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New Iowa laws include 1 for 'Purple Heart Day'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- New Iowa laws include tougher restrictions on boater drivers who drink and motor vehicle drivers who text.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that more than 90 new laws take effect Friday, the first day of the state's budget year.

There will be fines instead of only warnings for vehicle drivers caught texting.

People driving boats now face the same blood-alcohol limit as motor vehicle drivers in Iowa: 0.08 percent. The boater limit had been 0.10 percent.

The new law allowing hunters to shoot at mourning doves takes effect Friday, too, but the proposed 70-day season, if approved by regulators, won't begin until Sept. 1.

Under another new Iowa law, each Aug. 7 will be "Purple Heart Day," honoring the men and women who have been killed in military service.

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