The first of July marks the midway point of the year, and the day many new laws take effect in many states.

Here is a list of the new laws starting on Sunday in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register:

  • People flying unauthorized drones over state prisons or county jails can be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years behind bars.
  • The state will revoke state funding for communities that circumvent federal immigration laws.
  • Pornography "reading" rooms in prisons (like they're reading in there, and when did those become a thing?) will be banned.
  • Using scanning equipment to steal info from debit or credit cards without permission will now be a Class D felony.
  • The Safe-Haven law that allows folks to drop off newborns at health-care facilities with no questions asked will be expanded to babies up to 30-days old.
  • It will now be harder to sue bars that serve drunk drivers. Apparently, we don't want bars having to pay high liability insurance rates as a result of over-serving those who shouldn't be over-served.
  • If you see any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road, you are required to move over to pass safely.

Steer clear of committing any of these crimes, and you should be good to go for the rest of 2018.


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