Iowa has moved a step closer to a uniform minimum wage. The Iowa House and Senate both passed a bill that would prevent counties and cities from enacting local minimum wage hikes that conflict with the state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The bill now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad, who expressed support, the Associated Press reports.
The bill looks to prevent confusion and inconsistency resulting from different minimum wage laws sprinkled across the state, particularly as such inconsistencies make it difficult for small businesses with several locations across different counties.
“Allowing cities and counties to set standards for employment matters and commerce creates an inconsistent playing field that hinders economic growth and business interests,” Rep. John Landon said, reports the Des Moines Register.
If signed by the governor, the law would immediately override minimum wage increases made by Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Wapello counties. It would also keep municipalities from passing additional laws that conflict with state law, such as requiring additional employment leave, banning plastic bag use, or enacting a soda tax.
“House members that voted in favor of today’s action demonstrated that not only do they understand the importance of such consistency, but they value the contribution that the small business community makes to our economy, and want to see them succeed,” NFIB Iowa State Director Matt Everson said in a statement after the House passed the bill.