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Lawmakers Let Iowa Work

Feb 18, 2020 by AFP

Governor Reynold’s licensing reform sails through committee with nearly unanimous bipartisan support

DES MOINES, Iowa – Americans for Prosperity-Iowa (AFP-IA) applauded lawmakers following the nearly unanimous passage of occupational licensing legislation that will allow more Iowans to pursue fulfilling work. The broad reform package includes recognition of licenses from other states, improvements to grant licensing opportunities for Iowans with past convictions, as well as a licensing fee waiver for applicants under 200% of the federal poverty level.

Americans for Prosperity-Iowa State Director Drew Klein issued this statement following passage:

“It’s a great day at the Capitol when lawmakers come together to move legislation that will tangibly improve the lives of thousands of Iowans one step closer to passage. Outdated and unnecessary occupational licensing laws are a barrier for thousands of Iowans to findmeaningful work and maximize their potential. In an economy that has us struggling to find enough workers, it’s good to see lawmakers taking steps to remove barriers and enable more individuals to work.

“On behalf of thousands of activists across Iowa, we’d like to thank Representatives Lundgren, Derry and Mascher for speaking in favor of the bill in committee, as well as Representative Deyoe for serving on the subcommittee. Let’s keep this momentum going.”

HSB 647 passed the House State Government Committee with a vote of 22 – 1. This bill is now eligible for debate by the full House.

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