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Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law


This news story was published on May 13, 2019.
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DES MOINES – On Monday, May 13, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law:

HF756: an act appropriating federal funds made available from federal block grants and other nonstate sources, allocating portions of federal block grants, and providing procedures if federal funds are more or less than anticipated or if federal block grants are more or less than anticipated.

HF758: an act relating to the funding of, the operation of, and appropriation of moneys to the college student aid commission, the department for the blind, the department of education, and the state board of regents, providing for related matters, and including effective date provisions.

HF759: an act relating to and making appropriations and related statutory changes involving certain state departments, agencies, funds, and certain other entities, providing for regulatory authority, and other properly related matters.

HF765:  an act relating to and making appropriations to state departments and agencies from the rebuild iowa infrastructure fund and the technology reinvestment fund, providing for related matters, and including effective date and applicability provisions.

HF769: an act relating to the gross weight of special trucks, and providing fees.

SF609: an act relating to and making appropriations and related statutory changes involving state government entities involved with agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection, and including effective date provisions.

SF617: an act relating to gambling regulation and wagering, by providing for sports wagering and fantasy sports contests, providing for taxes and fees, making penalties applicable, and including implementation and effective date provisions.

SF632: an act making appropriations to the department of public health for the gambling treatment program.

SF599: an act relating to hemp, including the regulation of hemp, providing for enforcement and the confiscation and destruction or disposal of certain property, providing for fees, including penalties, and providing implementation and effective date provisions.

Gov. Reynolds released the following message upon signing SF599 :

“I approve this Senate File to allow Iowa to begin the process of entering  a new agricultural marketplace for hemp. But Iowans should be aware that this bill does not legalize the sale or manufacturing of all hemp-derived products, such as cannabidiol (“CBD”). The retail sale and manufacturing of hemp-derived products is still governed by  federal law. While the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has approved some hemp-derived food ingredients for human and animal consumption, it has not approved CBD. The FDA has also declared that CBD is not a dietary supplement. State law cannot preempt the federal law, and Iowans engaging in the manufacture, sale, or purchase of hemp-derived products should carefully consider the legality of their actions under Iowa and federal law. And Iowans should be aware that nearly all of the provisions of this bill will not go into effect until the federal government approves our state hemp plan.

“As federal regulatory bodies approve additional hemp-derived products and the hemp industry evolves, it is imperative that our state agencies and the Iowa legislature remain vigilant in evaluating the effects of this legislation and the need for additional changes to ensure that our laws protect the health and safety of all Iowans.”

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