Minimum wage delay bill taken out of voting file

Legislative session Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (PNC photo)

During session Monday, senators voted to withdraw the proposed legislation to delay the implementation of the minimum wage increase.

Bill 24-36 was taken out of the session voting file. The measure seeks to postpone by one year the 50 cent minimum wage increase scheduled to take effect this March.

Sen. James Moylan introduced the measure, recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local businesses.

Public Law 35-38 was enacted during the last legislative cycle. The legislation provided a two-tier approach toward increasing the minimum wage. The first 50-cent increase took place on March 1, 2020, raising the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour.

Now, the second 50-cent increase is due this year on March 1. This would raise the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour.

The motion to withdraw Bill 24-36 was made when senators resumed session this afternoon.