Dems: Good bills signed into law

April 26, 2016
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The 2016 session is expected to adjourn soon. We are finalizing the state budget and other key priorities for working families. Many of the good things we’ve already approved are being signed into law, including:

  • Peace of mind for deployed parents – Military members should be able to confidently serve our country without custody and visitation worries. Under SF 2233, the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody & Visitation Act, when duty requires a parent to leave their home and children, parents can enter into a temporary agreement on custodial responsibility. This should include opportunities for the deployed parent to communicate with their kids during deployment, if possible. If parents cannot reach an agreement, the court may issue an order granting custodial responsibility. These arrangements end when the deployed parent returns, and the original court order for custody is again in place.
  • Saving lives with carbon monoxide detectors – Every year in the U.S., more than 500 people die from exposure to carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless toxic gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by unvented heating equipment, warming up vehicles in enclosed spaces, using a gas stove or blocked exhaust vents. A new law will save lives by requiring carbon monoxide alarms in new multiple-unit residential buildings and single-family dwellings (SF 2219), similar to Iowa’s law for smoke detectors.
  • Iowans deserve privacy at home – New technology has allowed some creeps, perverts and others to install filming devices in homes and apartments without the permission or knowledge residents. With SF 2185, these “peeping Toms” will be prosecuted in Iowa. This new law is, in part, a response to a case in which a landlord used holes in his apartments to spy on tenants.

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