the state unemployment insurance law.

HF2365: an Act relating to certain notifications issued by the department of workforce development concerning claims for unemployment benefits and the voluntary shared work program, and including applicability provisions.

HF2372: an Act regarding driver’s licenses, including the exemption of certain farmers and hired help operating a special truck from the requirement to be licensed as a chauffeur and the optional inclusion of a mark reflecting autism spectrum disorder status on a person’s driver’s license.

HF2389: an Act relating to the rulemaking process for executive branch agencies and including transition provisions.

HF2410: an Act relating to the issuance of special senior statewide antlerless deer only crossbow deer hunting licenses.

HF2412: an Act relating to the definition of public improvement for public construction bidding purposes.

HF2418: an Act relating to certain information in proceedings before the director of the department of education and the board of educational examiners, certain requests made to the school budget review committee, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

HF2445: an Act relating to the privacy of a victim of a sex offense in a criminal or civil proceeding.

HF2452: an Act relating to the disposal and acquisition of city water utilities, including at-risk systems.

HF2455: an Act allowing the use of a leashed dog to track and retrieve a wounded deer and providing a penalty.

HF2485: an Act establishing an exception to the number of children allowed to be present for child care at any one time in a child development home under certain conditions.

HF2486: an Act relating to the conduct of elections, including emergency powers, procedures relating to electors, and the use of a county seal on materials related to elections.

HF2502: an Act relating to firearms and weapons, including the storage, carrying, possession, or transportation of weapons and the establishment, use, and maintenance of shooting ranges.

HF2528: an Act relating to persons authorized to request assistance pursuant to the statewide mutual aid compact.

HF2561: an Act relating to protections for certain potential recipients of anatomical gifts.

HF2585: an Act relating to the terminology used in relation to the deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.

SF280: an Act relating to the residency of members of the armed forces stationed at specified military installations for purposes of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges.

SF457: an Act relating to the criminal and juvenile justice system by modifying criminal penalties, surcharges, fines, fees, and costs, creating and modifying funds, making appropriations and allocating revenues, modifying installment agreements, modifying civil claims for reimbursement, restitution, and collection of court debt, and providing effective date provisions.

SF458: an Act relating to debts for which the homestead is liable by providing that the homestead may be sold to satisfy debts secured by a mechanic’s lien, including principal, interest, attorney fees, and costs, and including effective date provisions.

SF2232: an Act relating to the Iowa trust code, including the creation of directed trusts, the transfer of trust assets into other trusts, and requirements related to notices to beneficiaries.

SF2373: an Act modifying provisions relating to telecommunicators.

SF2400: an Act relating to broadband service, including matters under the purview of the office of the chief information officer, the empower rural Iowa broadband grant fund, and certain broadband infrastructure tax exemptions, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg released the following statements on this key legislative priority becoming law: 

“This legislation builds on my empower rural Iowa initiative by encouraging greater investment in broadband,” said Gov. Reynolds. High-speed internet will continue to serve as a catalyst for growth in the ever-changing 21st century economy. I applaud the Iowa Legislature for working together, passing this bill with unanimous approval.” 

“Rural broadband continues to be a priority for this administration and today we took another step forward,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. “Today’s bill helps our communications service providers build out their rural networks in underserved areas.” 

This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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