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Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following bill into law on Wednesday: Senate File 512: an Act relating to water quality by amending the wastewater treatment financial assistance program, creating a water quality infrastructure fund, establishing a water quality financing program, providing for cost-share programs for infrastructure on agricultural and urban land under the water quality initiative, creating a water service excise tax and a related sales tax exemption, making transfers and appropriations and other changes properly related to water quality, and including effective date provisions.

“I am proud that the first piece of legislation I signed as governor was a water quality bill,” Gov. Reynolds said.

“This law is a significant step in the right direction and should ignite a continuing conversation as we work to make a positive impact on water quality in Iowa.” Senate File 512 passed the Iowa House of Representatives 59-41 on January 23, 2018, and the Iowa Senate 31-19 on April 19, 2017.