Iowa Senate passes bill allowing teens to work more jobs, longer hours

City says 7,000 summer jobs are available for Boston youth ages 14 to 18

Iowa children will be allowed to work longer hours, including in currently prohibited jobs such as serving alcohol, under a bill passed by the Iowa Senate early Tuesday morning after a marathon session.

The Senate voted 32-17 just before 5 a.m. Tuesday to pass it Senate File 542. Two Republicans, Sens. Charlie McClintock, R-Alburnette, and Jeff Taylor, R-Sioux center, broke away from their colleagues to join every Democrat in opposition.

The House must still pass the bill before it goes to Governor Kim Reynolds for his signature.

Republican backers of the law said it would modernize Iowa laws and teach children valuable skills through workforce training programs.