Alternative local minimum wage; establishes procedure which wage may be imposed in any locality. (SB704)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alternative local minimum wage. Establishes a procedure by which an alternative local minimum wage may be imposed in any locality. Adoption of an alternative minimum wage requirement requires majority approval by the voters in a local referendum. If approved at a referendum and imposed by ordinance of the local governing body, the alternative minimum wage requirement shall become effective on the July 1 that follows delivery to the Commissioner of Labor and Industry of certified copies of certain documents. An alternative local minimum wage requires every employer to pay to each of his employees, for work performed by them within the locality, wages at a rate not less than (i) $8.25 per hour during the first 12 months the requirement is in effect; (ii) $9.25 per hour during the following 12 months; and (iii) $10.50 per hour thereafter. If the federal minimum wage exceeds the levels specified in an alternative local minimum wage requirement, the federal minimum wage will prevail. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100602D
12/02/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2015Rereferred from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2015Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
01/26/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB704)
01/26/2015Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)


Laura Dely writes:

This is the bill all people of fair minds will support. The Small Buissiness Coalition supports raisng the minimum wage to $10.10, so there is no reason to create carve-outs and special exemptions - America Needs A Raise! The money paid will help increase demand, and set our economy straight at last.

The average age of minimum wage workers is 35 - it's not a teenager's first job kind of pay anymore.

This bill should add Patsy Tiller's provision to garuntee tipped employee's wages to be at least 50% of the minimum wage, either the state's or the federal, whichever is higher, from her wage bill, and should be indexed so we don't keep taking away these increases.