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New law bans city, county licenses or fees on temp businesses run by kids

Under a new state law, kids who mow lawns, walk dogs or launch other temporary businesses don’t have to pay any business-related fees to cities or counties. Representative Jon Jacobsen of Council Bluffs calls it the Youth Entrepreneurship Act. “Encourages problem solving, the desire to earn money is fostered, how to sell is inculcated, customer service, tenacity, creativity, leadership and networking,” Jacobson says, “all virtues in expanding free market enterprise among our youth in the state of Iowa.” Under the new law, cities and counties cannot require permits, licenses or any fees for businesses run by Iowans under the age of 18 – as long as the business operates for no more than 89 days every year. The Iowa Senate gave the proposal unanimous support.


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