Iowa is the first state in the nation to enact into law 10 pieces of legislation the Defense Department has designated as priorities for supporting military service members and their families. Governor Culver Tuesday signed a total of seven bills into law that address issues for current service members, veterans and their families.

One measure prohibits utilities from disconnecting service to military families while a family member is deployed. Another directs employers to allow holiday time off for veterans on Veterans Day. One more bill signed into law will allow parents who’re in the military to transfer their visitation rights to other family members during deployment.