Wage preemption bill introduced

February 9, 2017

A House subcommittee considered a preemption bill, HSB92, that would stop local governments from creating a patchwork of minimum wage, benefits and hiring practices through the passage of local ordinances. In the subcommittee, ABI voiced its support for the portions of the bill that would ensure a statewide policy on wages, benefits and hiring practices because they create clarity for businesses. The bill is to be considered by the House Local Government Committee this afternoon.

The bill also preempts other types of local government ordinances. Several Iowa counties have recently passed their own version of local minimum wage increases. Because of home rule, cities can individually opt out of these wage requirements. The bill would make these ordinances unenforceable. The bill will receive a new number and move to the House floor. Staff contact: Jessica Harder