Governor Branstad signed 20 bills into law today.
Branstad has approved legislation that seeks to curb the marketing of so-called “synthetic” drugs, often sold as incense or bath salts. Authorities say the products cause dangerous side effects and, in some cases, suicidal behavior.
The governor signed another bill into law targeting so-called “storm chasers” who try to swindle Iowans into paying for repairs that are unnecessary or not covered by insurance.
A series of budget bills are now law, outlining spending for the judicial branch, the state’s prison system and the Iowa Economic Development Authority as well as the state’s three public universities.
The governor also approved a bill that will require Iowa cities and counties to disclose the details of special districts where property taxes are diverted to pay for improvements like roads, sewers, but also things like swimming pools and senior centers.
(This story was updated at 5:10 p.m. after Branstad took action on five more bills, including one bill which he vetoed in its entirety.)